source: residential architect Magazine
publication date: June 1, 2007

By Nigel F. Maynard

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. But if you love the hunt like we do, it's bound to reward everyone involved. Yes, your products must prove penny-wise, but they can't look cheap or perform poorly. They must withstand the rigors of everyday life at least as well as their more precious counterparts.

Admittedly, cheap is in the eye of the budget holder, but we think the collection on the following pages is a bargain at twice the price.

working the angles

The contrast of rich espresso-stained wood against the polished, angular forms of West Elm's metal/wood bathroom accessories lends sophistication to the budget-savvy bath. The line's most expensive piece, an 18-inch glass storage shelf, retails for $44. Other accessories include a $16 hook for robes, a toilet tissue holder ($19), and three stylish hangouts for towels: a $24 square ring, an 18-inch bar for $29, and a 24-inch bar for $39. West Elm, 888.922.4119; www.westelm.com.