Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Note To Self

Note to self: When attempting to take a luxurious bath in your jacuzzi tub for the very first time, always run the jets for awhile first to clean them out.

I have been suffering from some sort of bug for the past two weeks. Actually, I have had it off and on since Thanksgiving. I come home everyday from work feeling exhausted and have been crawling into bed directly from the dinner table. Thankfully I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday to get to the bottom of this.
My husband suggested a bath to help me relax and when he told me he would draw it for me, of course I jumped at the chance! I don't know what it is about the bathtub. I have been looking forward to using it since we moved here, but for some reason, I find every excuse not to. It DOES take forever to clean - so maybe that is it.
This is a picture of the tub in my Master bathroom. Now remember - I am starting with a blank slate here. I am trying to redo everything in this room. I want to change my colors in here to blacks, whites and golds. Moving to this big house has been a challenge because everywhere I turn - there is work to be done. Lately I have been letting the store sales dictate what room I work on, but now I am going to concentrate on this room for awhile.
I am digressing...
Back to my bath.
My hubby went upstairs and ran the water while I got my wine and CD'S ready. Why not go all out right?
He filled the tub to the top with hot (scalding actually!) water and I added lavender bath salts. Oh it smelled heavenly! I was wondering what took me so long to do this!
I shooed him out of the room and turned the music on, turned some lights off and lit my candles. The atmosphere was so relaxing!

This is when I realized our mistake. I TURNED THE JETS ON. Sediment started to come out of the pipes. I yelled to my husband to help me and between the two of us, we were able to clean it out. I was not quite sure at this point if I wanted to continue, but I didn't want to discourage my husband as he was so nice to draw the bath for me in the first place. The problem was that he had used all of the hot water filling the tub so if I were to drain it at this point, I would have had to forget the bath until the water heated up again.
I reassured him that it was okay - and he left the room. I lowered myself into the scalding hot water and tried to get comfortable. I turned the jets back on and settled back - lulled by the soothing spray of the jets. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something black hurtling at me from the jet spray. I jumped up in panic to see that it was quite large. I turned off the jets and to my horror, I realised that I was sitting in a tub full of water with a big black SPIDER!! It had crawled into the pipes at some point and was now in the tub with me. I am deathly afraid of spiders - alive OR dead. This one was dead, but it really didn't matter. I screamed and bolted out of the tub. The walls and floor were sprayed with water. I didn't care. I am quite sure I will never be able to enjoy a jacuzzi bath again!

I know - most of you reading this are probably saying - well you idiot - you should know to clean out the jets first! I really hadn't thought that far ahead. I was just so astonished that my hubby would do such a sweet thing for me that I didn't think about anything else. Believe me - I have learned my lesson! My worst nightmare came true - swimming with a spider...ICK!
So back to my decorating dilemma. it is hard to know where to start. I definitely NEED to start with some rugs.
The mornings can be brutal when you have to stand on this cold tile floor! The bathroom is quite large and right now, too stark. I want to put a big white linen cupboard with glass doors against the wall where you see the scale and candle in this picture.

I need to add a big picture or a large iron work piece for the wall over the tub. I think when I start filling it up, it will look so much better and warm it up a bit. Any suggestions on colors for the walls?

As you can see I have my work cut out for me. I really DO welcome any suggestions that you may have for this room. Also - if you can tell me a way to get my husband to upgrade from using the Pert Plus shampoo that you see in the shower - I would truly appreciate it. He has used this ever since we have been married. If I were to use it on MY hair - I am afraid it would all fall out or be FULL of tangles. I have tried to get him to use my Salon brand - but he seems to think he will turn into a woman if he tries it ~smile~




Susan said...

What a great post kymber... I wasn't sure whether to smile or be scared with you!

My house is older (20+) so every room needs some updating..looks like you have a beautiful home!

My 2 cents on decorating the bath (and I am not a designer or anything) might want to with colors/decor that compliment your bedroom. That way, you can swap out accessories if you want)

Also a bathroom is a room I sometimes experiment with a different color or theme from other areas of the house. It can easily (well, you know what I mean) be repainted..and the accessories, towels, etc swapped without too large an expense..

All that said.. I'd be tempted with a warm brown (looks great with white) walls...

Find a picture you love and use it as inspiration piece...and pull te colors from that....

Just a few thoughts off the top of my head..

Susancnw said...

Or maybe a khaki color...looks quite contemporary with white trim. The towels look like a dark color so you could use them still

Poor baby. I'm not sure if I'd ever get out of the bathroom if we had a jacuzzi tub...

