May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bathroom Redo - Part Deux

Hola darlings!

As with every redo, there are some things I would like to change, if I had the budget and/or the time to do the work myself and buy the necessary elements.  Sigh.

My original inspirations for redoing the bath were several rooms I saw at BHG online in black/white/tan and also toile (black/white or black/cream).  I was looking for "toile" bathrooms, because of the toile that I wanted to introduce into my bedroom and the guest bedroom.

The traditional way to get the toile look is by wallpaper.  But I was hesitant to do that in the small space of my bathroom.  Sometimes I'm just too damn conservative!  I should have gone with toile wallpaper.  But -- see my comments below...

While I'm very happy with the look of my bathroom now, it's still missing something that I wanted, and did not quite get.  For instance, check out this inspiration pic:

It's from Just Grand blog - don't have the specific link readily available.  It's not a full bath - it's a powder room, but the look, oh that look!  That is what I wanted.  Unfoartunately, I found this image a couple of years after I set out with my "vision" for the bath redo.  LOL!  Isn't that always the way it goes.

Dealing with reality, such as a white countertop and existing accessories (no beautifully-carved gold colored picture frames, no antique mirrors, no perfect electric light fixtures on either side of the mirror, no gorgeous faucet, and no toile wallpaper), accumulated over time and NO budget to speak of, well, my results speak for themselves.

Realistically, since I was undertaking the bathroom redo just before I listed the house to sell back in November, 2009 (a long horror story), I decided to stick with plain paint rather than toile wallpaper, which a lot of potential buyers might find too overwhelming and not to their taste.  So, I settled for a toile shower curtain which gives me a large swatch of portable toile.  Since I did not sell this house, I am pining away for the toile bathroom.  Now I'm thinking about redoing the powder room (3/4 bath) downstairs in toile...

Wiring light fixtures on either side of a mirror was beyond my budget; I settled for replacing the boxy original (cheap) light fixture above the mirror with a new, elegant profile.  I'm very happy with the new light fixture, which provides plenty of light in this bathroom used daily to put on my make-up and get ready for work in the morning and scrub up in the evening.'

But I really really want to try and duplicate the look of THOSE sconces (photo above) in my own bathroom.  So, I've been looking for candle sconces.  For months.  I found some close - and did not save the link!  Arrrgggghhhhh!  I thought at the time I did not want to spend that much money on them.  But afer shopping around further and not finding anything else like, I decided I wanted them after all.  When will I learn, when will I learn?

So - here are some alternative wall candle sconces that I considered -- and also did not buy (can I get a double ARRRGGHHH?):

I found these at e-bay from an Etsy shop.  They were sold.  Picture these with my black metal candle-shades on either side of the mirror - wouldn't they be splendid?  They are, believe it or not, just painted shabby-chic style plastic Syroco-style candle holders from the 1960s.  Does anyone know where I can get something similar???

I found these at Ruby Lane and thought they also might work, if treated with some white paint.  Picture the thick pillar candles with black shades I have sitting on the vanity countertop in these candle holders, instead, on either side of the mirror.

I have also thought about a different style of shower curtain.  Something "Frenchy style" perhaps (like popular prints I've seen recently all over the blogosphere of French script, cancelled postage stamps and period pictures) or in black and cream or black and white damask print?  But that's assuming I keep the wall color the same rather than going diva dramatic and papering part or all of the room in black and white or black and cream toile.

Oy!  Decisions, decisions.  Right now, I'm suffering design paralysis.  It's only a week or so ago that I added the "finishing touches", as it were, to the room, so that I was happy enough with it to take photos of the room and post them here.  You can see from where I came, to where I am now.  It's been a long slow journey for moi.  Now I want to go at warp speed :)  Not sure I should...

What would you do?  That's a rhetorical question, but I would be interested in receiving your comments, please!

Just because I took tons of them, here are some more photos of my bathroom at present:

This is a close-up of the print hanging underneath the "cubby" to the
linen closet, on the wall opposite the tub/shower enclosure.  When I'm in
the tub soaking in a candle-lit bath, this is the print I see across the rooom.
This pic also gives a pretty good image of the actual wall color -- see --
it's kind of like wet sand or peanut butter (see PRIOR post). 
Vanity vignette.

"New" light fixture, installed in October 2009.  OHMYGODDESS!
Three years ago.  Geez, Jan.  Talk about being a slow-poke getting a room done!

Wall opposite vanity wall.  The entry door is on this wall, to the right.
This photo provides another indication of the true wall color vis a vis
the cream and white tones in accessories and the creamy shower/tub surround.
Vanity vignette . Okay,  I'm not a good photographer.
You can see my hands in the mirror holding the camera, LOL!
Spots on mirror, too.  Not such a good housekeeper.  Oy!
However, the soap in the hand pump is rich and creamy,
smells sweet and a little goes a LONG way!  Guests who
use this room who aren't familiar with this soap end up in suds...
One last view of the "completed" bath from the door.
I think it's pretty - and it's practically arranged, with stuff strategically
placed inside drawers that I use every morning and every night.
Handy but not much clutter in sight.
Thanks to all of you out there in the blogosphere with organized baths, beautifully appointed, for all the inspiration you've given me.  I'm learning, darlings, I'm learning from all of you.  I really like this final photo I posted above because it shows a reflection of one of the prints on the other side of the rom as well as my print of Leonardo's "Vitruvian Man" that hangs in the hallway outside the bath.  And I managed not to photograph myself or my hands holding camera in it :)

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