Beauty heals

beauty heals - peonies

“We need more joy to fight all the f-ckery the world keeps serving us.” That’s what one of my favourite bloggers wrote last week and I couldn’t agree more. I would add beauty to that sentence, too. More joy and beauty.

beauty heals- peonies

beauty heals-peonies

beauty heals - peonies

beauty heals - peonies

Our backyard garden is delivering beauty via beautiful blossoms on an almost daily basis and, lately, I’m acutely aware of its calming and grounding effect.

I feel an uncomfortable knot in my stomach and, after a short putter in the garden, a feeling of ease arrives. The tightness dissipates. I can hardly believe how well it works at soothing a dark and fretful mood. It’s one thing to know it intellectually, it’s quite another for the healing power of beauty, of nature, to be a real felt experience.

beauty heals - peonies

beauty heals - peonies

beauty heals - peonies

As I write this, the peonies are fading fast. Those in vases are dropping their petals at a startling rate, and those left on the bush are exploding into beautiful messes.

beauty heals - pink rose

The pink rose bush is up next and from the looks of things there will be plenty of blooms. Soon after, the day lilies start producing their cheery orange trumpets.

beauty heals - marigold seeds

beauty heals - marigold seeds

beauty heals - marigold seeds

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And the marigolds, I can hardly wait to greet the marigolds. I started them from seeds gathered from last years flowers. I was a little late starting them so I have a bit of a wait. But when they do finally flower, unlike the peonies, they tend to stick around longer. Stay tuned!

xo

beauty heals - marigold seeds

Bathroom revamp reveal

bathroom revamp revealOur new bathroom is just like the old bathroom, only better.

The old fixtures were removed and replaced. We now have a beautiful and deep soaker tub to better accommodate the tall folks in our home, a new sink (not at all unlike its predecessor in its pedestal design), and a new high tech toilet with hands-free functions to keep the toilet cleaner for longer – the less often hands touch things the cleaner things remain. The toilet was Simon’s choice and, although it took getting used to, I think I’m beginning to like it. Especially that it seems to stay cleaner longer.

Faucets and towel holders were upgraded.

bathroom revamp reveal - soaker tub

bathroom revamp reveal - pedestal sink

bathroom revamp reveal - pedestal sink

bathroom revamp reveal - free standing faucet

bathroom revamp reveal - sink and faucet

 

bathroom revamp reveal - towel holder

 

bathroom revamp reveal - toto washlet

You can program the toilet so the seat opens when you enter the room, flushes itself once you’re finished and closes a few minutes later.

Everything is in the same place as before (except for a light switch) and the footprint hasn’t moved a smidgen. Yet the bathroom feels bigger because we installed a pocket door.

bathroom revamp reveal - pocket door

bathroom revamp reveal - pocket door

The floor is also new. I love the look of hexagon tiles and how good they feel on bare feet.

bathroom revamp reveal - hexagon tiles

We kept the wainscoting and only removed it from around the chimney to expose more of the brick.

bathroom revamp reveal - exposed brick

Ceiling, walls, trim and wainscoting are painted the same colour, “parchment” by C2.

bathroom revamp reveal - soaps

bathroom revamp reveal