vintage home love: Farmhouse Bathroom

It’s been a long time since I’ve given our master bathroom a facelift and since I was so happy with the Simply White paint I chose for the kitchen, I wanted to extend that color to our master bathroom, as well.  A cool find from hubby also played a part in giving this room a redo. 

I know there are lots of folks that don’t like radiators or that want to cover them up but not me.  I love the cast iron and view them as a piece of art.  There weren’t any old radiators in our 100 year old home when we moved in and I never really cared that much until I started seeing really cool versions of them. 

And as luck would have it, hubby was given several radiators a few weeks ago.  A couple of them were huge and so heavy that they maybe would have put a hole through our floor so I chose this small one. 

I cleaned it up, primed it and then painted it Simply White as well.  I really love it and actually wish it was a working radiator.  That inspired a redo, so I pulled things from around the house, picked up a few things and repainted Benjamin Moore’s Simply White to give it a new look.

As you can see, our master bath is small.  But that’s okay, I love it anyway. 

For the counter top, I wanted to add a few things to give it a masculine touch as well since my hubby also shares this bathroom.  So, I picked up a vintage shaving mug and brush, as well as a vintage wood leather straight edge sharpener.  It reminded me of a bread board so of course I had to use it.  🙂  For fun, I found an old photo of a barber shop price list online, printed it off and framed it.

I love the patina on the wood handle of the old shaving brush.

For the other side of the vanity, I attached an old photo I came across in a flea market to the inside of an old apothecary jar that I filled with soaps. 

I was drawn to the old photo because, if you look closely, and I did with a magnifying glass, it is a woman working in her garden, tending to her tomato plants.  And this was written on the back… makes me smile.

I pulled this very fragile vintage fruit basket from the dining room and filled it with white fluffy towels for beside the tub. 

I mentioned before in our previous master bath redo that we don’t have a shower in here.  Our only shower is upstairs. 

We use this bathroom for taking long soaks in the tub so I try to make it as peaceful and comfy in there as I can so that whoever takes a soak in there, will feel relaxed and special.

I also moved our Gray Farms sign from the kitchen to right above the

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Coles Kitchen Census data reveals why we love mum’s meals

Few things are better than mum’s home cooking and the kitchen is a place where traditions and family connections can be passed from one generation to the next.

And new Coles Kitchen Census data has found that traditional Aussie food values are just as relevant today as they were 100 years ago.

Mum’s recipes are still our favourites, with 42 per cent of the 5500 Coles customers polled saying childhood memories of food play an important role in how they cook today, while 50 per cent say it’s family members or close friends.

“Our research shows Australians cherish sharing a meal with friends and family and they want to support Aussie farmers, food producers and their local community,” Coles chief marketing officer Lisa Ronson said.

Tarni Witts cooks by taste and tradition, just like her mother and grandmother.

She uses treasured recipes from her childhood, including tuna casserole once served after cold nights of netball training and a crustless quiche by her mum Denise that was impossible to resist.

“Only she can get the eggs as fluffy as she does and the base so perfectly brown,” Ms Witts said.

“It’s a simple meal that mum has perfected and now I have customised it with the ingredients that my kids eat.”

Ms Witts said her boys Lohkie, 6, and Hudson, 5, have expressed much interest in the kitchen and will pick up the family recipes soon enough.

“It’s important to teach them the benefits of healthy and delicious home cooked meals,” she said.

“I love knowing that in years to come, my boys will be able to take on active roles as husbands that can cook for their families.”

The launch of the Coles Kitchen Census coincides with the company’s new Value the Australian Way campaign, which will feature a special appearance and music sung by Missy Higgins.

“It’s been a tough year for lots of Aussies and it’s great to see Coles backing great Indigenous Australian talents like Stephen Pigram, who wrote this tune and Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu with whom I dueted on the track,” she said

Celebrity chef and Coles ambassador Curtis Stone is also involved in the campaign.

“It’s wonderful to see that a significant proportion of Aussies value the same approach when shopping and cooking at home, with many of us favouring locally grown, responsibly sourced food,” he said.

