In the early stages of a custom home project, my designer (Suzanne) likes to do a very high level furniture plan as soon as the house floor plan is established, simply as a way to set a stake in the ground and get a sense for the furniture that can be used from the current house, and get a feel for the amount of furniture/lighting/accessories that will need to be found and purchased for the new space. With this is mind, she can start keeping her eye out for special items that will make a space unique. We went through the high level furniture plan in December, but it wasn’t until this month that we started to talk about the specifics (Suzanne likes to wait until the client has actually broken ground to get into specifics – a smart thing in this day and age when getting a construction loan is brutal!).
One of the first elements selected for the house was the vanity for the casual half bathroom, which will also be used as the pool bathroom. Very early on Suzanne felt as if the Bradley Hughes McCoy sink would be the perfect choice for is space, simply because it is somewhat unexpected and provides a nice contrast to the tailored and elegant aesthetic in the architecture. Even though this might seem like an edgy choice for me, as I tend to gravitate to more traditional forms, I immediately loved it and felt like it would be perfect in the space. I asked Suzanne to push me a bit from my usual traditional aesthetic, and I love that this sink has a great ‘rough luxe’ feel that will be very functional for a space that will get a lot of traffic, and is both hardy with its concrete sink and sculptural with its iron base.
The McCoy Vanity is fashioned from solid iron, and the base is hand hammered by a skilled iron forger. The sink can come with or without a hammered shelf; we are going to have a shelf. Everything that Bradley Hughes makes is hand crafted in Atlanta, and hand finished. One of Suzanne’s favorite finishes is rubbed bronze, which is a 4-5 step process of layered paint; there are 8 additional finishes available, including white, black, platinum, gold, chocolate, grinded steel, rubbed bronze, antique gold, and aged pewter. There is a new finish coming out soon, called tru bronze - it is real bronze applied to the base, and it gives the base a Giacometti look.
The sink is made from poured concrete that is custom colored. Suzanne frequently uses the sinks and the coffee tables in her designs; Michelle Bradley noted that Suzanne knows how to design with the concrete, and appreciates its versatility. The sink that we are using can look more on the traditional side – like an old found object – but is can also look edgy and contemporary based on the finish that is selected.
The McCoy sink also comes in a small vanity with no shelf. As everything is custom made, all Bradley Hughes products can be order to your exact specifications.
We are pairing this sink with a Newport Brass 1000 series faucet in an antiqued pewter finish (not the finish in this picture), which was chosen for its quirky lines.
An early concept was to use two freestanding shelves/etageres that could be used for towels and such (this is, after all, going to be used in part as a pool bathroom), but now it looks like we will flank the sink with built in cabinets that have drawers down low and open shelves above counter height (for towels and baskets). Suzanne has also been talking about using a beautiful hand painted Walker Zanger ceramic tile on the wall behind the sink; the tiles might be out of my budget, so we will wait and see on that.
Michelle was recently featured in Atlanta Magazine – click here for a great article on her story and the Bradley Hughes line (the McCoy sink in her showroom can be seen in this picture – in one of her edgier finish combinations).
Bradley Hughes is an Atlanta based, to the trade custom furniture firm with representation nationwide. What started out as a small custom enterprise by designer Michelle Bradley is growing by leaps and bounds and is finding its way into homes nationwide. Michelle started her company in 2003 as she was often not able to find the kind of furniture she was looking for, at the right price point. She started in upholstery, but has expanded into other lines, and is particularly well known for her edgy concrete and metal pieces (her iron coffee table with a concrete top is stunning). I love her unique mirrors, with their acid washed surfaces, and she also has a successful lighting line that has been a hit with both interior designers and set designers (pieces from her lighting line were used in the Sex and the City movie). Bradley Hughes is a favorite source for top designers who like clean lines, unique designs, and great materials, and the line is a particular favorite of Suzanne’s.
Look at this fabulous room featuring Bradley Hughes upholstery and casegoods. I am intrigued by those chairs – Bradley Hughes has really unique upholstery that can’t be found anywhere else.
This console, with its sculptural iron base and concrete top, is a favorite of mine.
I saw this concrete top coffee table in the showroom at the design center, and was very drawn to it.
A great, soft version of a classic wing chair.
Here is the cool chair from the room picture.
Bradley Hughes is also known for their beautiful and unique mirrors, with acid washes that make them look one of a kind and unique.
Michelle has recently expanded into a lighting collection that promises to be as unique as the rest of the Bradley Hughes line. I particularly like this hanging light.
For more information on Bradley Hughes furniture, please visit the website - bradley-hughes.com. There are so many beautiful designs, I can’t even begin to do them justice in this post.
So, what do you think? Are you surprised? I can't wait to see how it looks...
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