My Mama's Spectacular Bathroom Remodel

Last year, my handy Mama and her handy husband, Obbie, built a bathroom from scratch on what was once their canning porch. Their old farm house, which I featured on last summer (HERE), is located in Eastern Oregon. It was in dire need of a new bathroom. They did such a fantastic job, that I want to share it with you here!

My favorite thing about this bathroom is the origin of the vintage turn-of-the-century cast iron sink they installed. My mother spotted it on the side of a river near their home. She could only see a piece of it sticking up out of the ground with her binoculars. She and her husband waded across the river, carried it back across to their truck and hauled it back to the house for cleaning. After having it resurfaced by a professional in Portland, OR, it was ready for their bathroom!

The 100 year-old claw foot soaking tub was found at an antique / consignment store in Central California and transported to their farm house. My mom refinished and painted it herself.

My Mama found the awesome green vintage bath fixtures below at a salvage place in Portland, OR. They were the color inspiration for the whole bathroom.

And just when it couldn't get any better - they built an open, door-less walk in shower. It's handicap accessible, built with my son, Charlie, in mind. I love love love love love it!

The door to the bathroom opens into the laundry and mud room. Because there wasn't much space for a swinging door, they did a barn door style installation. The door was picked up at a garage sale and Obbie added the privacy glass. Isn't it brilliant?

And here are my sons trying out the soaking tub while their grandma looks on.

That Mirror!

I love the two mirrors below and am constantly on the hunt for something similar for my foyer.  There is nothing better than a big inviting mirror as a first impression when you walk into a home.  It reflect the beauty of the home and the beauty of the people who reside there.




...are like jewelry for your home.  Position your mirror near a window or a lovely lighting fixture and double your impact.  The mirror will reflect not only the light, but also the image of the fixture or window.  This creates the illusion of two where there is only one.  I would like to have any of the mirrors below in my home. 

via Bahraini Diva

via Interior Alchemy

Isabel Lopez Quesada

Isabel Lopez Quesada

Isabel Lopez Quesada

via Not My Beautiful Home

via Not My Beautiful Home

via Not My Beautiful Home

via The Diversion Project

via The New Victorian Ruralist

via Not My Beautiful Home



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Through the looking glass

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror." -Kahlil Gibran

"A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different
self in the mirror of some woman's eyes."
- Clare Boothe Luce

"Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own
face in a perfect mirror.
" -Rabindranath Tagore

"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. "
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds. "
-Jawaharlal Nehru

"The only service a friend can really render is to keep up
your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you
can see a noble image of yourself."
-George Bernard Shaw

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the
candle or the mirror that reflects it.
" -Edith Wharton

Big or small, circles or squares - Oh, how I love an accent mirror.