But I am having an affair with our new doors. Tall. Dark. Handsome.
And our back door…so sexy.
Never would I have thought doors could change my life so much! We didn’t intend to get a new front door when we started our porch project, but as I spoke with our contractor about our plans to replace it on our own, I realized this project was way above our heads. [Pretty much every DIY project is over our heads…the only ones I attempt are ones that are easily fixed if we screw up!] So glad we tacked this on – it has turned a box into a cottage!
Another project I was going to do myself – some shelves in the kitchen for that awkward empty space next to the fridge. I researched tons of options and realized that I would probably need to buy wood and find a saw. Then I noticed the pile of wood in our yard. And our porch carpenter’s saw. Carpe diem!
They did a WONDERFUL job blending these in with the existing cabinets – now I just need to fill them with jars!
My most-loved oatmeal bowl is probably pumpkin cottage cheese
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup pumpkin, stirred in at end
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end
- Chia Charger
Must get more chestnut tea!!!! My favorite of all of the Adagios I ordered!
LOVE that I have beadboard as a backdrop now!! Another dream come true.
Have a wonderful Thursday friends!
Cait's Plate says
Hahah! I’m pretty in love with those doors too. And I LOVE the built-in shelving. That is one of my favorite things in a kitchen! I was so jealous of the ones you had on the side of the counter that hold your mason jars!
Christina @ Just Running says
An affair with the doors? Kath, I love that you are such a goofball sometimes!
Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot says
I had fallen out of like with cottage cheese but I might just have to give them another chance and try it in oats. This looks rather delicious! And I am very jealous of your jar cupboards!! Mine have overtaken my entire kitchen 😉
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat says
Wow, the doors and shelves look great! One thing I really wish my kitchen had was more storage. As a blogger, you’ll probably understand the need for lots of space to store random bowls, plates, and linens!
Anna @ On Anna's Plate says
I love your doors, but I am SERIOUSLY jealous of the built-in shelves. I would LOVE to have some of those built into our kitchen and living room. Sigh.
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
That’s my idea of tall, dark, and handsome right there.
Either those doors or a really dark piece of chocolate…they are ‘my type’ 🙂
Great front door! I never noticed doors until my husband started selling custom doors and now I critique them all the time. We were lucky we when only had to pay for shipping for ours. New custom doors make a big difference!
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
Live the doors. I can see why such an affair! 😉
Blessing @ Working Mom Journal says
Pretty doors, but the built-in shelves are my favorite.
Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles says
Your front door is my dream door! I have always wanted a red door (my favourite colour), unfortunately it would not coordinate with our brick. Still dreaming!
Why does it need to co-ordinate with the brick? If you want a red door, just get a red door. My neighborhood has a row of plain jane white doors, and there in the midst of all that sea of whiteness, someone has a BLACK door! In a row of townhouses it sticks out, but in a good way… I like it.
That’s so nice that you were able to tack on those small projects. I love the doors, and they did such a nice job with those shelves. They blend really well.
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
I still haven’t tried cottage cheese in my oats! And chestnut is my favorite from the holiday sampler!
Cut it out, Kath! You are SO not going to be able to keep this hidden 😉 I’m swooning over that tea towel (looks Anthro?) and the voluminous bowl of oats. Mmmm, eye candy 😀
It’s actually Target!
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
I love the gray / yellow color combo of your placemat – I think it would be a lovely combination for our kitchen!
Heather @ Run Eat Play says
I never thought to try cottage cheese in oatmeal – how is the texture?
Love your doors! They look so solid! lol!
Texture is pretty much the same as oats, but the flavor is cheesier – like a cheese danish
Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous says
Mmmm….pumpkin, cottage cheese and oats! Healthy and delicious!
kathleen @ the daily crumb says
i LOVE the look of that door. please don’t tell MY husband i’m having an affair with sweet potatoes, my new uggs and instagram.
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
That dark wood door is gorgeous! I wish I could change out mine… silly condo rules.
Cottage cheese is oats is my favorite combo. I love to do them with blueberries! Will have to try the pumpkin… or I bet it would be awesome with sweet potato!
You could change it on the inside….
[email protected] Flying ONION says
The door is gorgeous! I couldn’t ever blame you for your love affair. 😉
Your pumpkin cottage cheese oats are pretty stunning too, I must add. 😀
Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles says
Love your house upgrades! cute + classy + chic =)
Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life says
whenever the contractor is at our house I always find other miscellaneous things for him to add on to the bill 🙂 hehehe
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
The door looks great! I love it! I also really like the shelving! So fancy 🙂
Chloe (In Fine Feather) says
LOVE the seafoam green in your front hallway. What a lovely color 🙂
That bowl looks delicious! I noticed there aren’t any “sweeteners” like banana though. What does it taste like?
Like cheesy pumpkin! Oats are naturally sweet, so it wasn’t too savory or anything
I am posting from Ontario, Canada and I just wanted to say how much I LOVE your blog. I am so glad I happened to find it. I am officially addicted. P.S. I am also an RD and love your happy, healthy relationship with food!
Thanks Heather! Glad you’re here.
Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy says
Love your new front door!
