Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Shopping for Bathroom Vanities (and more about goods Made in America)

I haven't mentioned my hunt for a bathroom vanity because it hasn't gone so well. I've seen plenty of nice pieces, but nothing that jumped out at me as "the one" so far. Well, scratch that. I really love Restoration Hardware's Odeon vanity. I love the curved lines of it and how it's a furniture-style vanity without being too blocky.


Here it is in two bathrooms...


Via DecorPad

Via Houzz

The things that hold me back: the vanity is just a touch wide for the downstairs bathroom, it's the most expensive vanity I've considered (just over $2300 for one with a cararra countertop), and the RH website has no information about the country of origin.

So after looking at tons of websites, I wasn't sure about the quality of the items I was seeing, so I made an appointment at Ferguson, the bath and kitchen supply company. Right off the bat, I saw some pieces that I liked in the showroom.

These first two aren't for us, but aren't they gorgeous?


Kohler...don't ask me the price.

Kallista...about $6,000

These were the more affordable options. Both have tons of finish and countertop options:


The Framingham by Fairmont

Rustic Chic by Fairmont

Those gray vanities were both by Fairmont Designs. There were four vanities I liked: Framingham, Smithfield, Rustic Chic, and Charlottesville (no kidding!). The difference between the Framingham and Smithfield seem to be in the legs (counter and sinks are ordered separately).

Framingham

Smithfield

Rustic Chic (what a name)

Charlottesville

I loved these options and the prices weren't bad, either. However, towards the end of the conversation, the rep told me that all of these are imports. There's a sustainability statement on the Fairmont website, but no specific information about the country of origin.

The rep said that Kohler is making their vanities in Missouri, but other than that, almost everything is being imported.

I don't abhor imports, but it definitely puts these vanities in the same realm as all the ones I was seeing online from sources like Wayfair and Build.com or at the big box hardware stores. I'm so confused!



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