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C.S. Lewis

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mop Philosophy Monday

Cloves
I bought some whole cloves yesterday for sticking into oranges.  To me that's the smell of Christmas.   It's a fiddly job that hurts the fingers but somebody has to do it.
Do you put together festive clove-studded oranges?

I keep a warm coat from LL Bean and some "Bean Boots" by my side door at all times, you never know when you might have to take out the trash or forage through the garden for more festive greenery.
My LL Bean coat and boots for the winter garden.
 As you may know we've been renovating bathrooms around here.  One of them is complete but for the heated towel rack, apparently those things take a month to reach Canada, who knew?
Here's a peek of the bathroom so far, incomplete yet fully functioning:
The toilet, "Devonshire" by Kohler.
I like the curviness of it.
Did you know that toilets these days are being made at a "comfort height"?  That's a true story.  They are much taller than in the old days.  The new height is supposed to be friendly to an aging population.
The base of the pedestal sink, again from the "Devonshire" range by Kohler.
The paint color is "Gardenia" by Benjamin Moore.
We used a plain white subway tile on the walls and a large rectangular marble on the floors.
I love this honey marble so much I am using it throughout the house: it is in our front foyer and our main floor powder room as well.
The shower floor.
Marble feels so nice on the feet.
 I even found the honey marble in a small tile to be used for the shower floor.  It is so smooth underfoot when wet, and it is not a glazed tile so it is not slippery.

The shower-head was a splurge.
Shower faucet system by Riobel.
I wanted something big and round yet not too modern looking, our house is nearly 100 years old after all.  The bar to the right has a hand-held shower wand attached to it, it slides up and down depending on how tall the person using it is.

The bathroom turned out amazing and next up is our master bath which will truly be the "bathroom".  We are putting in big built-in tub with no shower.  These bathrooms are both on the second floor which is why we put a shower in one and are going for a big bath in the other.  It's an either/or thing, very Kierkegaard.
I prefer a bath over a shower any day, how about you?
Hope your week is off to a good start, I'll be hitting the floors with the mop big-time today.
xoDani

64 comments:

  1. What a lovely renovaton! I take both baths and showers, so have to have both. Anytime I wash my hair (which is usually every day), I have to take a shower. Any other time, I love a bath.

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  2. Ha, I was 21 before I had my first shower - never again - how do folk breath in there? It's unnatural!
    That's really interesting about toilet heights, I didn't know that. The new loo looks lovely.

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  3. Oh I love that Bean coat, I have a crush on the hunting jacket on J Crew just now, I think I just want to go live in the woods.

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    1. The Buffalo plaid? Me too.

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    2. That plaid coat is warm as heck. You know I love anything Elmer Fudd might wear!

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  4. Love your bathroom fittings, Dani - those big monsoon-style showers are fab. Don't know about you, but I hate having stuff done in my home - I'm having a new kitchen put in and on the first day I already want to run for the hills screaming. That's me, so patient and calm!

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    1. Hi Sulky, I don't mind but I have Kerry who is lovely, his workmate is also a really nice guy, I like having them around. I don't think I'd like anyone else! I have to go into a zen state so I don't get upset about the mess, I just turn off my neat-brain. Drinking wine helps with that!

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  5. What a great looking remodel. We did the boys bathroom several years ago and our front bath is going to be a huge project since out house was designed by someone idiotic. Seriously - apparently our post-war home was designed by someone who thought a hallway between 2 bedrooms should have 7 doors. Yep-nothing makes sense so we are planning to knock out a couple of walls and incorporate a linen closet. It will be a big, expensive job - someday.
    I love those Bean shoes. I need something for rainy days - you're always prepared which is inspiring.

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    1. Hi Julie, 7 doors, hmm the reno of a madman? That will be a good project especially if you end up with a linen closet!
      The Bean boots are good and reliable, I recommend!

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  6. The bathroom looks wonderful, so fresh and bright. I love the tile you've chosen Dani, natural stone has such a wonderful look and feel. We went for a heated towel drawer instead of a bar. It was something I used in a hotel and really loved so I had to have one at home. I needed the bathroom floors to be heated too, I'm never warm enough here in Canada once the winter hits. I much prefer showers, we sit in the hot tub if we want to soak - after a shower to rinse off any lotions or natural oils first, of course.

