Cottage KERF Bedrooms

To the left of the living room, enter our master suite.


I use master suite loosely here because this wing of the house is really 2 bedrooms split by a hallway and a bath in-between. If we had a teenager, there would hardly be any privacy for the master, but for now, and probably if/when we have very young kids, it is perfect. I love that we can close the door to the living room and have our bedroom and bathroom connected. Matt makes fun of me calling it a master suite and when he sets the alarm at night he says in a robotic voice “master suite secured.” : )

To the left…the master


To the right…the spare room


And straight ahead… the bathroom


This bathroom isn’t grand (no separate shower + soaking tub or dual sink vanity like the house of my dreams would have) but it’s perfectly fine as far as older bathrooms go. I love the dark floors and our aqua walls. The wheatgrass is from Crate + Barrel!

We chose to go with a free-standing TP holder, which I like a lot. Often the wall ones become loose and this one is movable if you like.


Our towel hooks are working fabulously. I very much love that there is no folding or wrapping the towels over thick bars. And I think their symmetry looks even neater than a bar. The rose hooks are a splurge from Anthropologie!


Our shower has a great curved bar that came with the house, so it feels spacious. And the stall is nice and bright white. The suction holders are from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I’ve found that the kind you lever on suction the best. Both of these are securely holding.


Lastly, we have an awesome closet in the bathroom! It holds everything from bathroom cleaning supplies to beauty products to medicines to toilet paper. I painted the shelves white when we moved in, so it’s nice and crisp.


To the left of the bathroom is the master bedroom. It’s part of the “bump out” in the front of our house, so it’s a nice size. It faces east and gets great morning light too!


Our bedroom furniture is the Pottery Barn Farmhouse Collection – it cost $4,000.

JUST KIDDING! It’s actually a look-alike and came from World Market. I found a 40% off coupon on any item in the store back in 2005 and I went 4 different times to get all 4 pieces in the set. We paid only $850 for everything – two nightstands, one big bed, and our dresser. It was definitely our furniture steal of the century!


The bedding IS Pottery Barn and was part of our wedding registry! Love it.


The dresser houses all of Matt’s non-hanging clothes and miscellaneous colognes and jewelry on top. The mirror is Crate + Barrel and was a wedding gift from Larbs + Matt!


To the right of the bedroom entrance, I have a little chest from my grandmother. It was made by her great grandfather in the mid-1800s! The vase on top was also hers – a Van Briggle. I store overflow jewelry in the chest.


Further to the right, I have an IKEA mirror and bench – good for putting on shoes or standing on to reach up high in my closet. I’m not too happy with the curtain length, but I might change that in time.


Above the mirror I hung two personal pieces – a dress that spells my name crafted when I was born and a silhouette of me from when I was young.


I heart my closet. It’s IKEA Pax and was so fun to design. It fit perfectly on the far wall of the room.


Everything but a few off season items (which are in the spare room) and my dresses (which are in the main master closet with Matt’s clothes) fits very well in all of the fun compartments. I also have my boots elsewhere, but the bottom drawers hold all of my shoes.


Matt has all of his clothes (+ my long dresses on the far right) in the main closet. As you can see, there’s even more room to grow into above the shelf.


Exiting the master and down the hall you enter the spare room.


AKA, the Bear room!


Hopefully someday this room will house kids. I thought about turning it into a sweet office, but I wouldn’t want to get too settled and then have to move out when the time comes, so it’s kind of a room in limbo for now and serves as an extra guest room.


You’ll find a twin bed


And empty antique desk


A couple of chairs painted by my grandmother and a couple of bears


And a near-empty closet with my boots and super off-season clothes.

Back in the hallway, exit the master suite back into the living room.


