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I don’t know what’s come over me, but I am nesting like tomorrow’s my due date.  Every free moment, I’m organizing, sorting, pulling items for donation, cleaning, and decorating.  It’s weird. 


I feel like I’ve been possessed by a strange combination of Young House Love and Mr. Clean. 


First of all:  I’m really into farm house baskets.  I am slowly but surely amassing a serious collection in every room of my house.  They hold anything from towels to toys, and they do it in a beautiful way. I’ve been buying mine at Home Goods – which I really need to stay out of for a few weeks.


Also, I finally hung a new light fixture in our master bath.


Our bathroom (actually, the entire house) is fabulous 1990s gold.  Everywhere.  Every single doorknob, cabinet pull, hinge, and light fixture is shiny, shiny gold.  Our bathroom was also covered in wall paper when we moved in.

Old Master

Oh boy.  We pulled that wall paper down so fast that I didn’t even remember what it looked like until I found the picture.


Once the new dark fixture was up, those gold handles really started to grate on my eyes. I didn’t want to buy new ones because we may eventually replace the entire sink.  So I pulled out the old spray paint and gave everything a nice coating of oil rubbed bronze spray to match the light. 




After (wood color didn’t change; just took pictures at different times of the day).


Cool, right?  It was definitely one of those five minute projects that make a big difference.


Can you guys help me with the hallway powder room?  It looked like this when we moved in….

Old Bathroom

We pulled that wall paper off ASAP, too, and quickly painted it.  I think we were in a rush because Henry was going to be born in just a few weeks.  We picked the paint color too fast, and I totally hate it.  It’s too gloomy.  I wanted cheerful blue; this is blah blue.


I do like the Operation Beautiful collage (a group of Girls on the Run girls gave it to me). Smile  But I just threw that up on the wall so it wasn’t blank… I’d like to integrate it as part of the rest of the bathroom’s decorations, not the only one.


Gotta get rid of that paint, though.  I’m considering these colors (the lighter ones).  Thoughts?  Or any other suggestions? 


Blues are hard to get right!


Another little life hack:


I’ve glued little magnets to the back of my salt and sweetener. I’m always looking for these items, and they always end up in different cabinets.  Now they get stuck to the side of the fridge!  No more getting misplaced!


And last, but certainly not least, I’ve been cutting my own bangs. I’m trying to grow my hair out – I’m so over my short hair. I liked it at first, but I really, really miss my long tresses.  I’ve been avoiding the hairdresser, but my bangs grow very quickly.  I used to go in for trims every four weeks, but that’s impossible with Henry, so now I just cut my own bangs.


I’ve been using this tutorial by Pretty Classy.  So easy – once you get over the fear of cutting your own hair (hint: be conservative – you can always cut off more!).




Anyone else on a decorating and organizing spree?



  • Katie D. July 30, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I want to be, but get SO overwhelmed by all the stuff that I want to change in our house. Our living room is terrible green color (Think Mexican fiesta), so I’d like to paint it a neutral (warm gray) and then paint our mismatched wood stuff (end table, book case, TV stand) a brighter color.

    Also we have some stained door frames and some painted door frames. I really want consistent door frames!

  • Jenn July 30, 2013, 1:33 pm

    For blue- look at Tranquility from B.Moore:-) Or take a peek at the new line from pottery barn/ sherwin williams.

    <3 ya

  • Victoria July 30, 2013, 1:37 pm

    If you keep on the organization bender, you can come take care of my condo. I’ll even exchange for free swim lessons.

  • Kim July 30, 2013, 1:38 pm

    Fun! I’m on a I-can’t-wait-to-decorate spree. My husband and I close on our current condo two weeks from today and we have yet to find a new home… This market is cut throat! We’ve put offers on two different houses and have been outbid on both of them. So my spree is on Houzz and Pinterest until we find a new place and settle in. I can’t wait to move out of this “we are going to be homeless” phase and into “let’s make this house our home” phase!

  • Krista July 30, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Great job with the organizing! Palladian blue by Benjamin Moore is a lovely shade of blue! Good luck 🙂

  • meredith July 30, 2013, 1:52 pm

    I have been on a big “fueng shui” mission as I refer to it – lots of cleaning out of closets and unloading of clothes we no longer wear as well as shredding papers we don’t need and organizing of drawers and closets. It feels so good to unload and clean out. I am forever organizing my pantry as well and come to think of it, time to hit the kitchen cabinets.

  • Ashley July 30, 2013, 1:52 pm

    I NEED to be but I haven’t quite had the extra motivation yet- this is the first time in forever that we’ve renewed our lease (I seriously never live anywhere for more than a year) so usually we have an annual BIG cleaning when we move, which is also when we get rid of tons of stuff. Not only did we NOT move but we also have a full basement now so we’ve been acquiring way too much junk. Summer cleaning ’13 needs to happen soon- I’m thinking this weekend…

  • Jill July 30, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Probably because u were exposed to Kath , she seems big on organization, etc (unlike me who is total disaster) 🙂

    I use a lot of that sea salt too…perhaps too much (?)

  • Reenie July 30, 2013, 2:02 pm

    Great job on updating the hardware 🙂

    On the paint swatches you have I like Surfer and Botanical Tint. I’ve been getting a small sample of the 3 colors I narrow it down to. Paint a little swatch of paint of each on the wall and look at it at different times of the day to decide.

  • Whitney July 30, 2013, 2:07 pm

    I am so not a DIY.. not a creative bone in my body! GOOD LUCK!! 🙂

  • Emily @ Relishments July 30, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Blues are hard to get right! I actually just painted the back of our bathroom door that “Surfer” color you have pictured. We were trying to match it to the color in our shower curtain and it turned out a bit greener than anticipated (so more of a teal than a blue). They have all those little tester containers you can get now: maybe get a few of those and test them out? Just like YHL did here

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 30, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Oh my… that 2nd bathroom’s wallpaper is horrible! Love your new light fixture, so pretty. We’re going to be getting a house in about a year… and I’m already dreading ripping down the ugly wallpaper and redoing the bathrooms. I don’t know much about renovating or decorating (I’ve never even painted a room, sad but true!) so I really need to start learning!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) July 30, 2013, 2:29 pm

    Oh this is so much fun! My house needs a lot of TLC in he decorating/design area, but I’m terrible at that stuff so I always put it off. But spray paint and baskets I could totally do. David won’t like this much, but now I’m ready to tackle a few things… like our terrible downstairs powder room.

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs July 30, 2013, 2:29 pm

    I’ve been feeling pretty crafty lately too! I made a DIY chalkboard!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 30, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I can’t wait to live somewhere that I can paint and REALLY do what I want! I am currently still renting at least until my husband is out of medical school – but I can’t wait to do this too one day!

  • Nadine July 30, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Wait, are you pregnant??

    • Caitlin July 30, 2013, 2:55 pm


      • jess July 30, 2013, 10:35 pm

        Well if she is that would be sad being you were drinking wine in your last post.

        • Caitlin July 31, 2013, 7:12 am

          It could be a decoy glass 🙂 Just kidding. I’m really not pregnant. The due date comment was a metaphor.

  • Emily @ The good era July 30, 2013, 3:00 pm

    It’s amazing how a few small changes like hardware and baskets can make a big difference! Everything looks great 🙂

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac July 30, 2013, 3:35 pm

    I like the Botanical Tint, but I’m not sure if it will be tealish instead of blueish?

  • Ashley July 30, 2013, 3:37 pm

    You cut your own bangs?! That is amazing- they look sooo good! You’ve now inspired me to possibly attempt it too. Thanks for providing that awesome link!!

  • Ali July 30, 2013, 3:44 pm

    I went through the same thing with my second bath. I was going for a “stormy” blue, but it came out baby blue. It’s now tan since I had some left over from the bedroom! ALL of my house’s fixtures are gold as well! Do you think ORB would work on door handles? I worry they might flake off if used too often?

  • Melissa July 30, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Wow, I really wish I’d be in the same cleaning spirit as you! I’ve been meaning to clean my downstairs bathroom for weeks, but somehow I always just so happen to “forget.”

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 30, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Great job on the cabinet hardware! I go in phases with projects and decorating. We just went on a little home improvement “extravaganza” (as my husband called it – ha!) this past weekend and did a few things around the house. I love when it’s all finished – makes me feel so productive and proud! 🙂

  • Clizia July 30, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Here’s a tip for choosing paint colours: buy a tester pot and paint a piece of white cardboard with it. Then you can put the cardboard in different areas of the room and at different times of the day to see what the light reflecting on it looks like. It really does help deciding whether you like the colour! xx

  • Sara July 30, 2013, 4:07 pm

    I cut my own bangs and hair 🙂 (It’s so long, and I put it up all the time, so it doesn’t really matter what it looks like! Ha)

  • Kendra July 30, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Some girls could spend hours on end shopping for clothes and shoes… Me? HOME. GOODS.

