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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Before & After Master Bath Reno


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are having a good weekend.  The majority of ours has been damp and cloudy.  The Mister took Friday off, and it was his turn to pick a movie.  One of these days, he's going to surprise me and choose a good one.

I squeezed my eyes shut for more time than I held them open during this very loud, bloody movie.  For anyone who is interested, the Mister says that the flick is as good as the book.
I answered, there was a book?

We were planning an adventure for Saturday, but unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, so we opted for another movie.  At last, it was my turn to choose.  I had high hopes for Brad's Status but boy, did it ever disappoint.  It is slow moving and extremely depressing, especially if you are in our age bracket, premature middle-aged.

Stay home and save your money.

Today is picture-perfect, so we are off to the Cape.
We may take some time off before we sit through another flick. 


At last, I got my act together to share the pics of our never-ending bathroom renovation.  I'm not going to complain, but I will admit to ingesting bottles of Advil and chardonnay during the process.

I got to make most of the design decisions because the Mister uses the third-floor master bath which is fairly new.  He's happy because his closet and workout room are located up there. 

This way, when he rises at 4 AM to work out, he doesn't wake his sleeping beauty. 

In the process of renovation, we developed new love languages.  Mine was distinguished by a deep sigh and a whine, while the Mister's language always involved the word "budget" accompanied by an eye-roll. 

Although the master bath is very small, it took 13 tedious weeks to finish.

Okay, this is not it.

Six weeks after we finished the master bath renovation in Texas, I got the call that we were moving to the Boston area.  Along with my heart, this is a pic of what I left in Texas.

  And this is what I walked into.  

The owner's agent gave me a tour of our soon-to-be new home.  She told me upfront that I may have a problem with the bathrooms. 
Yeah, that may be the understatement of the century.   

This floor never looked even close to clean.

The two areas that had to be addressed were the need for more outlets and more storage.   

There was only one outlet in the bathroom. 
It was strategically placed behind the door and nowhere near the sinks.  

I think that this snazzy little accessory is meant for toilet paper.  All the bathrooms on the second floors feature them.  It's one of the many mysteries of this old house.

No, you'd never notice that fixtures were replaced.  
Whenever I came across eyesores such as this one during the tour, the agent would use the word charm.  I learned quickly that we had very different definitions for that word.

Unfortunately, this little beauty of a broken radiator was not included in the makeover.

As anyone who has persevered through a renovation will tell you, the process is not pretty.

The State of Chaos is your new normal.

When we began this renovation journey, we thought about expanding the bathroom because it was small.  But that would mean getting rid of one of two small closets in the bedroom.  We have learned in our 27 years of moving a lot and that it's all about resale.  One small closet in the master would be a deterrent to prospective buyers. 

The last pic was taken before the shutter was installed.  I didn't want to give you the impression that I was doing any shows for the neighbors.

When it came to vanities, we had to think small.  There were not a lot of choices available online.  Our contractor said that he could have a couple made, but we didn't want to add any more time to the renovation process.  We finally decided on two that I found on Pottery Barn, and I'm very happy with them. 

Again, size matters.  There was no room for a tub, which was fine with me.  If I get desperate for Calgon to take me away, I can always take a soak in #2's bathroom which has a clawfoot tub.

  Instead of having a glass door that opened out in the shower, we decided to have a sliding door made, and I'm so glad that we did.  We also had it treated so that you don't have to use cleaners on it that leave streaks.  All you need to do is squeegee it after the shower.  I consider that my cardio for the day. 

Later gator - icky radiator - hello radiant floor.

The contractor who demoed the tile on the wall and tub estimated that it was installed in the late 1920's which is no surprise to me. The first thing that we did four years ago when we moved in was to replace the toilets that were installed at the same time. 

I have always loved the clean look of beadboard, so we went with that.

I did my best to get as much storage as possible.

Last but certainly not least, my buddy, Kate the Great gave me this beautiful silver bowl a few years ago.  It is the perfect addition to my new sanctuary.

We also replaced the floor and painted the girls' bathrooms so they would come home more often.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works!

Until next time...

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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  Happy First Day of Fall!  As much as I miss the Summer, I do love all the color, aromas, and tastes of Autumn.   About ninety percent of the candles that I own are pumpkin scented. 

Do you have a big weekend planned?  The Mister and I are taking Chowdah to the beauty parlor, running errands, and of course, going to the movies.  It's the Mister's turn to pick the flick.  (Insert eye roll).  You know what that means.  I'll give you a hint: it will involve shooting, stabbing, chasing, and blowing things up.  It is during the Mister's choices that I wish that I could take my Kindle into the theater.

Sunday is supposed to be beautiful, so we will probably take a field trip.  


Both properties are in the beautiful state of Maine and good news -  they are both for sale.

I could get so organized if I had this island.

I would wake up in a good mood every day if I had breakfast here every day.

To see more photos of the gorgeous home, click here.


Our second house can be found in Rockport, Maine.

I love how light and airy this house is. 

More photos of this waterfront home can be found here.


In honor of the first day of Fall, this article has plenty of stunning rooms with a punch of orange.

This wallpaper makes me happy.
More photos can be found here.


Are you seeking inspiration for sprucing up your home for Fall?

Some great ideas can be found here.


Are you looking for some unique kitchen ideas?  
You can find plenty of inspiration right here.


Are you planting bulbs this season?
Here is your ultimate guide.


I begged asked the Mister to make this for me this weekend.
I'm starting my diet next week.


I gave you good news about ice cream in my last post.
I found even better news right here.
You're welcome.


I fed my #1 so much squash when she was a baby that she actually turned yellow.  Butternut squash is my favorite vegetable. 

Twenty amazing ways to cook butternut squash.


Here are 50, count 'em 50 recipes for Fall Appetizers.


Have you reached your peak?
Find out the age that people peak at almost everything.


Are you planning a wedding?  
Here are 7 apps that you cannot live without.


And if your wedding planning is for the Spring, the experts spill the trends here.


Here's a list of 26 cool websites that will change your life for the better.
I downloaded three of them.
I'm constantly working on my cool factor.


Are you or someone you know expecting a second baby?
Here's a cute article that is written by an expectant Dad.

When we brought my #2 home from the hospital, my #1 kept waving at her repeating "Bye, Bye Baby!" for weeks.  It took her awhile to adjust to the fact that #2 was sticking around for awhile.


I just added this adventure to my bucket list.
Who's in?

Until next time...

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