Hi! I’m Kate. Welcome to House 185!

Here I blog about all the things that make me happy. These days that includes renovating and decorating the 50+ year old house my husband, Steve and I purchased in December, 2009. I also enjoy cooking, traveling, and soaking up precious friend and family time.

I hope you can find something here that makes you happy too.

21 Responses to “About”

  1. Kristina Swain March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    hi Wondering where u got your rattan chairs for dining room? Love your style!!!

  2. Kristina Swain March 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Thank you!

  3. Helen August 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi Kate. I just found your blog and I love your style! I just about read all the archives but haven’t seen the color on your dining room walls mentioned. It looks like a warm gray. I am looking for a gray tone that will go with my trim which is Benjamin Moore Marble White. Could you tell me the paint color please?

    • house185 August 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Hi Helen! Thanks so much – I’m so glad you found me!! The color in the dining room is Benjamin Moore Camouflage. It is a gray based tone, but it’s very green so probably not what you’re looking for unfortunately. I bet your trim is lovely – I love trim that isn’t traditional bright white!

  4. Suzanne September 12, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Hi Kate – found your blog, so happy I did, really like the idea of your kitchen backsplash, how is it holding up to kitchen use? I have a drop in cooktop so backsplash is exposed to things that are cooking, curious, did you have to use special paint? Would love to hear about installation, I wouldn’t know where to start!

    • house185 September 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Suzanne! I’m so happy you found me too! We’ve had the backsplash in for just over 2 years with zero complaints. I used regular ole’ semi gloss trim paint on the bead board, and it wipes down very nicely. We’ve had no problem with stains – even in the area behind the cook top (though it is less exposed than yours, I wouldn’t anticipate any more problems). I did have to re-caulk the space between the bottom trim and the countertop (https://house185.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/crossing-off-the-to-dos/), but that’s just the kind of regular maintenance that you can expect with caulking.

      As for the installation, we started with beadboard planks instead of the 4×8 sheets because we found them easier to work with. Installation was as easy as measuring the height, cutting the piece the fit, and nailing it into place. We opted to fill the wall behind the sink and around the window which made for some trickier cuts, but we were able to make them easily with a coping saw. The hardest part was probably filling the nail holes, caulking and painting. The best part about the project was that it only ran us around $100 for all the supplies and took a weekend to complete.

      I hope this helps! I would love to see your project if you end up taking it on!

      • Suzanne September 13, 2012 at 8:50 am #

        Thanks so much for your reply. I have been looking over your pictures, you used wood molding at the base of the counter and then added the beadboard from there to the cabinets, right? I’m scared to glue wood onto my granite but it does look finished the way you have it. Just need to take a breath and dive in, will let you know how it turns out, if I am brave enough! thanks again!

      • house185 September 13, 2012 at 9:00 am #

        The molding on the bottom was added after the beadboard was up to hide any uneven edges. We also added a smaller piece of molding where the beadboard meets the bottom of the cabinets. Sorry I left this out yesterday! The bottom molding isn’t attached to the countertop – it’s nailed into the beadboard. We caulked the space between the countertop and the bottom piece of molding just so water didn’t get back there. Plus it makes for a cleaner edge. So no glue on your countertops! Caulking shouldn’t hurt the granite – you might even already have some on it where the wall meets the countertop. Hope this helps! Keep me updated! 🙂

  5. Jill May April 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Hi Kate,

    I saw that you dining room had the Hampton Bay Barcelona chandelier but in a later post it was switched out. We’re you not happy with it? We just purchased it and I was wondering if you had problems with it. Did I also see that you had the pottery barn simone drapes? If yes, what paint color did you use? Your house is just lovely.


    Jill May

    • house185 April 14, 2014 at 7:22 am #

      Hi Jill! We actually moved the dining room into our formal living room in order to turn the old dining room into a study. When we did that we left our existing chandelier in the study and purchased the Hampton bay one for the new dining room. Confusing but we do still have the Hampton bay one and like it very much!

      The wall color was Benjamin moores camouflage. We have it in the guest room as well and it’s a really, really lovely color. Wish I had more walls for it!

  6. Mary | Lemon Grove Blog May 7, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Hi Kate,

    What colors are the floors throughout your house? Is it Minwax Dark Walnut?

  7. Caitlin May 20, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Hello! I love your traditional wainscoating in your hallway! I was wondering, how tall is it? It looks like the perfect height 🙂

    • house185 May 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      Hi Caitlin! It’s 46 1/4 inches tall.

  8. Angie July 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Kate! I absolutely love your style! I was wondering where you found your oversized botanicals in your den? I’m dying for some just like those, but I’m not having any luck. I hear that allposters.com used to carry similar ones, but I don’t think they still have them. Thank you!!

    • house185 July 12, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      Thank you so much, Angie! I think I purchased mine just before they sold out seemingly everywhere. I would start by doing a web search for Dr Robert J Thornton gunnera leaf prints and see what you find. When I was searching for mine, I remember seeing them on eBay, so try there too! Good luck!

  9. Amy July 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Hello, I was reading in a post where you mention using Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray for the dining room…but then also indicate the walls are Benjamin Moore Coastal Path? Which did you end up with?

    • house185 July 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi Amy! It’s a bit confusing because we’ve had two dining rooms in this house. The room originally used as a dining room was painted Ben Moore’s Camouflage. We then decided to turn the dining room into an office and move the dining room into the unused formal living room. The new dining room (in the old formal living room) was painted Ben Moore Coastal Fog, and the new office (former dining room) was painted SW Intellectual Gray. Hope that makes sense!!

  10. Colleen January 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi, love your work! We also have 8ft ceilings and I’m considering the Hundi flushmount (or the Jojospring knockoff) and just worrying about the height clearance. Does a 15in fixture still feel natural in the foyer space? or if a hand flew up would the fixture be in danger? 🙂 Thanks!

  11. jslgirl June 4, 2016 at 1:06 am #

    Hi Kate,
    I check in once in awhile to see if you’ve made any updates or changes to your home.

    I love your style and taste. All of your projects have come out beautifully.

    Keep up the great work.


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