The Bedrooms

Bedroom Paint: Sherwin Williams ProMar 200 Zero VOC in eggshell matched to Benjamin Moore Veranda View

Bathroom Paint: Sherwin Williams ProMar 200 Zero VOC in eggshell matched to Benjamin Moore Tranquil Blue

Trim: Sherwin Williams Duration Low VOC acrylic latex – Extra White

Master furniture: World Market

Closet: IKEA Pax

Lamps: Target

Twin bed: World Market

Bathroom rose hooks: Anthropologie

Bathroom wheat grass: Crate + Barrel

Towels + bedding: Pottery Barn

Chest, desk, bench, chairs, oriental rug, rocking chair, quilt – inherited

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Janelle November 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

WOW ! kath this is SPECTACULAR ! You need to be a decorator ! I’m drooling! Come to my house , decorate it and make me bread ! Heaven !


2 Cathy November 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm



3 Jessica (Dalyauthenticity) November 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Kath, I am in LOVE with everything about your bedrooms. The IKEA closet is awesome and I am going to bookmark it for a future home! The bathroom colors are dreamy and I love how you put everything together!


4 Ruthiey November 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This is beautiful! I love your attention to detail and your color schemes!


5 Amanda November 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I really like the paint colors you’ve chosen. They’re bright and fun, but still cozy and a nice backdrop for all of your furniture.

I’m very impressed with the awesome deal you got on your bedroom furniture. That’s kind of insane!


6 Lauren November 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I cannot believe how “lived in” and decorated your house is already for having just moved! We moved in March and am just now putting photos on the walls! Looks great.


7 Lisa H. November 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Gorgeous Kath. The bathroom flooring and wall color are just spectacular!


8 Amanda November 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

The quilt on the twin bed! It’s so pretty! Did you buy that somewhere?!


9 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks – It was my grandmothers


10 Morgan @ momentsofmmm November 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Gorgeous home Kath! I love your style. It is very classic and sleek-modern at the same time :) And I am pretty sure my first home will have one room in that tranquil blue color–beautiful!


11 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

oh how i wish we weren’t renting and could paint our rooms. i am in LOVE with the color of your bathroom!


12 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine November 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

This is gorgeous Kath! I wish I had some of your decorating ability! :)


13 Jennifer November 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I just saw your link. Your house just looks amazing! It’s like looking at something in a magazine. You are ultra organized. :) Everything just looks so clean and crisp. I really like the towel holders in the bathroom along with the curved shower bar. That’s a great idea. I also love all of the old dressers and the chairs in your guest room.


14 Deva @ Deva by Definition November 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love how bright and open the house feels! Will we also be getting to see the basement media room? :-)


15 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm



16 Leah November 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Kath, you seem a little kurt in your responses to readers. She paid you a nice compliment and asks a question, and your reply is “yup!”. Maybe its a Southern thing, where I come from, yup is poor grammar/or bad manners. I’m sure its not what you indended and have so many readers, and are so much busier than the rest of us, but a little niceness goes a long way. If it were me, I would write, “thanks, we love how the house feels to, and yes I am planning a media room post. Thanks for reading!”


17 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

It was meant as a cheerful “I’m excited” YUP!! I’m sorry you read it to be curt


18 Jennifer November 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

I see where you are coming from Leah, however I honestly don’t know how she gets the time to comment with all she does let alone come up with perfectly polite, articulate responses. In my opinion I think she has always been very gracious and polite to readers most, if not all of the time.
I love reading about cottage Kerf! Keep up the good work Kath! :)


19 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife November 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Wow, it looks incredible! Everything is so unique and personalized and looks really beautiful! I can’t wait till I have a permanent home and can decorate to my liking!


20 Laura November 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I have the very same bed!! Well, modeled after Pottery Barn’s version– made special for me by my dad 8-). Bedroom looks great!


21 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Looks amazing. Can you come to Houston and redecorate my house, please? :)


22 Angel7 November 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Your house should be on a version of one of those house flipping shows! You and Matt did a beautiful job!!!

I love the aqua-colored walls in the bathroom!


23 Christina @ Just Running November 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Question: Will I be able to read any of your future posts in Google Reader? I’m hoping I just had to click through to read this one because there were so many pictures.


24 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

This one is a static page under the House Tour page instead of a post. All of my normal posts will always be in Reader – just not the Home Neat Home ones. Sorry for the inconvenience


25 Christina @ Just Running November 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

AWESOME!! That’s great news. :)


26 claire November 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

cool! how many sq ft is your house?


