Category Archives: design

Bathroom Sinks

Didn’t have a ton of time to pick out the bungalow bathroom sink and thought I hit pay dirt with this one.

Win some, lose some … when you install a footed vanity or have a bottom shelf that hugs the bathroom floor – right next to the toilet – cleaning is impossible, especially under a vanity … and how does an open shelf get that filthy one day to the next?  Beyond disgusting. Pass, this will not stand, man.

Think pedestal sink, built-in vanity (minus the feet) or a wall hung sink for extra freshness. The end.

Kitchen Renovation

Long before the demolition, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, lumber, drywall and a few dumpster loads …

  1.  Create a renovation notebook, do a rough sketch of the room and measure the space … twice. Write it down.
  2. Pick out the kitchen appliances, microwave, vent hood, sink, faucet, lighting and where the garbage goes, to start planning the kitchen design.
  3. High profile kitchen faucets might look good but they splash everywhere. Going to replace mine with a medium to low profile kitchen faucet instead.
  4.  Buy the big fridge.
  5.  Think double oven.
  6.  Buy a dishwasher with a stainless interior.
  7.  Open kitchen shelves (love+hate) and open storage on top of the cupboards is tough to keep clean. The open shelves I can live with but design your kitchen cupboards so they go all the way up to the ceiling and you’ll never have to clean up there again.
  8. Slab (flat front) cupboards are easier to maintain, look amazing and may prove to be cheaper.
  9.  Design deep drawers for base cupboards, instead of cupboards with adjustable shelves.
  10.  The big box stores offer kitchen design services that will give you a baseline of where your budget can take you in a full retail environment. If a box store meets your expectations great … expect to pay more for the convenience and resources.
  11. Can’t afford the box stores? Be the contractor or find one with a list of go-to plumbers, electricians, painters, sheet-rockers and cabinetmakers.
  12. Promise yourself that you’ll paint the new walls, windows and doors before you install everything else. ( I prefer flat paint on ceilings and satin paint for the walls, woodwork and doors but … the painter thought otherwise.) The End.

hope you’re proud of yourself

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it.

I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

lions and tigers and bears ©mara lee
Lions and tigers and bears. ©mara lee
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