  • Zulkey July 30, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Re: Your powder room, I always get tempted, when my mom gives me her House Beautifuls, when people put in a nice bold print wallpaper to give it a “jewelbox” look. Also, one of my secret dreams is to paint a room someday a really shiny deep lacquer paint, like black or deep blue or blood red or something.

  • Ellen July 30, 2013, 4:37 pm

    I’d recommend staying away from any obvious blues in a room this small. Try a light silvery gray with a blue undertone. Try Benjamin Moore “Silvery moon.” I have this color on the ceiling in my bedroom and it’s great (more blue on the wall than you might expect from the chip).

  • Amanda July 30, 2013, 4:40 pm

    Botannical Tint might be nice in there with the white fixtures and cute notes frame to go with it (but it’s not really a blue, it seems more of a green?). Or what about painting the walls a neutral color (or use a fun removable wallpaper) and just painting the whole door? It could be fun, like this, but maybe not in black for your house:

  • Katharine July 30, 2013, 4:48 pm

    Congrats on the improvements, the bathrooms look great!!! We just painted our bedroom Woodlawn Blue by Benj Moore and absolutely LOVE it! It’s a warmer blue and it pops enough without being baby blue or overly bright. Highly recommend!! Goodluck =)

  • Rachel July 30, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Love love love the new fixture. I’m on the hunt for one for our ensuite. Where’s it from?

  • Marni Sumbal July 30, 2013, 5:58 pm

    Looks like the Half Ironman training is giving you a boost of energy! So much creative energy alongside training for 70.3 miles! Your house looks beautiful! Love the notes in the bathroom – a perfect place for positive body vocabulary.

  • Kristi July 30, 2013, 6:45 pm

    I’m definitely on an organizing kick. I think I left my house “as is” for far too long.

  • Coco July 30, 2013, 6:51 pm

    I have been getting rid of stuff and even making some money in the process by selling old clothes, shoes, and handbags on Ebay!! Win-win if you ask me 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 30, 2013, 7:05 pm

    I love your Operation Beautiful collage! This weekend I was on a bit of a cleaning spree and still have a few drawers and a closet that I want to get through, but I love that light feeling that comes after de-junking and decluttering a space. Great job on all your productivity! 🙂

  • Avery @ YoungAspirations July 30, 2013, 7:20 pm

    Those small changes made a HUGE difference! Looks great! Also, where did you get your instagram magnets?? That’s so cute!

  • Kelly July 30, 2013, 8:01 pm

    I get so overwhelmed! I see all these awesome ideas on Pinterest but then the idea of implementing those things in my house stalls me. I’m not very crafty (despite being an elementary school teacher) and I always feel like my version of the Pinterest version is lacking. Ha!

  • Amber K July 30, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Man, I never feel like even cleaning my apartment let alone making it pretty. I basically suck at that! lol

  • Jennifer July 30, 2013, 8:48 pm

    A few random thoughts:
    I don’t think the first bathroom’s wallpaper was all that bad
    Love the paint job on the handles!
    Amazing how the wood can look SO different in different lighting! It looks unfinished in the “after” pictures

  • Sarah July 30, 2013, 8:49 pm

    I love love those baskets!!! Also putting magnets on those two items is totally genious!!!!

  • Jennifer July 30, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Pressed submit too soon…
    Love the idea of the magnets on the salt and sweetener
    I don’t like blue bathrooms, but I think a light chocolate brown wall color with blue accents would be lovely!

  • Jennifer July 30, 2013, 9:55 pm

    One last thought…Girls Gone Child has a great video tutorial on cutting bangs…

  • Rebecca July 30, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I *want* to be creative and organized, but I’m not really. My clothes are the biggest problem–I have to get into the habit of putting my clothes away right away. I hate folding and putting away laundry. =\ I have to be in the right mood and usually have some upbeat music playing to put away my clothes.
    I’ve told my sister that when I get a place of my own, she’s helping me decorate. Pinterest account, etc.

    I’m totally opposite on the hair front–I’m sick of mine being so long! I was trying to grow it out for Locks of Love or something, but I’m not sure I can take it being so long. Which is funny, because when I was little I wanted Pocahontas-length hair. I haven’t done anything with it yet, but we’re looking at hairstyles. I just need some hair expert to tell me what style will look good on me… Blah. But cool that you figured out how to cut your bangs yourself (and save yourself some money)!

