First off, welcome to the new folks who have traveled over from Thistlewood Farm!
KariAnne, mistress of Thistlewood, very kindly featured my rolling pin bookends last Friday. If any of you are ever featured on Thistlewood Farm I have the following advice:
Beware the Power of the The Farm.
If you are on the West Coast and you are lucky enough to be featured in Thistlekeeping please follow this advice.
Do not go to bed and leave your ipad on your bedside table if it is set to “ding” when new emails and notifications arrive.
If you do not heed this advice you will be awakened at 5AM by incessant dinging noises. In your groggy state you will try to turn off your alarm clock but will fail because it is not, in fact, your alarm clock. It is your previously very, very quiet ipad merrily telling you that more people have visited and subscribed to your blog between the hours of 5AM and 6AM than have ever visited or subscribed to your blog in the history of your blog.
While this will provide a glorious start to your day you will need to schedule some serious nap-time later.
Also, thanks to all of you for your kind words (and patience) about my erratic blogging style. I truly appreciated it!
OK, on to today’s topic.
The time has come to attack the last untouched room in my house.
To back up.
After watching waaaay too much HGTV I, years ago, bought a true fixer-upper.
To my dismay I have discovered that home transformations take more than a half an hour and the costs shown on TV seem to have nothing to do with the the real world. While the people on TV transform entire landscapes for a few pennies and some really fun looking labor I can’t seem to get the smallest thing done without an opening bid of $3,000.
Bottom line: Progress has been a bit slow.
I’ve painted and shored up. Major work has been done on the kitchen and main bathroom
And now only one room remains untouched.
The dreaded guest bathroom.
My house was remodeled at some point in its past and I can’t tell if this bathroom was original. In any case, it was clearly designed exclusively for Keebler Elves.
Depressed Keebler Elves.
It’s tiny, drab and poorly done.
The Elf Bathroom is between the front bedroom (my office) and the recently redone Laundry Room of a Million Doors
Here is the view looking from my office to the EB.
Just open that door a little more and……..
THERE’S ANOTHER DOOR!!!!!!!
That’s two (TWO!) doors in about four feet!
To your left we have a sink the style of which is seldom seen outside the worlds finest gas station restrooms.To your right (behind the door!) is a shower with the iffiest tile work I’ve ever seen! It’s almost sculptural in its unevenness. Almost.And capping (or bottoming) it all off is this festive floor covering!It looks like confetti from the world’s saddest ticker-tape parade.
I wish I could say I had adjusted these photos to make it look draber (more drab? drabbier?) but I have not.
For reasons that I think don’t need explaining I’ve basically been using it as a closet.
But the time has come! I’ve been saving money and my sisters have promised to visit in the fall.
Demo begins in just a few hours…and shortly after that plan will form (yeah, that’s not the right way to do things I know but we have to see what’s behind the walls and under the floor before we can get specific).
Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted!