House Swap

October 20, 2011

The bakery is a [very fun] time suck. I had intended to head home before dark, but I ended up staying all day and into the night! We had a change of dinner plans too. We were planning to have a friend over but he had to cancel, and simultaneously Sara and Juan invited us to go out to Fry’s Spring Station with them! The timing on this offer was too good to pass up. The pork in my fridge can wait!

We headed over to their house – which used to be OUR house!!! It was SO FUN to go through and see the space used in new ways!!

[Also very hard to find clear photos of our furniture, but I did]


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My Queen Room:


Sara’s Princess Room! [The shelves came with the house and I left my rack for her :) ]


Our master:

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Their master:


Our guest room:

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Theirs: [LOVE where they put the bed!]


Our dining room:

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And look what Sara put on her shelves too : )


So fun!

The pizza was very fun too


We all shared the fabulous Fry’s Spring hummus platter – can’t pass it up!


Insta-hummus pizza


Matt and I also shared a chopped salad


And the mushroom pizza, which we inhaled


I’m thinking tomorrow afternoon might be a good time for a current house tour? Things are pretty set up at this point – just a few things left to hang + do!


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1 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

How fun to see your old house decorated in a different way! That’d be so interesting to me. I can’t wait to see a house tour of your new home! From the glimpses you’ve shown us so far, it looks great!


2 Heather October 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

It’s so fun to see how different a house can look just with different furniture. I always wished I could go back in my old house and see what they’d done with it. 😉


3 Ali @ Peaches and Football October 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I LOVE those pictures – it’s amazing how different it looks, almost like a totally different place. It’s so much fun to see other people’s themes and how they decorate rooms. Gives lots of ideas doesn’t it?

Super fun!


4 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

That’s probably the most fun dinner date ever!


5 sweet and Savvy October 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

That is so cool to see the different personalities in the same house!:)


6 [email protected] October 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

How ironic that it used to be YOUR house! Wow…that is all I can say…It looks so beautiful. It’s almost like from a magazine or catalog! :)


7 lynn @ the actor's diet October 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm



8 Angel7 October 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Love the way you both decorated the house!

Have you ever watched “Property Brothers?” If not, you should watch it sometime. I love the show!!!


9 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:26 am

No but it seems like I show I’d like!


10 Elisabeth October 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I love that show, too!


11 Hope October 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I love the pictures and I like how you compared how you decorated to how they decorated. Both look beautiful!

All of that food looks delicious! I cannot wait to see your current home tour! :)


12 Laura October 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I don’t want this comment to get deleted and I am not trying to be snarky…but calling your changing room “the queen’s room” and hers “the princess room” sounds very condescending. just my two cents – I personally would be slightly offended if I was her.


13 Sara October 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

OMG!! Are you serious!! You must be so bored to have to pick this out of something so light and fun. Actually, when I think of queens and princesses in fairytales I always think the princesses are much more beautiful and steal the show! I don’t know Kath personally but her posts are nothing but friendly and fun and for you to try to pick something so ridiculous out of nothing just shows you must be really desperate to get attention and cause problems. Sorry Kath to be so negative on your site, but I have been a reader for quite awhile now and for someone to be so rude to you after all you do to inspire us to eat healthy and live a healthy life is just silly. Thanks for a great site and inspiring me!


14 Teal October 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

If a blog has a comments section, that means readers are invited to express their opinions. Laura did just that. How is that being “rude to [Kath]?” A different viewpoint does not an attack make.


15 Megan (Running Foodie) October 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I feel like Laura also phrased her opinion very politely. A blog that only has “positive” comments is disingenuous and perpetrates a false reality that everyone always agrees with everyone else. However, the world is not like that. People disagree and as long as people are able to disagree without biting one each others’ heads off, that type of healthy disagreement should be allowed (perhaps even encouraged!) – both in real life and in the comments section of blogs.


16 Diane October 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

You my dear Sara are just as guilty for being a ‘negative person’ with your sarcastic reply. You could have chosen to ignore Laura’s post and not respond to it. But you did and it lit a fire and brough ‘attention’ to youself as well. That makes you a hypocrite.


