Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Lavabo, a Door, and Angel Wings

Hi, everyone!  I've been tweaking our master bedroom and thought I'd show you a restyled corner.

I've always loved these pretty European 'sinks' but didn't really know what they were.  Their official title is lavabo (fancy!) and a quick web search produced this definition:

lavabo (ləˈveɪbəʊ)
npl -boes or -bos
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory at Mass
b. (as modifier): lavabo basinlavabo towel.
2. (Furniture) another name for washbasin
3. (Roman Catholic Church) a trough for washing in a convent or monastery
[C19: from Latin: I shall wash, the opening of Psalm 26:6]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


I came across this one while out of town at least 6 months ago and was smitten.  I've always wanted one, so I splurged a bit and treated myself. 
But this baby is SOO heavy and I wasn't sure where I wanted to hang it, so it's been sitting on the floor neglected.
When I was messing around with the top of this vintage dresser beside our bed, I got the idea to lean it on top.  (Keith wasn't home and I could barely lift the thing!)

I filled it with dried lavender to really make it pop, and I love the results! (Plus it smells so good :)

Next I leaned a stenciled door beside it to add some height.

I've had this door hung in a few different places and it's still one of my favorite finds!

I placed a chippy metal tray in front of the door and stacked some grain sacks on it.

I like the soft texture that they add.

I've had this lamp for many many years, and you'll never guess where I got it!  Walmart, of all places!  It looks a lot like one that I admired in the Pottery Barn catalog back then, for a fraction of the price.

The lamp was already on the dresser and I left it there. (As I read in bed every single night, a bedside lamp is essential!)

 I like to throw in a little 'bling' sometimes to contrast with the 'rustic.'

I've had these fun glittery angel wings for awhile and hadn't settled on a place to hang them.  

I thought that they'd be a pretty addition to the wall adjacent to the dresser...more bling!

They're so sparkly when the sun hits them!

The last thing I did was place this little bench under the window.

I put an old wooden box on the bottom shelf...

...and topped it with a vintage wire basket filled with a couple of pillows.

And that's my 'new' bedroom corner!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a fantastic day :)

I'm sharing this at Coastal Charm


  1. I'm very intrigued by the lavabo since I'm a "cradle Catholic" and love discovering vintage finds relating to my faith! I love what you've done with it. And the lamp, so romantic. I've actually found some exceptional things at Wal-Mart over the years, you just need to know where to look:)
    xo Kathleen

  2. I love the new lavabo you found! I think those are so neat. I like how you filled it with lavender.

  3. Love the lavabo, the door, and angel wings!! I love how you displayed everything. I've been pinning some angel wings on Pinterest lately...I would love to have some to hang on the wall.

  4. Love everything--but especially love those wings. They are so unique! I haven't seen anything like them before. Beautiful post :)

  5. Well, I love that Lavabo, fun new word :) You always do such a nice job at styling, no matter what it is! I need to get some lavender, I love the smell and it is so relaxing in a bedroom! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Blessings, Cindy

  6. Great display and adding a little bling is always good!
    Your creativity is inspirational.
    Have fun!

  7. It's all beautiful, Susan. I love getting new ideas for displaying things like how you stacked your grain sacks on the platter. Love your dresser as well!

  8. LOVE, Love, Love!!! I just found a similar lavabo over the weekend and hoping to hang it in our bathroom when hubby repaints it. Love the patina and how you've styled it with the lavender!
    Mary Alice

  9. Very pretty, Susan! I love that lamp. I wouldn't have thought Walmart. Although, I've been surprised when I've searched through their website {and Target's} at some of the really pretty lamps that come up.

  10. Love it. I have never known what those "sink like things" were called. Good to know!

  11. Susan, I LOVE it. I absolutely love the things you have done. The lavender in that lavabo and the glittery angel wings ...perfect ! xoxo, Susie

  12. Très chic ~ you create the most beautiful vignettes!!!

  13. It all looks fabulous and I bet it smells heavenly! It's a good thing you didn't throw out your back lifting that heavy lavabo!

  14. The lavabo is wonderful and your styling is always amazing.

    What a lovely little corner in your bedroom!

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  16. The lavabo was a fantastic find and I also love the stenciled door very much, Susan. Your bedroom is very charming.
    Have a great Sunday!

  17. Love love love this Susan. So pretty. The Lavabo is gorgeous. Love the whole vignette.

  18. Lovely things. Lovely space. You truly inspire me. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

  19. Susan, You are showing two of my favorite things.....Lavender and OLD SINKS! I love the smell and looks of lavender and I also collect old, vintage sinks with character. You have a winner! It looks so sweet in your bedroom, it's one of the pieces you can move's sooo unique! I can see that beauty hanging on an outside wall or potting shed with flowers in it a great piece to be creative. Blessings~~~Roxie

  20. Cute corner Susan! I have always loved those sinks too. My friend, Joyce has one leaning in a flower bed as you enter her home. Always catches my eye. Yours looks lovely filled with Lavender. I too love a little bling with the rustic. Can't believe you got that lamp at Walmart!

  21. Beautiful! every single thing is great! I love to have beautiful spots in my home to make me smile amid all my chaos of life and creating things!

  22. New reader here :) I just adore your rustic glam style!

  23. Susan,
    I really like your bedroom corner vignette. Looks relaxed and texturally welcoming and wow loving the angel wing bling!

  24. lavabo--love that filled with the lavender! adorable corner, susan:) and i have a pair of your wings hanging in the garden..sans the glitter:)

  25. A wonderful piece! It's just terrific!

  26. Love the lavabo and the vignette, but sure hope you secure it quickly, especially if you have any young children, pets or value your toes!

  27. A beautiful corner of your room...great "lavado" and thanks for the "definition" of that the angel wings seem to "watch" over create such great vignettes and spaces!

  28. I don't think I've ever seen one of those. It looks so good with the flowers. A beautiful vignette! A pretty corner!

  29. I've seen these before, but never knew their official name...I'd be calling it a sink. Your bedside vignette is beautiful. I'm loving your headboard too.

  30. love the re-deux of your corner ~ I have to harvest my lavender now!!!

  31. I'm a new follower. Your blog is such beautiful. I love this sweet corner of your room.

  32. My Mommie always said to me to wash my hands! I have to tell you if I had Lavado she never would of had to tell me again. Where ever did you find it? I swear I need to move to Ohio! I also love that door and would never be able to part with it, e.ver! I need to buy myself some dried lavender, I love. I never go to sleep at night without putting a drop of lavender oil on my pillow and 2 drops of the bottom of each foot, it is know to be a sleep aid! Have a great 4th!

  33. Cute! I had never heard of that kind of sink before. I might want to give it a base to be mounted on, maybe of wood painted white and chipped. I love the angel wings! I might spray paint them a steel grey or maybe bright white.

  34. Oh my gosh!! I LOVE what you've done to the corner of your bedroom. I saw one of those sinks last year, and passed it up. Went back to get it and it was gone...ugh. I could have cried!! Everything looks just perfect, Susan. I wouldn't change a thing! Looks very me...I've been over there! Great job!!!
    Have a super holiday weekend.

  35. I love how you styled the bedroom. That door is fabulous and so is the lavabo. What a find at Walmart. I never shop there but maybe I should!

  36. How neat...a lavabo! If only I could see your home in person. You would be so sick of my oohing and aahing...always so very beautiful! xoxo Jen And the colors you choose....ooh and aah!

  37. I love you work... and your inspiring :)
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  38. I love your decorating style! That is one beautiful, peaceful corner!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina


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