You've seen my top ten reasons why basins with washstands are a Modern Country must-have, now let me give you a behind-the-scenes sneak peak into the inner workings of my brain. Fasten your seat belts!
You know what they say about difficulties sometimes bringing out the best solutions? That facing problems head on somehow squeezes out extra creativity? Well, this is one of those glorious occasions.
We needed a small basin - cloakroom size - for our shower room. I didn't want the small proportions of the room in any way to compromise the look and feel of the fittings but, rather, to be an asset.
I searched high and low for the perfect small basin with a washstand and was lucky enough to stumble across what is now one of my favourite bathroom suppliers: Burlington.
I'd not had first-hand experience of Burlington before but have been nothing short of amazed at their service - the products are well-priced, good quality and beautifully packaged.
Their Edwardian cloakroom basin comes with a washstand - you would not believe how ridiculously happy it made me to finally track one down - and one with such perfectly Modern Country Style!
And not only is the basin small (51 cm wide by 30 cm deep) but the washstand is absolutely beautiful. Feast your eyes on those luscious legs!
The legs are long, slim and curvy. In truth, what more could you want? The chrome finish bounces the light around the whole room beautifully.
But what I love most of all, is the way that what could have been rather a dull area has been turned into something really special, whilst not taking up any floor space.
It's definitely worth doing this level of research, if you're at all like me, to get a product that you'll be thrilled with for years and years and years to come.
I adore the attention to detail that Burlington have given the design of their Edwardian sink. It adds a large shot of much-needed character into this new build space. The upstand at the back prevents water spraying on the tiles, and the sink itself is lovely and deep; both of these completely bypass the common problem of small basins: splashing!
The moral of this tale is this - and I say this as much to myself as to you: the next time you are feeling at the end of the road, don't give up! Keep searching! That perfect something is a-waiting....and this gorgeous Burlington Edwardian basin with its eye-candy washstand is a perfect example of how patience and persistence pays off.