victorian ladies

Jules —  May 6, 2005

Once upon a time, we had a horribly outdated and badly damaged bathroom that I hated. Some of the damage was done by the previous owners and some by us. When Lydia and Jessica were toddlers, I thought they were giggling and playing in their room. I was frantically trying to get some things done while they were occupied. What I didn’t know was that they were in the bathroom, with cups, dumping toilet water on each others heads! They were soaked and so was the entire bathroom. This incident along with a hot water heater leak and a plumbing leak, did the bathroom in.

One day, I could no longer take it and I began to gut the thing. That was several months ago. Last week we had a remodeler come and replace sheet rock and the floor. They laid ceramic tile on the floor and tiled around the tub. I am sooooo excited to have this bathroom back. It can’t get done soon enough. I want to take my bathroom back from the kids! One toilet is not enough for 5 people! The new toilet is being installed on Monday! I took before pictures and I can’t wait to take pictures of the finished product. The above picture is a sneak peak! It is the wallpaper border I ordered today!!! I love the paint color, too!!!! It will be green with a bronze metallic top coat!

It was soooo fun shopping! Karen went with me. I think she was as excited as I was. She’s that kind of friend.

I found a couple of great decorations at a garage sale last week. I’m delighted about a mirror and shower curtain that I saw at Lowes. Gotta have them! Karen bought me some awesome shower curtain hooks! They look like those old fashion glass knobs. I wanted this bathroom to be girlie for my little ladies but also something they wouldn’t outgrow. It’s been a while since I have decorated, which you can probably tell from my excitement!!

“You may be a princess or the richest woman in the world, but you cannot be more than a lady.”
Jennie Jerome Churchill

Jules

Posts

36 responses to victorian ladies

  1. Aunt Marilyn May 6, 2005 at 9:03 pm

    I sure can Identify with you on the new bathroom. You’ll love it. We had someone do ours, and they had to take the outside wall out in order to get my one piece bath & shower unit in. I did not want any corners that would get mildew in it. We had to change the siding around a little and buy some more but I also ended up with the outside of the house looking better too. This was done in Feb. it got a little chilly in the house. This was our only bathroom too, so it was good to at least have a camper potty to go to. I am so happy for you Julie, it sounds like it will be beautiful when done. love ya

  2. I know what beauty Julie is talking about. I got to see all this first hand. The before and after.

    Now I know and saw how beautiful the sweet bathroom is going to be for our Granddaughters!

  3. Sounds real nice, and I love that border. I’ve always been facinated with the victorian ladies. I always wanted to dress like them but I was born the wrong time.

  4. I am drawn to the victorian look, as well. Although, I am thankful to live in this era. I like bathing everyday and having epidurals during childbirth!

    I enjoyed looking at all the wallpaper books. My favorite book was “Victorian Charm”.

    James isn’t a fan of victorian decor but I really love it. He kinda rolled his eyes and smiled when I showed him what I bought!

  5. I noticed you said “5 people”. Do you make James pee outside? I don’t blame you. Especially after his eye rolling with your decoration choice.

    :-)

  6. Well, I almost said six, but Anjelia is still in diapers! Fortunately,unlike our moms, I use disposable diapers, so I don’t have to rinse cloth diapers in the toilet! So technically, there are only five of us that use the potty!

  7. Cool border! Just an fyi, Joanne fabrics was having this huge sale and all their framed art was 50-60% off and they had some really nice stuff that was really cheap. Don’t know if the sale is still on or not but if you’re looking for pics to decorate you should try them out.

  8. Thanks for the info, Carl!

  9. You need to have Mary and Abby take you out to the Curious Sofa sometime. http://www.curioussofa.com

    They have alot of expensive stuff but also some bargains but its a great place to get decorating ideas and all there stuff is like a contemporary blending with victorian/traditional stuff. Hard to describe but one really cool store.

  10. Gorgeous!! With 4 guys in the house, I doubt I’ll ever do a room in complete “girlie” mode. So I’ll just enjoy yours, Julie (when and if I ever make it there for a visit!)

    I just redid our living room last year before the holidays. Just paint (a honey gold), new curtains (sage green and cream)and a slipcover (faded dusty red, sage, and golds) for the couch, but I’m thrilled! Been planning/deciding on how to change it for nearly 5 years. (I knew it would be a huge project to get it all painted so I waited til I found a color scheme I LOVED!)

  11. Sounds really pretty, Debbie. I like the sound of those colors together. Painting a room is such a big deal for me!! Big projects are challenging with kiddos around. Way to go!! You should send me a picture. I’d love to see it.

    Not going to make it to the wedding. James is too busy at work to be gone and I thought about trying to travel alone with the kids but money is a big factor, too. We just put a bunch of money into our new bathroom. I am sad, but not much I can do about it. Maybe we can take a mini vacation there sometime soon. :(

  12. Carl, that shop looks great. I like the shabby chic look a lot too. I am a little skeptical about the prices. It looks expensive but maybe they have a clearance section!!!! I could see what I like and then look for it at a garage sale!!!

  13. Aunt Marilyn May 7, 2005 at 4:14 pm

    AM SORRY YOU WONT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE WEDDING JULIE, BUT YOU CAN SIT IN YOUR NEW BATHROOM AND SMILE, AND MAYBE CATCH A NAP!!!! WE’LL MISS YOU.

  14. Aunt Marilyn May 7, 2005 at 4:26 pm

    I LOVE THE SAYING ABOUT BEING A LADY. LAST NIGHT I WAS READING IN THE PAPER ABOUT THE WOMEN FOUND BY THE AMERICANS IN THE HOLOCAUST PRISON CAMPS. THE AMERICANS TREATED THEM LIKE LADIES AND IT WAS ALMOST MORE THAN THEY COULD HANDLE. IT HELPED THEM TO BEGIN TO FEEL HUMAN AGAIN. THAT PARAGRAPH HAD MORE EFFECT ON ME THAN ANYTHING ELSE I HAVE READ ABOUT THEM. SORRY ABOUT THE DOWNER.

    I LOVE THE BORDER FOR YOUR BATHROOM. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE JOB YOU HAVE DONE. he!he! COULD’N RESIST SAYING IT. LOVE YA.

  15. My grandma used to talk to me about being a lady when I was little. I remember her always telling me at church that ladies sit with their ankles crossed.

    I found another quote I like:

    “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman.”

  16. Aunt Marilyn May 7, 2005 at 8:27 pm

    Oh, that is a good quote also, and true.

  17. I like the statement also. I am back working at A. Cabinet. I have noticed a couple of our men have shaved and brushed their teeth. I may be doing a mans job but its fun to build drawers and clean the bathrooms to see their reaction around the work area. We have a great group of guys.

  18. It’s a good thing, for them, that your back! They need a woman around there to promote personal hygeine!!

  19. Wow, us men can be such animals!

  20. Mom,if you want to be treated like a lady, you’ll have to drop the potty jokes!!! HA

  21. I recently went to Canandaguia NY, back to the old times of row houses and shared driveways, absolutely gorgeous old victorian homes with wrap around porches and neighbors visiting. The first stirrings in me that I need a home soon. I have always loved victorian era decor, lacey, disgustingly fancy, stick your pinkies out while you have tea, rooms. I hope to make Sarah a room like that some day, when she has a room of her own. Our walls are so stark white that I was overtaken with decor when I went back to TN for a visit. So now we hang the kids’ drawings everywhere and even brought a hang up clock with us this time.

  22. Ooooh, Trish, could it have been MY house that overtook you with decor while you were here in TN?! Must have been my new gold walls and that new slipcover on the couch that I mentioned above!!! (grin)

    Actually you were probably overtaken by the constant clutter at my house (I confess to suffering from “flat-surface-itis”. If it has a flat service, it gets infected and covered with clutter)

  23. By the way, Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Moms!!! I love to come to this site when I need a giggle–thanks for blessing me with many a laugh!

  24. Hey Trish, good to see ya in here again.
    Thanks Debbie, at least I hope you mean me too.
    Hi Punky!!! Love ya all
    Julie, I don’t have a new bath, but Rich came down and we got the dock and pier an lawn furniture power washed. This old woman is sore and tired, but ready for summer. Aunt Tootsie

  25. Have you been on the lake yet this spring?

  26. Happy Mothers Day, you beautiful ladies!!!!!

    I second that Debbie, thanks for the giggles girls and guys!!

    I LOVE tea rooms, Trish! I love it that we share similar tastes!!!

    Debbie, I don’t have any flat surfaces right now, either!!! Sometimes, not even the floor. Although, I am proud that I got my house cleaned up before the weekend and it has stayed that way. I think it has been some kind of Mother’s Day miracle. God is good to me!!

  27. Haven’t been onthe lake myself but Rich and the girls took the wave runner out for quite awhile, and the girls played in the water on the steps. The water is warmer them I thought but not enough for me to get in.

  28. Thanks for including me in your shopping spree! I really did have fun helping look and decide. Since I can’t really do anything here, it’s fun to help someone else decorate! You’ll have to help me when I move. I’m ready to take on some new projects.

  29. Happy belated Mother’s Day to Julie, Karen, Mary and all the other mother’s who frequent this site. If your children are any indication (and they are) you’ve all done and are doing a bang up job!

  30. Ahhhh, shucks……

  31. Thanks, Carl!

  32. Congrats on your new bathroom Julie! I can’t wait to see pictures!

  33. You’ll have to come over to see it!

Trackbacks and Pingbacks:

  1. Petrica Haggblom - June 28, 2005

    adiogalaxy

    victorian ladies

  2. Sohilling Unsel - July 12, 2005

    musicmp3

    victorian ladies

  3. Matthew - May 3, 2006

    Bathroom Remodeling Search

    [].. Whether you´re considering adding more square footage to your house by building an extension or just reconfiguring existing space to accommodate a new bathroom, home additions can be an effective way …