Homeowners revel in lavatories' lighter side

Homeowners revel in lavatories' lighter side

Cindy Parry of Lenexa, Kan., says she's not an "over- the-top" person.

But she couldn't resist one indulgence when she remodeled her half-bath: a swan-shaped sink faucet with swan-shaped handles for the taps. "Everybody knows me as the bird lady," she says. "It was a statement."

Mary K. Poretsky of Minnetonka, Minn., prefers birds of a different feather: Ducks. Rubber ducks. Each one tells a story of her travels with her husband.

"When we got together, one of the things he said is, 'I want to sleep with the same woman in a lot of different beds,'" she says. "He's been true to his word."

And then there's Sacha Brady of Indianapolis. Her bathroom is dominated by a giant poster of her and her fiance.

She surprised him with it on Valentine's Day 2007, and it has stayed up ever since. "I just wanted something I could decorate the wall with that wasn't expensive," Brady says.

As remarkable as it is, it's not the first thing people notice when they walk into her bathroom. That honor goes to the bright-green color scheme. "I'm talking tree-frog green, not grass-green," she says. "I have a tendency toward bold colors, but this is even a little whackadoo for me."

The 32-year-old chemist with pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly says she is more into beatniks than beakers.

"I'm a scientist by training but not necessarily by nature," she says. "There are odd ways in which the creativeness comes out."

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