September 20, 2011

Having a nice little day here. Mr. ADT is here installing our system and it’s taken all day (still working!) I just about lost my oats when he told me we would have to have a cord running through the basement OR cut big holes in the walls, but then relaxed when we figured out a great way to disguise it.


He actually had to leave for a part during lunchtime, so I ended up being able to make it to Body Pump Express after all! I don’t really care if a miss a few cardio workouts – my heart gets enough exercise each week and I find endorphins in daily activities like biking to work – but I do really like to get to Pump twice a week because I fear I’ll lose all of my muscles if I miss too many classes! I biked there in the drizzling rain (who am I!?) and it took all of FIVE MINUTE! WAHOO MAJOR LOCATION EXCITEMENT!!

Look who came to visit for lunch!! <3 I miss him during the days.



Post-Pump lunch was two hard-boiled eggs over a salad with peppers and yellow heirloom tomato (I’m going to miss those!) with blue d’auvergne and a side of Figgy Toast. Trader Joe’s Fig Butter tastes just like a fig newton!



Here’s a little bathroom update. Our new house has two bathrooms – one upstairs that is the master and I suppose the guest bath too (not ideal, but if you learn anything from House Hunters + Property Virgins it’s that you can get everything!). But what I am very happy about is that we now have dedicated guest bathroom.

Here’s that bathroom with a super fisheye lens maximizing the view before we moved in:

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I immediately fell in love with the uber-modern vibe. This bathroom is in the finished basement – but half of the basement is above ground so it’s still bright and airy.

Here it is now that we’ve settled in [please note the bulb is now replaced too!!]


There was one minor project that needed a major change:

The gross, falling apart, rusty + yellowed shower curtain.


[Which requires a giant lens to capture all-in-one!



I am so not a DIYer! I botch almost every project I do – except organization ones! I’m just not good with paint, drills, putty, etch. I suppose it’s the kind of thing that gets better with experience, but I’d rather not ruin everything in our house before that experience comes. DIY blogs help a lot!


But there is one thing I knew: Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint rocks! It’s what the pros use 😉


I’m sure John and Sherry would have some innovative way to get these up in the air to paint 360 degrees, but I resorted to just putting them on some packing paper and flipping after 30 minutes. I gave them a nice even coat noting to keep the spray paint 12 inches away and that many thin layers are better than one wet layer. What I did not know is that this paint is extremely hard to get off of fingers! I tried to flip them over by hand and had black fingertips for a day 😳


A day later, they were dry and beautiful!! Although don’t ask me how some pieces of black grass got stuck on there – I told you I’m a rookie!


Besides those small errors, the project turned out perfect!!


I used a clear eco-curtain from Bed, Bath and Beyond for a maximization of light and airiness. I like it so much more than the white! I actually showered in it too – it’s pretty fun!

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I love the concrete shelf as well as the little built in shelves! I purchased a gray mat to keep on the shelf until guests come and have the trash + TP in there too.


We put up some new hooks for guest towels, and that’s Mom’s Tooth Fairy Toast on framed in the background

Here’s to the old tooth under the pillow.

Here’s to the space that it left behind,

Here’s to the new tooth soon to follow,

Here’s to the tooth fairy, generous and kind!


And lastly, we have a bee hand towel my grandmother gave me years ago – to encourage visits by Buzz! [Mom’s nickname]


The stool was a wedding gift from Matt’s fraternity brother who was stationed in Eygpt, and the little chest was my grandmother’s and is filled with toiletries for guests! Lastly the bottles on the windowsill are from my days in public relations when I worked for the Epsom Salt Council. I got one of those in Real Simple magazine once, so they follow me everywhere I go :)


So that’s the bathroom! Super exciting, huh (= sarcasm). More projects to come!

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1 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Looks great, it’s really coming together!

I’m sure your muscles have been getting a good workout with all that heavy lifting and DIYing :)


2 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

It looks great! Spa like – YHL would be proud!!! Maybe they can crash your house one day! BLOG LOVE! 😀


3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

It looks great! I wish I was that creative with decorating. Love the bench you have in the bathroom.


4 Sweet and Savvy September 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I absolutely LOVE the entire design of your bathroom! It is so chic:)


5 Alyse September 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I really like that bathroom. I would be afraid of the little step, though! I know I’d forget about it no matter how many times I used it.

Is the shower base level with the tile or below? If it’s level, how does the water not leak out?

I find this interesting because I’m living in a one bedroom apartment built in 1984 that has never been updated! haha.


6 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The shower base is concrete and slightly below – and the drain slopes down. The curtain helps keep the water out too!


