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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 - HB0420 - 1008 Location, location, location When imagining the house of a farmer, people don’t tend to envision the home built by George and Nancy Likens. By pouring time and attention into their haven since they originally constructed the house in 1975, they have created an updated and lovely environment in the perfect setting.

    April 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA - HB0413 - 0959 Starting over

    Ryan and Janae Ledbetter may not have moved far geographically, but the differences in their lifestyle and surroundings are huge. A new style of house has called for new décor and furnishings, which is suiting the family well.

    April 12, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0406 homes photo 0861 Home of a Thousand Transformations in Edgewood Kevin Miles carefully chose an Edgewood home, and then carefully chose a wife. Upon wedding Stephanie, he freely relinquished the reigns of decorating his home.

    April 5, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA HB0330 0485 Crafting a headboard Since the headboard of a bed is often the focal point of a bedroom, crafty people are resourcefully using a number of unusual items to create an original piece with flair.

    March 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • FEA HB0323 Homes_0798 Sold at the view When Ryan and Sarah Smith moved from Little Rock, Ark., to the land of cornfields, they thought they were leaving fun-filled woods and hills behind. After touring an old home in Forest Hills, they discovered a wonderland that reminded them of home.

    March 22, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA HB0316 Homes 0757 Topping off the kitchen Countertops can make or break a kitchen remodel. No matter how beautiful the cabinets, the eye will always be drawn to the surface area of the smooth, glossy top that will provide workspace for meal preparations.

    March 15, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0309 Homes56 Re-entering society Transitional housing for women re-entering society after incarceration has been available through the faith-based Sister 2 Sister program since December 2009, but the facility has only been able to house four women at a time. The ministry recently purchased a house that will service three times as many women.

    March 8, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEAHB03020701.JPG Oriental flair

    Trish Janutolo may have only spent 3 1/2 years in Japan, but the experience touched her life in such a way that she remains surrounded by the culture through her home accents and furnishings.

    March 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0223 Homes 0662 Time for a change — again Shortly after their marriage 14 years ago, Phil and Catrina Cooper moved into a new home near Killbuck Lake. Two babies arrived and kept their itch for something new at bay for a while, but the need to shake things up resulted in a total remodel of the interior in 2011.

    February 22, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA - HB0209 Homes 0557 Dressing the panes Many clients have been stepping into Grace Place, the new home décor shop in Anderson, and asking owners the same question: "How can I change the look of a room without a lot of expense?"

    February 8, 2014 6 Photos

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