Master Bedroom/Bathroom: It’s All About the Chrome

Master Bathroom Inspiration Board: Chrome | Purist by Kohler | PepperDesignBlog.com

faucet | toilet paper holder | robe hook | handshower | valve trim | pressure-balancing valve trim | bath faucet | vessel sink | 12″ rainhead | handshower kit

Remember our master bathroom/bedroom remodel? Yes, it is still happening, despite long chunks of silence from that space. We have given in to the fact that those two rooms are transforming on their own over time and that that’s okay. Sure, it would be ideal to move out of the guestroom/office soon (it’s feeling just a wee bit cramped these days), but working with the stretching lead times of product and the availability of subs is part of the game and we want to wait on the good stuff. So long, deadlines and timetables (or maybe I said that about two months ago!).

There are a lot of decisions to make during a bathroom remodel and one of the biggest for us has been the hardware for the space. We were looking for something modern, simple, clean – and something that would last the test of time so that this bathroom can be loved for many, many years.

The choices are overwhelming, the options endless! A simple search on Wayfair for ‘sink faucet’ leaves you with too many options. But starting there, we narrowed down our ideas and fell for the Purist line by Kohler. In chrome, definitely chrome. The whole collection is exactly what we had in mind, inside and out. They nailed it with that one. After belaboring a choice for months, I couldn’t believe how obsessed I became with one choice.

I have really exciting news – Kohler is partnering with us to share more about the Purist line in our final bathroom space. We are over-the-moon excited to collaborate with their team.

For a little more eye candy, I did a little Pinterest search and here’s what I found for the Purist line:

Master Bathroom Inspiration Board: Chrome | Purist by Kohler | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Brass is having its day! but we’re pretty excited about chrome. It’s already looking amazing in the space as it’s pieced together.

Hints for bathroom renovators: stick with one product line by one brand if you can. It will make the whole process worlds easier. Two – work with a rep of that brand to make sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. I learned a lot about pressure valves and diverters and what we needed for our space – it was absolutely worth it. There is a lot more on the underside of the plumbing equation than I could have imagined. Thankfully my awesome Kohler rep, Jeanine, stepped up and went above and beyond to educate and to provide visual drawings and excellent suggestions for us and our contractor.

This is a sponsored post, thank you for letting me share about the brands that help make our projects possible.

A Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

A Quinoa Mediterranean Farmer's Market Salad | PepperDesignBlog.com

The best salads turn into a complete dinner and this is one such salad. High in fiber, high in protein and considered a whole grain (even though it’s a actually a seed), we love the power food that is quinoa in our casa. Especially when mixed with creamy feta (yum). Or really any cheese! But for this particular salad, feta.

A Quinoa Mediterranean Farmer's Market Salad | PepperDesignBlog.com

From the garden or farmer’s market: grape tomatoes and cucumber. Slivered almonds balance it all out. I made this salad while experimenting with this honey & rosemary balsamic reduction dressing and they are a winning combination (insert heart eyes emoji).

A Quinoa Mediterranean Garden Box Salad | PepperDesignBlog.com

We eat meals vegetarian-style A LOT throughout the week, but if I was to add one more ingredient it might be grilled skirt steak or chicken. A side of warm focaccia bread or pita with Kalamata olives in olive oil would be perfect, too.

Enjoy your beautiful weekend! This weekend we are thinking about heading to the mountains for a day of picnics and hiking. That is, if the weather cooperates (it’s been insanely warm and muggy around here). Have a good one!

ps (because I’m thinking all things FOOD right now) these would also be SO good with this salad, and here’s another mediterranean-inspired dish but this time for the grill. 

pps we did make pancakes when I got home this week! totally unprompted by me and a lunch request from the girls. of course I obliged :). 

An Audio Book Report: Summer 2015

An Audio Book Report | PepperDesignBlog.com

I don’t really get to read books any more, but I love to listen to them. Especially when I’m traveling or cleaning. A good audio book makes the first one pretty enjoyable and the second one pretty tolerable. Summer time is THE BEST time to dig into a book, here are a few to check out.

Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone | By far a favorite! If you have an entrepreneurial bone in your body you will love this book. Biz shares his story of cofounding Twitter and about all of the trials before, after and during. It’s really personable (I was a teensy bit worried it would lean toward dot com boasting) but in the end it was inspiring and a good listen.

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got that Way by Amanda Ripley | I started by first borrowing this book from the library but wasn’t able to get all the way through it in that crazy allotted time (10 days??) and switched over to audio. Ripley dissects the educational system at home here in the US and in three of the most successful countries in the world: Finland, South Korea and Poland. (For comparison, the US ranks 29th, 22nd and 19th in the world overall in math, science and reading). The commonality between all three of these top countries? Kids witness their parents holding, reading and loving books. I guess headphones connecting my phone to my head don’t count. But, you’ll never look at school again in the same way after reading this one.

Maxed Out by Katrina Alcorn | I found this book through a blog on this particular day. When I travel for work I am always making crazy car commutes at crazy hours of the day to align everything right for family to care for Marley while I’m in the office. Sometimes a 1 or 2 hour commute (almost 3 hours one morning, that was pretty crazy) and I always download a new book to join me for the ride. I so look forward to listening that I could drive all morning. But back to this book – if you are a working mom and want to commiserate with another working mom on how the system is unbalanced (with plenty of facts to support), try this one out. I enthusiastically support her honesty and another book on why we should change the culture is awesome, but the missing piece from this book is more on how.

To All of the Boys I’ve Ever Loved by Jenny Han | I found this book through a blog as well while looking for a light chicklit. I wasn’t hooked, but I did finish. Classic YA literature and it was cute but not a must-read for me.

Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? Mindy Kaling | Really enjoyed this book and love Mindy’s sense of humor. Her honesty is refreshing, her writing is witty and while I might have enjoyed certain other funny lady books a little more, her authentic self is the very best part of this book. (I’m on the wait list for Not That Kind of Girl through OverDrive at the library as next up).

I just started Prince of Tides at my mom’s suggestion – any thoughts? Also, a paperback version of Better than Before just arrived in the mail. It was a library book that turned into a full blown purchase because I want to highlight that thang up. Gretchen Rubin is awesome.

PS I listen to all of my audio books through Audible on my iPhone, Amazon + