Magazine article Sunset

Clean Slate

Magazine article Sunset

Clean Slate

Article excerpt

One of the best things about a new year is starting out with an open calendar and a fresh attitude. Forget whatever you wanted to do, failed to do, or did badly in 2005. This could be the magic year--2006 could be your best yet.

On New Year's Eve, I'll raise a glass and toast new places to visit, people to meet, and things to learn. I usually tell myself to be open to whatever opportunity comes my way, even if it looks like more of an obstacle at first. Like our cracked shower pan.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

It was probably January 2004 when I noticed it, and now that cracked shower pan is becoming my master bathroom remodel. After months (years?) of just talking about it, tearing out pictures from magazines, and lamenting my lack of time to look at tile, the room is finally taking shape.

It's amazing to me how long it can take to remodel such a tiny space. …

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