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9 New Products for Old-House Baths

Classic & colorful products to dress up period baths.
By Mary Ellen Polson

    Mackintosh Bath

    The Glasgow Rose set is a tribute to the ca. 1900 designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Companion tiles include field tile in colonial white, palm-green half tiles, and Sigma and Skirting tiles in jet black. The three-tile set is priced from $47.95.

    From Original Style’s Artworks Collection

    Floral Glory

    Glory Vine is a 3″ x 3″ decorative tile with an interlocking floral pattern reminiscent of the 19th-century English designer William Morris. The tiles come in 16 lustrous glazes as well as custom colors. They sell for $10 per piece.

    From Derby Pottery

    Porcelain and Chrome

    The 1930 Collection is a full line of bath fixtures inspired by the porcelain baths of the Art Deco era. The 15¾”-wide bath handle in porcelain and chrome is the perfect size for a hand towel or washcloth. It retails for $355.

    From Duravit, (770) 931-3575,

    Paint Ready

    Customize the cast-iron, roll-top, clawfoot tub with a finish color of your choosing. With a porcelain interior, the 60½” cast-iron tub comes primed in black. The tub is 17½” deep and holds 50 gallons. The price of $1,300 includes shipping.

    From Renovator’s Supply

    Bright Swimmers

    These whimsical majolica fish knobs will brighten up the simplest cabinets. Available in left- or right-facing versions, they measure 4¾” wide x 2¾” tall. Each knob sells for $24. Coordinating handmade fish sinks are $550.

    From Mackenzie-Childs, (888) 665-1999,

    Deco Yellow

    The Standard Towerlyn pedestal sink in “ivoire de Medici” is a 1932 rarity in colored porcelain. This rebuilt antique measures 26¾” wide x 22″ deep and stands 30½” tall. Complete with yellow porcelain-trimmed chrome fittings, this one-of-a-kind piece is $2,175.25.

    From Bathroom Machineries

    Apothecary Shelves

    These made-to-order medicine cabinets come in a choice of woods and finishes, with period details including beveled glass, glass shelving, and fine hardware. As shown in cherry, they measure 22″ wide x 32″ tall. They’re priced at $730 plus $33 shipping.

    From Wood Essentials

    Vermont Green

    These green slate countertops with a beautiful hue come from a Vermont supplier. They’ve been given a honed (matte) finish and are available in six edge profiles. Counters cost about $70 per square foot. Tiles up to 12″ x 12″ are $4 per square foot.

    From Sheldon Slate Products

    Treasure of the Heart

    An onyx heart, a nautilus shell, and a silver turtle are just three of 65 unexpected designs for ornamental stopper covers for bath sinks. Prices for the covers range from $150 to $195. The heart in carved honey onyx (shown) measures 3¾” at the widest point.

    From Linkasink

    Published in: Old-House Interiors May/June 2011

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