7 Alyse September 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

That’s good, I was afraid water would come out.

Good job on the DIY spray-painting of the chains. For purposes you’ve listed I tend to avoid spray paint and super glue. ESPECIALLY super glue, yikes.


8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

It IS exciting LOL! The bottles on the windowsill were the first things I noticed. They add such a nice, unique touch!


9 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Wow! The bathroom looks super chic! Who knew you were an interior designer too 😉


10 Lauren September 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Once I saw the Oil Rubbed Bronze, I totally 100% knew you were going to link to YHL! I’m really enjoying watching you settle into your new home.


11 Maren September 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

What a cool bathroom! I love the shower it’s so nutzo.


12 [email protected] September 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

that bathroom is awesome!!!


13 Dynamics September 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Wow, I would never have put up a clear shower curtain. Amazing how some people just know what to do. It totally changes the look. I think I might make a trip to BB&B and buy a clear shower curtain for my guest bathroom. It totally opens up the room. Kath you have a great skill at decorating. I love how you incorporate your family heirlooms.


14 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I like the black/white design in the bathroom and a clear shower curtain looks much better than the white! Is there much of a lip on the bottom of the shower? To me it looks like water would get everywhere. I hope I’m wrong!


15 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Ok now I see someone else asked about the water leaking everywhere! Nevermind :)


16 Alexa @ Simple Eats September 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love that vintage looking leather bench and those pretty bee towels! The bathroom looks great!


17 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm




18 suki September 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I like the modern look the bathroom too! Very cool. :) Totally had the same question as a few of the readers above re: water. Glad to hear that’s not a problem.


19 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Love the bathroom! Looks great :)


20 Cait's Plate September 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

GAH!! That bathroom is seriously so amazing!!! And shower curtain holders was going to be my other guess for those things but then I felt like it would be ridiculous if I guessed both that and the porch swing at the same time (given that holding up a shower curtain is a little easier than holding up an entire porch swing, haha).

Glad you got to see Matt at lunch!!


21 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I absolutely love the bathroom – gorgeous!! You have just the right amount of nick-nacks, where it looks decorated and not cluttered. Can you come do mine next? :)


22 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I LOVE all of the white in the bathroom it looks sooo light and open! I think the clear shower curtain is neat!


23 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I want.your.bathroom. I swear, I would subscribe to every single magazine just to sit in there all night. Gorgeous.


24 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hahaha. Love the magazine joke.


25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Kath your bathroom looks amazing!! It reminds me of a fancy bathroom I’d go into in a chic restaurant, a trendy bar, or fancy store…nice job!

I love that brown ottoman/stool piece, too. Where did you find that if I could ask?

And the figgy butter…I need to pick that up, asap. Fig Newton taste? Yes please!


26 Kris September 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

PBI, the stool is actually a camel saddle, which Kath said came from Matt’s fraternity brother who is stationed in Egypt. My husband bought one when he was stationed in Bahrain. You can probably find them online; maybe on eBay.


27 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

whoops my eyes totally missed the last paragraph of the post! oops! Thanks for the info and lucky you to have furniture from around the world, too. Pier 1 is about as around the world as I have gotten :)


28 Susan September 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Love the bathroom, but I think I wouldn’t have opted for a totally clear curtain. When having guests, I always think it’s nice to have multiple people in the bathroom at once (one showering, one brushing teeth, doing hair/make-up) and the clear curtain limits that. Unless guests are always couples.


29 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

We usually have couples :)


30 JenATX September 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

haha yeah I thought of that too! I wouldn’t mind if a mutual gal pal was doing her hair while I showered but I might not like her seeing me in my bday suit lol


31 Kayla [once upon a lens] September 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Love the modern meets country-ish vibe of the bathroom!

What kind of shampoo/conditioner do you use for your hair?


32 Cathy September 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Kayla I seen where Kath had Organix Coconut Shampoo in her bathroom when the earthquake hit VA. Hope this helps.


33 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I’m digging the Organix Coconut! And Alba brands!


34 Mom September 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Love the bathrooms! I forget which one is ours.

You published my poem!!!!!


35 Jennifer September 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

It looks beautiful! You have a real talent for decorating. I love how you have so many things in your decor from friends and family.


36 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) September 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I love that bathroom!

Seriously, what would life be without YHL? Great idea to spray paint the shower curtain holders!


37 lynn @ the actor's diet September 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

i. want. fig butter!


38 Eileen September 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

the bathroom looks great. Love the YHL inspiration. You totally should have them do a house crashing once you get settled in more!! How cool would it be to meet John and Sherry?? :)


39 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

That WAS exciting (not being sarcastic!) I love the bathroom. It does have a very cool modern vibe to it. Your decorations really make it look great.


