Sink or swim. 20 sink ideas that will keep your bathroom design afloat

A rough stone sink can provide a very authentic touch, the good thing is that unique, architectural stone pieces aren’t only reserved for an overall farmhouse or country side interiors.005-copy120415_lelouvre_0139_z-copy

They look just as beautiful when they’re set in the midst of contemporary or modern environment.  10_0-copy

The marble sink is almost a must have for any designer or architect trying to pull in authentic elements of the past.

The unique textures, the veins of this natural stone and all the marks that nature has left on it are a great source of inspiration for modern designers.a9r91e9-copy

Weathered or roughly finished, a natural stone sink will have an upper hand over regular ceramic or enameled sinks.egan-edc-04-14-8-xln-xln-copy

Another interpretation on stone sinks is the peculiar case of the Italian ‘la vatore’ or the small washbasin sink that is commonly seen in many Italian or French farmhouses of the 18th century. In recent years, this mini washbasin limestone sink has been featured in countless national shelters magazines and were adopted by top architects and designers globally and locally.paul-brant-williger_malibu-residence_5-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-1280-1792-copy

At we’ve gone the extra mile to secure one of the world’s most expansive collection of marble and limestone sinks.lav3m-copysink-10bscreenshot-2016-02-20-01m57_visite_poste_sdb_lavabo_gs-copy

Our trove of eclectic stone sinks keeps on growing year after year. We now house more than a thousand sinks ready to be retro fitted and shipped to our global clientele.lavabo-per-est-garden-house-lazzerini-209799-rel650de451-copymondo-convenienza-mobiletti-bagno-copy

Another interesting fact that is noteworthy of mentioning is that our sinks are guaranteed for life, or at least as long as our clients own their home.img_1730-copy

Since we source nothing but the highest quality marble and limestone sinks, we’re very confident that the pieces we sell can withstand the highest levels of abuse such as the ware and tare encored in high volume restaurants.6a1508b8f36f0f5068160407fe9c0ed6-copylavabo-per-est-garden-house-lazzerini-209799-relb57a1c63-copy


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The case for a dream farmhouse bathroom

The vintage farmhouse bathroom décor expresses the nostalgia of today’s world for the classical frugality of Mediterranean design as experienced for generations across pass centuries.


Nowadays, we often thirst for the days when people were able to distinguish black from white, when technology was a thing of fiction, we yearn for natural inspirations, we dream of simpler times when family was everything, when beauty was of nature, when people just stepped out of their front doors into your own vegetable gardens for organic food, water was drinkable, air breathable and the milk was always a few yards away.



If you want to recreate that human charm that existed in the dwellings of the past century while incorporating the best of what our advanced technologies have to offer, you can give your bathroom an authentic Mediterranean farmhouse touch by infusing it with old reclaimed stone elements that were used by our ancestors once upon a time.

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Most bathrooms are relatively neglected in terms of authentic design.


Even when we think of special or customized features in our bathrooms we tend to be stuck on the technical features that gives you the best performing this or that without paying much attention to the finer tailored human details.


Modern bathroom have become much like us. They mimick our lifestyle our pace, they resemble our day to day interactions and relationships. They are highly synthetic, glossy or with a brushed, washed or honed finish, giving us the illusion of wisdom through time and the impression of authenticity and tradition.


We have grown to accept this insincerity this forgery of the real thing as long as it costed us a bit less of time, money and labor investments. What did we get as a return on our underinvestment?

Well, we’ve gotten back a ‘faux’ sense of comfort and an ephemeral design showmanship that has failed to inspire us past the surface, a veil of make-believe that will leave us wanting for the true stone bathroom elements that would normally leave us in awe every time we laid eyes on them.


Architectural antique elements are the true antidote to the conveyor belt, cookie cutter machine-made mindset that has poisoned the inner-sanctum of our home design.

Master Bathroom Ancient Syrfaces 022Ancient limestone are a gateway to relaxation to meditative escapism. A well thought of and well-designed authentic farmhouse bathroom will transform your outlook, it will give you a precious moment for yourself to unplug from the synthetic controls of modernity, allowing you a brief moment of reflection and of self-observation.


Those are very important concepts that we seem to be slowly losing in our lives. Old world stone elements that have stood the test of time go beyond the decorative and become devices of immense therapeutic values, serving to remind us of our roots and connecting us to our common and basic humanity.


Let this blog inspire you to move towards natural historic designs. You will soon find out that taking the lesser traveled road of antique limestone floors, of centuries old carved sinks, and of ancient thick limestone slabs will lead you toward design bliss.

