at the sink

by Laura Casey Interiors on July 9, 2009

I spend a fair amount of time at the sink. On a busy cooking day I run the dishwasher twice. I have two little boys who eat a fair amount, and I like to cook so that is a recipe for dishes. Sinks have come a long way in the past few decades. This single basin stainless steel sink by Kohler uses a new technology called SilentShield which is an exclusive sound-absorption system. It reduces disposal noise and vibration from dishes and running water.

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This farmhouse sink is made of fireclay, which is softer than most porcelain and is easier on your dishes.

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I could use a longer washer for prep and clean up.

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Undermount sinks make for an easier cleanup with no edge for food particles to get stuck in.

You don’t need to have granite countertops or a farmhouse sink to mount them underneath. The below one is shown with corian.


The seamless sink also allows for easy cleanup into a disposal. No more unsightly rims.


I love the look of a copper sink as well.

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Ann Sacks copper Zeus sink

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The Farmhouse Duet Pro-Hammered copper sink by Native Trails is pretty good looking.

Picture 15Here are a few more options that help make life at the sink a little easier.

Elkay’s sink with a removable cutting board.

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The Carafe kitchen faucet by Kohler can be switched to filtered or unfiltered water.

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Sprayer and faucet in one by Dornbrecht.

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Happy cooking & cleaning!

Photo Credits: Kohler (1), House Beautiful (2,3) Seamless Sink (5), Signature Hardware (6), Ann Sacks (7),

Native Trails (8), Elkay (9), Kohler (10) Dornbrecht (11)

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1 Jennifer July 9, 2009 at 6:21 am

Great post, Laura. Sinks are one of those things that everyone has but no-one really gives them much thought and we do spend alot of our time at them. There are so many choices and options as you’ve illustrated. Thanks.

2 Jean July 9, 2009 at 6:45 am

No wonder I’m not doing the dishes!

3 Maryruth July 9, 2009 at 7:14 am

Your boys could have a grand time with these sprayers!

4 Shani July 9, 2009 at 7:41 am

Hi Laura! That is a gorgeous selection of sinks. I love the first one, as we live in a 1960s ranch where the kitchen sink noise seems to permeate 70% of the house. As for the toddler dance parties we discussed on Courtney’s blog, aren’t they a great way to relieve the stress of the day and get the little boys’ last bits of energy out before bath time? 🙂 I look forward to reading your blog more!

5 viera July 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

Great selection, Laura.

6 Kristen July 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

We have a farm sink, and I must say, it is one of my favorite parts of our kitchen! But mostly because it’s big enough to stack nearly all of a day’s worth of dishes in with 2 little ones running around! I loved seeing all the sinks!

7 camila July 9, 2009 at 8:54 am

Oh that copper sink looks amazing. I have a farm sink at home and I love it! Only complaint with it is that top has a groved section to lay your soap on and tiny bits of dirt always get into it, which makes it a pain to clean!

8 Karena July 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hi Laura, I replaced a sink with a deep stainless that I now wish I had chosen something more interesting and cleanable? Of course i do use it to clean paintbrushes etc. It is impossible to keep clean (in my house anyway!

9 Lauren July 9, 2009 at 10:34 am

Love, love copper sinks! And really love the third picture–the undermount sink, the counter tops and that faucet. However, I fear my little stinker could not keep his little hands off that apparatus to the right of the sink. He’d consider that an open invitation to spray. (But perhaps that would be a nice alternative to the kitchen chore I detest the most– mopping!)

10 Karen July 9, 2009 at 11:06 am

Every time I go somewhere like the Kitchen and Bath show I am so overwhelmed and envious of all the options. Even when I think about redoing things in my kitchen I can’t decide! But I love the look of this copper — so warm and a breath of fresh air from all the stainless we’re used to. Think we’d still love it a few years down the road? I can’t decide (no surprise).

11 pve July 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm

The one thing that is so important is the height of the sink.. We lucked out when we bought our home with counters that are high, perfect for backs ! I have been in some homes where the sink is so low that I had to bend over to wash and that is excruciating…
I love a deep sink.

12 Cristin July 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm

That farmhouse sink in copper is gorgeous!!! Wow.

13 Lauren July 10, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I like a deep single bowl sink! Great selection!

14 July 11, 2009 at 12:30 am

It doesn’t matter if you are planning a new home or remodeling an existing kitchen, with granite kitchen countertops you can be sure that you will add to value of your home.

15 Chic Coles July 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm


Thank you for the product information on the Kohler sink with the new technology “silent shield” sound absorption. It was very helpful. The patena of the copper sink from Ann Sacks is beautiful. Any thoughs on new directions for kitchens?

16 vitania July 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

All – so lovely – the farmhouse sink is beautiful and deep for dishes, but a little fruit and vegetable bath nearby is also a must !! All so beautiful !!


17 Vasudha July 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm

very very informative….thanxxx laura for this post…

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