Susancnw said...

Oh yeah, I have to "note to self' all the time. Like when I color my hair, make sure that I clean the floor of the tub after I do the conditioner so I don't kill myself when I step in next someone I know said, beauty is a contact sport!

Maybe your hubby will try the Suave Naturals. Sulfate-free is the way to go...totally and completely. Salon or drugstore brands, it doesn't matter...those sulfates are really harsh

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Kymber,
Oh my what an ordeal. I'm so glad the spider wasn't alive. YIKES!

I decorated out MB and Bathroom in soft shades of Blue, Ivory, Silver and Black accents. A little Chocolate Brown as well.
I wanted very soothing colors. It's completely different than the rest of our homes color palette. What are your ideas? I can't wait to see what you do. Have fun!

I hope you are doing well.
~Take Care, Melissa :)

The Bliss Journey said...

WOW, and all you wanted was a nice, soothing, relaxing bath. What do they say about "best laid plans"? I remember the first time I used a Jacuzzi. Didn't know you can't put bubble bath in it. All I can say is that the carpet in the bedroom got shampooed at the same time. The bubbles were climbing up the wall. It killed the romance, HA I hope you feel better soon.

The Muse said...

1. eooou on the spider....!!!
2. glad you are feeling better!
3. definitely shoot the jets, regularly..LOL
4. decor wise...Colored Accessories... :)
5. save his shampoo bottle and refill with WHATEVER you choose :) LOL

Glenda said...

Muse has got the right idea in my opinion. A little subterfuge seems to be indicated in this case. If his bottle starts to loose it's label or look shopworn, just buy another one like it and use the contents on your dog, if you have one. My DH is not picky. He'll use whatever is in the shower, and I'm not brand loyal, so it is constantly changing, according to what is the best buy of the brands I like.

Bad as a spider was (and that was bad), I am so glad first that it was deceased and second that it was a spider and not one of our infamous cockroaches. Not only would I hesitate to use the Jacuzzi again if it had been the latter, but I would have trouble even going into that bathroom again. I might easily qualify as the original "chicken little".

Kathleen Grace said...

Eeeek! I would hae probably killed myself getting out of that tub, I hate spiders! lol. Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment. It's great to meet you!

kymber said...

Hi Glenda,
Ditto on the cockroach! EWWWW!
I must say though I am SO terrified of spiders and to me - there is nothing worse. That and feeling so vulnerable when you are naked and there are spider body parts floating in the tub with you if you catch my drift :)

Great idea for the shampoo swap out. I LIKE IT! Frankly though - I don't really mind buying him his cheapo shampoo as long as he doesn't expect ME to use it. My hair is so thick and snarly and I have to baby it to get it to do what it is supposed to. Buying Salon brands are my only luxury and I definitely don't want to have to share my precious stash with him! It costs so much I need every last drop for my unruly hair! :)
He is such a creature of habit and I like to tease him about his Pert Plus and Crest toothpaste (regular flavor only!) addictions :)
Take Care,

Susan S. said...

Oh Wow....what a bummer to have your nice, relaxing bath turn into such an ordeal!I wouldn't like bathing with spider (Dead OR alive) either.

You're lucky to have a blank slate in the bathroom. I agree with the other posters about having it flow with the Master Bedroom. However, you could probably go a shade deeper or richer because you have a lot of natural sunlight AND white woodwork which would set off the dark tones wonderfully. OR you could go with a more neutral (ie., Khaki, or taupe) and bring in color pops with cool accesories. You have a lot of space on the tub surround and wall area that's screaming for "stuff"!

Happy New Year from Houston!

Geri said...

I'm not a decorator, so I've got no advice other than it does need color. Hope you feel better soon.

ann said...

Bless your sweet heart.What we won't do for our hubbys.You weren't feeling well,thats your excuse.You really weren't.What did the dr.say?I hope he helped you some....Let us know...Ann

dana said...

I really do believe this is my first visit to your blog---and I am on the floor rolling around in hysterical laughter at your description of The Bath!! You should win some kind of award for that! REALLY!

I also agonize with you about decorating that space--I have one that looks very similar and we've been here 4 years! Everything is BLANK in that room cuz I just don't know what to do with it! I finally caved and made an appointment with a decorator to come over and give me some direction! I'll let you know what I find out! :)


PS I didn't know you were supposed to clean out the jets, either--I never have! NOW I will! :)