My Beautiful Bathroom Faucet—And Why It’s Important That It Is Beautiful

This is a closeup of the faucet we installed in our new temporary bathroom.

I am writing a separate post about it and presenting it to you in all it’s glory because Larry and I chose this faucet for its beauty.

Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you may not think it is beautiful, but it is beautiful to us, and it brings me joy every time I walk into the bathroom and look at it.

Many years ago I ran across this quote from William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement:

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

After reading that a number of times, I realized that the way we do things today is we have things that are useful that are not very beautiful and then we “decorate” with things we believe to be beautiful that have no function.

Our New (Temporary) Bathroom – Yay!

This is our new bathroom! I am so happy about this because we haven’t had our own bathroom for 3 1/2 years while living in Larry’s mother’s house with two of Larry’s siblings. I never knew how much I wanted my own bathroom until I didn’t have one and now I am thrilled to have one at all.

This is our temporary bathroom while we are continuing to build the tiny house in the motorhome. So far, no bathroom there.

This bathroom is attached to our new storage room, and hadn’t been used for years, so we decided to give it a facelift, even though it is temporary. Our rehab was a combination of cleaning up what was there, removing a door and adding shelves, and adding new fixtures and decorations to bring it more up-to-date and be more beautiful and uniquely ours.

We’re Sleeping in Our Tiny House Now!

We’ve been sleeping in our tiny house for almost a week now and WE LOVE IT!

We started out with a one-night trial and had such a great experience we didn’t want to go back to our bedroom in Larry’s Mom’s house and proceeding with our moving plans the following day. Read more about our first night sleeping in the tiny home, our move, and our plans at LIFELY: Our New Home.

Here we wanted to show you the actual bed in the actual space after we told you the story of fitting a bed in this space at all in Building a Custom Bed Frame and Moving Into Our Tiny House Construction Site.

One Log House

A couple of weeks ago Larry and I drove north on California Highway 101 to escape the wildfire smoke. Just after Leggett, we started entering the redwoods and stopped at a place called One Log House. It’s basically a gift and snack shop, but it also has a house made from one redwood tree.

The Wolf Professional Chef Stove

Because our new tiny home is only 300 square feet, we needed a stove that was small enough for our tiny house. But there was also another problem. The oven had to be big enough to hold my 12” x 18” half-sheet baking pan that I use for roasting vegetables and other baking and roasting.

We began looking, but of course, in the pandemic shopping environment, there are no apartment size ovens in the typical mass market stores, and even if you can get someone to help you find one in one of their catalogs, you can’t see them before you buy and you have to wait a month for delivery. And it turned out that not all apartment-sized stoves have the same-size ovens. Some would not hold my 12” x 18” pan….

Sea Star for the Shower

It’s been really smokey here—30 days of hazardous air alerts just ended about a week ago—so Larry and I spent a lot of time driving to the coast, which is about 30 minutes away. We go to a little town called Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchccoak’s movie “The Birds” was filmed.

We happened to go one Sunday a few weeks ago to escape the hazardous air and they were having their weekly farmers market, so we stopped to take a loo because we always stop when there is a sign that says “farmers market.”