Powder & Mudroom Decor

Two important little rooms to outfit for beauty and utility; start with these ideas.

By Mary Ellen Polson

1. Art Deco Glam
Give your half-bath a touch of Twenties glamor with the Storyboard wall sconce. The flush-mounted light has a white etched-glass shade. It’s 9½" tall x 6" wide. House of Antique Hardware, (888) 223-2545, hoah.biz

2. Low Tank Toilet
A near replica of a ca. 1915 Pacific Porcelainware water closet, the Lydia toilet is trimmed in your choice of chrome, brass, polished nickel, or brushed nickel. Bathroom Machineries, (800) 255-4426, deabath.com

3. From Roman Baths
Create a vanity border with a pair of Reclining Muse cameo tiles from the Pompeii Collection. The 8" x 4" tiles face either left or right and come in several colors. Furnace Hill Tile, (302) 389-8509, furnacehilltile.com

4. Shipshape
Add nautical nostalgia to any bath with the Porthole mirror in unlacquered brass or polished chrome. The mirror, which can also be fitted over a custom medicine chest, is 18½" in diameter. Shiplights, (781) 631-3864, shiplights.com

5. Petite Polychrome
Hand-painted in the Moustier polychrome pattern, the Sambre ceramic countertop basin recalls Victorian-era washbowls. It’s 161/8" wide x 6½" deep. Herbeau, (800) 547-1608, herbeau.com

6. Age Old Storage
Stow gloves, scarves, and hats in the Bombo basket, hand woven by artisans in a Ugandan women’s
cooperative. The timeless zigzag design is naturally dyed in royal blue. With handles, the basket is 17" high x 10" wide. The Citizenry, (888) 654-6520, the-citizenry.com

7. One-stop Hall Tree
Features on the Amish Modesto Mission storage bench in quarter-sawn oak include a lift-top bench, hooks for coats and hats, and a mirror to check hair or makeup. Dutchcrafters, (866) 272-6773, dutchcrafters.com

8. Taking the Air
Air-dry damp clothing like a Victorian with the Cast in Style four-lath traditional clothes airer. The kit comes with cast-iron brackets and pulleys, plus lath and 30' of rope. Urban Clothes Lines, (800) 994-3720, urbanclotheslines.com

9. Slender Heater
Just 2" deep, the Envi wall-mounted electric panel heater is ideal for small spaces, yet efficiently heats rooms of up to 150 square feet. Fanless and quiet, the low-wattage convection heater comes in plug-in or hard-wired versions. Eheat, (800) 807-0107, eheat.com

10. Shaker Seating
An elegant precursor to the locker-room bench, the Hancock Shaker Bench is built of interlocking cross-lap joints with curved butterfly supports. The 6' version seats three comfortably. Shaker Workshops, (800) 840-9121, shakerworkshops.com

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