We all have options for accessible interior design right at our fingertips. From Ikea to Pottery Barn to Lowe's and Home Depot, a whole new look for your home is just a few clicks away. While there are benefits to this accessibility, the increasingly flat world of design makes truly unique spaces a rarity. Something I've been noticing lately that can really make a room look unique is using a custom piece of furniture in the traditionally furniture-less kitchen and bathroom.
Have you seen the April House Beautiful? Barrie Benson designed the Bathroom of the Month, a master bath in a midcentury ranch here in Charlotte. Barrie and her husband, an architect, designed a custom vanity for the bathroom that was inspired by a 1950's Robsjohn-Gibbings credenza. This vanity (combined with the other bathroom details, of course) really sets this bathroom apart from all the rest.
A pair of mirrored chests of drawers ramps up the glam factor in this master bathroom, also featured in House Beautiful.
Kitchen islands are another place in which a custom piece of furniture can really make a statement. I spied this burled island on Haven and Home last week and can't stop thinking about it. It takes a brave soul to use a piece of furniture like this in the kitchen!
If you don't have the budget for the never-ending burled beauty above, the DIY-queen Jenny made her own campaign-style island using a chest of drawers that she topped with a marble slab. It looks gorgeous, and it is perfect for an apartment dweller who can't make major permanent changes to a kitchen layout.