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    1. xoxo I have never heard of a heated drawer, how brilliant! I would not have gone for the heated towel racks if I hadn't used them in France, they are excellent and a good way to dry the towels as well. The floor in this bathroom is not heated, we didn't have the outlet for it but the other marble floors we are doing are heated, so nice under the feet. I'll be happy to have that floor in my ensuite as it is quite a large area.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Dani---your good taste extends to home decor as well, I guess! And as for a bathtub, I can't live without it. I am lost without a hot bath, or two, especially in the cold weather.

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks! I find a hot bath the only way to get warm at times. I'm always freezing!

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  8. Lovely bathroom and the sunflower shower head may feel like a splurge but I guarantee you'll be thankful that you installed one! I love a bath too and our claw foot does the trick and fits into our 100 year old bungalow. Looks like you'll be finished soon and I for one am keen to see it all put together heated towel rack and all.

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    1. Hi Hostess I love a claw foot, I thought of buying one but in the end we are doing a drop in that will have a marble deck for books bubbles and of course an occasional wine glass. ;)
      I do love the shower head, I was worried it wouldn't have the water pressure but actually it's great!

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  9. Your bathroom looks great! I also have a subway tile in one of my bathrooms, only it is almond color. To go with the 1920's theme (my house is from that period) I also went with honeycomb (hexagonal) tile. Many visitor's commented that the bathroom looks like it always has been there and I want to believe they mean it as a compliment, lol.
    I must be the only person that much prefers showers to baths, anytime I tried to take a bath and enjoy it, I got impatient waiting for the supposed relaxation that was not happening for me.

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    1. Nope, ajc I am with you on almost strictly showers. In part because tubs weren't at all common where I grew up, but I've only taken a very occasional bath on vacation (baths with views) or in my great aunt's massive claw-foot. Steaming and getting pruney just not my thing.

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    2. I'm same, I have no patience for baths. I don't know how to relax, it's not in my DNA!

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    3. I am a shower girl too:).

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    4. Yep, Tabs, glub, glub. Although my 'rents always thought I should love a tub since they couldn't drag me out of the pool or sea.

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    5. Strictly showers, I was discussing this the other day with a friend who grew up in India, she was shocked to leave home and learn that there were places in the world where otherwise respected and educated persons actually sat in their own bathwater. I'm a simpler soul, I just don't like to wait for the tub to fill, get the temperature right, etc etc. Wash & go, me.

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    6. I'm with Tabs I think you all have gills!

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  10. Morning Dani - your bathroom reno looks lovely, and I so like the sound of your master bath. Our last three houses, including this one, have had those corner tubs - I hate them with a passion, they are too short to lie down in properly, there's no sloping back for comfort, so I haven't had a bath in quite a while. We will definitely be looking for a proper tub, or the possibility of a reno, when we next move.
    I also like the fact that you have the two shower heads in your shower - good choice!

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    1. Patricia I am also not a fan of the corner tub, we had one in our last house. I was very picky about the tub, in the end I went with a 6 foot oval Kohler with a centre drain and sloping ends with armrests. It looks very comfy, Kerry is concerned it is too shallow for my husband but if it's too deep it's difficult to fill up, trade-off. Hubs rarely takes a tub anyway it's mostly me!

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  11. WC REVEAL Dani, how sleek and shiny. I love the hotel touches like your heated towel racks or xoxo's drawer. And now you really have me jonesing to tear out and replace the "white was I thinking" floors.
    Orange & clove pomanders are charming, old-timey, although agree poking them (tried a fine knitting needle?) is a bit of a pain. One of the quintessential scents of Christmas along with evergreens. With them and the maramalade you are on quite the festive citrus kick.
    BTW, if you still want to make Xmas cake, could certainly drop my Kitchen Aid pro your way when next "out west". Wish I had known as M. was trout fishing in your general direction on weekend. I don't use it for pie crust and not making "puddings" this year.

