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Get the Look, Cut the Price

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We all love the look of marble floors and polished faucets. It's the top-dollar price we can live without. Which is why TOH editors scoured the marketplace for money-saving replicas of the high-end goods found in this tony retreat. The results? Products that are proof positive you don't have to take a bath to make a bath.

Basket-weave Floor Tile

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Two takes on the classic trick-of-the-eye mosaic: pale marble with hints of gold and green and crisp black-and-white porcelain.

Splurge: Shades of Light

Italian Calacatta gold rectangles and dots made of pale green give the Parramore Basketweave marble tile its luminous palette. Its polished, light-reflecting finish requires sealing.

About $90 per square foot; Waterworks

TOH Save: Graphic Look

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Contrasting colors and finishes—matte white rectangles and glossy black dots—give this pattern its updated look. Interlocking mesh-mounted squares make this tile extra-DIY-friendly to install.

About $10 per square foot; Nemo Tile

Savings: about $80 per square foot

Cross-handle Faucet

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Multispoke handles and flared spouts were staples of early spigots. New versions do wonders for a plain sink.

Splurge: In Fine Detail

The hand-polished nickel finish on this widespread faucet gives it a vintage patina, and the porcelain buttons and wide spout are authentic period details. Its French-made, all-brass construction comes with a long-wearing ceramic disc valve and lifetime warranty.

Julia faucet, about $847; Waterworks

TOH Save: Compact Curves

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This chrome-finished centerset faucet, suitable for a sink top with holes 4 inches apart, gets its charm from a curvaceous spout and handles. Made in Taiwan, its all-brass construction has a 10-year warranty, which doesn't cover a washerless cartridge valve that may need replacing every five or so years.

Model 32184, about $72; Plumb USA

Savings: about $775

Wood Medicine Chest

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Painted or not, early mirrored cabinets typically hung on the wall above the sink with framed inset doors and nickel knobs.

Splurge: Well Framed

This painted, 33-inch-high solid-wood cabinet has a vintage-style inset door with a beveled mirror, three adjustable glass shelves, and satin-nickel knob. Finished with a decorative wood frame, it can be recessed or wall hung.

Devon cabinet, about $660; Afina Corporation

TOH Save: Wall-Mounted Simplicity

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With its wood-framed overlay door, laminated box, and single fixed shelf, this no-knob cabinet is a trim 19 by 15 inches. It's meant to hang on the wall.

Sheridan cabinet, about $74; NuTone for store locations

Savings: about $586

Leaf-Motif Border

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Decorative subway tiles with floral or leaf patterns were popular in the 1890s. Today's versions may serve as both border and cap rail or just as an inset.

Splurge: Cream-Colored Leaves

Its warm white color, crackle glaze, and detailed acanthus leaf motif give this border tile—which doubles as a wainscot cap—a Victorian-era feel. Each 3¾-by-6-inch tile is hand-pressed and hand-glazed in California; purposeful pooling of the glaze adds dimension.

Archtectonics Collection bay-leaf tile, about $28 each; Waterworks

TOH Save: More Nature Inspiration

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A semitranslucent 4½-by-8-inch snow-white-glazed tile is meant to give its factory-made consistency a hand-crafted look.

Acanthus tile, about $14 each; Daltile

Savings: about $35 per linear foot

Candlestick Sconces

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Baths of yore were softly lighted with chandeliers and sconces—a look that's making a comeback. Here, two candle-style fixtures, each a foot tall, in polished nickel.

Splurge: Fully Fashioned

Its designer provenance (it's credited to Bill Blass), linen shade, and concealed fasteners give this fixture a flawless traditional look.

Single French sconce, about $126; Circa Lighting

TOH Save: Streamlined Value

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The taller shade, made of synthetic silk shantung, on this slightly simpler version has a more contemporary look, as does its all-metal candlestick. It attaches with two screws that have decorative caps.