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We know that what we offer you will have a positive impact on your life and your family’s life at more than one level.We also like to encourage you to using antique furnishing pieces as powerful focal point if possible.

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An antique dresser in the corner perhaps, or using a detached toilet tank model as in ancient times when the tank was often mounted high on the wall above the toilet.


Old world lighting is crucial in completing any authentic farmhouse bathroom.

IMG_8413 A farmhouse bathroom is always luminous but can be dimmed on demand. So if you have big windows, you should only cover them partially, or use transparent curtains but should consider installing real shutters that can be closed at an instant.

large-window-curtains-Bathroom-Traditional-with-bath-bathroom-table-curtainDeep trough sinks and antique stone flooring will pay witness to a bathroom’s century-past humble beginnings. A country stool and an antique area-rug can also enhance your bathroom’s assembled-over-time look.

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We are barely keeping up with the increased demand for our antique limestone and marble floor that has originated from centuries ago. The historic value and esthetic charm embodied in the antique limestone and marble floors are unrivaled in warmth and elegance and are unsurpassed by any other reclaimed stone flooring collection.


Let’s not forget our unique stone tubs will help mesh with your farmhouse layout.


Unwinding in one of our hand carved limestone tub will transform your farmhouse bathroom into a southern French hydrothermal escape.

Bathroom Giannini Luzzatti's personel homeDimed lighting from an antique pendant chandelier coupled with a soft meditative rhythm is all you need when you’re laying inside your warm master bathroom tubs.




We at Ancient Surfaces, live by this design philosophy that we preach. We have no doubt that once you amerce yourselves with our utilitarian antique limestone elements, your design will therapeutically affect your lifestyle your state of mine and even your health.



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Beautiful Bathroom Ideas

We love to spend time in the bathroom to primp, refresh or unwind inside a soaking tub filled with warm water, mineral salts and essential oils. Our Bathrooms have slowly become our meditative

Getaway room of the house. Being the true place of relaxation, a well-designed bathroom rewrites the normal bathroom experience and invites us to discover hydrotherapy in its basic form. Like a well-orchestrated classical symphony, the various bath elements need to work in unison. Well focused lights that can be dimmed and directed on command, artfully applied Venetian plastered walls, inclusion of key stone design elements from floors, sinks and tubs, perhaps the inclusion of live plants, eclectic pieces of furniture and last but not least music.

Stone walled showers, classical stone bathtubs, prestigious hand carved sinks from basalt to marble, limestone floors salvaged from the south of France are some of the many splendid craft of our trade that we employ in order to transform any bathroom into a personal spa.


A chandelier lamp near the sink

Get rid of your old neon above your sink and adopt a chandelier for an unusual chic bathroom. In this piece, we opted for a nice classical metal luster that fits perfectly into the mood of this place giving it a fifties look with a nice Belgium black basalt for more majestic look. Enjoy!

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Small rack beneath the sink for stowing

Finding a place in the bathroom to tidy up the towels gets frustrating for some of us when you’re limited by your bathroom space. The solution is to put them on a limestone rack beneath a trough limestone sink, on a window sill or the edge of the bathtub.

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A green touch in a corner

We cannot merely give up and throw our hands in the air at the sight of our conventional bathrooms that are ailing from the standard fixtures and finishes all through. As they say, Rome was not built in one day. Every well thought of and well-designed bathroom can be slowly built one small project at a time. Take for example the installation of a mortar marble sink with a thick antique limestone vanity as its support. This 2 day project can take place before or after your retiling or plastering of your walls.

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Small but Sassy

A small space doesn’t have to mean a diminutive vanity. In this tiny powder room, choosing an undermount sink and adding a clever tile accent along the walls makes the room look larger.

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Install a piece of furniture

When your bathroom is large enough, do not hesitate to install a seat that will highlight the warmth to the room. Take this photo for example. A beige wingback chair blends into the New England 1800’s styled Bathroom. In this case, you can’t help but feel the retro 19th Century New York or Boston Barber shop spirit in there. Easy to create and will timelessly remain beautiful and trendy for as long as this house stands.

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Space-Saving with a Console Sink

Frustrated by a lack of space for a sink? Pedestal sinks are terrific space-savers that will still leave you with a feel of an open space which is lost with cabinet vanities. To make up for lost storage space one can add a short wicker basket that will store additional towel, soaps and other bathroom novelties.

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Frames to decorate around the sink

Laying in our bathtub enjoying a moment of silence or listening to a soft melody should go hand by hand with a well framed beautiful wall art to look at. Framed objects such as period paintings, captivating photographs or antique mirrors placed above the sink that would add artistic beauty to your bathroom

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