Those Lousy Republicans

Sexy Nerd, frustrated by the many smoke detector false alarms in our home, has been suggesting I buy a deep fryer. I was reading reviews on Amazon to find just the right one, when I came across the Presto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Electric Multi-Cooker and Fryer. It can be used as a fryer and a steamer, in a sort of dietary yin yang. Score! As a surprise bonus, someone had written the following...err...helpful review:

"very handy as it does a lot of different things well and doesn't take lots of precious kitchen space not like republicans in washington"

WHAT?! I was on the fence before, but now they're hogging all the space in my kitchen? Geez.

Custom Bathroom Ideas

While designing our custom mountain home, our biggest fear has been that we might build something boring. I mean, we don't want to end up with a crazy, zero resale value house, but what's the point of going through the hair-graying experience of building if we're just going to end up with something everyone else has already done?

The design process has taken a looooong time for this house!

There are 3 bedrooms and each is connected to its own bathroom. We still have a few tweaks to make before finally breaking ground, but here are our bathroom floor plans so far:

Guest Bathroom/Mudroom Bathroom
 
I'd like to have a stunning mural behind the shower, framed with real curtains. The floor to ceiling window is going to be stained glass, which will reflect in the mirror across from it.

Guest Bathroom/Hallway Bathroom
Whether you have the door open or closed, it's impossible to see the toilet from outside the bathroom. There is going to be a river rock stripe leading from the hallway door up the shower wall. Another river rock stripe, in a contrasting color, will lead from the bedroom door up the sink wall. The two colors will be mixed and matched where they intersect.

Master Bathroom (AKA the best bathroom ever!)
It's his and hers bathrooms/closets connected by the shower. I hope we've made my closet big enough...

The builder tried to convince us to also include his and hers toilets, but Sexy Nerd is the one who always cleans the toilets in our house (sucker!) and that would be pretty hard to get away with if I had one of my own.

Settling on a floor plan was difficult, but the real challenge comes next - finding money to pay for all these crazy bathrooms choosing decor. Here are a few photos from my Hallway Bathroom ideas folder.

Seamlessly blending all 8 of these into one cohesive design should be easy peasy, right?

Luckily, I've found a tremendous website for unique bathroom fixtures, Decor Planet, along with reviews from people who have installed them in their own homes. Just look at some of the eye-catching bathroom vanities they sell:

The TOTO Waza Miyabi Plum Tree bathroom vanity. There's no way I could get away with this if Sexy Nerd and I were sharing the master bathroom! I'm picturing a dainty mirror hung behind it on a silky pink ribbon.

 I love the mix of modern and rustic in this Fresca bathroom vanity. It's just right for my river rock hallway bathroom. We're curving the wall where it meets the floor, rather than just doing a clean edge like in this photo, and I think a short bathroom vanity will really show it off.

This Unico Fresca Bathroom Vanity isn't quite to my taste, but I love the countertop. It's all a continuous piece of glass, including the double sinks! How amazing is that?

https://www.decorplanet.com/products/fairmont-designs-rustic-chic-36-farmhouse-modern-bathroom-vanity/142-fv36.html?KeyWord=rustic%20vanity
 Sexy Nerd and I have waffled back and forth on including a farmhouse sink in our kitchen (the current decision is that we're not going to have one...although maybe we should...). I never even considered having one in a bathroom! Did you know that was even an option?

Four bathroom vanities. Three bathrooms. I can't wait for our mountain home to finally exist!

Open Shelf Decorating Ideas: Sand and Sprinkles

Open shelves and glass cabinet doors are popular right now, but the stress of keeping them tidy can be a deal breaker. A great solution is to create a display that won't change often. Think fine china instead of everyday dinnerware. Cookbooks instead of your go-to coffee mugs.

My favorite idea ever? A delicious wall of candy and sprinkles!

We're going with an all-white kitchen in our new home and a colorful display like this will be perfect...as long as I put everything out of reach.


I had to take a break from posting this to go grab a cookie!

Feeling sentimental? How about a wall of sand, each jar a reminder of a fun vacation.



As soon as we're done building our mountain dream home, I'll be dreaming of a beach house.
(Who am I kidding. I'm dreaming of it now!)


These neat photos, along with scrumptious desserts, are from bakerella.com.

The Waterfall House

A while back, Sexy Nerd and I had the opportunity to purchase a unique house in our dream neighborhood, Glenwood Hills. It had a charming bridge to the double front doors, incredible views of Albuquerque, and an interior practically glowing in natural light, but also a few flaws. The cosmetic fixes, such as a new kitchen, new bathrooms, new walls, new everything, we could tackle, but there were also severe structural issues.

After much debate (and finding the skeleton of a bat inside the house), we decided it wasn't a good fit for us. Still, I wonder if we made the right choice. We drive by it sometimes and see that the new owners are slowly destroying it, little by little. They cleared every living thing from the yard, leaving just a wasteland of hot dirt, and replaced the garage doors with ones that are super-boring. The house is crying out for a modern, contemporary face lift - boring garage doors are all wrong!

We should have just purchased it. I mean, where else are you going to find a house with a waterfall, built right into the side of a mountain?

It starts out nice enough.

Sexy Nerd could fix this.

The sellers rolled out the welcome mat for us.

Something about this doesn't seem quite right.

Are wires and cables supposed to stretch across here?

I've never seen stucco ooze before.

Okay, so there were a few iffy things going on outside. When you walked through the front doors though, it was gorgeous. The wood! The light! The openness!

I had big plans for this old bathroom.

And even bigger plans for this old kitchen (I was going to move it downstairs, so it would be with the living area and garage instead of the bedrooms).

But it's hard to fix a balcony that's falling down. 
(Side note: Looking through these photos, I can't help feeling that we all should have left our shoes on.)

And, of course, there was the biggest challenge of all...

The waterfall.

If you looked over the railing after walking through the front door, this is what you saw.

 I don't think it ever successfully worked as a waterfall, but that's what the original homeowners had intended, back in the days of wet bars and wood paneling.
 
It was just a very, very special house.

UPDATE
This house has been flipped! Check out the updated photos. Personally, I think my poor waterfall house has been ruined. :(
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