  • Kelsey Yoki July 30, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I think every day I’m doing something to organize or clean up around our apartment. Just seems like we have STUFF everywhere. Most days, I just try to tackle one thing, and it makes me feel amazing for the rest of the day! Today? Getting through 50 blog posts that I haven’t read yet!

  • Steph July 30, 2013, 11:31 pm

    I love shopping at Home Goods for decor. I could spend hours in there! I love some farm baskets too!

  • Brooke July 31, 2013, 9:10 am

    I am in the cleaning mode too. I’m still on maternity leave, so every time I get any spare time I’m organizing, cleaning and donating items.

  • deva July 31, 2013, 10:27 am

    Yes to the cleaning spree. And organization. In my case, it has to do with the weather – it’s been unseasonably cool and it turned on my “must clean everything!” meter.

    A super cheery blue is one from Valspar called “pool blue.” Our bathroom in our apartment was that color and it was cheery and really made the white trim in the room POP.

  • Julie July 31, 2013, 11:33 am

    LOVE the new bathroom light fixtures!!!

  • Eli's Mom July 31, 2013, 12:34 pm

    We remodeled and painted one of our bathrooms blue and I never liked blue before this baby. You should check it out. 🙂

  • Brynn July 31, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Here are some tried and true color suggestions (and I agree with at least 1 previous commenter who warned you against going too blue in that powder room). Benjamin Moore Gray Horse and Mount Saint Anne are awesome colors…I’ve used both several times (I’m a designer so it’s my job :o) ) and they are amazeballs. You’ll probably think they’re a little too subdued at first glance (and Gray Horse is definitely gray, with lots of green/blue undertones), but they’re great in real life. Promise.

    I need some of your energy. My baby just started getting his crawl on and I feel like all my time at home is spent making sure he doesn’t kill himself. It’s exhausting! I shouldn’t complain though, I got 10 sweet, sweet months of an immobile baby (he’s been on the late side of these physical milestones). I know Henry was super early with all this so you’ve been running for a long time already!

  • Alex @ Kenzie Life July 31, 2013, 3:47 pm

    I always thought it would be great to have part of a room in Tiffany Blue with silver or chrome fixtures 🙂 The color is just so pretty and who doesn’t love Tiffany’s? I

  • Jenn July 31, 2013, 6:17 pm

    I once painted a TINY bathroom that Caribbean Blue Color (or similar) despite everyone warning me it was too small for such a dark color and the results were simply AMAZING!!! I loved it, and EVERYONE who came over loved it. But I like the Pacific Sea Teal color there better.

  • Jasmine, bama + ry July 31, 2013, 7:52 pm

    I think you should do chair rail in that bath and pain above the rail a lighter shade of blue. My two cents. xo

    • Caitlin August 1, 2013, 6:57 am

      me too!!!

  • Meggie July 31, 2013, 11:29 pm

    If you’re still looking for a good blue, I used white satin by Benjamin Moore this year and love it. Its a blue with greyish undertones but is night and bright – not too grey and not to turquoisey or tiffany blue. Highly recommend.

  • Meredith August 1, 2013, 1:35 am

    Just wanted to share that there is a heart shape inconspicuously cut out of the plastic in the background of the first picture of the paint in the can. Must be a good sign!

  • Shannon August 1, 2013, 8:47 am

    When we redid our powder room we did a very light lilac and decorated with long skiny reprint of Monet’s Water Lilies and a bunch of fresh lavendar on the wall tied with a ribbon and used all white accents (towels, sink, toliet, etc). We get so many complletments from everyone who ventures in, even men, says it is very relaxing in there.

  • Eli's Mom August 1, 2013, 11:10 am
  • Kerry August 1, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Benjamin Moore Manor Blue would look nice in there and would go well with the mirror. While I like both the op beautiful framer and the mirror separately – I am not sure they go together.

  • Tracy August 1, 2013, 8:31 pm

    We just used Benjamin Moore palladian blue in our guest bath:
    Looks great…very spa-like.

  • beth August 2, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Caitlin, where did you find the lights at? We’re moving at the end of the month and our master bath has hideous light fixtures. These would be perfect!

    • Caitlin August 2, 2013, 12:59 pm


      • beth August 2, 2013, 3:13 pm

        Thanks! 🙂

  • London Accountants Lady July 9, 2015, 10:06 am

    I absolutely love that you’ve framed those inspirational notes, I think that’s a marvellous idea. Surely everyone wants to be inspired every time they go to the toilet?

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