• Sandra

    I love it – even the strange tile. Love the clean lines, the colors, everything. Can I copy when I redo by guest bath next year? The “Home Depot” look is what I worked very hard to avoid when I remodeled my extremely tiny bathroom two years ago – using Ikea cabinets and fixtures which I still love. My remodel took six months, however, as I did most myself and it took months to find the white tile I wanted – everyone kept telling me I wanted brown or beige.

    Am I the only person who can assemble Ikea furniture without instructions? I’m thinking of becoming a professional Ikea assembler.

  • http://www.ginghamskies.blogspot.com Jaime

    Thanks for opening comments for this one: ‘nutters’ is right. Funny shite.

    Oh and by the way I’m stealing “assholery” because it’s a perfectly fabulous word.

  • http://shallowdeep.wordpress.com Nikki-Paige

    I *heart* the orange rug; where did you find it? I think I missed that.

    Seriously though, the tile is fine. The non-matching part is UNDER THE SINK, so who’s gonna notice?

    People always find something negative to say…gotta love it.

    Will you take bribes to see the text messages?

  • http://www.theblythespirit.com Blythe

    Have you ever thought of running a contest, wherein the winners get to come to your house, a la the Pioneer Woman? Because this would be the perfect opportunity. You could just pick a commenter at random and invite them over to use your new bathroom. In fact, maybe they’d like to bring their own hexagonal tile since that seems to be such a problem around here.

    This comment thread made my afternoon. Thank you, internet crazies!

  • Brava97

    What in the world is the purpose of the bowl on top of the toilet?

  • Louise

    I think I read your comments for about 45 min. and just lauged my ass off. Good Times!

  • Erin

    Not that you asked for our opinions (HA!), but I think it looks great. I actually like the mismatched tile–it looks like a tile-rug for your vanity. And the vanity/sinks/faucets are GREAT. Crazy haters.

  • Corey

    Seriously, I have to appologize for commenting twice, but I love how most of the haters comment Anonymously. Like we’re going to see Bob or Charlie or Sarah and immediatley know who they are! I bet they’re wearing their tin foil helmets so no one can pick up their brain waves.

    And sorry if I have typos, I’m celebrating my negative preg test with wine tonight!!!!

  • Sissy

    I love it and I think it looks bigger. The old cabinet screamed 1975 because I had a “junior bedroom suite” that had that same look.

    Only thing I would do would be put the toliet paper in one of those drawers or get a basket. Nothing worse than some soggy toliet paper.

  • Anonymous

    #100 makes an observation, albeit mean spirited, that is not without some justification. I think it says something that some people do feel out there. It is difficult to read about someone making such a big f ing deal out of mismatched tiles in times like this. I wish I could remodel my 30+ yr. bathroom sometime in this century. But, alas, I don’t write a blog about my navel that is read by millions. It might be nice if someday, the writer acknowledged what is really going on out there in the real world, but I think that is the point of the blog. She doesn’t live in the real world.

  • Kristen

    That bathroom is about 5 times bigger than the biggest bathroom in my house where 4 kids were raised. So I’m jealous. :)

  • http://innocencerestored.squarespace.com/ Lynn

    #334 my favorite number!! I like the difference in the tile, and how the square ones just seemed to almost work as a platform upholding the star of the show, but what do I know. It is all in our perception. Thank God we are not all alike, that would be very boring. Best wishes to you and your family over the next few weeks. I cant help but wonder how often you will blog once the new addition arrives. selfish huh??(sorry)

  • Sarah

    I’m confused! Are you joking?! I’d toss that rug diagonally under the vanity because that tile is killing my eyes. Also…I’m so confused…the new vanity seems smaller? But then it’s not actually, because it goes from the wall on one end to the toilet on the other? What changed, space-wise, then?! I’m off to go scratch my head staring at the photos.

    Also? Calling us haters for saying we don’t like it? She posts pictures all the time. Why is it okay for people to comment saying they love ____? I’m not criticizing Heather and Jon, I’m just scratching my head because it seems like they’ve done so much better elsewhere. So I’m left wondering if I’m missing the punchline to a joke here. But if they like it, what difference does it make what me or the rest of the “haters” think of it? None whatsoever.