40 Melissa September 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I IS exciting! I like doing bathrooms because they come together so quickly. I feel like other rooms take so much longer–I like to see progress RIGHT NOW (not that I’m impatient or anything 😉 ).


41 deva @ deva by definition September 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I love the bathroom – so clean and open-looking. I am funny about shower curtains and shower doors – I like them to have some opacity to them, but I love the clear curtain.


42 Susan (Oliepants) September 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love the bathroom – I love modern bathrooms – it instantly looks clean with little effort!


43 Lindsay September 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Very cool guest bath!


44 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

great DIY project! I love things like that – every time you see it you feel proud!


45 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Hey that shower thing looks great! I love it!

CUte stool by the way–in the bathroom :)


46 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

The bathroom looks beautiful Kath! Would never think of a clear shower curtain, but I love it!


47 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

It looks great! I love how so many of your decorations have meaning/memories behind them. Love it!


48 Cait @ Cait hates Cake September 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Hey, nice work on the bathroom! I love your new house – it has so much character!


49 Giulia @ Tutupa's Lab September 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I Love the bathroom! especially the concrete shelf and the little drawer, so cute!


50 Kiran @ September 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I love this bathroom – so modern and chic 😉 And what a difference a spray paint makes to the hook chains for the shower curtain. The overall look is so put-together :)


51 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Nice bathroom! You’re such a DIYer :)


52 Kelly September 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I use a clear shower curtain under my cloth decorative shower curtain (though not eco) and read in a magazine that you can stick it in the washer. So now, every now and then (maybe 4 times a yr) I take down the clear shower curtain and wash it in the washer with a little soap and baking soda. It does a great job of getting off scum that doesn’t come of from regular bathroom cleaner. If you didn’t know, it might be useful with your clear curtain.


53 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Love your bathroom!


54 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Kath – your eye for detail is wonderful! It looks fantastic!


55 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Well thanks! (Said in cowboy accent)


56 Hillary September 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I can’t believe a basement bathroom is that light and airy. How awesome.

Also super jealous that you have TJ’s fig butter. My TJ’s has been sold out, and I cannot get my hands on jar!


57 Katie September 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Nothing wrong with getting excited about the bathroom. Who will be the first lucky guest to use it? I wish it could be me! You’re right about everything in a home not being ideal, but making it work. We have an older home so we have had to be creative in areas like storage and remodeling bathrooms and the kitchen, but the charm and character that come with the details like the original woodwork, crown molding, fireplace, french doors, built in storage, laundry chute, etc. are certainly ideal. How nice that Matt was able to come home for lunch, my husband came home today which is very rare. Certainly brightened up my day! Keep sharing pictures and ideas, I am continuing to work one room/area at a time on our house and you are keeping me motivated and inspired!


58 Christena September 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Looks good, although I like opaque or at least translucent shower curtains to maximize personal privacy. :)

What kind of super fisheye lens do you have? I have been looking at them lately. Do you like it and get a lot of use out of yours?


59 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I don’t have the fisheye – it was from the listing agent’s company


60 Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The bathroom looks like a chic-boutique hotel bathroom you’ll find in L.A. or San Francisco :)

Great job on the DIY. I bought my first spray paint thingy and coated a mirror. I think that project was a little too advanced for this newbie, it came out ok…it looked a little sloppy but not bad for a first-timer.


61 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Everything looks great! I love it :)


62 Kathy W. September 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Wow, gorgeous! The shower looks like some of those you see in Scandinavia.

I love clear shower curtains–it’s great to be able to see light streaming in the window while you shower!


63 Molly @ RDexposed September 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I am loving your entire house! I love the idea of that counterspace in a bathroom! I am a big advocate of clear, clean open space. It may be an OCD thing..?


64 Kristin @ STUFT Mama September 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Oh man, I am so jealous of your nice white, clean, new bathroom. (sigh.) I can’t even show picutres of ours. :) It looks amazing!


65 Kristin September 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

The bathroom looks like a spa retreat – love it!! :)


66 healthy ashley September 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I can’t get over how AMAZING your bathroom looks! Nice work. I’m the same- love organizing but I’ll leave the power tools to Richard.


67 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Loving your bathroom! It is so much fun to put your personal tough on things.. and you’ve surely done that!!


68 Katie September 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

The bathroom is beautiful! I love it!

I am no good at spray painting, I spray painted a card holder for my wedding and got more on me than on the card holder birdcage thing : p


69 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy September 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

What a gorgeous bathroom!


70 Julia September 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Is fig butter better than pumpkin butter? I’m doubtful…=)


71 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

NO but it’s good!!


72 Nathalie September 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Amazing bathroom! I love your attention to detail!
YHL Sherry will be so proud of you for ‘ORBing’ the little chains 😉 I could barely contain my excitement when I discovered the Rustoleum range in a DIY store here in the UK- I thought it was one of those US-things that we can’t get over here…needless to say, I bought a can and am deliberating what to orb :-)


73 Lindsay @ biking before bed September 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I love that everything has a story. It makes your bathroom so much homier.


74 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

That bench/ledge/shelf is AWESOME. I think I just have a strange fondness for random bench-like things in rooms, so when I saw that in your photos, it automatically made your bathroom seem fantastic.


75 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I LOVE what you’ve done with it! You definitely made feel very warm! And I love that ceiling!


76 erica September 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm

i am in LOVE with that bathroom!!!


77 Kaitlyn @ Almond Oats. September 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Your bathroom looks amazing now! It’s so warm + bright. Good job!


78 [email protected] September 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Wow kath you sure do have amazing design and style! I love this bathroom!


79 Angel7 September 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your bathroom! It is uber-fabuloso :)


80 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

You are a DIY champ!! Oh and I completely agree, the TJ’s Fig Butter tastes just like fig newtons!


81 Susan September 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Delurking to let you know the bench in the bathroom is actually a camel saddle!! Love your blog.


82 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

thanks! DIdn’t know :)


83 Julie September 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

That’s not just a gorgeous bathroom, it’s like a dream bathroom! You’re so lucky! It’s such a unique design.


84 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee September 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Such a chic bathroom!!! I like the new light better than the old because it’s less bright in a good way. I really want that fig butter!!! :) Too bad there’s no TJ’s in Texas. :(


85 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Looks great! Like you, I’m not a DIYer by the least bit. So when something actually DOES get accomplished, it’s a pretty huge deal. 😉


86 mischasone September 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Wow I love that stool. One day I’d like to have couches in that same type of aged leather.


87 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Your gust bath looks fantastic!! I love it 😀 GREAT job, girl. 😀 Oh, and great job on your lunch, too. YUMMM


88 [email protected] September 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Awww you guys are so cute Kath~hehe, you miss him during the day 😀 That’s good to know, especially for a soon to be bride :) And the bathroom really is looking fantastic~better than what I could have done!


89 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

That fig butter is seriously like the best discovery ever! I bought it for a recipe and now I can’t get enough! My Trader Joe’s is out right now and I’m like counting the days to get it back! :)


90 tiffany @ texan on the run September 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

ahhh i LOVE your interior design!!!!!


91 Kelley September 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Looks great, Kath! Congrats on the house too!!!


92 Paige @ Running Around Normal September 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm

LOVE. The bathroom looks amazing – and I love the look the lens gives.
BTW – you are SO a DIY-er compared to me 😛


93 Lauren September 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Just bought the fig butter from TJ’s…so pumped to try it now.


94 Larbs September 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Love the new bath, but as a potential guest, the clear curtain makes me a little nervous…

Haven’t seen the fig butter in my TJ’s.


95 KathEats September 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

That’s why you close + lock the door!


96 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Looks great. I think I have said this before but I am blown away by how fast you guys are unpacking + decorating + everything else involved when moving into a new home. You have great decor ideas and I love how you incorporate items from your family tree. :)


97 Meredith @ Food, Shoes, and Booze September 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I love seeing how other people decorate their home (hence my love of HGTV)… your bathroom is super cute! And i love the shower curtain hangers!


98 Katie @ Plates and Paste September 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Wow! Love that bathroom! The colors, look and feel is really cool.


99 Khushboo September 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Love the bathroom- looks very modern!


100 Brandy September 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

hahaha! I actually LOVE your post about your bathroom! I’ve spent so much time spending how I want to re-decorate my bathroom so that it’s really inviting (err… as inviting as a bathroom can be) so this is really informative! I love your decorations and your fancy bench :-) I need to bite the bullet and just pick a theme! Damn it, Amazon.Com, and your endless possibilities!


101 clara September 21, 2011 at 5:30 am

I love the bathroom! But I also love the mug with the bikes. Where did you get that from?


102 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

It was a gift from a reader in NY


103 C September 21, 2011 at 5:56 am

I just LOVE the color of your bathroom…..great job! :-)


104 Elisabeth September 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I love that bathroom – it’s super light & airy, especially for the basement :)


105 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine September 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Wow, the DIY projects look absolutely gorgeous. Well done :)


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