17 Teal October 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

As would I! Big difference between the two.


18 Sylvia October 20, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Did anyone consider that maybe Sara calls the room in question her “princess” room??? I wouldn’t jump to conclusions when it’s obvious to all who actually follow her, how NOT condescending Kath is.


19 Megan (Running Foodie) October 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm

“I wouldn’t jump to conclusions when it’s obvious to all who actually follow her, how NOT condescending Kath is.”

You’re kidding, right…?


20 Sylvia October 21, 2011 at 12:18 am

Have you ever found Kath condescending? I most certainly haven’t.


21 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

People read what they want to read


22 jenna k October 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

from the way that it was written, i would assume that each woman calls the room the way kath wrote it.


23 Jeannie October 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

GET A LIFE…seriously. What is the point of your comment, anyway? You know what’s condescending? Taking someone’s written word out of context and using it to judge them.


24 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

Instead of making assumptions about my character, why not just ask first?

The first time I took Sara on a tour of the house before they rented it, she proclaimed that she wanted to set up the room just like I had and call it her “Princess Room” (and I think Princess has to do with an inside joke in her family).


25 crystal October 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

It would have made sense to say that first. All we can draw conclusions form is what you wrote and based on that comment and previous comments you mad eI took it to be passive aggressive snarky.


26 Laura October 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Yikes. I didnt realize that my observation/opinion would lead to that response. I hardly think I was making assumptions about your character. I just said that, to me, a long-time reader of your blog, the statement sounded condescending. Clearly by your explanation, there was a story behind it and it makes sense. I don’t understand why you didn’t say that directly to my response. Then the conversation would have ended and there would have been no silly name-calling. Although I don’t appreciate the way you responded, thanks for the explanation and thanks for not just deleting my comment. That does show good character. 😉


27 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Oh, that looks like fun! It’s always fun to see other peoples’ take on a space. I love their couch! Dinner looks like fun and incredibly tasty!


28 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

what a fun evening!


29 Lee October 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

My husband and I always talk about how we want the previous owners to come back to our house to see if they like what we’ve done with it. I think it would be fun for them to see.


30 Cait's Plate October 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Ah that is so cool! Haha. My friend moved into my old apartment and it was so fun to go back and see the differences between how he set it up and how I did. It’s so funny how a few changes can REALLY make it feel like a totally different place!


31 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl October 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

That is too funny…it must have been so strange/wierd, right?

Did it make you feel like you’ve already been in your new house for awhile?

Pizza photos are making me hungry!! Yum!


32 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

Yeah, I felt like we hadn’t lived there in years!


33 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

That is so flippin’ cool to be able to go thru an old house and see what the new residents/owners have done with the place! I would love love love to go back through the houses I’ve lived in to see what’s been done with them or what’s become of them.

And I love Sara’s white couch/chaise. That is so my style. I used to have a cream ultrasuede soft similar to that. I love that buttery looking leather or whatever the material is. So pretty!


34 Sana October 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Woahh, this is trippy 😉


35 Molly @ RDexposed October 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Is there a brewery tour involved? With free imperial pumpkin samples?


36 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

Sadly, no beer was involved in the making of this post


37 kaila@ healthy helper blog! October 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Mmm fresh grilled pizza is the best!


38 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Whoa–crazy!! How fun to be back.

Pizza looks insanely yummy!


39 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

That was fun! ….Isn’t it crazy how two sets of eyes can see a space in two VERY different ways! :) Pizza looks great!


40 Chetney (Czesia's Adventures) October 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I can’t wait for the house tour!!


41 Linda October 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I just found your blog this week and absolutely love it! My brother-in-law bought our first place and it was strange at first, but kind of neat because we really loved our first house. He was single at the time and had, let’s say a very unique style; he put artificial turf on the kitchen walls, and painted cow spots on the refrigerator, if that gives you any indication! His taste has grown up since then and he’s moved into a different house now. It is still eclectic, but in a very sophisticated way.


