#1,243 All The Signs + Bathroom + Gatsby.

The last 2 big big Ben banners are up! They just photograph so well.


And finally… I finished painting the trim in the new half bathroom, hung some art and took some photos to share with y’all. This used to be a big closet under the stairs in our office/den, but it was so long and narrow it wasn’t very useable if you put anything at the back that you wanted to get out again someday. Ben used super inexpensive tongue-in-groove pine planks to cover the old plaster walls and ceiling and built a small shelf mimicking the original one from when it was a closet.

There’s the old free sink we found in dirt beneath my family’s farm out in the county. My grandfather new what was worth keeping.

Kindly ignore the trash in the can!

Ben wants this room to be an ode to manliness. My favorite is the friendly old sea captain found at the antique mall downtown. Also, a watercolor print of The Red Lion Inn. He’s going to hang the old .22 rifle his daddy gave him above the door because 1) it’s manly 2) it’s actually a good spot to hide your gun.

Found a little schoolhouse light at Lowe’s and a matching 2 light fixture for over the sink at Destination Lighting. He shortened the room and put up a little wall with shelving where the slant of the stairs gets steep behind the toilet.

The hand mirrors came from At West End in Jackson. I think my favorite thing about the room is the pretty custom vent system Ben made. They’re not just decorative, they actually pull air outside and down through the floor.

There are 3 paint colors in our house, Java (Eddie Bauer) in the entryway, Nantucket Gray (Benjamin Moore) in the room at the bottom of the stairs, and Dover White (Sherwin Williams) throughout the rest of the house. Big surprise, we painted the walls Dover White, but this time in super high gloss. The ceiling is Nantucket Gray and people don’t even notice. It’s the most perfect shade of grey.

And then… And THEN. I noticed on Fandango while daydreaming about how it’s only one more day until I can finally see The Great Gatsby… Very quietly listed, I saw that our tiny 5 screen cinema would be showing Gatsby at 10 pm tonight in 3D. Holy cow.

I bought our tickets right then and showed up at the theatre at 9:15 to be sure we could get a seat. But no one was there. Just us and 5 ladies having a girls’ night. We had the biggest theatre to ourselves, and I saw my first 3D movie. And not just any movie. It was so incredible. My heart caught in my chest several times. The music was so unexpected but seamless with the story. It was colorful and beautiful and tragic and gave the story the deep, emotional heart the book never had. Hot tears were in my eyes when Gatsby’s climbing out of the swimming pool because Daisy finally called. Because I knew what was coming and couldn’t bear it. That’s the best I’ve got to describe it.


Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Daily Journal

11 thoughts on “#1,243 All The Signs + Bathroom + Gatsby.

  1. I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better!

    And, wow! The bathroom looks gorgeous!!! The hanging hand mirrors are such a cute touch 🙂

    I can't wait to see Gatsby too! Leo looks like he would make a good Gatsby…

  2. Your bathroom looks really great! I love love love the old sink.

    Nobody in my corner of the South could get away with tacking up pictures of Confederate officers, especially Forrest. He was super manly but…you know…probably pretty racist. Is that sort of history display more common in Mississippi?

    Tobey Maguire is just awful; I don't understand how anyone so cheesy managed to become a movie star. 😉

    • Thanks, love! My dad has been collecting Civil War photography and portraits for years and we just adopted a few of them. It's (of course) not a racist memorial or anything like that.

    • Thank you, Victoria! It's looking much less bare these days with more on the shelves and walls. I love that room!

  3. Couple questions. What is the side of the powder room and what size are the vents on either side of the toilet? Are they ducted through the back or just sitting in there? We had a return in the wall and moved it down but I love that look and thought we would use it too.

    • This is Ben responding. The room is about 3'x11' and the ducts are actually for an exhaust fan. The air is pulled down through the floor.

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