One Sassy Mama

Carrie Brownstein to Finish Nora Ephron Screenplay “Lost in Austen”

Ooooohhh, goody. I saw the British version of “Lost in Austen” and really liked it (I was convinced I wouldn’t), so this should be interesting since I loved almost all of Nora Ephron’s work.
Getting my crafty on.

Feel free to apply this to all your DIY ventures this weekend. And always. Need some inspiration? See our DIY ideas here. -EL

When indeed?
This makes the 3rd time I have wound up caulking new baseboard trim while pregnant. I sure hope it is the last time.

A grand Riverside, California, Queen Anne masterpiece, loaded with details, is available for FREE!

Dream House… I don’t want to live in California…but for THIS house I would reconsider. Note to self: talk to husband about jobs in Riverside.
New bumGenius diaper for Mr. E.

Give Us Your Opinion on Our Master Bath Remodel

Isn’t there something we all just LOVE about being asked our opinion? It gives weight to our ideas that we want to share with others. And when it is a solicited idea - even better!

So, we are gearing up to remodel our master bathroom in our 1950’s style ranch house. Being from the 50’s, the rooms are smaller and this extends to the Master bath too. Technically, it’s only a 3/4 bath: sink, toilet and shower stall. It’s very small & space is definitely an issue. I’ve been in powder rooms that were bigger. Before anyone suggests that we start knocking down walls - that’s not going to happen. We’re on a budget here and we’re determined to not to put any of this on the credit card or a HELOC. We’re (and by “we” I really mean, me) putting together a Pinterest board of ideas and products we like), have an Excel spreadsheet going to track costs, where to buy stuff, materials/tools needed.

So, here is where you come in. Currently we have a small cabinet base, topped with a sink. Question is: do we get a brand new cabinet bast & sink OR do we get a pedestal sink to ‘open’ it up?

Here is what Option A might look like:

And if the image is not displaying for some reason, you can head over to The Inspired Room to check it out.  This is very close to our current layout. Whatever vanity/cabinet we went with would be no wider than 24 inches. The obvious advantage would be storage space. We would also add recessed medicine cabinet, a cabinet that mounts on the wall above the toilet. Right now, the majority of my makeup & other toiletries are in the bath my kids use. I’d like to have everything in one place. If we went with this type, it would not necessarily need to be as bulky & squat as the one in this picture. It could be something along these lines too.

Foremost Hanley 22 in. Vanity and Vitreous China Sink in Charcoal Grey with Porcelain Vanity Top in White-HAGOS2417 at The Home Depot I never thought I'd say this...but I actually *like* the look of this one. I dislike the single hole faucet though - but might be willing to live with it. The color is lovely - charcoal gray to break up all the white.

Option B

If you were to reverse the location of the toilet & sink, this is pretty much how I pictured it in my head, right down to the tile & beadboard wainscotting. I love the clean classic lines of this pedestal sink. Clearly though the major downside is lack of storage space.

Overall, I realize these are easy, first world problems to have. But, we’ve lived with a lot of drawbacks (no outlets!) & I’m so excited to get started. I want a space that is lovely and functional. Plus, it needs to be attractive to potential buyers when we put it on the market, someday.

So now is your chance to weigh in! I’ll post the results of my informal polling in a week or two.

The List.I blogged a while back about one of my New Year “aspirations” was to finish at lot of niggling little projects in my life. So, I went about making a list of things. Some of these things are self explanatory. Others, I’d have to explain to give you the context. And I will, once I get to that particular one that merits an explanation. 
I look at this sometimes and feel hopeful. And other times, I look at it and think “what the hell were you thinking?”    But…I think it is important to try. You’ll notice that the one at the top of my list is “paint office”.  This has taken an unfortunate life of its own. The office space in our home has been the the bane of my home improvement projects from practically the day we moved in this house. It’s a long story. And once I get ready for the BIG REVEAL (someday!) all will be explained.  
But for now, I have to remind myself of something Sherry and John over at Young House Love believe. They write from their Introduction in their book the following: “This is just a little note about momentum, expectations, and self-defeating thoughts….We know it can be more than a little disheartening if you house-to-home journey isn’t moving as rapidly as you’d hoped.”  They go on to say that it look a very long time for their home to be transformed and that they had to keep plugging away at it, even going back and fixing stuff when it didn’t turn out the first time.
I am clinging to that idea and reminding myself of it. I have a plan now…and I am going to finish this office. If for no other reason, than I’m tired of all my craft goodies being packed away still. And our board games.