  • Kara

    I think the room looks great! I like the difference in the tiles — just adds texture — no need for everything in a room to be matchy, at least for me. And the comments – just wow!

    My only suggestion is that you might want to add an additional leg under the vanity — I think I’ve seen simple metal ones that you simply screw to the appropriate height — kind of like a classy jack. The reason: It might just be the angle of the photos, but the vanity looks a little bowed in the middle. It’s not enough to matter just for looks, but if it gets worse over time, you might have some difficulty with the drawers functioning properly.

    Just a thought but, overall — awesome job!

  • Beth

    Seriously, people need to shut the hell up. That bathroom looks nice, the two kinds of tile are fine, and if you don’t like IKEA because your “taste is too sophisticated” you’ve missed an entire half century of design. Luckily, you should be able to skip a few decades of colonoscopies because your head is far enough up there that you can inform your doctor if any abnormalities appear. Yeah, the vanity is not made out of solid, hand-carved oak, but it’s something serviceable that lots of people can afford. And Dooce and Jon made it look so pretty and individual that anyone who doesn’t like it – and who takes the time to tell a pregnant woman that they don’t like her nesting – is a jerkface of abnormal proportions.

    Speaking of which, you two must have a larger than average collection of balls (both by number and volume) to embark on a project like this so close to having a baby! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  • http://innocencerestored.squarespace.com/ Lynn

    #346 my favorite number!! I like the difference in the tile, and how the square ones just seemed to almost work as a platform upholding the star of the show, but what do I know. It is all in our perception. Thank God we are not all alike, that would be very boring. Best wishes to you and your family over the next few weeks. I cant help but wonder how often you will blog once the new addition arrives. selfish huh??(sorry)

  • Phoebe

    haters can suck it.

    love the rug. and the landnauts.

  • http://elizations.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth

    The bathroom is SUPER cute! I’m an architect and give it 2 thumbs up!

  • Anonymous

    YOU ARE ONE F___ING SPOILED PERSON!

    Do you realize how F—ing spoiled you even are? That things in your life are so wonderful and going so well that you actually have the freeedom and liberty to complain about how your bathroom looks?!?!?!

    i would give anything to have the great life you obviously have, to be able to comaplin about my bathroom! Id give anything to not have relatives who are dying, a potential job loss in the future, lots of $$$ that you make from advertisers to your blog, a healthy child, another on the way, and a husband who dotes on you. Do you even realize how blessed you are?? Do you?

    how come every one of your posts is a sarcastic one about something going on in your life, thats actually a blessing? Why do you turn around every incident that happens to you and poke fun at it, when it actually just shows youre a blessed person?

    All i can say is– enjoy it while it lasts. time still still for nobody. We are all getting old, and will get sick and die. We will ALL Die! every one of us. all our parents, our partners, our kids, our relatives and our friends… we will , someday, be alone with nobody who loves us unconditionally.

    i used to be blessed. a wonderful upbringing, great friends, great family, the best of schools… all gone now. or almost gone. i didnt truly appreciate it till it was gone.

    but gone it is. and gone it will be for us all.

    like the unmatched tiles in your bathroom… they will all be gone.

    do i sound jealous? its cause i am! i yearn for those days again. but theyre over. theyre gone.

  • Fanny

    Really, 344? really? You’re going there?

    Okay, then. Please promise to do the following: the next time you find yourself complaining about anything that isn’t a) AIDS orphans, b) human trafficking, c) world hunger, d) Bosnian refugees, e) mental illness in vietnam vets, or f) Darfur, kindly flog yourself for your failure to live in the real world.

    Or if it’s so “difficult to read about someone making such a big f ing deal about mismatched tiles in times like these,” don’t read it. Easy! Problem solved! Now, let’s move on to something tougher, like any one of (a)-(f), supra.

