Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

Greetings everyone!  Things have been progressing behind the scenes as we continue to design our French inspired home.  As you might have already noticed; we have been on a short break from blog posting. We have been working our way through some unforeseen design obstacles.  The bidding process has again resumed and we too will now pick up our blog postings right where we left off.

Today we want to share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Kohler Store in Glenview, Illinois just outside of Chicago.  For those of you interested in visiting, you can find the Kohler Store at:

The Kohler Store (Chicago Area Locations)
1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

For your added shopping pleasure, you can also visit the Abt showroom right next door!  See our trip to the Abt showroom, home to all appliances and electronics.

Back to The Kohler Store.....

Who is ready to take a loooonnnnngggg soak in this tub?  I think I could sit in this white porcelain Kohler beauty for the rest of the nigh…

Bathroom Sinks: Which is your Favorite?

We have started to experience some chilly mornings here in Indiana.   Just another sign that fall is quickly approaching and that we will soon be celebrating, and decorating for, the holidays.
Today we want to share some inspirational photographs for bathroom sinks.  We are trying to narrow down some selections before we visit the showroom next month.  As a side note, we will also be visiting the Bentwood Kitchens showroom in Chicago next month to review cabinet designs.  It should be fun and we of course will share all of it with you.
Now on to some sinks! 

I expect this blue and white inspired sink to be a hit with many. 
Our master bathroom will have two separate vanity / sink areas slightly larger than this space.  The tile being carried up from the floor to become part of the back splash adds a great look.  We still are not sure about a bowl sink, as we plan to utilize wall mounted faucets to make cleaning counter tops easier.  A bowl sink may conflict with this objective.  Who has a bowl sink?  Are they difficult to clean around?

Now this sink may be better utilized in a garden room, but we have also seen large sinks like this in bathrooms.  It is a very impressive rectangular sink. 

Again a different version of a bowl sink, this time in white porcelain instead of the marble bowl sink shown above.  This designer has also used wall mounted faucets.  I think this would have looked better with a tile back splash instead of the same granite. 

This is a very traditional sink design.  We are considering this for use in our powder room more than the master bathroom.  The wainscoting behind the sink adds to that traditional feel. 

This white pedestal sink is nearly identical to the one above, but slightly smaller.  We tend to gravitate towards the larger of the two.
This open design vanity / sink is very European in feel.  Again the wall mounted sinks and recessed bowls make cleanup a snap in this bathroom.  The stainless steel sinks actually look very nice with the polished chrome faucets and plumping. 

Another variation of a traditional white sink with marble counter top. 

Here is something a little different for all of the contemporary sink folks out there.  The large glass sink bowls are the perfect size. 

This shows another open vanity / sink design.  These wall mounted faucets also have wall mounted soap dishes.  How great is this sink to clean!? A quick pick up of the tray and wipe it down.  Nothing to get in the way on the counter top.
Again another beautiful bowl sink with wall mounted faucets.
 Okay I realize this isn't a bathroom sink but who wouldn't want this in their bathroom?  The color, size, and appearance of this french blue bathroom cabinet is amazing.  Such a beautiful piece for storing away towels and other bathroom goodies for when you have a vanity / sink with no cabinets or drawers.
Those are our inspirational photographs for today. 
If you missed our last post on Wine Cellar Designs you can see it HERE.
Next Thursday we will be starting our "Thirsty Thursday" drink series.  This series will be designed to give you ideas for your college game day tailgates.
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Thanks again and have a great day!
Tonya and Rob


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