Cottage KERF: The Final Wing

The final wing of our house is the second half of the lower level and includes the third bedroom, second bath, laundry room and man cave a.k.a “The Brewery.”

From the bottom of the basement stairs, you can see the entrance to the wing through the doorway here:


To your right, you’ll find the guest room!


This room is pretty small – in fact we weren’t sure if our guest bed would even fit when we first toured the house – but in fact, the bed fits perfectly.


We removed the footboard to make more room and could only fit one nightstand, but since we don’t have guests too often, this works just fine. The duvet cover is Crate + Barrel and was a birthday gift from Matt! I love the colors and paisley! The lamp is Pier 1.


On the flip side of the bed is another built-in desk that serves as a nice place for guests to put makeup and things.


Underneath is a nice antique potato basket that holds guest towels


And the closet next door is a make-shift linen closet thanks to a nice shelving unit and space for extra winter coats


The décor in the room is made up of a blue glass collection my grandmother gave to me. I love blue glass! The frames house photos of Cambridge University in England I brought back from a summer studying abroad. And the sculpture is a Nigerien woman that my friend Kirst brought back from her time in the peace corps!


View of the porch from the guest room!


The guest/downstairs bathroom is next door. We love how modern it is with the concrete shelf and colors!


Two owners ago finished this whole basement in a very modern feel and the previous owner brightened it up a bit. But I still love the super modern touches.


Shower that is very fun to use!


Outside of the bathroom there is a hallway:


On the left is a closet with our hot water heater, furnace and storage


And on the right is the laundry room!! I love the vintage boxes :) The cart with drawers is IKEA and the cart with canvas was here with the house (there were actually two of them and they were falling apart – I kept one to use for dirty linens that need to accumulate in order to make up a load). I keep sheets and towels in the boxes and basket below.



And finally at the end of the hall we find Matt’s brewery (which looks neater now then when I took this photo!)


This room was finished out to be an art studio, so we’re lucky to have cool lighting and a sink in there too as well as a door to the outside.

Needless to say this is Matt’s room and he organizes it how he likes!


There is another closet in here that links to the furnace room where we store the vacuum cleaner, tools and gardening things since we don’t have a garage. The shower curtain makes for a funky door!


We have since cleaned up this space a bit, but you can see all of Matt’s beer equipment on the left and on the right, the shelves and cabinets house tools and paint.


Matt’s desk (formerly my desk) is in here. Check out his R2D2 lamp!


And last but not least, don’t forget the kegerator! Matt made this one himself and it fits 2 kegs. There is hope for a bigger one in the near future though!


The Final Wing

Guest room paint: Benjamin Moore Excalibur Gray

Duvet cover: Crate and Barrel

Guest room bed and nightstand: Pier 1 Shanghai

Teal flower vase: Crate and Barrel

Guest room lamp: Pier 1

Linen shelves: Linens and Things (RIP)

Laundry drawer cart: Antonius IKEA

Red laundry lamp: Pier 1

Matt’s desk: IKEA Galant

Ball jars, towel basket, Nigerian sculpture, Egyptian stool, purple throw pillow cover, vintage boxes, small chest, paintings, R2D2 lamp: all either gifts from friends abroad or antiques from my mom/grandmother found in antique stores

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie January 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

I love your duvet cover, too! I am looking for a new one – I’ll have to check out Crate and Barrel. Also – that bathroom is fantastic, love the modern feel!


2 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth January 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love the vintage boxes and the overall feel of the place.


3 Julie January 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Love the modern bathroom! Those floors are so neat looking and love the concrete also :)


4 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Absolutely LOVE the way you mix vintage and modern! I swear our tastes are almost exact! If you wanna come do my place, let me know! HA!


5 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I seriously love it! So beautiful 😀


6 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

My boyfriend would be jealous of Matt’s Brew Room!


7 Kelsey January 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I LOVE THAT GUEST BEd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your house looks great!


8 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I LOVE the R2D2 lamp!! Awesome!


9 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I love that you can look at a room in your home and have a story linked to every piece…grandmother’s blue glass collection, statue from a friend, etc. Your home is filling with aspects of your life…the signs of a true home! My home is also a home filled with collections of pieces that tell a story…great conversation starter! I am often told that my home feels ‘homey’. I take that as a compliment…as I hope you will too!