  • Anonymous

    YOU ARE ONE F___ING SPOILED PERSON!

    Do you realize how F—ing spoiled you even are? That things in your life are so wonderful and going so well that you actually have the freeedom and liberty to complain about how your bathroom looks?!?!?!

    i would give anything to have the great life you obviously have, to be able to comaplin about my bathroom! Id give anything to not have relatives who are dying, a potential job loss in the future, lots of $$$ that you make from advertisers to your blog, a healthy child, another on the way, and a husband who dotes on you. Do you even realize how blessed you are?? Do you?

    how come every one of your posts is a sarcastic one about something going on in your life, thats actually a blessing? Why do you turn around every incident that happens to you and poke fun at it, when it actually just shows youre a blessed person?

    All i can say is– enjoy it while it lasts. time still still for nobody. We are all getting old, and will get sick and die. We will ALL Die! every one of us. all our parents, our partners, our kids, our relatives and our friends… we will , someday, be alone with nobody who loves us unconditionally.

    i used to be blessed. a wonderful upbringing, great friends, great family, the best of schools… all gone now. or almost gone. i didnt truly appreciate it till it was gone.

    but gone it is. and gone it will be for us all.

    like the unmatched tiles in your bathroom… they will all be gone.

    do i sound jealous? its cause i am! i yearn for those days again. but theyre over. theyre gone.

  • http://innocencerestored.squarespace.com/ lynn

    LOL yes I am a huge dork, you probably don’t even know what I am referring to but I am laughing. Hey love the rug!!

  • http://www.humanbeingblog.wordpress.com lynn @ human, being

    The beginning of the end of my marriage came when we decided to move into a much bigger house when I was 30 weeks pregnant. I didn’t have the mental chutzpah nor the self confidence at the time to tell my now-ex-husband that there was no way in hell I could do more than sit on a chair and dictate exactly how he should be painting every freaking wall in our 2400-sq-ft house with its gloriously vaulted 11-foot ceilings.

    Since he wanted to take it easy on me, he gave me the trim jobs. At that point, my stomach was measuring almost 48 inches around (“wow–that’s how deep your average swimming pool is” he said). And it was May. And it was hot. And we didn’t have air conditioning. And I was on my hands and knees trying to do my best to get the paint along the edge of the molding, not on the molding.

    And THEN I was up on a 16-foot extension ladder. Because the baby at that point had robbed me AND him of all of our functioning brain cells.

    And THEN he had the audacity to yell at me. For getting paint on the popcorn ceiling. And on the carpet. As I cried.

    And that’s just one of many “it’ll be fine” remodeling projects that slowly ate up our marriage.

    But you and Jon seem just fine. :)

  • http://www.waitingforcider.blogspot.com waitingforcider

    As someone who remodeled her entire kitchen in Ikea cabinets and countertops (gasp) and lives in an old house filled with make-it-work solutions, I think it looks great. Sure the modern style isn’t everyone’s ‘bag’ and the tiles are different, but it gives it– what “old house” people call– character. Congrats on your remodel!

  • http://tinyapple.wordpress.com katie

    i think it looks great, provided you don’t notice the floor. so, personally, if it was my bathroom, i’d be more than happy to live in the upgraded version till the baby is out and i can climb stairs with ease again. then i’d chip out that blue trim tile, order the extra hexagons, and finish off the bottom the way i think you inteneded. but that’s just me. living in a shit-hole fixer upper myself, we were psyched to trash the 70s faux brass mirror/light combo above the sink and replace it with a plain boring mirrow and sleak modern light fixture as TWO SEPARATE UNITS. made it totally possible to forget about the neon blue tiles in the tub. which are still there.

  • http://tammyinaz.blogspot.com Tammy

    Worth every expletive. No one would probably have even noticed the tile if you didn’t point it out.

  • http://motherhoodadeux.blogspot.com/ linda c.

    the dual sinks must be a god-send. love the touch of green (leaves) that brings the outdoors in.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, many of your commenters are correct. Your original bathroom was better. Ikea’s stuff looks very cheap and this is no exception, and the tile is a real eyesore. That’s just an opinion, which we readers are entitled to.

