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Saturday, March 5th, 2016
(Continued…) They say if you don’t feel your grief, you won’t be able to feel all the other feelings that want to arise. Good feelings like joy, empathy, or passion. It’s like having a house decorated with only one color – but the color is grey. Margaret had been living in a grey house emotionally, and the grey was her grief. The grief was like a hand pressing down on her; she could barely breathe. And when Sam left, another hand descended.
But now it’s spring and Margaret, still residing in her bed-cave, is becoming aware of the light streaming in through the window. She notices the birds singing outside. The thought of a bird feeder floats through her mind. She feels the slight, oh-so-slight flutter of something stirring deep down inside.
Margaret props herself up on pillows and surfs the internet for pictures to add to her “vision” Pinterest board (set to “private”) and comes upon a DIY blog featuring before-and-after pictures of home remodels and design. Homes with drafty windows replaced by energy-efficient skylights ; Old mildewy bathrooms revitalized by moisture and stain-resistant grout (who knew grout could be so sexy!); drab kitchens remade with lime-green spacious counters and tile.
And then her eyes fell upon a blog post talking about grief.
Why is a design blog talking about grief?
It was on a site for sustainable living which featured pictures of homes with recycled rain-water systems, solar-paneled tree-houses, and affordable micro-dwellings. The post was by a trendy psychotherapist who did interior design. As in interior interior. The psychological interior. He believed that the interior was reflected by the exterior. Or “our outer world is but a mirror to our inner. Knock a wall down and let the sun in. Pull out the 70’s shag carpeting (old beliefs) and install new birch wood floors.” Margaret wasn’t sure what exactly birch floors represented (new beliefs? yoga studios?) but she liked it.
She liked it enough to get out of bed. To finally crack open the book about tidying that her mother gave her. But then the tidy book had to ruin it by admonishing her to “KEEP YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER.” The hostility of it! A gong reverberates throughout the room. It’s her phone alarm telling her it’s time to stop meditating. Oh right, I’m meditating. She breathes. I am not my thoughts. I am not my stuff. I am…. What am I again?
Margaret’s friend Toni once told her that you have to ask the universe good questions. The universe loves answering questions but if you ask, ‘what’s wrong with me?’ it will delight in showing you. “And that,” says Toni, “is a rough road. But if you ask ‘what’s right with me?’ you’re gonna take a much better trip.’
Margaret sits quietly. She listens for her question. Her arm itches. A dog barks. “Will the universe answer her? Is the universe friendly? Who or what is the universe anyway? Should she give up gluten and dairy?” She giggles. Toni would not approve. Then a voice interrupts her. “What are the blessings all around me?” Say wha? “Blessings?” That. is. not. a. word. Margaret. uses.
Her breath stops for a moment. Her mother’s blue eyes flash open, then shut eternally. The smell of honeysuckle. Silence. Margaret realizes she has been sitting quietly for a good part of the afternoon. Maybe a good part of her life. She feels unsettled. Or is it calm? The sun is beginning to set outside the kitchen window. It used to be her mother’s window and now it’s hers.
Her eyes land on the opened box of Entenmann’s donuts next to the sink full of dishes. In remaking her home, what will she discard and what will she keep? And who will she become? A Rolling Stones song drifts through her mind, “I used to love her, but it’s all over now…” She grabs the donut box and throws it in the trash. Time to put her house in order.
This is the third installment in a weekly series about aspirational living. Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.
We get asked this great question quite regularly:
“I LOVE my new tile, but I need some advice…What should I do with the electrical outlets that fall within the kitchen backsplash area?”
Good news! We’ve got several creative solutions for you – yay!!!
These little necessary items can possibly ruin your beautiful, and often pricey backsplash! We are confident that if you consider the locations ahead of time, you will improve the finished look of your kitchen or bathroom.🙂
Details on outlets…
It’s required by law that you have electrical outlets within your kitchen – which is a good thing!
Your kitchen has many electrical needs: major appliances, small appliances, built-in appliances, lighting, exhaust fans, and basically anything you might want to plug in or switch on while you’re in there.
In regards to your kitchen or bathroom, the National Electric Code requires:
- Small appliance circuits feeding countertop receptacle outlets are required to be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected
- Any countertop wider than one foot requires a receptacle outlet
- Receptacle outlets must be installed every four linear feet at minimum – more is totally fine too
- Countertops separated by range cook top, refrigerators, or sinks are considered separate countertop spaces
Are you in the planning phase of your new kitchen or bath remodel?
If you are planning your kitchen or bath remodel, congrats(!), you are thinking ahead! Here are some helpful questions you can ask yourself and discuss with your electrician regarding your kitchen or bath’s electrical needs:
- What fixed/portable appliances do you plan to install/have in your kitchen? What are the locations and their power requirements?
- What kind of lighting do you want/need: Ceiling? Under cabinet? Toe kick? Pendant or chandelier? Recessed? Surface Mount? Ceiling fan?
- What kind of lighting controls do you need?
- Where do you want your light switches and appliance outlets?
- What materials/installation practices do you need to comply with National Electric Code requirements? Hint: ask your electrician
- Do you have special requirements due to disabilities and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act?
- What are the brand specification of all fixtures you want? Have your electrician check these out too.
After you discuss your electrical needs with your electrician and have a final layout in mind, the electrical outlets and switches can be located and installed. Don’t worry if you already have your outlets in place, it’s really easy to move them around and make adjustments before the installation of your backsplash.
There are several different ways to approach this without ruining your backsplash with a bunch of ugly, poorly placed outlets and switches. Here are some creative solutions as to how you can address the outlets & switches within your backsplash.
Implementing Creative Solutions…
#1 – Flip your outlets horizontally to coordinate with the pattern of your backsplash (but if your backsplash has a vertical pattern to it, keep you outlets vertical too)
#3 – Install the outlets or switches on or within your cabinets…(some additional planning involved).
#4 – Install your outlets where you know you’ll need them!
#5 – Install custom pop-up grommet outlets where you know you’ll need them!
#6 – Specify outlet and switch plate covers to coordinate with your material selections: making them a design element instead of an eyesore!
#7 – [Bathroom specific] – Install the outlets or switches within your bathroom mirror and trim with a mirrored cover…some additional planning involved. Look closely for them!
Q: Have some other creative outlet and switch solutions? Share them with us and we’ll add it to this blog!