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Love Your Wildlife Garden – what time is it on TV? Episode 4 Series 1 cast list and preview.


Alan Titchmarsh revisits some of his favourite wildlife friendly gardens created by the Love Your Garden team. The programme features a garden packed with wildlife interest, a project that brought the nature reserve to the doorstep, and a complete wildlife transformation for the patients and staff at a hospice.

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Alan Titchmarsh

Executive Producer
Matt Young

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Colin Lennox


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From ‘Love Island’ to ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ Caesars Entertainment keeps Las Vegas on TV

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The cast of “Love Island” parties on the rooftop of the Cromwell.

If it’s true that everyone’s watching a lot more TV while staying home during the pandemic, viewers across the country are getting plenty of Las Vegas scenery during their favorite shows.

The second season of the U.S. version of dating competition reality series “Love Island” wraps up this week and has seen growing ratings since its premiere on CBS on August 24, according to Variety. Like its U.K. and Australian editions, the show is typically filmed at an actual island destination, with young competitors chasing romance and a big cash prize while attempting to avoid elimination from the voting public or their castmates.

International travel restrictions and other coronavirus concerns threatened to cancel the new season until executives from ITV, producers of “Love Island,” connected with colleagues at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, resulting in the entire production moving to the Strip to be headquartered at the Cromwell. Much of the show has been filmed at the resort’s rooftop Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub, redecorated to serve as the “Love Island” villa, and just off the Strip, the Rio has served as a secondary production site.

Caesars Entertainment Vice President of Production Kate Whiteley said while “Love Island” in Las Vegas came together quickly, it’s a huge production with 125 people working as cast and crew at the Cromwell and 200 at the Rio.

“It’s been a lot of fun watching it come together and it’s a really big undertaking for us, so we’ve been fortunate to have this partnership with ITV to work together to create a COVID-safe way to do it,” Whiteley said. “There’s a lot of different factors at play beyond Las Vegas because it’s the first big TV show to come back [during the pandemic]. There will be a lot to look at in terms of what it means for the TV industry and the gaming industry, but we’ve been focused on what circles we need to close to make sure everybody’s safe and the impact on the staff at the properties and the people coming in.”

Two other cable shows filmed in Las Vegas have been on the air at the same time, although filming for those programs had mostly wrapped before March’s shutdown on the Strip. The finale of MTV’s “Double Shot at Love” starring “Jersey Shore” favorites Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino aired September 24 and the show’s second season was shot last fall at the Linq Hotel and Casino and at Drai’s, where Pauly D is a headlining DJ.

And “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Vegas Revue,” a six-episode spinoff of the wildly popular VH1 drag competition series, filmed at the Flamingo in 2019 and 2020 and broadcast its finale on September 25. A behind-the-scenes series focused on the new “RuPaul’s Drag Race Live” production show that opened at the Flamingo Showroom in January was always planned for TV,

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Disney Fans Will Love Pottery Barn’s New Mickey Mouse Kitchen Cart

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Photo credit: Pottery Barn

From House Beautiful

Disney fans looking to fill their home with magic this fall are going to want to head to Pottery Barn: The home furnishing retailer just launched a new Mickey Mouse home collection inspired by vintage drawings of the beloved Disney mascot. The standout piece? A Mickey Mouse kitchen cart that’s perfect for entertaining.

Both sides of the black kitchen cart feature Mickey Mouse’s signature silhouette. Sleek and stable, it’s made of glass and iron and with two shelves, the cart has plenty of space to put essentials on display. It has wheels that allow you to easily move it throughout your home—but its casters can lock in place so it’ll stay put.

Pottery Barn’s new collection also has lots of stoneware that goes great with the cart. There are mugs featuring illustrations of Mickey wearing a red and white scarf and holding presents. To keep your soup or or heated beverage warm, there are mugs with Mickey-shaped lids. There’s also a set of red-rimmed salad plates that feature different drawings of Mickey.

Along with kitchenware, the new Mickey Mouse line features cozy home items, from throws and pillows to sheets and towels. The collection also has a woven coir doormat, a silver picture frame, an alarm clock with Mickey hands, faux fur trimmed slippers, and a comfy robe. Basically, you can fill every space in your home with Mickey magic. The best part? All of the home pieces make great gifts for Disney fans. So get an early start on your holiday shopping and check out some of our favorites below!

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Inside Kate Middleton and Prince William’s kitchen: what the family love to cook

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Oh for a tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s kitchen! We bet they have the most beautiful bespoke units, an AGA oven and all kinds of modern appliances.

We do know that Duchess Kate is a fan of home cooking and loves to get her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis involved in baking. Prince William has also spoken of his cooking skills in the past – more about that below!

We’ve got all the details on the royal family of five’s favourite homemade dishes – from healthy breakfast drinks to Italian-style lunches, wholesome suppers and sweet treats. Find out more…

MORE: The Queen’s preferred tastes revealed: Marmite and crust-free sandwiches!


The Cambridge family joined in with the ‘Clap for Carer’ movement to support the NHS during lockdown

Pizza making!

Making pizzas from scratch is lots of fun and the Cambridge children enjoy it too. During an outing to St Luke’s Community Centre in London, Kate revealed how her kids love creating their own pizzas.


The Duchess got stuck in making pizzas on a royal visit

Speaking to a member, Yolanda from Bolivia, Kate said: “I’ve done that with George and Charlotte – making pizza dough. They love it because they can get their hands messy.”

Turning to an interpreter, she continued: “I was just saying how I really enjoy making pizza dough with George and Charlotte because they like getting their hands messy.”

MORE: 20 surprising facts about the Queen’s royal banquets

READ: Where does Kate Middleton shop? The royal’s go-to supermarkets revealed


William’s steak

Dad William spoke about his culinary skills back in 2017, explaining: “I do like cooking, but I’m not very good.”

During his visit to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the royal revealed that his signature dish is steak but he struggles to cook it for the right amount of time.

“I get really worried about cooking it – I hate over-cooking steak,” he said. “I like it medium-rare, so quite alive.”


Prince William is also quite the pro on the barbecue

MORE: Kate Middleton’s daily diet revealed – what the Duchess eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks


Baking cakes

When mum-of-three Kate appeared alongside TV cook Mary Berry in A Berry Royal Christmas in December 2019, the Duchess revealed her passion for baking birthday cakes for her children.

Kate said: “I love making the cake. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I stay up ’til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it.”


Kate and William joined Mary Berry on TV


Roast dinners

Everyone loves a tasty, comforting roast dinner, don’t they? Well, the Cambridges sure do.

In 2012, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair of the Duchess: “In

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Amy Schumer’s Food Network Show Is ‘A Total Kitchen Train Wreck’ And Fans Love It

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, it’s also forced many entertainers to find creative ways to express themselves while still bringing joy to their fans. For someone like Amy Schumer, that’s proven difficult — she’s a stand-up comedian, after all, which necessitates live performances.

But Schumer has found an interesting way to entertain and connect with her fans even during these trying times. She’s hosting a new show on the Food Network. Her show is more than a little unconventional and nothing like anything else seen in a cooking show prior to this. Fans are loving it. 

Amy Schumer’s career overview 

Amy Schumer
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According to Schumer’s IMDb, she was born in 1981 in New York City. Initially gaining fame as a stand-up comedian, she soon made the transition to movies. Schumer was the headliner of several films including 2015’s Trainwreck, 2017’s Snatched, and 2018’s I Feel Pretty. 

She also starred in her very own sketch series on Comedy Central. She married Chris Fischer, a chef, in 2018. Together the couple has one child. 

Schumer is known for her outspokenness in her comedy. She often portrays characters who are hilarious but in over their head in whatever situation they find themselves in. 

What’s the story behind Amy Schumer’s Food Network show? 

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Right now, many people are feeling a bit stir crazy. For those who are fortunate enough to be able to work from home or remain home for an extended period, there’s even a bit of angst bubbling up. There’s pressure to be productive during the quarantine. 

Enter Schumer’s show. According to the Food Network website description of the show, titled Amy Schumer Learns to Cook, Schumer and her husband are quarantined in Martha’s Vineyard, a popular vacation spot in Massachusetts.