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    1. That Blue Willow/ Delft spice jar is very pretty too! (Oh the things I would collect - good thing we live in a condo, auto curb.)

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    2. GF, trout fishing! Great weekend for it the weather was lovely. Thanks for your kind offer, you are the best. Bought the spode on ebay of course, it's the only one I have but isn't it charming?

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  12. Hi Dani,
    Your renovation looks fantastic. Can't wait to see the finished projects. I love the subway tile, marble and sunflower shower head. Your neutral base will never go out of style and will be fun to "accessorize". I finished my daylight basement a few years ago and used the Kohler fixtures(love them) and my very tall family appreciates the "comfort height." You won't regret the splurge on the dual sunflower shower head and hand held feature. We added it to the master bath and it adds a welcome bit of luxury to showering. If you get an over-sized tub make certain that you have a hot water heater that can handle it. My master tub is huge but if I fill it too much I run out of hot water and can end up with a luke warm bath. No fun.

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    1. Hi AmW, I have a tankless hot water heater, we never run out, it's a magic machine that just keeps cranking out the hot water. We had a tank here but when it started leaking a few years ago I took the plunge and bought the tankless heater. It has saved us a small fortune on our gas bill, it will eventually pay for itself.
      I also love Kohler, to me nothing else compares!

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  13. I am definitely a bath girl!

    Your bathroom looks amazing! We only have two washrooms - the one in the basement, which you have seen before, has a huge shower. The one upstairs only has a whirpool tub. We are in throes of laundry room reno, which has been sidelines by septic tank back up and funeral. C'est la vie! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!

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    1. WMM, oh no are you on septic? Why did it back up, that doesn't sound pleasant, really you don't need that right now. Good thing your hub is around the house to look after this stuff!

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  14. Love what you've done. We are embarking on the master bath when we have time to pick out tile etc. Mr Lane wants grey stone/marble. We have a big shower and a down stuffed chair in our bath, both are staying. Not a big bath person-- we have an old clawfoot we got at a salvage place when we built the house for the kids' bath, but only a hot tub outside overlooking the harbor for us. Divine.

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    1. Lane a hot tub overlooking the harbor sounds like a dream! Lots of gorgeous gray marbles out there, I was looking through piles of marble yesterday.

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  15. We are in the early planning stages of bathroom renovations. We need a lot done, but I'm discouraged by how expensive it all is. Yours looks very nice!

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    1. Cate it can be very expensive. Ours wasn't as bad as I thought, we stayed on budget too despite some splurges. I think careful planning is key to keep costs as low as possible. Good luck with your project!

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  16. oh how lovely. i'm v partial to white subway tile. it is so clean and classic. and i'm a bath person all the way! xo

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    1. Janet the subway tile is excellent and so economical too, it balanced out the cost of the expensive honey marble.

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  17. This looks classic and lovely, Dani, can't wait to see the rest.

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    1. Fred I'm looking forward to the full pic with the towel bar installed too! Kerry has a before-pic of the hideousness captured for all time, I need to ask him to send it to me!

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  18. Bathroom redo looks great! Have you thought of using an old-fashioned metal thimble to lessen the affront to your fingers when pushing in the cloves? They have divots in them to help hold the needle in place while pushing on the thimble, and I expect those would hold the cloves steady too.

    BETH

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  19. Wow, didn't mean to be so dramatic about the name. Hit caps lock accidentally. Whoops!

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    1. Beth I was just at the fabric store yesterday, I'll have to go back to look for a thimble! Thanks for the tip!

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  20. I'm a shower girl. Baths are good for relaxing, but I don't really feel clean unless I shower. We have a big shower, with a built in steam when I feel like it. A very similar shower head to yours, and also a hand held one on the side. Your bathroom looks beautiful, love your choices in tiles, marble, and all the fittings. Yes, toilets are higher again. They were low for a long period, but it was problematic on many levels.

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    1. Kathy since you are often covered with paint I think you need to have showers! Oooh built in steam, that would be so nice.

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  21. What a beautiful renovation, Dani! I love the colors you've chosen, too. They will most certainly make the bathroom look extra clean and fresh.

