Nevertheless, when Joseph and I passed a curious shop on the street in Paris recently, we stepped inside and wound up buying a few things we could not resist. We rationalized this by telling ourselves that they will certainly be put to good use in Normandy.
First up, a table lamp with two hares (photo above). Not sure if this is vintage or a copy of an older lamp, but there was something inextricably appealing about it to both of us (at least it has new wiring!) We are enjoying it right now in the city, but nothing says "country" like a lamp with two rabbits. Please note that one of them may be wild, and one tame. I say this because the one on the left has a collar. Her nose has a bit of extra shine, as if the bronze has been rubbed for good luck.
There is a Castorama store in Paris, but with space at a premium, you cannot view most of the selections in person. We had seen some items online that we thought might work in our very small bathroom-to-be, like the sink and mirrored cabinet combination above, but we wanted to actually see the materials and get a better feel for the dimensions. We also wanted to purchase everything for the bathroom in one fell swoop, so our builders would have everything they need to install a working toilet, shower, and sink, along with the tile for the floor and shower stall.
The Castorama "Essential" checks in at 45 cm in depth and does come in 60 cm width. Jim allowed that we could fit in the 45 cm sink on the left wall (the extra 5 cm is only 2 inches more, but every inch counts in a tiny bathroom). The sink can still only be 60 cm wide however, as otherwise we can't fit a shower stall against the back wall. I think the sink and under cabinet pictured here is probably 70 cm. Depth is more important than width when you are splashing around washing your face!
So while we might have preferred a less modern style of sink, this one will work for us. We ordered it, along with the matching mirrored medicine cabinet, a slightly old-fashioned faucet, a generic toilet, a generic clear glass sliding shower door, light gray tile for the floor and plain white tile for the shower stall walls. Because it is so small, we'd like to keep the bathroom space simple, even if it is a bit plain vanilla. We can always paint or wallpaper the remaining wall space to bring a touch of color if it lacks personality. Or the hedgehogs can visit and sit on a shelf. I've decided that hedgehogs work wonders in every room.