A custom vanity in rich Jacobean-stained alder with a marine varnish sets off fresh white sinks and vintage-inspired fixtures in this traditional bathroom. The focal point of the space is the collage of mirrors, which breaks up the large wall above the vanity in a new and exciting way.
For the kitchen of a vacation house in Portland, Ore., designer Michelle Ruber of Encircle Design and Build wanted a stylish and low-maintenance material that would stand up to a high-traffic environment. She found her solution in an unlikely place: “The backsplash is the old pony wall in the basement that was removed during the remodel,” she says. “We had the wood planed and then applied it to the backsplash, which brought in a warm feel and history of the original structure. We used a durable marine-grade varnish to protect and properly seal the wood.”