    What I don’t understand is why you post a blog like this, basically inviting commentary, and then get upset when people say they don’t like what you’ve done with the place. Especially feeling the need to write an update on your blog saying the “nutters” have come out – I read through the first 150 comments and I don’t see any nutters. No one is out of line – people are just sharing a variety of opinions. It really bugs me that you and Jon write messages on Twitter scolding your readers whenever they don’t sing your praises. I just don’t get that at all and never will.

    I’ve read your blog for a long time, and I think you’re incredibly funny and smart and witty, which is why I keep reading. But in the past year, the combo of your increasingly corporate site and the way you talk down to your readers who dare voice a contradicting opinion is really maddening. Since your redesign, I’ve gone from checking your site daily to checking maybe once a month – I can’t be the only one.

  • dooce

    These comments just keep getting better and better!

  • gsdane

    Here is a thought (and I didn’t read ALL of the comments – so ignore this if it’s not original…)… if the different tile really drives you nuts after a while – building a little pedestal may fix that… you can use a different kind of tile (or even different color) it could be just an inch higher – to give you a bit of a shadow line, and cover the whole area under the vanity. Just a thought…

  • http://stalkingmotherfuckers.blogspot.com/ Hannah

    I was with you until I saw the toilet paper rolls on the floor.

    From your tales and pictures, I believe you have two dogs. How are you able to make that happen? I only had one dog and he would not have been able to control himself long enough for me to snap a picture, must less any extended period of time to actually use said toilet paper.

    Kudos on your skills in magic.

    And kudos on the rug and vanity – me likey.

  • Kelly

    husband: I think I’ll just stain the old laminate instead of replacing it with new.

    me: (using my best femalese because if I don’t then I’m being “perfectionistic and controlling”) I don’t know anything about this and I’m not really sure, but I think that maybe laminate isn’t porous and won’t take stain.

    husband: No, it will be great. I know it will work. Just wait and see. (as he loads ten cans of stain into cart)

    me: (trying now to avoid showing my sheer panic) Maybe just to be sure we should ask the guy at the paint counter.

    husband concedes.

    16-year-old pimply kid in orange apron: No, you can’t stain laminate because it isn’t porous.

    husband: Yeah, I thought so.

    me: (silently struggling to remember why it is that I’m heterosexual)

    Congratulations on surviving! And I think the tile looks cool.

  • Anonymous

    YOU ARE ONE F___ING SPOILED PERSON!

    Do you realize how F—ing spoiled you even are? That things in your life are so wonderful and going so well that you actually have the freeedom and liberty to complain about how your bathroom looks?!?!?!

    i would give anything to have the great life you obviously have, to be able to comaplin about my bathroom! Id give anything to not have relatives who are dying, a potential job loss in the future, lots of $$$ that you make from advertisers to your blog, a healthy child, another on the way, and a husband who dotes on you. Do you even realize how blessed you are?? Do you?

    how come every one of your posts is a sarcastic one about something going on in your life, thats actually a blessing? Why do you turn around every incident that happens to you and poke fun at it, when it actually just shows youre a blessed person?

    All i can say is– enjoy it while it lasts. time still still for nobody. We are all getting old, and will get sick and die. We will ALL Die! every one of us. all our parents, our partners, our kids, our relatives and our friends… we will , someday, be alone with nobody who loves us unconditionally.

    i used to be blessed. a wonderful upbringing, great friends, great family, the best of schools… all gone now. or almost gone. i didnt truly appreciate it till it was gone.

    but gone it is. and gone it will be for us all.

    like the unmatched tiles in your bathroom… they will all be gone.

    do i sound jealous? its cause i am! i yearn for those days again. but theyre over. theyre gone.

  • jadine

    You warned us about the comments, so I, of course, had to read them. Whoa. I have a question for you: so, when/if you get negative feedback, do you then always think of the negative when you’re around the thing? Like, will you think of these comments every time you are in the bathroom? I’m not a blogger (or “Queen of the Internet”), but I don’t think I have thick enough skin to not obsess over what other people (even if they’re in the minority) have said to me. How do you handle it?

