Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

Greetings everyone!  Things have been progressing behind the scenes as we continue to design our French inspired home.  As you might have already noticed; we have been on a short break from blog posting. We have been working our way through some unforeseen design obstacles.  The bidding process has again resumed and we too will now pick up our blog postings right where we left off.

Today we want to share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Kohler Store in Glenview, Illinois just outside of Chicago.  For those of you interested in visiting, you can find the Kohler Store at:

The Kohler Store (Chicago Area Locations)
1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

For your added shopping pleasure, you can also visit the Abt showroom right next door!  See our trip to the Abt showroom, home to all appliances and electronics.

Back to The Kohler Store.....

Who is ready to take a loooonnnnngggg soak in this tub?  I think I could sit in this white porcelain Kohler beauty for the rest of the night!  It matches perfectly with the marble wall tiles shown.  While the hardware is gorgeous, I think I would select something in chrome to compliment the clean look of the white on white. Isn't it amazing how clear and blue the water looks in one of these tubs?

Another view of the white tub and faucet.  We have fallen in love with the look of these marble wall tiles!

In keeping with a traditional look, we are leaning towards this Kohler shower fixture, complete with separate hand shower.

The tile work behind this fixture is also amazing.  I love how various tile sizes were used to create a frame for the entire shower unit.

Our kitchen faucet front runner is still the Rohls Bridge Faucet, (see our trip to Abt), but this faucet offers a cost effective alternative.  This unit also comes with a separate side spray.

Some impressive features with this fixture are the faucets height and reach, allowing for deep pots in the middle of the sink to be filled or cleaned with ease.

One item we have had trouble locating is a large white console sink similar to this smaller unit.  This would make a great console sink for a half bath.  I would hesitate using anywhere else due to the lack of cabinet storage or counter top space.  Have you seen larger console sinks?  I know Tina at The Enchanted home has a great white console sink  in one of her bathrooms.

We have really been considering the use of wall mounted faucets in bathrooms with vessel sinks.  It would seem that it would be easier to clean both the counter top and faucet if it were up off of the counter.  Do you have a wall mounted faucet?  What are your thoughts?

To update you on our construction timeline;  Our original plan was to already be mid way through construction by this summer, but as it happens other events have altered our original plans. 

As we already mentioned there were unforeseen design obstacles that needed attention.  Now that we are working through those our other big announcement is expected arrival of our first child this August!  We are very excited and look forward to all of the new adventures this will bring.

Our new goal is to keep life simple and enjoy our new baby once she arrives.  We have decided that it is probably not a good idea to move into temporary housing, have a baby, and start construction all at the same time.  We will spend the next few months making, and sharing, material selections.  This should allow us to coast on auto pilot through the holidays and start construction in early 2014.  I do stress EARLY, because even though we seem to have a great deal going on, we are ready to move!

We appreciate each and every one of you that have emailed us over the last few weeks asking about our progress.  We never expected so many followers when we started this adventure.  We are excited to have over 1,000 of you following via feedburner, facebook, and blogger.   If this is your first time visiting, please join us and get all future updates.

Have a great day!
- Tonya and Rob