Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Guest and a Bathroom To Be Remembered

Hello, Dear Ones! Today I have a treat for you! I have a guest today at Note Songs, my friend, Mona from wspresweetly! Isn't that a cute name - whisper sweetly. Now how long did it take you to figure that out? :) This is a dear lady whose life is filled with seven children, fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Oh, and I must not forget her precious little dog, Mele.

I was visiting with Mona and she was telling me all about her daughter's unique bathrooms and it was just too special to keep to myself. So I'm going to share these two wonderful bathrooms with you today! Are you ready? Let's listen to Mona as she describes for us these great bathrooms:

Mona says, "This is a picture taken of my next to the youngest of seven children. This vanity is in her bathroom and the photos on the vanity are of my little grandson, Eian, me at about ten months in an old stroller with the beads on the tray. The picture to the right is my grandmother as a child and MaryAlices' great grandmother."
Mona continues, "The two bathrooms are my daughter, Mary's, and the home is THE BARN in Riverside, California, formerly owned for many years by Emilie Barnes, the author of "If Teacups Could Talk", "Coming Home" (which the address of the home is on the opening pages of the older books and features the entire home during the years that Emilie owned it). The home was first Riverside's old Polo Club with tack rooms, a barn, etc. But in 1951 it was converted into a private home with lovely grounds, fountains and paths."

"This first bathroom is downstairs and was completely remodeled by my daughter and her husband over the last seven years," Mona says.

"All the cabinets were built by my son, Danny, for his sister as was all the wood trim."

"The walls were done by an artist friend of my daughters. Mary wanted country scenes and I think she did a lovely job."

I agree with Mona, don't you? It's so beautiful!
Notice this great door with the fabulous hinges, door handle and hooks. I love this! :)

Now Dear Ones, would it not be heaven to sink down into this gorgeous tub filled with bubbles and be surrounded by these beautifully hand painted country scenes? Are you jealous yet? Well, just wait, we have another bathroom to show you! :)

Mona tells us, "This is MaryAlice's upstairs guestroom bathroom. It is only a half bath, but is a nice size. The same artist that painted the downstairs bathroom also did this one."

"The scenery is of the orange groves in Riverside and are called our greenbelt. The entire room is hand painted. No wallpaper was used at all. Both the upstairs and downstairs baths feature the ceramic retro tiles in black and white."

"It took quite a while for everything to be completed with many hours of work involved."

"The beadboard and custom carpentry, etc, was all done by my son, Danny, for MaryAlice and Brock, her husband. He is a craftsman and has been doing it since high school. I tease him and tell him that Christ was a carpenter too!"
"This house was built in 1912 as a stable for polo ponies. It was made into a private home in 1951 and Emilie Barnes and her husband raised their family there as did MaryAlice and Brock," Mona tells us.
Well there you have it, two of the most enchanting bathrooms you'll ever see! I want to thank my sweet friend, Mona, and her beautiful daughter, MaryAlice for sharing her home with us today! Hey, maybe we can get MaryAlice to show us the rest of her home one day! I know I'd love it, wouldn't you?

Now for those of you who know me, you didn't think I was going to let a bathroom moment like this get past me did you? No no Nannette!! Here goes:

Attention! Attention!! Oh, my goodness! We have the latest breaking news to bring to you this very minute! It seems these two most beautiful bathrooms have been broken into right as I speak! So I will never let you down, I'm always on the job doing my Bathroom business just for you, Darling Ones!

Okay...I'm ready! :)

What do we have here? I see two of the most lovely gorgeous ones, don't you? Yes, yes, and I must determine if these lovely ones are genuine Bathroom Diva material! Oh, I see the most gorgeous complexions, hair filled to the brim with Bathroom highlights! Oh, and eyes that are so shiny and bright I have to wear my sunshades! I see the pearliest of whites! Bodies clad in the finest attire dripping with priceless jewels! One gorgeous one has long slender arms with hands that have the creamiest of dainty fingers that are holding a CAMERA!! Yes, yes, Gotta Go Ones, we have two more real Bathroom Divas! Do we know these most beautiful ones? Yes, yes, it's our own Mona and her lovely daughter, MaryAlice! You knew this didn't you, Most Know It All Ones?

Well, Mona and MaryAlice, I would like to ask you to stand and join me as I bestow upon you the most sought after, desired, coveted award in The Land of Blog! Oh, please, Most Helpful Ones, hand me my robe, crown, and golden toilet brush! Oh, thank you, my Mama taught me to always say thank you! Now Mona and MaryAlice, you are now and shall be forever and ever and until the twelfth of never - Daring Darling Bathroom Beauty Snapping Divas! Go into the world, Dear Divas and shine your Bathroom lights for all to see!!

Oh, this makes me so proud. Until the next bathroom is invaded...snap on, Divas, snap on! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)