One of our favorite projects of 2009 is the house of designers Russell Groves and Neal Beckstedt (partners in the NY firm S. Russell Groves) on Long Island, profiled by Audrey Templesman in the New York Times. Recreate the duo's take on schoolhouse decor with the following elements.
Above: Photo by Eric Striffler for the New York Times.
Above: The 30-by-42-inch Benchwright Mirror from Pottery Barn is mahogany-stained birch and costs $349.
Above: We like the way Groves and Beckstedt casually clipped a Fas Clamp Spotlight on the mirror for bath illumination; $9.99 at Ikea.
Above: The Lugarno Extension Mirror is available in four finishes and is currently on sale for $199 (down from $249) at Restoration Hardware.
Above: Kohler's Gilford Apron Front Wall-Mount Sink; $1,097 at eFaucets.
Above: Our favorite industrial-style faucet is Chicago Faucets Commercial Wallmount Kitchen Faucet (it's great in the bath, too); $228.65 at Faucet.com. N.B. All Chicago faucets are customizable with a choice of handles, including classic cross handles.
Above: White 3-by-6-inch Ceramic Tile from Subway Ceramics; note that Groves and Beckstedt stacked their tile instead of using the traditional staggered installation.
Above: Canvas Shower Curtain with grommets; $39.95 at CB2.
Above: Atran Medicine Cabinet; $19.99 at Ikea (also available in stainless).
Above: Even the bathroom's paint is reminiscent of a schoolroom; we like Farrow & Ball's French Gray, which approximates the color Groves and Beckstedt used. Go to Farrow & Ball for dealer information.
Above: For flooring, Groves and Beckstedt used linoleum black and gray checkerboard tiles; we like tiles made of Marmoleum, a linseed-oil based natural product from Sweden. See the array of grays available at Forbo; go to the Forbo Dealer Locator to find a retail outlet.