Joining them is their young baby, Gene. Fischer generally prepares the food on the show while Schumer looks on and learns. Schumer may not have ability in the kitchen, but the show’s description notes that she “can mix up a great cocktail.” 

Showcasing a comedian struggling to make do with the contents of her pantry while her talented chef of a husband helps out sounds like the perfect recipe for quarantine viewing. Food Network fans agree, somewhat surprisingly, because it is so unlike any of the show’s other programming. 

Why Food Network fans love Amy Schumer’s kitchen train wreck of a cooking show

A recent Reddit thread discussed Schumer and her husband’s show. Despite the show being quite unlike anything else on Food Network, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. One poster put it best: 

“They’re great! A total kitchen train wreck!! Like nothing FN has done before. Damn it! I’m hooked on celery root!”

What’s the reasoning behind the show’s success? How can it be so popular when it’s literally nothing like any of the other shows on its network? Typically, cooking shows place

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Amazon fall home decor finds you’ll love for 2020

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, at least for people who love fall.

One of my favourite things to do this time of year is make little decorative changes around the house to welcome the season. Small things like replacing florals and throws, adding decorative gourds and scented candles go a long way to help your space feel cozy as the temperatures cool and the leaves start to change.

ALSO SEE: The best scented candles for fall 2020 — including ones that smells like ‘Canada’ and a ‘Book Club’

In our house, shopping on Amazon is a way of life. From gadgets to skincare, serums to leggings, it’s not unusual for there to be a few packages on my door step filled with some of my most recent finds. Aside from the necessities, Amazon is a great resource for home decor.

You can find affordable products with plenty of customer reviews that add a certain element of confidence to my purchases.

I’ve gathered some of my favourite fall home decor finds to help entice you to add a little pumpkin spice to your space!

Gresorth 6 PCS Fake White Pumpkins Fall Autumn Halloween
Gresorth 6 PCS Fake White Pumpkins Fall Autumn Halloween

This collection of six white (faux!) pumpkins are perfect for decorating your home without looking like you’re prepping for Halloween.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $17 (originally $19)

DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heavyweight Woven Fringed Table Runner for Everyday Use, Fall & Holidays. Image via Amazon.
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heavyweight Woven Fringed Table Runner for Everyday Use, Fall & Holidays. Image via Amazon.

This cotton runner helps set the scene for your favourite floral arrangement and thanksgiving dinners.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $13

Decorative Wheat
Decorative Wheat

An easy way to update your home for fall is to add decorative wheat or cotton stems to a vase. These arrangements would look best as part of your entryway decor.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $14

Pack of 2 Velvet Soft Solid Decorative Throw Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.
Pack of 2 Velvet Soft Solid Decorative Throw Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.


These super luxe cushions feature boho-inspired tassels and come in 20 different colours – including seasonal fall colours.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $23 (for 2 covers)

Rivet Bubble Textured Lightweight Decorative Fringe Throw Blanket. Image via Amazon.
Rivet Bubble Textured Lightweight Decorative Fringe Throw Blanket. Image via Amazon.

This throw blanket adds so much texture to your living space thanks to it’s bubbles of yarn and playful fringe – and would look great year-round.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $84

The Wreath Depot.
The Wreath Depot.

Even though they can be expensive, with the proper care and storage a wreath can last you years!

SHOP IT: Amazon, $173

Throw Pillow Cover Autumn Decor Watercolor Pumpkins Morning Pumpkin Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.
Throw Pillow Cover Autumn Decor Watercolor Pumpkins Morning Pumpkin Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.

These printed pillow cases are an easy way to add playful fall decor to your home.

SHOP IT: Amazon,

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Rekindle the romance: How to fall in love with your house again as fall descends

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall,” Oscar Wilde wrote, and, indeed, rain and cooler weather has suddenly descended on the Puget Sound region.

And so, after staring at our walls (and bad carpet and dated cabinets) for the past six months, we’re about to spend even more time indoors. We need to figure out how to love again — love our own homes, that is.  

