I like unique rain barrels. I particularly like ones with taps above as well as below. The article is strictly about aesthetic rain barrel design & doesn't actually address this rain barrel and whether it is functional or not.
I looove that floor. New York City Bathroom Inspiration: Classic Black and White Tile Flooring with Subway Tiles as the walls. Add a bit of Black and White Photography, a plant or some Art Work and this Bathroom has some serious personality!