    I am definitely a bath girl, and always have been. I really do not care for showers at all, and the only reason I will take one is if there isn't a bathtub around to use instead.

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    1. FFM I'm with you, a shower is a last resort. I even prefer washing my hair in the sink!

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  22. Your new bathroom looks lovely - can't wait to see the finished product! I am envious, as our ensuite bathroom could use a major overhaul. The house is pretty new (5 years old) but the bathroom was very poorly designed and it's driving me crazy.

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    1. Hi Louise, The bathrooms we are replacing are only 10 years old, they should have lasted longer but the tile work was poor and the linoleum floors hideous.
      In the end the renovations are not costing nearly what I feared, that's the good news!

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  23. Your bathrooms look and sound heavenly. We got new windows installed last week, so I'm enjoying a insulated home. The noise and draft are down to a minimal! We get new blinds next week.

    Please share pictures of all your bathrooms! Did you design and pick out everything?

    Isn't home renovation/improvement just a wonderful feeling?

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    1. Hi Wendy, new windows are a sound investment to be sure. The previous owner here did that for us, though we do have four original windows left which are lovely and old. I did pick everything though my renovator is amazing and always has the best and most creative ideas, he's great at keeping the costs down too.

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  24. Hi Dani-Your bathroom sneak peeks look very nice. The floor tile is lovely. Speaking of "comfort height", when my husband went on his first mission trip to Guatemala, not realizing the Guatemalan porcelains were much shorter, at their "comfort height", DH fell about six inches before reaching the seat-he is wiser now. As for me, tub vs shower, when I'm in a hurry I'm in the shower, when I have time for indulgence, I'm drawing a bath. Now I must get my hands on those darling little Spode spice jars...

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    1. Hi David, I found my spode jar on ebay! Your poor DH! Beware the Guatemalan porcelain! What a good man he is going on those missions.
      Just yesterday I ordered more of that marble for my ensuite bath, can't wait for that phase to begin, it all starts on Monday!

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  25. I love that you mentioned the cloves in the orange thing...I haven't made one since I was in elementary school, but I wanted to make one this year because there is an orange sitting in my room that is getting soft and I don't want to waste it....it would be so festive!

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    1. Hi Sophia, I haven't made them for years. See GF's comment on drying them so they don't rot!

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  26. Hi Dani,
    I have missed couple of your posts... Your bathroom looks beautiful! I prefer showers. We have a bath that we never use as such, just showers ;-)
    Yes I do cloves studded oranges for Xmas, I love their smell so much. To make it less painful for the fingers, I first do the holes with a big needle (like a wool needle)... Make things easier... How do you keep them? Because I store mines in a bowl, they tend to rote quite fast :-(
    I liked very much your festive post. Your tableware is lovely! I am definitely looking for some festive dishes, but I would like to have them "assorted" with my service... So hard work on this one... I have a visit to the German Villeroy and Boch factory this coming Saturday. Wish me luck!
    Take care.
    Steph

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    1. Steph, with you on the knitting needle pre-poke! Your pomanders should dry in 4 weeks in individual brown paper bags in cool, dry spot before you put them in a bowl. But you can also speed-dry them overnight in the very lowest setting of the oven, or just the pilot light warmth if you have a gas stove (best). This does change the scent slight (more of a marmalade-y than a fresh citrus scent.) Enjoy V&B!

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    2. Steph I knew GF would have the answer, she is our Martha only NICE.
      I know you'll find some good things at V&B, let us know what your trip turns up!

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  27. Forgot to mention that I made pomanders for Christmas gifts as a Brownie Scout, you were supposed to hang them in closets to keep away moths.

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    1. Fred I didn't know they were used for moth control, interesting. I was a Brownie too but I don't remember anything I ever made!

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  28. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous and well thought out reno! Just curious - why did you put tiles on the ceiling? Did your contractor recommend doing that?
    Thanks again,
    Emma

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    1. Hi Emma, Yes my contractor did recommend the tiles on the ceiling of the shower for easier cleaning.
      It does make it easier: I can spray with my cleaner and then rinse with the handheld shower wand.

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  29. Lovely bathroom - great choice with whites and honey.

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    1. LR thanks I love that honey marble!

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