27 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

About 2,000


28 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm



29 kitchenbelle November 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I love all of the green walls! I would be so happy waking up to so much green every day!


30 erica November 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

your house is so bright and cheerful! i love it! :)


31 wymberley November 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

When we lived in Colorado, I was a mile from the Van Briggle pottery warehouse/store. I WISH i had taken the money saved to get a nice piece before it closed. now, I have to search like everyone else!


32 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Kath it’s sooo pretty, all of it!

I especially love the Tiffany-blue / turquoise color in the bathroom. One of my fave colors!


33 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte November 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Your grandmother’s little chest is such a unique piece, really, what a treasure! Especially, the family history behind it! And I love the art from your childhood over the mirror, your home is full of so many meaningful items, it’s really inspiring :-)


34 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

wow – your sense of style is really wonderful!


35 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I love the combination of light and dark with a punch of subtle colour. Our bathrooms are also quite small…keeping things bright with white and then offsetting it with a soft colour looks soothing. We will be undertaking crown moulding in our living room/dining room. This means the walls can be repainted…thinking a beautiful french country yellow! Not too bright…any ideas?


36 Jacqueline November 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Beautiful! Well done!


37 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

That’s a great tour! Wish I could be so organized. I keep working at it and get a little better each time I try! Some people are just naturally organized, that would Not be me!


38 Marci November 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Love your paint colors. And fun to see what real “cottage” style looks like on the inside.


39 bobbi November 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Love it! I really like that you guys are not afraid of color, as we love color too!!! We really need to re-do our guest room, but I am thinking we should just make it a walk in closet as we rarely have guest and we have two other rooms…lol..


40 Leslie November 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Check the last sentence of the post. You typed suit but I’m sure you meant suite.
Love how you were able to use family pieces and furnishings that you already owned in fresh new ways in your new spaces. It looks like a comfortable home.


41 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Got it – thank you!


42 Hillary November 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Your bathroom color is dreamy. I feel like such a dork typing that, but it’s true!


43 Nicole November 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Amazing house and it already looks like you’ve lived there forever 😉 I can’t resist passing on a little decorating advice for the window treatment. I recommend hanging it as high as you can, and then adding a simple band of fun fabric along the bottom. You could get away with buying just a yard or two and then just sew it on (or use no-sew fabric strips). It’ll give it interest and make the window appear larger. Good luck!


44 kristinichole November 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Beautiful bathroom color! And I was actually going to suggest the same thing as Nicole and say add another curtain to the bedroom window (2 in all) +hang them a bit higher. I just think fuller curtains will enhance your windows (IMOHO) Great job all together :)


45 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 7:35 am

Great idea Nicole! I can’t sew, but those fabric strips sound good. Do you think the horizontal break will make the room look shorter though?


46 Becky O'Brien November 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Wonderful post, Kath. I always love to see the touches of your grandmother, here and there – obviously a legacy that is priceless, and it’s wonderful that she can enjoy watching you use what she gives you now, rather than wait until later.


47 Alaina November 11, 2011 at 12:18 am

What a lovely comfortable home! If only I could get myself as organized. :-)


48 Irina November 11, 2011 at 3:31 am

what a beautiful and neat home! Pax wardrobes are the best (along with expedit bookcases.). Those chairs painted by grandma are precious, how lovely!


49 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

Fun to see — thanks! Neat and tidy and festively colored…love it!


50 Lauri ( November 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

LOVE the closet!! We have 2 chester drawers that we have been thinking about getting rid of (We keep socks, t-shirts, and PJs in them now). Also LOVE the bright wall colors!


51 carri z. November 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

i love these posts, kath!
i am an doob when it comes
to decorating and we are
trying to buy a house
and these posts
the links and all.
i thank you much & mucho.
and i will pay you to
i kid.

or DO I?



52 Jennifer June 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hi Kath,
Love the house! Are those red oak wood floors? Very nice ….


53 KathEats June 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

That sounds right, but I honestly can’t remember!


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