And then I stumbled across this beauty, with its gorgeously exposed plumbing (so steampunk!). I love the clean lines, the carved but simple details, the weathered finish to the faded wood. (Sorry the image is so tiny -- click-through for the big, zoomable version.)
Leaving aside the price issue for now, that leaves the question of practicality. At first glance, I would have thought that this would provide insufficient storage for all those unattractive bits of bathroom miscellany that gets crammed into drawers -- half-open tampon boxes, extra toothbrushes in their packaging, etc. But there'll be another tall cabinet in the room (eventually, when we can afford it), which can be at least in part closed storage if needed. And the open storage here is actually potentially more efficient than closed in terms of space, since nothing is getting eating up by doors or sides or false cubbies in front of the plumbing, etc.
As long as we get several matching bins for storage (perhaps some of them with closed lids, like the bamboo ones I got for my art supplies from The Container Store), this could actually be quite efficient. No? Tell me if you think I'm crazy. (But keep in mind that I kind of love open storage, when done neatly/cleanly. In our kitchen, we're planning to have several shelves of open storage, where dishes / glasses / vases / spices / etc. will live. I know some of this is a taste thing, and that for many people, the very idea of open storage is the work of demonic influences...)
Which takes us back to price -- oof. I haven't researched this much, but $1000-$1500 or so doesn't seem entirely out of line with what's available for nice double bathroom vanities. (Is that totally wrong? Is Amazon deeply misleading on this score?) The price does include both sinks, which is something. And we're not interested in the super-expensive marble version, but it's unclear to me whether the wood base has an actual top that can be exposed to the air (and sealed appropriately), or if it just has holes outside the sinks, and requires having some sort of top attached. I'd be happy with a wood top, and thrilled with a zinc one, but we're already having stress issues trying to figure out the zinc issues for the island (cost of zinc itself - $200; cost of having someone make a zinc top, apparently $2000 (!) -- we're trying to find a better alternative). I have a call in to RH to ask what the wood base actually has for a top right now, so hopefully they can call back with info soon.
But any advice / thoughts on this would be welcome. Sometimes, I am too easily seduced by the pretty. And this piece is so very very pretty.