When our house was built 126 years ago, the present day bathroom never existed. It would have been a 5th bedroom, and a large one at that. The double outhouse out back would have been all they had.
A picture of the bathroom when we bought the house 18 months ago:
I’m not sure when an indoor bathroom was added and goodness knows I’d love to know what it looked like. The bedroom at the extreme west of our house juts out on its own; 3 of 4 sides have exterior walls. It is COLD in the winter and HOT in the summer. It is also very large; not sure exactly how big but about as big as the master bedroom. The bedrooms of our 3 kids are tiny compared to the bathroom. It also has 2 closets! Claire’s room- the previous nursery or maid’s room, doesn’t have one at all! In many ways, it would have made sense to make her room the bathroom, and leave the large bedroom alone. We would have appreciated having a large bedroom with so much closet space.
On the other hand, having such a large bathroom presented great opportunities to capitalize on the space and make use of it for our family of 5 (3 of us being female!). More about that in a later post.
Within the huge library of photos that were shared with me covering over 50 years, there were several of the bathroom.
An early shot from the 50s/60s:
And several from an AMAZING 70s redo!!!
I have to admit when I first saw these pictures, I was a little floored. But they actually tell me how much Mrs Ristesund loved this house and how well she cared for it. I know that she too, sat on the couch after her little ones were tucked away and planned out every detail of how she was going to make her home shine. Her attention to detail in decorating reveals that she cared deeply about her home. I am amazed by her! And also so glad the blue carpet was gone when we moved in!!!
In the 90s, the bathroom underwent another makeover… this one was considerably toned down:
Now… enter me… my couch and Pinterest late at night… stay tuned 😉