I thought it was the tiniest room ever when we moved in 16 years ago.....claustrophobic for sure! I used it with the door ajar for a long time! But now it's one of the favorite spots in the house for the grandkids and me. The photos tell the story; but I'll give you some background.
We had the decorator paper it to complement the room that holds a long double sinked counter, seperate shower and tub and an entire mirrored wall! This room, as well as the attached walk-in closet...could easily hold a couple of twin beds. In fact, we keep a big comfy chair in front of the counter.....great for his shaving comfort...and for me doing nails and makeup! It was this tiny 'toilet room' (what they used to call a water closet) that seemed so out of scale. Whatever to do with it except add toilet paper!?!
And so this blue striped room remained functional but bare for years.
Our entire home is nautically decorated from 40 years of living near oceans and lakes and coastal vacations. Every place we've lived has had a nautical theme! We have devoted whole walls to paintings and plaques of Sydney Harbor (where I climbed the bridge), sailboats, beach scenes and vintage signs advertising lake cottages and seaside rentals. Ropy trimmed cushions and table covers, shell shaped placemats and dishwear, giant jars and bowls in each room filled with sand, stones, seaglass, shells and pieces of driftwood collected everywhere we've stuck our toes! Right out of Coastal Living! And although the big bathroom is painted in deep blue and sandy khaki with nautical maps, fake seagrass bouquets and a nautical medicine cabinet......we always dismissed the second bathroom as nothing but a necessity in times of need.
During my 30 years in education, I aquired lots of cute apple stuff! Knick knacks and books and ornaments and frames that worked beautifully around my classroom. As soon as I put a few on display, more kept coming with each new group of fourth graders. At the end of one school year, as I packed up my room for the summer, I had a brillant brainstorm!!!!! Maybe all this apple stuff can go in that little bathroom! I carried boxes and bags home and told my husband my idea. "It's your bathroom" he said! And so...that summer the apple bathroom was born! My oldest granddaughter who was 3 or 4 at the time and still needed reminders about potty breaks.......declared she would only use the "apple bathroom!" Not only did this teeny closet space now have a theme......it had a fan!!!!
Before long, family and friends started buying me apple decorations for birthdays and Christmas. I have photos and trinkets and soaps and corny signs.....it's adorable! I have grown to love this small room for my ME space.....time to think, time to smile at the kids' pictures as they've grown through the years, and time to share this lovely story of the little room that could!
This has been linked to On Display Monday at Snippets of Inspiration
It is so cute! Good Job!ReplyDelete
I love your little apple room! I wonder if any of your 4th graders will ever see this post and recognize a gift they once presented to you? I see that you cherish everything you were given.ReplyDelete
I still use Christmas ornaments from my high school students, and those have always brought back vivid memories of them sitting before me in the classroom. They've probably long forgotten what they gave me, but I will never forget them!
How sweet to think of my past students recognizing these things! I do cherish them...and I can recall most of the faces/names!ReplyDelete
Thank you for knowing how much these gifts really do mean to us teachers!
I love your apple bathroom! It is like that little room was just waiting for you to realize how to decorate it properly. What great memories. I've often wondered if teachers keep all the gifts their students give them. I actually discouraged Amara from getting an ornament for her teacher that said Best Teacher Ever. I figured she probably already had a million of them. Next time I will know better!ReplyDelete
Oh yes....we sure do! I still hang the ornaments from my students on our tree. I think each one shows the love and connection I had with that child at that time! And I love how so many of them reconnect with me now on FB!ReplyDelete
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I will know better next time!Delete
So darn cute!!! ( Both the bathroom AND the story behind it! :)ReplyDelete
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I love that your grandkids call you Gramcracker! So nice to meet you.ReplyDelete
Your bathroom is very cute and I am glad you put those apples to use instead of packing them away in a box or toting them to a thrift store. Very fun!ReplyDelete
Now all it needs is an "apple scent candle" to put a little "apple scent" in the room...so adorable. I work in a school too and love all the "apple" items the teachers have....ReplyDelete
Thank you all! I do have scented candles and apple potpurri from time to time.....it sure does add a nice touch/fragrance, Agnes!Delete
FYI...I copied this post to show the ladies at our local Cracker Barrel where I've picked up a few things myself. It's a great place to find apple books/recipes/signs/trinkets/ornaments etc. They were delighted and posted it on the BBd by the bathrooms! LOL