Welcome to another Tuesday Tidbits! Things are (finally) just starting to feel a little more like home around here. Don’t get me wrong: we still have a LOT to do…but certain corners are starting to feel very comfortable.

Like this corner in the kitchen. Framed just right with the pic shows that this little corner is done. We have started using the house a little more (which always makes something feel more like home).

The sofa/rug in the piano room is starting to feel more like home as well. It helps that I spend a lot of time in that room playing the piano…but it just feels a little more “home-y.” And I don’t know about you, but anytime I can add some gingham, my world is a slightly better place.

We have already had to replace an item in the house. It’s sort of funny, but also a warning on what NOT to buy.

Here’s the story: We are picky about toilets…like really picky. We learned (many houses ago) that we prefer the tall height and we prefer the elongated shape. We also learned (long ago) to NEVER buy the cheap toilet. NEVER. If you disagree with everything else on this blog, please hear me on this point: SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY ON THE TOILET. For this house, we went with a fairly high end Kohler toilet. We had to order them…which was totally fine…and we have been pleased with the toilet.

Another oddity that we have is the cheap seats that come with the high end toilet. They are plastic. And so cheap. And feel gross after about 3 uses. So, we always buy toilets seats in addition to the new toilets. This time we went with the Church wooden elongated slow-close toilet seat. They cost $62 each and felt very nice. The soft close was an added bonus.

Here’s the problem: about 30 days in, every single toilet seat had small, hairline cracks like this one. This would be the appropriate place to insert a “crack” joke about the toilet seat. At first I thought that it was small and no big deal. Disappointing, but not the end of the world…until one of those hairline cracks bit me. We had new toilet seats the next day. We purchased the Kohler elongated slow-close seat. And it’s a very nice seat that cost about $65 each. It’s not wood (so it doesn’t feel as high end as the other), but I’m guessing it won’t crack. Lesson of the day: don’t buy the Church wooden toilet seats.

**Trent told me that I should include a photo of us both with our weight so that everyone knows WE didn’t crack the toilet seats. While I don’t think either of us will be walking a runway anytime soon, we are not big enough to crack a toilet seat.

On a completely different topic (thank goodness), I have been procrastinating the final caulking of the small fireplace. Don’t ask why…I don’t know. Every day I would look at it and think “tomorrow I should have a spare hour or so to do that.” Well, I finally couldn’t take it anymore. This is what it looked like yesterday.

Today is the day I’m fixing this! I have blocked out my morning and (with any luck) this should only take an hour or so. I’m just ready to have this done.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for following along!


  • June 12, 2018 Reply

    Karen Petsovich

    LOVE the windows & doors in your spacious, bright kitchen!

  • June 12, 2018 Reply


    What a coincidence. We just replace our old toilets with the tall ones. We did not like the lids that came with them and bought two that we like. They are not wood but they are guaranteed for two years. Loved our new toilets!
    I also like your gingham pillows and the rug.

  • June 12, 2018 Reply


    I see you have decided on the cookbook for your counter. Couldn’t tell what it was tho. I agree on the slow close toilet seats! Funny tho, you get used to them and then Bammmm!!! you just close the lid at someone else’s house and it crashes down and you stand there wondering what everyone is thinking! Oh well!!!! Your home is lovely! Tell Trent I send a hug for him!

  • June 12, 2018 Reply


    I love the island bar stools!

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