Design Sleuth: A Bathroom Storage Must with Old-Fashioned Charm

Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo.

It’s funny how editing this website has sharpened my eye for details that I would never have noticed before. When I read Margot’s story about Le Barn, a très chic resort outside Paris, I dutifully admired the simple Shaker-inspired furnishing and its pretty sage and rust palette, but what really wowed me was a bathroom shelf. (Who have I become?)

The shelf in question is a solo wall-mounted porcelain shelf, narrow and just long enough to hold a soap, moisturizer, toothbrush holder, and a vase of dried flowers. It is plain and practical, but it also telescopes an Old World charm that, to me, is irresistible.

Here, five vintage-inspired porcelain shelves I like.

Photography by Nomades, courtesy of Le Barn.

Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo.
Above: A simple black and white bathroom with two wall-mounted porcelain shelves at Le Barn hotel. See Le Barn: Paddock Living at a Rustic-Chic Retreat Outside of Paris.

Five Porcelain Shelves to Buy

Brogan Porcelain Shelf
Above: The Porcelain Shelf by Brogan has a slight indent in the middle; $59.95 at Signature Hardware.
Cheviot Small Porcelain Shelf
Above: Cheviot’s Porcelain Shelf comes in two sizes: small (20 inches long) and large (24 inches long); $79 and $82.50 at Vintage Tub & Bath (does not include mounting hardware).
Zangra Porcelain Soap Dish
Above: We love Zangra’s porcelain wares. It  historically inspired wall-mounted Porcelain Soap Dish is short and sweet; €29.
Cheviot Porcelain Shelf
Above: Another Cheviot find, this Porcelain Shelf has a scalloped edge; $101.25 at Vintage Bath & Tub.
Zangra Black Porcelain Beauty Shelf
Above: My favorite, Zangra’s simple and streamlined Porcelain Beauty Shelf is no longer stocked in white, but the black is still available and unexpectedly appealing; €51.

More stylish shelf inspiration just ahead:

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