42 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

Welcome Linda!

Terf in the kitchen!?


43 Linda October 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Yes! Plastered on every wall! It was hysterical and in a strange way fit his eccentric personality. The door to the basement was painted red with faux crisscross barn boards. I love that he thought outside of the box and for a guy wasn’t afraid to try things. Your first place is such a great time to experiment with decorating and style, and now his style is such a contrast (in a good way) to what it was before and I think that was part of the process. His wife had little interest, he’s the creative one (a musician and media sound technician), so I give him a lot of credit.


44 Maureen October 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

That must have been awesome to see what they did differently with the same space. Can’t wait to see pics of the current house! You have such a great sense of design.


45 Khushboo October 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Seeing the different use of space must have been so fun..and also kinda strange at the same time! Both do-ups look(ed) great!


46 Lena @Fit on the Rocks October 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm

It’s so interesting seeing the comparison! Those pizzas look so yummy :)


47 Sylvia October 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

How fun to see what your old space looks like now. I would love to be able to do that 😀 Those pizzas sound fantastic! I’m really looking forward to see what you’ve done with your new home.


48 Christine @ BookishlyB October 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm

How long were you in your old house? We were in our last apartment for five years, and while I LOVE the house we just bought I’d still feel a little sad seeing new people settled in with their stuff, I think. Maybe I’m just overly territorial.


49 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:30 am

A year!


50 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 21, 2011 at 12:28 am

Great seeing the differences in the house set up. They’ve done a great job as well makin it look great!

And that pizza…looks SO good!


51 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 21, 2011 at 2:53 am

love the side-by-sides of both houses! so fun to see different styles.


52 Emmy (WIne and Butter) October 21, 2011 at 5:04 am

You guys BOTH keep your houses SO amazingly clean!! Ive I moved into your house I would be so worried about it looking like a pigsty next to yours (which it totally would) but shes just as clean – you guys are amazing (although, actually, in my case I totally blame my husband… :) ) xox


53 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious October 21, 2011 at 5:41 am

I love the pictures and comparisons. I cannot wait till you post pics of the new house. You pictures inspire me to re-organize even when I don’t feel like it.

I am in the bread delivery business besides being a holistic nutritionist and blogger. So I know what a time drain the business can be. We deliver Italian bread and rolls to 150 restaurants in the Phila. area. Orders take up my whole night 365!

Also…the mushroom pizza looks good enough to go through the computer and eat!!!!


54 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:30 am

That’s a lot of bread!!


55 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious October 21, 2011 at 8:59 am

On a Saturday we deliver 500 dozen hoagie rolls alone…and then there is Kaisers, footballs, club rolls, dinner rolls, Italian loaves, hamburgers, hotdogs, sliced bread….a lot of bread. Unfortunately for me, since it is not healthy whole grain like Great Harvest, I don’t permit much of it to come in the house. Although, I can’t help a crusty seeded Italian baguette if we are having pasta!!!!



56 Lauren October 21, 2011 at 5:55 am

I remember driving past my old house a few months ago and got such a weird feeling. I was happy to see someone else happily living there but kind of nostalgic at the same time. It’s cool that you guys were able to see the condition now. I would love to see what our old house looks like.


57 Simply Life October 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

oh that must be so fun to see the “before and after” :)


58 Jackie October 21, 2011 at 6:36 am

I made your “low and slow” sweet potatoes last night! Even my boyfriend (a self-proclaimed non-lover of sp’s) loved them!


59 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 8:30 am



60 Hillary October 21, 2011 at 6:47 am

I think it’s really cool that you’re friends with the people who moved into your old house. Every time I leave a home (whether my childhood home of 22 years or an apartment I lived in for less than a year), I wish I could go back and see what other people did to it!


61 Mom October 21, 2011 at 6:55 am

Hillary, Kath was with me when we all went through my childhood home (and the house she visited for many years). My mom was there too (she lived in the house for fifty years) It was soon after my dad died, and I thought it might upset Mom too much,but it was wonderful. The family who lives there is kind and energetic, and it was fun to see the house so happily occupied.