Pumpkin cheesecake comes to mind!
Tara at Padded Tush Stats says
KATH! I saw this video and it cracked me up. I KNOW you’ll like it. It’s a song called “Yoga Girl”
HAHA! My toes do during chataranga 🙂
Emily G. @ from my messy desk says
Holy yoga that was funny! My favorite part was when he asked if they wanted to go..and they said No, imma stay (namaste!). Or the girls’ response!
You new front door looks amazing! It goes to show that once again you and Matt have great taste 🙂
My husband and I have been talking about getting a new front door. Ours is super ugly. We actually drove around our neighborhood the other day looking at doors.
I’ve been away on vacation so I have a lot of catching up to do. Is your porch finished? I just love the new doors. Your house looks so charming.
Did your grandmother paint that picture near your porch door? I love it!
Porch is all done except for paint + stain which should happen in next week or two.
And yes, Gram did the painting!
Can I PLEASE move in?
Your house looks fantastic! When do you think the Chia Charger will be available? I want to try some! 🙂
It has already come and gone!! Do you not subscribe to my OpenSky email? That’s how you get the deets! It should be back soon though…
Ashley @ Cooking for John says
Bahaha-you crack me up! In all seriousness, I love your home, everything is beautful! I can’t wait until we are settled down in a home and can do whatever our heart desires!
Make sure it’s not a condo or a row of townhouses… you won’t be able to change a thing on the outside!
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says
I LOVE pumpkin, of course, but discovered that when I add it to my oatmeal, it makes the oats a lot less chewy, and I just can’t sacrifice that. I’ve reserved pumpkin for overnight oats, only.
And seriously- can you please come take over the interior design of my house?! I get so envious every time you post photos of your home’s interior- I just have no clue when it comes to that stuff!
I am loving your house!! That front door is beautiful! I would probably act the same way. 🙂
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
Awesome doors! Really, I love the front door and the backdoor with all the light!
The upgrades look gorgeous, Kath…enjoy!
I am loving the shelves. Those are AWESOME.
I love your oatmeal, I just bought some blackberries, they were $1 per container, they’re usually $3.99! Guess how many I got?
I already have lots of berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, got them all on sale cheap) in my fridge’s freezer and I am now challenged as to how to add my blackberries! I just need a stand alone freezer, my fridge freezer isn’t big enough! I am going to have eat that full container of icecream!
Going to have to work harder to buy one of those separate freezers. Yesterday, I went to check out prices, the cheapest is $249 for a little teeny tiny one not much bigger than the one I’ve got in my fridge!
Lena @Fit on the Rocks says
I love how smaller-scale projects make such a huge difference in living space. I always underestimated the power of paint until I helped a couple paint the entire interior of their home. It was a totally new house afterwards.
Health Bee says
Your porch and house renovation project is turning out so well. Have you thought of doing a before and after video segment on this?
Well it’s too late for a before video 🙁 But I could take an after when it’s finished. I do have photos!
elle @ nutritionella says
BEAUTIFUL doors! love your photos, they always brighten my day!
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says
Wow! You’ve tackled so many house projects in the last month, so inspiring. Love what you have done to put a personal touch to your house. Can’t wait to see more pictures of the porch too 🙂
Jessica @ The Process of Healing says
That IS a beautiful door! And I never thought I’d say that…
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
love the front new door!
~Christy @ wonderofallthings says
The new doors are gorgeous! And you can’t beat the shelves — love the blending. Great that you have such a handy handyman! Good for you guys 🙂 Cheers!
Love the home improvement improvements! I am so lucky to have a “handy” husband who works hard to complete all my home improvement recommendations. Changing topics…I was wondering if the Cville elves will be producing any Cville Cluster Granola soon. You see, my jar that I store that deliciousness in is, well..empty! I was thinking of including Cville Cluster Granola on my Christmas list but I was unsure if your Cville treats had spread as far as the North Pole! Keeping my fingers crossed!
You are lucky to have a handy hub!
Unfortunately all the elves are occupied with gifts this year, but we are hoping that once January comes and the holiday peak dies down they will have time to make another 1,000 bags for sale!
Johanna B says
Love the shelves. One cannot have too many shelves in one’s kitchen. IMHO
Amy Pea says
Speaking of delicious oats, thank you for spreading the word about “Coach’s Oats!”
My order arrived last night and I ate some for breakfast this morning – with pumpkin and banana. I can’t wait to have them again tomorrow morning!
Good call, Kath – I think they might be my favorite form of oats ever, and I am a Scottish Oat fanatic! 🙂
So glad you like ’em!
Jeni @ hippiewildmama says
Just wondering where you found your doors? Hopefully you haven’t already mentioned it? I’m loving your home!
I’m pretty sure both are Therma-Tru: http://thermatru.com
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh says
Those are sexy doors!! So jealous, your home looks right up my alley. Great use of space above the mirco!
Kristen @ Change of Pace says
I ordered a bunch of sample flavors from adagio. Chestnut is definitely my favorite too. I also love the coconut. I ordered a bunch of samples for Christmas stocking stuffers for my family. Plus a little tea ball for loose leaf tea. SO easy and healthful 🙂
Celestial Seasonings has a great selection of holiday flavors as well – Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Sugar Plum Spice – they’re delish and usually more readily available in stores this time of year (versus having to order).
I’ve tried all of those and was never impressed… Adagio had free shipping over the weekend.
(Because I’m not sure if they were all black teas
I was merely suggesting it to the original poster (Kristin) as another option to try in addition to the kinds you mentioned… never said there was anything wrong with Adiago or shipping. Just not everyone orders online or has it as accessible. Also, Celestial is herbal – so noncaffeinated. Black teas are caffeinated which is fine but some people may be sensitive to that at night for sleep. That’s all…I didn’t see anything negative against you or Adiago in the comment…?
I’ve never particularly enjoyed Celestial Seasonings – cheap, but not quite that good. Adagio seems a bit pricey, but sounds worth it, especially as a nice nice christma-y stocking stuffer! Good tea is an experience, bad tea is just warm flavored water. 🙁
I definitely made a silly mistake, and am now wishing I hadn’t ordered so many bags from Adagio without sampling anything beforehand. I got excited while reading through all the flavors and ordered four full-sized bags in the ones that sounded the most fun to me (all dessert types), but they all taste the same, and not as interesting as I was expecting. The flavors I ordered didn’t seem to be available in sample sizes, but maybe I missed something on the website (?)..anyhow, now I have $40 of black tea with a funny rum-ish taste to it 😛 I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but I just think they are kind of underwhelming..I’m hesitant to order anything else unless it’s a non-desserty kind.
Hey – thanks for that info! If/when I try them, I’ll definitely tread lightly. 🙂 In the meantime, I guess I’ll stick to my Tazo teas! Delicious and affordable!
Which ones did you get Jill?
I’m glad I got mostly sample packs because I didn’t love the Toasted Marshmallow or Sweet Potato pie but I LOVED the Pumpkin Ice Cream and Chestnut
I don’t have the packages with me right now, but I got mostly chocolately ones (I was in that kind of mood when I ordered them late at night, and take responsibility for my lack of variety to begin with 😉 – Red Velvet Cake, a chocolate rum one, some “cupcake” variety, although I’m not sure what thats supposed to be, and a chocolate cream something or other. I’m going to do a taste-test with all of them this weekend to figure out what differences I can notice- I tried one each for 4 days and nothing really stood out, although I should say I think they are *quality* teas. Eventually I want to try something totally different, though, like marshmallow or coconut. Or, you know, German Chocolate Cake 😛 (that’s a joke..although if they have one, I probably will order it anyway!)
Candice @ Sailing on Paper says
I really like the dark wood pairing with your white trim and paint color. Good choice!
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
Haha I love the door too! Great oat mix 😀
Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio says
I really like y’alls new front door! It’s awesome!
katie @KatieDid says
Love that art work (adam and eve?). And it seems like you have flawless lighting and location for pictures now. It’s liek the house was made for your profession!
[email protected] says
I couldn’t agree more that those doors are really nice!! Love the fact that they still let light inside the house too. Your house looks like a magazine cover! haha
Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) says
Love the door. It looks amazing. Isn’t it funny how a change like a door can literally transform the entire room/space?
All of your house projects look wonderful, but I’m particularly loving the beadboard! 😉
For the chestnut tea, did you buy the tea bags or loose leaf sample?
I have the loose leaf which I’m finding has more flavor than tea bags simply because of the way I brew it. But the tea bags taste just as good!
Emily @ Life on Food says
The doors are beautiful! My husband always wants to do very ourselves, most of the time it is just easier to have someone else worry about it.
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Loved the new storage space beside the refrigerator! And those new doors?! I want 2 of those, as well 🙂
I love your front door! Beautiful!! I have found that any projects that we attempt on our own end up costing so much time and money that it usually makes more sense to just hire someone, unless it is VERY simple! 🙂
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
Your front door is super sexy! haha It really is though!
Kath I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new shelves above the microwave. They seemlessly look like they’ve always been there!
Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count says
That oatmeal sounds wonderful! I love the shelves, they look like they’ve always been there!
Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte says
VERY nice door, I see why you’re so smitten 🙂
It’s funny: I love pumpkin and cottage cheese together, and pumpkin with my oatmeal but I NEVER would have thought to combine all three. I’m thinking there’s gonna be a pumpkin-oatmeal-cottage cheese love-triangle goin’ on at my house tomorrow morning! Whoot!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
Those shelves are such a great use of that space! All your posts on decorating and home improvement lately have made me so excited to own my first home. Unfortunately that’s far off in the future… very far! 😛
I love the painting in your Kitchen. It’s fun to watch your home come together. Enjoy!
Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel says
Those doors really are nice–the color looks so great with the sun shining on it!
I have never left a comment before but I do frequently browse the blog! I am curious to where you picked up the adam + eve painting? I think it is a great spin on the classic paintings! If you wouldn’t mind sharing… Thanks so much!
Hey Allison, Thanks for your comment!! The painting was done by my grandmother, so unfortunately it’s not buy-able. But I’ll tell her you like it!
I have a “Votes for Women” coffee cup too, so it was fun to see one in your photo!