Does a farmer’s sink make sense without a real farmer?
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Front apron sink Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines, who are a big part of the American pastoral farm fantasy and who (in part) lead the modern agricultural aesthetic on HGTV. And if design experts have been predicting the end of its aesthetic for several years, the very deep and wide basins that accompany it are still very popular. A manufacturer, Kohler, reports that sales of sinks have been increasing steadily for the past five years. Matthew Quinn, director of the Atlanta Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, recently said his customers demand a stainless steel version more suited to modern kitchens.
Why does he stick to this style? He cites one of its many practical advantages. “The smaller you are, the easier it is to access it.” Because there is no counter between you and the sink. Another benefit: increased depth when bathing dogs, says Tricia Foley, designer from Bellport, NY (author of the new book “A Summer Place” (Rizzoli)). .. Foley also loves the ability to arrange flowers without cluttering the petals with confetti. Plus, stack them up invisibly until you’re ready to wash dirty dishes. “I used it as an ice bucket for a party,” she said of a cave-shaped container. “Put lots of bottles of ice cream and rosé in the farmer’s sink.”
Stephanie Sabbie in Nashville, another interior designer who installed one of the tabby sinks in her home, said, “I loved taking the kids together in the bath. “Especially if you can afford to make it out of stone,” she said. The pro also praised the patina that the front of the apron could develop. “We’re all crazy to be bulletproof,” Sabe said. You are like “it’s beautiful”. ”
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No, there are so many of them, overexposed and can ruin your wardrobe
Click to watch According to Houston designer J. Randall Powers, in the traditional scullery, “I hate the whole Kardashian approach to design. Sink’s proud belly can steal the stage. Evolved over time. “They feel great,” said Fluffy Kitchen, a partner of New York-based Ike Kligerman Barkley, who lived on a 300-year-old farmhouse in Normandy, France as a teenager. An architect Thomas A. Krigerman said. But, “When you plug it into a modern kitchen, it loses a bit of its appeal. In some ways, this makes the sink too big.
The quality of this star also limits placement options, as the sink in front of the apron appears to be more centered, like an equally prominent kitchen hood, Quinn said. Farmer wells are also about twice as expensive as standard varieties. Margaret Selzer of Denver River + Lime says, “I would love to invest this money in the amazing lighting fixtures on the island. Krigerman agrees. “I would like to pull the sink down from the bottom and spend the money on a beautiful non-lacquer brass faucet.”
Some experts don’t like the wear and tear that the exterior surface of the sink usually experiences. As Quinn complained, belt buckles can scratch metal objects and fireclay belts. It can get damaged. Without a countertop between the sinks, it’s easy to get splashed with water, explains Sabbe. She added that the farmer’s style is famous for ruining the low cabinet. “When you cook, water flows naturally from your elbows. In the sink with the apron in front, the water will wash down along the sheet, ”she said. When it comes to cabinet installation, “every cabinetmaker rolls his eyes”. Sabbe has learned to accept all the drawbacks, but perfectionists may want to use a standard undermount or undermount sink.
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