as a was looking around for inspiration, i turned to one of my favorite furniture designers--
the new traditionalists.
they have the most beautiful pieces in their collection...pieces that are that perfect balance of traditional and modern.
here is a sampling:
here is the credenza that i used as inspiration for my vanity:
when i showed the pictures to my cabinet maker, he said it would be pretty expensive to duplicate, so he came up with the idea to make a simple, shaker style cabinet and then put a small piece of trim on the inside.
at first, he suggested an angular trim with a slight groove in it:
while i liked the way it softened the edge of the cabinet, i wasn't in love with it, so i asked if he could get some trim that had a softer, radius edge.
i liked that much better.
here are the two pieces next to each other for comparison:
i also asked if he could make the sides as slender as possible. i really like the delicate edges and detail on the credenza by the new traditionalists, and felt the proportions of the edges (rails) to the flat pieces (panels) would be improved this way.
here is a sketch of the vanity: