Welcome back to my new blog series, From my Front Porch, where I share weekly updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea, or perhaps even a glass of lemonade, and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news! I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!
Around the House
We are slowly making our way through my new house. I hope you are enjoying the tour! We left off last week in the family room, and today we are going to walk out of the family room and through that doorway on the left. Straight ahead is a linen closet, the powder room is on the right, and the master bedroom is to the left.
Today our focus will be on the powder room. First of all, I'm curious whether y'all are familiar with that term? Is powder room a universal term or one that is only regional??
According to the WiseGeek:
A powder room is generally defined as a small bathroom that contains only a sink and a toilet. Sometimes, it's referred to as a guest bathroom or half bath, and it is usually located on the first floor of a home. This placement allows guests to use the facilities without having to trespass into the homeowner’s private space. Traditionally, these bathrooms are very small, and some are even tucked underneath a stairway. They typically do not have a window.
The term powder room dates back to the early 18th century, when it was used to refer to a closet-sized room where people went to have their wigs repowdered. The expression carried through to Victorian times, when any reference to personal bodily functions was considered indelicate. Ladies of the era were embarrassed to speak of such things and would excuse themselves from mixed company to go to "powder their noses." In fact, many women still refer to a public ladies’ room with this term.
In today’s competitive real estate market, a powder room is often an essential selling point. Many owners of older houses, have converted hall closets into small bathrooms in order to increase the marketability of their homes. These conversions are considered to be an excellent return on investment and can have a positive effect on the value of the property.
I thought that explanation was interesting! I didn't know the origin of the word powder room, did you?? :) Well, with no further ado, here is the place where you would go to "powder your nose" if you come to visit me! :)
Taking these photos confirmed to me that I really don't like the way that room is coming together. My goal is to have every room of my house be inviting in it's own way. Not that I'm trying to encourage anyone to go into that room and want to stay . . . . ;) It just doesn't look right to me, and I'm not sure what it needs. Because of the black granite, I chose to hang a black mirror over the lavatory. Then, because of that, I decided to go with only black framed pictures and other black accessories. Now, I'm not so sure that is working. It's just lacking interest! Any suggestions??
One thing I do like is the pocket door to the powder room! I think builders should use those more often - they are such an efficient use of space! :)
Just behind me in the picture above is the master bedroom. I've made a lot of progress in there; however, I must confess -- some of my clutter just got moved from my bedroom floor to my closet floor!!! ;) So, now I have boxes of stuff in my closet to sort through! :) I am going to conquer it this week! I promise! ;) We will continue the tour next week with the master suite!! (Nothing like a little pressure to get me moving!) ;)
Last weekend I defrosted and cleaned out both the freezer and the refrigerator in the garage. It wasn't exactly on my To Do List, and my timing was awkward. I started this job about 30 minutes before time to leave for church on Sunday morning! Bad planning on my part?? Not really. You see, a simple trip to the extra refrigerator for a gallon of milk and to grab something from the freezer revealed that both were warm, dripping water and not running . . . :( Turns out that the breaker had been tripped some time on Saturday morning. Big sigh. Not exactly how I planned to spend my Sunday morning . . . but food had to be sorted through immediately. Some of it was thawed and bloody and went straight to the trash dumpster. Some of it suddenly found itself on the menu for the week, while other items were still mostly frozen and able to go back in the freezer, once I had it all wiped out.
Sadly, I missed church. Unfortunately, I lost some food. But, on the bright side, I discovered it in time to save most of the food, and I now have a cleaned out and freshly defrosted freezer! :)
The children have been finishing up school this week and going to VBS in the evenings. (Remember when VBS used to be in the mornings?? I miss those days!)
Tiffany and Hannah have been in South Carolina all week, visiting with my Mom and Dad. They hope to come home today -- if Tiffany's little car cooperates -- and they will be bringing a surprise with them!!! Come back next week to find out what the surprise was! :)
Speaking of surprises, I had a surprise last night!! Joe came home for the weekend!! He tried to just sneak in the house like he'd never been gone! :) So Good to have him home! I may not let him leave again!! ;) (Sorry Abby!)
Thanks for stopping by my front porch for a visit! If you have time, please drop by and visit with my dear friend, Lori. She blogs from the front porch of her cozy little log cabin nestled in the woods of the South Carolina mountains. You will enjoy her warm and witty writing style! Tell her that Elizabeth sent you! :)
Please join me again next Friday on my front porch!!
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