We have another Tuesday Tidbits this week that is full of progress! If you follow along on FB or Instagram, you know that we were able to get a few more window treatments up in the kitchen. There are 4 (rather large) kitchen windows and they all have these same roman shades. They only go up to the halfway point, because halfway is 7 feet up (plenty of privacy). They are see-through in both day and night, but still give just enough cover for the kitchen to not feel like a fishbowl. I honestly was not certain that we should put anything up…it’s the kitchen and dining area, not the master bathroom. However, this seemed to be the perfect fix.

In the daytime you can see quite easily out of them and the kitchen remains very light.

Area rugs have started arriving and this particular one arrived 18 months ago (it was on sale)! So, this is my “trick” to try and get it flat. Trent thinks I’m a little crazy.

I’ve been shopping for towels and rugs for our master bathroom and it is proving to be more difficult than I expected. Do you have a set of towels that you love? Do they hold up well? Can you wash them over and over while keeping them nice looking? Please share if you do!

Almost all of the main floor (original) doors have new doorknobs on them. We have many, many holes to fill and then touch-up with more paint, but it’s nice to have doorknobs.

Only because it is almost impossible to tell in the photos, keep in mind the baseboard is 1 foot tall, the trim around the door is over 9 inches wide and the doors are 9 feet tall. We basically look like toddlers playing house. And everything we own looks small. Really, really small.

And just in case you are not from our little part of the world, this is what our weekend looked like. Most years, we do get hit with a pretty good snowstorm…and this one did not disappoint. I took this shot when driving between Niles and Buchanan, Michigan. It was a GORGEOUS weekend with a lot of snow!

Thank you for following and have a wonderful week!



  • February 13, 2018 Reply

    Sharon Low

    Have enjoyed following along with the project. The house is beautiful and now to make it a home.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    My best towels are from TJ Maxx and Marshalls. No joke. They have this raised waffle pattern, with accent trim. The brand name changes by visit, so weird, but it’s been Hotel Monaco and Hotel St. Clair.

    Worth the search in my opinion. We recieved 2 as a wedding gidt 4 years ago and then I went and found more.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    Window treatments are a tough challenge in an ordinary window. Your solution here is not only functional but doesn’t distract from the beauty of those magnificent windows!
    Not missing that MI/IN weather…at all.

    • February 13, 2018 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      But MI/IN misses you SO much, Mel!!

    • February 19, 2018 Reply


      Come back. It’s going to be 60° tomorrow!

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    I was just thinking, it must look like you’re walking around in a giant’s house. I buy the cheapest towels I can find. They seem to all fall apart at the same rate. I bought some Martha Stewart for $4.99 at Macy’s that are quick drying, they’re great. And the house is to die for.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    I love my Lenox Pearl Essence towels! They are thirsty, don’t pill and don’t snag. I’ve had the same towels in my bathroom since 2012 and they still look like new! Apparently they are infused with real pearls (not sure about that, but they are great).

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    I buy quality towels when they are on sale. If you have plenty on hand and you rotate them, they will last a lot longer and still look great.
    I love the shot in the kitchen showing the windows and window treatments.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    Washing the towels in either ammonia or vinegar gets the soap out of them and keeps them soft. Are you getting all new furniture?

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    The company store has incredible towels! I got the premium ones and they are so sumptuous and don’t “wilt”. They are incredibly thick though so they take up a lot of room

  • February 13, 2018 Reply

    Pamela Eichorst

    I get mine from Kohls. They are big, absorbent. Wash nicely and last forever it seems. I personally do all white towels with accent colors. I watch for their sakes as they have a great buy on them . The brand name of them is their Sonoma. Have had the best luck with these!

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    After some research, I bought DKNY towels at Bed, Bath & Beyond (and used a coupon for each and every one!) They do not shed lint, and have held up beautifully for the last 3 1/2 years. Also, they are 100% cotton, which is what I was looking for.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    Folllowing along has been like watching a beautiful flower come to life! I’m loving each blog😊

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    I cannot recommend the Target Fieldcrest Luxury towels highly enough! These are my absolute favorite! They wash nicely and staying plush, retaining their color, they’re soft, they dry one’s body well, they’re the best–better than Wamsutta (Bed Bath and Beyond), Ralph Lauren (Marshalls), and 10x nicer than the mid-grade Target towels. Also, The Wire Cutter agrees with me. 🙂

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    You might check out towels made by Boll and Branch. I have heard very good things about this brand. They are a little pricey but it might be worth your time checking into this.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    I like your kitchen window treatments. They allow for much light during the day and privacy at night. Things are really taking shape and maybe if you roll the area rug against the creases for a few days they would straighten out, give it a try and enjoy your week…..

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    We listed with Rent Like a Champion for awhile and needed a bunch of white towels. After a ton of cost comparing, online review reading, we bought our towels at Costco and they are high quality, long wearing, durable. They don’t always carry them, but it’s worth checking!

  • February 13, 2018 Reply


    Towels with the waffle indenting make for the most absorbing & comforting.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply

    Chris Harrison

    I find that the towels from Land’s End are thick, dry well and stand up well after washing. Colors change from year to year but are affordable. They have sales frequently online also.

  • February 13, 2018 Reply

    Gail Hickner

    bath sheets by Colormate by Sears are good.
    bath sheets by Color Solutions by Bed, Bath, & Beyond are good. our son got them for college 6 years ago and still good

    colorrama by Stephens not good.
    Martex by JCPenney not good – the thread shrank but the material did not

  • February 13, 2018 Reply

    Shirley Roseland

    I bought towels at Kohls years ago. I think they were called “Great Towels”. Cost under $5 (on sale) for a large, thick, soft all cotton bath towel. They wash up great and stay thick and fluffy. Best towels I have ever owned!

  • February 14, 2018 Reply


    You folks are pretty incredible, my husband and I built a house our selves many years ago,we know the effort you have had to have. Congrats,great job.

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