So we reached out to Erica Bauermeister, the Port Townsend-based author of “House Lessons: Renovating a Life,” which came out in March, for her thoughts on rekindling the romance with our spaces. The former Seattleite painstakingly (and sometimes painfully) renovated her house from a dilapidated structure into her family’s dream home, chronicling the lessons she learned about both construction and family in her new book.

Here are some of those lessons, as well as smaller tips for making your dwelling a space of refuge as the weather turns, an election looms and the pandemic drags on.

Q: What does your house mean to you right now?

A: My husband and I were talking the other day about how many things had to happen for us to end up in this house at this time. We had to find a house we weren’t looking for and commit to a huge project we had no time to do. We had to get rid of 7.5 tons of trash, take down chimneys and sledgehammer walls, pull out truckloads of ivy from the garden. 

Erica Bauermeister’s book “House Lessons” is about how she and her family renovated their home — and their lives.
Erica Bauermeister’s book “House Lessons” is about how she and her family renovated their home — and their lives.

Later, we hung on to the house, even when it made no sense to do so. But we did all that because we loved this place from the first moment we saw it; decrepit as it was. We feel so very lucky to be here now, in a house whose very layout encourages us to feel healthy and creative and generous.

Q: You moved from Seattle to Port Townsend. What are the pros and cons of being in a smaller place versus a big city?

A: Prior to this, I’d always lived in a big city, and I wasn’t sure how a small town would feel, but I love it. I love being in a place where one person’s efforts can really make a difference. I love being able to walk to everything, and the connected relationship people here have with nature.

And sure, the saying holds: “If nobody knows the trouble you’ve seen, you’ve never lived in a small town.” But I love knowing my neighbors, and the farmers who grow the produce at our farmer’s market, and the wonderful bookstore and movie theater and restaurant owners. There’s an autonomy to a smaller town that is both exciting and comforting.

Erica Bauermeister is an expert on home connection, spotting and instantly falling in love with a decrepit Port Townsend home and then renovating it to its current state. (Mike Siegal / The Seattle Times)
Erica Bauermeister is an expert on home connection, spotting and instantly falling in love with a decrepit Port Townsend home and then renovating it to its current state. (Mike Siegal / The Seattle
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These Are The Smart Kitchen Appliances Ohio Homeowners Love

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Smart kitchen appliances can make your life more efficient. Here's how.
Smart kitchen appliances can make your life more efficient. Here’s how. (Shutterstock)

It’s not surprising, because a smart kitchen can make your day-to-day life much easier. Plus, appliances are easy to use and install. These are the best options to add to your home now.

A Smart Refrigerator

Want to check for milk from the dairy aisle? A smart refrigerator makes it easy, with products like the Samsung Family Hub, which has a built-in LCD screen to serve as your home’s command central. Think calendars, grocery lists, a message board, photo sharing features, and more.

Cameras inside the fridge let you check its content from a mobile app. If you prefer something higher end, Dacor offers a line of built-in, column-style refrigerators equipped with WiFi cameras.

A Smart Oven

Anyone can be a master baker with smarter cooking technology. For example, Bosch offers a collaboration with Drop that provides step-by-step instructions to hundreds of recipes. Plus, you can control the oven’s cooking times and temperatures through the company’s Home Connect App.

Another option is from Whirlpool, which has a range with scan-to-cook technology. That’s right, simply scan the UPC barcode on a food package (like a frozen pizza), and the oven will recommend directions, temperature, and cooking time directly to the appliance.

Want to make your kitchen smarter? Contact a contractor in your area.

A Smart Coffee Maker

If you’re not ready to invest in a major smart appliance, test the waters with your coffee maker. Try the Behmor Brewer Connected Coffee Brew System to enjoy pinpoint temperature control and brew remotely via a smartphone app.

From there, up your game with an impressive fridge. The GE French Door refrigerator with Keurig Brewing System will prep you a cup right from bed using Geneva, the manufacturer’s voice control assistant.

Add A Dash

If you already have the Amazon Dash button, you already know how easy it is to order everything on your grocery list with the press of a button. Now, manufacturers are incorporating this smart technology into appliances. Think coffee makers that know when you need more java and dishwashers that ask for more detergent.

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