The four corners of the kitchen.
My Tap & Sink

Technically this is not a corner of my kitchen. I wanted to put that out there before someone emailed me telling me that a straight line does not make a corner. But, the tap and sink are a much bigger part of the kitchen than the actual corner which is just a doorway that leads into the dining room.

A dining room filled with unicorns, dancing bears and a spinning Alec Baldwin. Obviously you can see why I’ve gone with the sink and taps for today’s post. Far more entertaining than another spinning Baldwin.

The sink is a deep white Kohler sink from Home Depot. It weighs about the same as a spinning Baldwin. It’s an enamel coated, cast iron sink and I love it.

The faucet is a matte white Brizo Solna Scandinavian inspired, touch activated faucet.  So I’ve combined old fashioned farmhouse with modern Scandinavian and they work perfectly together.





You’ll have to excuse the raw drywall behind the sink.  I still have to finish that with a bit of a backsplash.

This particular Kohler sink can be installed as either a drop in or undermount sink. To me, a big cast iron sink should be installed the way it originally would have been installed back in the olden days, which is dropped in.  Chances are there’d also be a recently shot headless rabbit in it, but there’s a limit to how far I’ll go in terms of nostalgia.

I ordered this sink sight unseen.  I wanted cast iron, I wanted white, I wanted a single sink this size.  Take all those things, add them up, and the Kohler Iron/Tones was the sink for me.  So I was really, really happy when it showed up and I loved it even more in person.  The cast iron has a waviness to it that makes it look like a genuinely old, sink with character.


Wavy Rim Of Cast Iron Sink

My sink isn’t dirty by the way. My camera lens is.

And this faucet has changed my life. It really has. 3 things that changed my life by Karen:  being born, discovering jalapeño hummus, this faucet.  Because THIS faucet … is a touch activated faucet.

Brizo Solna
Just set the temperature that you like and leave it. To turn the water on or off all you have to do is tap anywhere on the faucet. The head, the base or the shaft. Anywhere you touch it it gets turned on.


Plus it has this pull out sprayer that is completely hidden inside the tap when not in use.


Back to the sink for a second, my favourite part about it is the strainer …


Brizo Faucet Kohler Sink
Yep.  It’s gold.  Well, brass actually.  Everyone who has come into this kitchen has gone NUTS over that strainer.  I mean, I hang with some pretty rough crowds; people who buy imported fruit and don’t recycle.  Hooligans basically.  So for them to notice a strainer says something.

The other thing people have wondered is whether my sink is in backwards.  And it is.  Or at least it might be.  The strainer, you see, is normally at the back of the sink.

And here is your lesson for the day.  Don’t just blindly follow the rules, do what makes sense.  If I had installed my sink the way it was “supposed” to be installed the water coming out of the faucet wouldn’t have even come close to the drain.  By turning the sink around, the water runs into it perfectly.  Which is what you want.    There was no changing where my faucet was, it couldn’t be moved back any further so it was the sink that was going to have to move.

I intended to include a video with today’s post showing me turning my faucet on and off.   But I didn’t have enough time to get it edited, so watch for that coming up in the next week or so.   It’ll be more entertaining than you think.  More entertaining than a spinning Baldwin anyway.


  1. david guercia says:

    do you have the exact model of the sink?

  2. Pam'a says:

    I love an enameled cast-iron sink, but it’s impossible not to bonk it with various items in the course of kitchen operations. Barkeeper’s Friend is great, yes. In addition, I offer one other hint: If you put a mat of some sort in the bottom, it not only protects your sink, but also provides a little cushion for things that land in it.

  3. Larita says:

    Your inappropriate commentary cracks me up. You make me proud to be a fellow Canadian.

  4. Christina says:

    I’m considering a touch faucet, but I’m hesitant. What if there’s a power outage? Or if it’s over or under-sensitive? I keep picturing myself coming home to a running faucet for some reason. Have you had any issues with it so far?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christina – LOL, I hadn’t really thought of either of those things. Not to worry though, this particular faucet is run on a battery pack. So no problem with power outages. Also, if your batteries run out, you just use it like a normal faucet by the handle. In terms of it randomly running, I discovered there’s a timer on this faucet so if you accidentally leave the tap running, it shuts off automatically after a couple of minutes. ~ karen!

    • Brad says:

      My cats would figure out how to turn it on.

      (I’m late to this party, but I’m new to the site.

  5. Trish Cordiner says:

    It is so so beautiful, Karen!!!

    well worth this long wait…you got your new beautiful kitchen
    but not like every other kitchen…unique and younique~!!!

    waiting for more…

  6. Vanessa says:

    Head, base, shaft…. You’re a wicked, wicked little monkey (and I love it).

  7. Liz says:

    You have such great taste :) Second to the waviness…and the strainer, I think my favorite is the hidden sprayer?!! Those Swedes really know how to use their heads…or Danes or Weges? haha

  8. Shauna says:

    “The head, the base or the shaft. Anywhere you touch it it gets turned on.” You did that on purpose right? I mean, I’m thinking the majority of your readers are, like me, still hanging on to their 13 year old giggly Beevis and Butthead humour, so that sentence totally did it for me.

  9. Nancy Blue Moon says:


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