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November 17, 2012

Top-notch retreats

Utilitarian bathroom morphs into lovely hideaway

ANDERSON, Ind. — If you could go back to any time period in history, what would it be? My answer to this favored conversation starter has never delighted friends or family. I simply won’t leave my indoor plumbing to visit any time or any place. Not even in my imagination.

Why can’t I abandon convenience for a simple verbal game? Maybe it’s because I shared my bedroom with a grandmother who didn’t have indoor plumbing until she was around 40. Maybe it’s because I’ve heard stories from my mother about how she only had one half bathroom to share with her large family.

Compounding the sentiment is my recent experience of a couple of months of renovation work in a home without running water. I may be spoiled, but I’m not so spoiled that I take for granted the ability to turn on a faucet to instantly produce water or to be able to flush the all-important toilet at will.

In two generations (or more honestly three, due to the 46-year span between my mother and grandmother), society had graduated from outhouses to five-piece ensuite bathrooms that rival the size of small bedrooms.

More than simply a space to wash up, bathrooms have become a retreat designed for relaxation and their styles are as varied as the individuals that occupy them. While I am often wowed by bathrooms as I visit area homes, they are difficult to photograph. Even when the perfect angle is available, the photo is frequently cut for space.

This week I wanted to share some of my favorite and most interesting finds from around the county in the hopes of inspiring those who are interested in transforming a utilitarian room into a lovely hideaway.

Each week, Emma Bowen Meyer features a Madison County home. If you know of a home that should be showcased, send an email to emmagoldiemeyer@yahoo.com.

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  • FEA HB0727 Homes 0113 Storage solution The key to creating a beautiful home on a budget is to look beyond the intended purpose of an item, and beyond its appearance. Instead, check for sturdiness of the frame, and the functionality of the components.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0706 Homes 0206 Reduce, reuse, recycle When companies in the food industry are finished with a 50-gallon barrel they use to store and ship perishable items, Leslie White knows just what to do with it. Rather than see it shipped off to a landfill, she outfits the barrel to be an instrument of conservation.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA HB0629 horizontal place4 Memory box project can enhance home decor One of my passions is decorating our home with personal items celebrating family. I also love doing projects that are easy, fast and cheap. Creating a memory box combines both of those interests.

    June 28, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA HB0626 Elliott home Garden Walk shows off greenery Both of Ellen Elliott’s parents were gardeners when she was growing up. Her mom and dad taught her all about growing tomatoes, peppers, green beans and other vegetables and plants when she was a small child.

    June 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • FEA HB0622 homes_0173 Creating their garden Excited to be on the 16th Annual Tour of the Madison County Master Gardener Association, Sandy Hampton has been working hard to ensure everything is perfect for this Saturday.

    June 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0608 1418 Condo living Since Herb and Betty Pruett were drawn to this area via Anderson University – and they met walking the campus byways – it is only fitting they have retired to University Village, the condominiums with a direct connection to the school.

    June 7, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0701 Homes 1169 Family treasures Follow Betty Tufts through her home and she will lift treasure after treasure that prompts a story of family. From knickknacks that were given to sketches that were drawn to features of the house that were installed, the pieces of her home are the calling cards of the ones who love her.

    May 31, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA - HB0525 - HOMES 1290 Just a few tweaks left in renovation of old house At times, I thought the day would never come. On other occasions, it seemed like the finish line was just within my sights only to move forward with each step I took.

    May 24, 2014 7 Photos

  • FEA HB0511 Homes 1167 Making room for the music When George and Norma Smith built their home in 1967, they had family in mind. The location provided the opportunity for their three sons to attend Lapel Community Schools and the floor plan ensured that each one could claim a bedroom of his own.

    May 10, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0504 Homes 1134(1) Retirement living When Dr. J. G. Pierce, a local dentist for 40 years, decided it was time to leave his home in favor of a retirement community, he set his eye on Primrose.

    May 3, 2014 6 Photos

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