Butler sconce, about $59; Murray Feiss Lighting

Savings: about $67

Washstand Sink

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Sinks with exposed metal console supports (and pipes) span the 1880s to the present, keeping baths open and airy and towels right at hand.

Splurge: Like the Console of Old

Its marble top—in this case Italian Calacatta gold—with a graceful ogee edge, vitreous-china basin, and nickel-finished tubular frame, replicates console sinks of an earlier era. It fastens securely to the wall and is poised on ball feet.

Danby console with Savoy, about $1,890; Waterworks

TOH Save: Leggy Wall Mount

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This vitreous-china sink gets old-fashioned flair from a built-in washstand-style backsplash that secures to the wall. Chrome front legs attach to the floor, and optional towel bars snap onto the sides.

Essex sink, about $530; Cheviot Products

Savings: about $1,360

Tub Filler

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These two versions of the statuesque Victorian tub filler feature cross-handle faucets and a cradle for a hand shower.

Splurge: Stand-alone Sculpture

This large-scale Edwardian-style floor-mounted tub filler, made in England, stands on exposed legs and rises nearly a foot above the tub's rim. It has a polished-nickel finish over all-brass construction, a 5-foot hose, and porcelain trim on its diverter lever and cross handles. A generous ceramic disc valve is designed for fast tub filling. Comes with a lifetime warranty.

Model U.3521X, by Perrin & Rowe, about $4,292; Rohl

TOH Save: Off-the-Wall Value

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Chrome-over-brass construction and porcelain trim give this smaller set its retro look. It is shown as a wall mount but can be deck- or floor-mounted with additional parts. Made in India, it has a 5-foot hose, ceramic cartridge, and lifetime warranty.

Besco Chrome Tub Filler, about $299 (wall mount) or about $695 (floor mount); Baths From the Past

Savings: about $3,597

Train-style Towel Rack

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Credit railway cars and hotel baths with popularizing storage racks that can hold a stack of terry cloth.

Splurge: Euro-style Flair

This solid-brass rack is 28 inches wide and 11 inches deep, with a hand-polished nickel finish, hidden screws, and four beefy hooks.

Lugarno towel rack, about $329; Restoration Hardware

TOH Save: Scaled Down

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This lighter-weight, chrome-over-hollow-brass rack is 22½ inches wide and 9 inches deep, with curved top and bottom rails, and semiexposed screwheads.

Hotel towel rack, about $69; Dynasty Hardware

Savings: about $260

Pedestal Tub

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Like the earlier tubs they echo, these centerpiece soakers are made of cast iron to hold the heat.

Splurge: Right Curves and Complexion

This 68-inch-long, 13½-inch-deep, two-piece tub has a porcelain enamel finish with a tough titanium glaze guaranteed not to peel or corrode for two years. It weighs 383 pounds and costs about $100 to about $350 to ship.

Dual model 806, about $2,650; Sunrise Specialty

TOH Save: Same Shape, Different Finish

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This two-piece cast-iron tub, 66 inches long and 13½ inches deep, has a porcelain enamel finish with a glaze guaranteed not to peel for one year. It weighs 552 pounds but shipping is free; just be sure to check your floor supports.

Double-ended pedestal tub, about $1,400; Vintage Tub & Bath

Savings: about $1,250

Dual Showerheads

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The Victorians cleaned up under rainhead "roses" atop exposed nickel risers with attached hand showers.

Splurge: High-rise Profile

Porcelain levers, an exposed mixer, and a hand-polished nickel finish give this single-stem French-made unit its true vintage style. The 8-inch rose, fed by a large valve, is designed to drench; the handheld shower has a porcelain handle and 60-inch hose.

Easton Exposed Shower System, about $3,677; Waterworks

TOH Save: Two Easy Pieces

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This octagonal 9-inch rainhead is a simple retrofit for an existing wall shower. A separate chrome hand spray, with four shower settings, has a 69-inch hose and can be positioned anywhere along its 30-inch bar for hanging.

Inspire showerhead, about $68, and four-function hand shower, about $215; Moen for store locations

Savings: about $3,394