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It all started with a mirror

Last weekend, hubby is standing at the kitchen counter writing a TO DO list for things he wants to get done around the house. He then made a fatal error…

HIM: “Is there anything you want done around the house?”.
ME: “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Ummmmmm, can we (him haha) change out the mirror in the downstairs bathroom?”
HIM: “Sure”.
ME: “Yayyyyyyyyyy!!”

The mirror in question is situated in the bathroom of the forgotten realm–
The basement.
In order to turn on the bathroom light, you have to stick your hand into a little cave created by a horrid medicine cabinet (we accept no blame! our 1970’s house came like this). In the 3 years we have lived here, and the small number of times I’ve been in this uninspired space-I’ve found it annoying.

Wouldn't this annoy you too?

Wouldn’t this annoy you too?



So off we went to our local home building supply store to get a few odds and ends….and of course the mirror.

Once inside I quickly found a simple clean lined mirror. Then Mr Handy made another mistake. He asked me “Do you want a new light too?”
(he’s an electrician by trade and Mr Handy to meπŸ™‚ ). Not one to pass up an opportunity, I did a happy dance in the aisle so he knew my answer was a “YES!”

With mirror and light fixture in hand, we somehow found ourselves in front of the vanity cabinets. He turned to me and said “I suppose you want a new vanity too?” ME: “Am I allowed?” (I ask this as he’s the one that will be doing all the work….I’m the creative genius and he’s the one that makes it happen….the Yin to my Yang, the salt to my pepper). Not one to let an opportunity go, I quickly picked out a fairly inexpensive vanity (as per usual the first one I liked was the most expensive so it took another scan to find “the perfect one”). When I turned around, Mr Handy was standing in front of the toilets and said “I never did like the one that’s there, it reminds me of an outhouse hole because it’s so round”. Now that we had a new mirror, light, vanity, toilet….we realized we’d need a faucet to go with our vanity, then might as well get a new toilet paper holder and towel bar….then a new shower curtain bar, and of course a new shower curtain to go in our soon to be refreshed bathroom.

How we came out of the store looking:

Yes, we DID get a mirror! haha

Yes, we DID get a mirror! haha

It wasn’t until returning home that we realized the base of the old vanity had the flooring cut out around it when originally installed. Our new vanity has legs. Hmmmm… we need new flooring.
If we’re changing it out in the bathroom, we might as well change it out in the little kitchen area, and because the stairs to the back door are there……..we might as well change that out too (a hideous green that was the rage 30 years ago). So now “we” (Mr Handy) are ripping out some of the kitchen, putting a new window into the stairwell, and giving the entire area a fresh paint (might as well just get it all done at this point). My job will be to paint the lower cabinets that we are keeping, source out a couple of inexpensive wall sconces, and put in a tile backsplash (I’ve never done this so it should be interesting).

That is how asking for a mirror, turned into a full out basement renovation.πŸ˜› Stay tuned for updates!

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Stairway to Heaven


During a girls trip to the Dominican one year, my friend Patricia had taken a very cool photo of the staircase leading down to the beach. As a memento of our trip & as a thank you for the invite to our vacation property, she wanted to gift a framed copy of it to me.
I waited in anticipation….and waited…and waited…..and then…..on a couples trip she & her husband recently joined us on…

She one-upped herself!
Smiling on the staircase

(the railing was added after our girls trip)

Definitely worth the wait.πŸ™‚
My lovely friend had commissioned a local artist to paint the staircase from the original photo- which made it an even more special and thoughtful gift. She called “Stairway to Heaven”, because the beach IS Heaven….isn’t it?!

Stairway to Heaven

PicMonkey Collage3
(Patricia hanging onto the painting for dear life! There’s a reason people from all over the world come to Cabarete to Kitesurf!!)

Now when I see it hanging on the wall, I will forever be reminded of what a wonderful friend I have.
Art by Samantha Chilvers

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