10 Kimberly January 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Did you take down the doors to replace with shower curtains or is this something the previous owners did? It’s unique…never seen a house with so many shower curtain doors. I really like the flowered ones in the first picture.


11 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

This is how the house came. I am not sure there is room for a full-size door in some of the spots. I don’t mind the curtains


12 Elisabeth January 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

The curtains actually make for much cuter decor than doors :)


13 Lauren January 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I think the curtains are cool! They add texture, color, and pattern in places that otherwise wouldn’t have it. Also, you can make a big change to a room just by changing them out over the years if your tastes change. We have that same paisley duvet cover that was from our wedding registry. :) I always thought I should incorporate some purple into our bedroom with it-love that smoky light purple you have on the walls. Your house is beautiful, Kath!


14 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Love your guest room! The little built in desk is perfect!


15 [email protected] for the Soul January 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Whoa..I am speechless Kath!! That guestroom is the most gorgeous and cutest ever!! And the wall colors are so pretty. Whoever stays there sure is lucky! :)


16 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Wow- that is a pretty impressive guest “suite!” Our duvet cover in the master bedroom is from Crate and Barrel, and I LOVE it. They have the best duvet covers- it was so difficult for us to choose one!
My husband would be uber jealous of Matt’s home brewery- he’s just getting into learning to brew.
Love the inspiration in these posts!


17 lynn @ the actor's diet January 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

thanks for showing me where i’ll be staying when i come visit, kath! 😉


18 Lisa Clawson January 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Kath! I have the same duvet cover on my bed at home. I love the color and the paisley as well. My name is Lisa and I met you at brekky one morning at the GH convention last year. We own the bakery in Logan Utah. So fun to check up on you guys. Looks like your bakery is doing great! Keep up the good work and hopefully we’ll see you in San Diego!!


19 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Hi Lisa! We will be there!!


20 Jen January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Do you have an actual bath as well or just the showers? Those shower curtain doorway are definitely unique!


21 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Bath upstairs


22 Sarah January 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Very fun! I love the mix of modern and antique/vintage.


23 Alyssa January 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

My only question after the entire house tour, why do all the closets have curtains instead of doors? I understand the need to save money but I would need some real doors. The curtains make me their there’s either a magician or a shower behind every one.

Other than that, I love the clean spacey feel of your Cottage and the organization is prime! Nicely done.


24 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

That’s how the house came… I’m not sure the curves in the hall could handle a door and the guest room might be too tight. The curtains don’t really bother me.


25 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Awesome! Love the decor


26 Jeanna January 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Love the built in shelves and the R2D2 lamp. All of it is absolutely beautiful.


27 modernworkinggirl January 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Haha – great R2D2 light. It’s almost like a version of a children’s game… “which of these lamps does not belong”!


28 Ann January 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hi, Kath! Love it! Can you tell me the paint color of the guest bedroom? We are looking for that EXACT color! Looks great!


29 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

It’s at the bottom of the post!


30 Kavi @ Lab to Fab January 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Is that bedroom set from Pier 1? It looks very similar to the furniture I have! Love how bright and airy everything looks; hard to achieve in a basement!


31 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm



32 Janelle January 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Wow ! I LOVE EVERYTHING ! you could be a interior designer – there is nothing I would change our styles are the same !


33 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I am impressed with all the storage space and hidden cupboards!!!


34 Angel7 January 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I love all the rooms, but the bathroom is sooo cool!


35 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Love it all – especially the duvet cover!


36 donna January 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Very nice! We have that same bed in our guest room. When our boys are visiting, they complain that those medallions make noise when they roll over in the bed, so they put scotch tape on them to quieten them!


37 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I did the same thing!!!


38 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Very nice and clean! I absolutely love the guest room color and the shower curtains as doors add a creative and colorful touch! :-)


39 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I LOVE that guest bedroom and bath – how cute! It looks like a cute little hotel. :)


40 Anita January 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

Kath I did not see the paisley room wall color name anywhere. I’m myopic or it’s just too early or too late. These colors remind me of Sarah Jessica Parker’s apartment in Sex and the City. They used a similar wall tone with another wall tone believe it or not, it was a celery green. It really hung together. You should go in for decorating or decorating combined with feung shue


41 KathEats January 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

It’s in the “where to buy” section: Guest room paint: Benjamin Moore Excalibur Gray

I love the color too – it’s my favorite kind of purple :)


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