Ever since I found out I would be a participant in this year’s Bathroom Blogfest, intellectual topics sprinkled with well-timed humor were dancing through my head. And then reality set in.
- Me: What if I talked about the jaw-dropping products and European designs I’ve seen over the last…
- Brain: Nah. If you’ve seen one bidet, or claustrophobic shower encasement, you’ve seen them all.
- Me: Alrighty then. How about the technological advancements seen in tile, such as anti-bacterial properties, the blending of various materials, the mind-altering shapes and sizes…
- Brain: Look, we both know once YOU set foot at any tile show, you turn into the Tasmanian Devil. You’re like a kid in the proverbial candy store with tile.
- Me: I know.
- Brain: So explain to your readers why you’re like that. Why you get so revved up at shows or when you visit showrooms. They can handle it.
- Me: I can’t, that would be too…revealing. I can’t expose myself like that. What would they think of me?
- Brain: That you’re human. You’re a busy working mom living with two young boys and a husband who can’t put anything in the hamper if his life depended on it (and the hamper is literally two-feet away)? You’re right, they’ll skewer you.
- Me: Well wait a minute, not so fast. I think you’re right. I think I will expose myself!
Each time I return from a show, laden with beautifully arranged settings, designer fixtures and worldy accessories, imagine my disappointment when I come home to this:
Sadly, this is our master bathroom. The bathroom the whole family uses to clean up, bathe, shave…well, you get the idea. With two boys under the age of 10 and a husband who, how shall I put this delicately, only cleans up after himself when he knows he’s in trouble, I’ve given up on doing anything remotely decorative in this bathroom. Everything is just functional. If it works, let it be. Actually, the only thing we have changed since we moved here 11 years ago was the floor tile. The floor used to have a hideous bright yellow tile, installed in a herringbone pattern. Each morning after waking up, I would walk in and wonder if it was my turn to see the Wizard.
Did I mention there are two other bathrooms in the house? One is a guest bathroom, which looks good but needs updating. The other is the “boys bathroom,” for the kiddos. Of course they can’t bathe in there because the tub/shower leaks and there’s a door (which leads to the side of the house) that needs replacing. In the summer, it’s blazing hot in there and in the winter, they’re shivering. Hence, any dreams of redoing our master bath have been put on hold.
In essence, this is the box I literally I want to climb out of because I can’t stand to be in here. Where’s my Zen-like retreat, or my modern spa-like room where I can have a moment to myself? Where are my glistening glass tile backsplashes or my ridiculously large shower with mosaic-accented niches? Where is the promised land of self-cleaning toilets and showers?
Watching HGTV or reading decorator and designer blogs doesn’t help my situation either, it further reminds me of the box I’m stuck with until the boys get older or I win the lottery.
|Name||Blog Name||Blog URL|
|Susan Abbott||Customer Experience Crossroads||http://www.customercrossroads.com/customercrossroads/|
|Paul Anater||Kitchen and Residential Design||http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com|
|Shannon Bilby||From the Floors Up||http://fromthefloorsup.com/|
|Toby Bloomberg||Diva Marketing||http://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/bloomberg_marketing/|
|Laurence Borel||Blog Till You Drop||http://www.laurenceborel.com/|
|Bill Buyok||Avente Tile Talk||http://tiletalk.blogspot.com|
|Jeanne Byington||The Importance of Earnest Service||http://blog.jmbyington.com/|
|Becky Carroll||Customers Rock!||http://customersrock.net|
|Katie Clark||Practical Katie||http://practicalkatie.blogspot.com/|
|Nora DePalma||O'Reilly DePalma: The Blog||http://www.oreilly-depalma.com/blog/|
|Paul Friederichsen||The BrandBiz Blog||http://brandbizblog.com/|
|Tish Grier||The Constant Observer||http://spap-oop.blogspot.com/|
|Elizabeth Hise||Flooring The Consumer||http://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com|
|Emily Hooper||Floor Covering News Blog||http://www.fcnews.net/category/blog/|
|Diane Kazan||Urban Design Renovation||http://blog.urbandesignrenovation.com|
|Joseph Michelli||Dr. Joseph Michelli’s Blog||http://www.josephmichelli.com/blog|
|Veronika Miller||Modenus Blog||http://www.modenus.com/blog|
|Arpi Nalbandian||Tile Magazine Editors' Blog||http://www.tilemagonline.com/Articles/Blog_Nalbandian|
|David Polinchock||Polinchock's Ponderings||http://blog.polinchock.com/|
|Professor Toilet||American Standard's Professor Toilet||http://www.professortoilet.com|
|David Reich||my 2 cents||http://reichcomm.typepad.com|
|Victoria Redshaw & Shelley Pond||Scarlet Opus Trends Blog||http://www.trendsblog.co.uk|
|Sandy Renshaw||Purple Wren||http://www.PurpleWren.com|
|Bethany Richmond||Carpet and Rug Institute Blog||http://www.carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com/|
|Bruce D. Sanders||RIMtailing||http://www.rimtailing.blogspot.com|
|Paige Smith||Neuse Tile Service blog||http://neusetile.wordpress.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||Content Talks Business Blog||http://simplemarketingnow.com/content-talks-business-blog/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||Smoke Rise & Kinnelon Blog||http://smokerise-nj.blogspot.com/|
|Christine B. Whittemore||Simple Marketing Blog||http://www.simplemarketingblog.com/|
|Ted Whittemore||Working Computers||http://www.kinneloncomputers.com/|
|Chris Woelfel||Artcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co.||http://www.artcraftgmt.com|
|Patty Woodland||Broken Teepee||http://www.brokenteepee.com/|
|Denise Lee Yohn||brand as business bites||http://deniseleeyohn.com/bites|