  • dooce

    I seriously believe that one day this particular set of comments is going to be studied by anthropologists in an effort to understand the gene responsible for assholery.

  • http://www.soniabonia.com SoniaBonia

    And the laughs just keep on coming. Wherever you open comments, I don’t even need to go to my Google Reader for entertainment from other blogs. Oh, the funnies! The many, many funnies!

  • Valerie

    #66 is a joke right? No one would actually say that… right?

    The tile would drive me nuts, but I’m pretty obsessive-compulsive and it’s not my bathroom. And Ikea is Swedish for AWESOME, so whatevs #66. I do love the sinks and faucets.

  • Zoe

    I so very rarely comment on any of your posts, but this is such a bizarrely debated topic I thought I might. I think it does look better because now it is eclectic and colorful, complimenting your personalities well. I mean really, who gives a shit if some tiles don’t match? I just appreciate that you shared the process of the project at all.

  • http://www.jenn.nu Jenn

    I personally like the “before” look better, but it’s your bathroom. However, I do really love the flowers on your toilet, and the spiffy orange rug. :)

  • http://www.shawnacameron.com Shawna

    Whether the bathroom looks good or not, I find it interesting how many people think that the only way to go is “matching”. Things can be complimentary to each other without being exactly the same. When you wear a yellow shirt, do you always wear yellow pants, socks and shoes too? (Or maybe your taste is too sophisticated to even consider wearing yellow. Ever.”)

  • http://bettycrockerass.blogspot.com/ BettyCrockerAss

    At least it wasn’t half of you house.

    At least you didn’t have to straddle over ceiling joist while 8 months pregnant to pee.

    At least yours is done and not still happening 3 years and TWO babies later.

    Go kiss your husband and tell him thanks for at least finishing it.

  • Sara

    People, “nutters” does not mean “those who disagree.” “Nutters” are those who are fucking cray-cray. And, man, did they come out in this entry.

    Thanks for the laugh, Heather. I’m in my first trimester and sincerely needed it!

  • Manlycow

    Wow!

    Bathrooms and politics are volatile subjects!

  • http://presenthistory.wordpress.com Melody

    Heather, I salute you for allowing this madness to go on in your space. Who knew that just by redoing your bathroom, you would make the world a better place by giving so many of us this excellent opportunity to laugh at the crazies?

    Come for Heather’s writing, stay for the batshit insanity!

  • http://sahmrambles.blogspot.com Mee2

    OMG I can leave a comment. I’ve been reading your blog from oldest to newest and I’m only in the 05′s. I stalk you on Twitter, as well. Love the new stuff in the bathroom. Love all you do. You two are awesome.

  • Jessica

    Love it! Ikea is fantastic. I live near one and I go all the time! I don’t know if I would be able to stand the two different tiles. Very brave of you! ;)

  • http://apartmentgirl.org Erica

    maybe its the angle of the photos, but the first vanity looks larger then the second one. Either way, you guys did a good job.
    and the comments you are are priceless.

  • Tess

    Maybe you guys are hiding behind the curtains right now after everyone’s opinions on your bathroom. This might of been one of those times that you might of thought about keeping comments closed. Im not into the total modern look that actually looks like the 60′s, but Ive liked alot of your decorating. I just have to say that I loved how it looked before the remodel except maybe fixing the door hinge and changing the faucet. The tile would drive me nuts too-maybe you could separate the two patterns with like blue colored thin rectangle tiles? I’m not being a hater-love your site, not jealous, not crazy nuts, just understand that you are human too and make mistakes like the rest of us! :)

  • P

    93/94

    Two words. More fiber.

  • Jess

    Ok no it is not my taste but it is your crapper and if you like it that is all that matters.

    Holy shit this sure brought the freaks out of the woodwork didn’t it? It’s a bathroom remodel people not a discussion on world peace.