On a sadder note, Kath’s dad just went to see the site where his childhood home was knocked to the ground and replaced with a road!


62 Hillary October 21, 2011 at 7:02 am

I’d love to see the homes where my parents grew up. My dad’s childhood home was only about two miles from mine, and we obviously drove by it all the time, but I never got inside! What a great experience for you guys to have.


63 Mom October 21, 2011 at 7:18 am

Yes. and it was like it was meant to be. We drove by the house and the new owner was at the curb getting her mail. We stopped just to say hello and she invited us in. You could ask to see your dad’s sometime. I guess it’s tricky though because you never know how the people will take the request. We’ve had a few people ask to see our present home. I’m always mortified though as it’s always on days when it’s not so picked up, but pleased they want to come back.


64 Hillary October 21, 2011 at 7:36 am

Haha I did go trick-or-treating at my dad’s old house once, and all my friends were happy to let the owners know my connection. Unfortunately, they weren’t so keen on letting a gaggle of 12 year olds in for a tour ; )


65 Karen October 21, 2011 at 7:14 am

Love the side by side comparisons of decorating styles, each making the spaces work for them – their furniture and taste. Sara did a great job in such a short time.

Looking forward to your new house tour!

Happy Friday, Kath!


66 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 21, 2011 at 7:18 am

That’s got to be so weird to go into your old house with new people living in it! Fun too, though. And that pizza looks amazing! I haven’t had pizza in ages… need to get on that.


67 Amy October 21, 2011 at 7:19 am

Again Kath, I love your taste in home decor! So simple and serene. And I like what Sara and Juan have done with the space now!


68 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

That must have been so weird to see your house decorated with with other people’s stuff!


69 Jennifer October 21, 2011 at 7:25 am

Love the house comparison shots. You have such a talent for decorating. Can’t wait for the house tour. :)


70 Amanda October 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

So fun that you’ve become friends with the new tenants at your old place! It must have been so interesting to see how they had set up the rooms. It’s always neat to see how other people arrange things, often in combinations that would never have occurred to me. This is probably one of the reasons I love House Hunters types of shows. :)

…your pizza looks awesome!


71 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 21, 2011 at 8:26 am

I’ve often wanted to go back through some of my old houses. When we were living in Pennsylvania, our neighbor (a woman now)’s grandmother had lived in OUR house when our neighbor was a little girl, so she came over to look at it– it seemed so strange for her! She hadn’t been in the house since the early 60’s!


72 laine October 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

What a fun post! I love seeing the different styles.


73 Michaela October 21, 2011 at 9:28 am

how cool to see what they have done!
so interesting to see the different styles.


74 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

Fun house comparison! And the pizza looks AMAZING… Can’t wait to see the current house tour…and what you decide to do with the pork in the fridge :)


75 Tina October 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

Visiting past houses is always kind of bittersweet. The house my mom grew up in in Boston is owned by her brother, now, so she can go back home any time she likes. The blog does house tours. If you’re a lookie-lou like me, you can click on the “house crashing” link and see some gorgeous and creative houses.


76 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

That’s so fun to see it in the new owners (renters) eyes! It’s like that show on TLC (name totally escapes me) w/ Doug from trading spaces as the host.


77 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Before & after shots are the best…and I bet especially when the house was yours!
My old house is only a few blocks away from my current one, and my mom & I often pass it when we go for walks. Sometimes I just want to walk up the front steps, knock on the door, and ask to see inside! It’s been SUCH a long time…I bet it’s totally different.


78 Colleen October 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I love they way you utilized your (small) living room to have optimal seating. Mine is a similar size and I feel like we dont get as much ‘space’ out of it with our sectional (like Saras) My biggest concern is the TV because once you put 2 chairs in its hard to find a wall where everyone can see it. Did you guys have a tv in that room? And if so…where?


79 KathEats October 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

We put the TV in the basement, which solved a lot of problems with seating


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