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Inspirational, unusual and special kitchen sinks of every style, material and installation.

Embellished Farm Sinks

embellished farm sinks - custom gray stone farm sink with phrase engraved on the front - buckminster green via atticmag

I’m taking a break from holiday themes to look at four really beautiful embellished farm sinks.

Kitchen geek that I am, I collect farm sink photos especially those with unique features. In high end kitchens this year, I saw embellished farm sinks expanding in size and importance. And four different approaches to the fronts the sinks help make them more elaborate and even personalized.

Engraving [top] – Custom stone sinks can be fabricated in many different ways. This dark beauty, in a modern kitchen with what appear to be sustainable bamboo cabinets, has a flat front that sits flush with the sink base cabinet.… Continue Reading


No-Touch Kitchen Sensor Faucets

Sensate no touch kitchen sensor faucet - Kohler via Atticmag

Just wave above or below a hands-free kitchen sensor faucet to turn the water on or off!

Forgive me for being such a kitchen geek, but I did a lot of holiday cooking last week which left my elegant 10-year old faucet and sprayer in a pretty sticky state. I  cleaned them immediately, of course, but the hard use left me wishing I a super cool kitchen sensor faucet with a pull down spout. Those were introduced last year by Kohler and by Moen. These faucets also can be operated manually – like any other. But this latest type of “sink jewelry” has impressive and unique features that point toward kitchens of the future.… Continue Reading


Best Farm Sink for an Easy Kitchen Update

Kohler Whitehaven sink -enameled cast iron farm sink - Kohler via Atticmag

The Kohler Whitehaven sink is a top choice because it’s made to fit an existing cabinet.

Over the past decade, farm sinks have become so popular they are now considered a high-end kitchen standard and a prime choice for a money-wise update. Also called apron front sinks, their appeal is the sensuous basin shape and exposed front panel that brings the sink out to the user. That the sink sits “proud” of the cabinet reduces the need to lean in while washing dishes and makes farm sinks especially comfortable to use.

Whether hand- or machine-made, apron sinks come in a variety of materials including fireclay, metal, porcelain, and enameled cast-iron.… Continue Reading


Salvage-Style Double Sinks

double bowl kitchen sink - cast iron salvage sink with integral backsplash - Smith and Vansant via Atticmag

Going against trend means choosing a double bowl kitchen sink.

Big single-bowl sinks – the bigger the better – have been the dominant choice over the past few years since they easily accommodate large items like oven racks and roasting pans. But a double bowl kitchen sink is a two ‘fer.  When it has a singular value that only salvage or a vintage look can provide, it easily can become the focal point of a kitchen. The double cast-iron integral backsplash beauty [top] spent quite some time in a Vermont barn before the owner of a 19th century cape home asked Pi Smith of Smith & Vansant to redo her entire house.… Continue Reading


Shallow Kitchen Sinks

shallow kitchen sinks - prep sink worked into an island counter - pinterest via atticmag

A sink is arguably the most used fixture in any kitchen.

For several years now, we’ve seen kitchens sinks get larger and deeper, notably with apron fronts. Owners talk about loving their deep basins which are great for cleaning big pieces of cookware and — with sliding cutting boards and colanders – handy for keeping unwashed items conveniently out of sight.  But I’m always intrigued by differences which is why I’ve been looking at a trio of shallow kitchen sinks with an eye towards understanding the differences in their function.

An elegant French kitchen in the Vaucluse [top] has one of the shallowest and most unique stone sinks I’ve ever seen.… Continue Reading


Wabi-Sabi Sink Faucets

industrial style sink faucets - traditional Moroccan copper bathroom sink spigot and handles - nytimes via atticmag

The Japanese aesthetic of imperfection and simplicity is expressed in the use of industrial style sink faucets and raw plumbing pipes.

Raw copper plumbing pipes and valves, and industrial style sink faucets are a look sometimes embraced by avant garde architects. I adore my sink jewelry but piping has its own kind of graceful beauty that I also could easily live with in the right space. The Japanese put a name to the look – wabi-sabi – which is a bit of a catchall but then, so is “rustic.” In Africa and Asia, where sink fixtures can be affected by tropical weather, industrial style sink faucets are a practical approach often paired with concrete sinks.… Continue Reading