One of my best friend’s Holocaust-survivor bubbies had an expression. She’d say — and you have to imagine this in an old-country accent — “Everywhere is it nice, but home is it the best.”
This is more or less my own life’s most fundamental mantra, and the underpinning beneath every word written on this blog. I want to go everywhere and see everything, and in between I want to come home to my own coordinates, on my teeny-tiny piece of the earth, and sit in my sweet little 1,350-square-foot house, surrounded by my family and my friends and rascally cats. That’s the nougat filling if travel is the chocolate coating.
So quite literally every time I touch down at LAX, or pull into the driveway after a long time away, I say out loud — affecting the same Yiddish accent — “Everywhere is it nice, but home is it the best.”
After more than six weeks out of our house, living with parents and in-laws and traveling out of town every single weekend, our bathroom remodel finally wrapped up and allowed us to move back in earlier this month. And by then, home felt more luxurious than even the most far-flung five-star resort.
Sure, we may not have had shower doors right away (so I bathed in that sumptuous tepid bathwater of a pregnant lady not advised to take a hot soak), nor cabinet hardware (eh, opening drawers is overrated), but we were home.
And with a brand new black-and-white bathroom (among other improvements)! The inspiration for our 1930s bathroom remodel came from a revamped bathroom I’d seen at an open house down our street; I loved that it was clean and modern, but in keeping with the vintage ’20s/’30s style of homes in our area of Los Angeles in particular.
My mother-in-law, Linda Rosen of Linda Rosen Interiors, helped us execute the concept. (And she’ll be taking pro photos next week, but I just couldn’t wait to share! Imagine these eh-quality snapshots swapped out for wow-worthy ones, which may actually happen if I don’t deliver two babies by the time the pro’s photos are ready.)
Anyway, without further ado, our before and after photos!
1930s bathroom remodel: before
Flash forward six weeks to…
1930s bathroom remodel: after
Update! Now with a couple of pro photos that do it a bit more justice:
So what do you think? Was our 1930s bathroom remodel a “crime against Los Angeles” or a respectful upgrade?