Sallick turned a tiny, nondescript alcove into a dazzler with a lustrous white 1928 American Standard pedestal sink and a 1920s French trifold mirror. She refitted the sink with Easton hot and cold faucets by Waterworks. The subway tile is from the Waterworks Vintage collection, reproductions of tiles made between 1890 and 1920.
Mimi Read: That gleaming tile is a knockout.
It's handmade, and the tile makers are like artists, the way they create that glaze. There's a richness and creaminess to it, a warmth that felt right next to the marble floor. It's called Vintage, although it's not.
But the sink is, isn't it?
Yes, it's a 1928 cast-iron pedestal lavatory. I found it in a salvage yard, fell in love with it, and bought it long before I had a place for it.
What about it appealed to you so much?
The proportions, the boldness of the scale, the color. It's not a cold white, it's a warm white—and it's got this age on it, so it looks really beautiful. The sink fits this teeny alcove perfectly.
So does the mirror.
That was serendipity. The tile wainscoting is 50 inches high, which looks more elegant to me than the standard 42 inches, but when it was done I realized, 'Oh my gosh, what can I use for a mirror?' And I was in Paris and saw this '20s mirror, and said, 'That's it!'
An Etoile exposed thermostatic system makes showering as much of a luxurious pleasure as a soak in the Waterworks Classic tub.
I didn't expect the cofounder of Waterworks to have such a pared-down bathroom.
It's modest in size—about five by eight feet—and modest in decoration, but it's also classic and timeless. And it's exactly right for my house. I firmly believe that whatever you do to your house, it should be appropriate. Mine is 18th-century-style, and it would be absurd for me to use some kind of elaborate mosaic or tiles with decorative borders. In any event, I like to take out all the noise and let the materials speak for themselves.Waterworks has so many great tubs. How did you narrow the field to one?
We were constrained by space, and by the fact that I wanted a tub deep enough for soaking and practical enough for showering—meaning it had to have a flat bottom. This one is 66 by 34 by 20 inches. And it's absolutely plain, so it suited the place aesthetically.
An Edwardian-style Easton Telescope stool sits under a Georgian-style window. The floor is Vermont Danby marble, Sallick's favorite stone: "I love the color, those brushstrokes of very light beige and barely green."
That half-wall is such a good idea.
I really like the way it gives the water closet privacy but also airiness, and it adds a little architecture to the space.
You write a blog, What, overall, makes for a perfect bathroom?
It has to be peaceful. It's the one place in your house where you can lock the door and retreat. Above all, it has to work well. There's got to be an efficiency about it. You need the things you need nearby. And it has to be really clean!
Styled by Gregory Bissonnette.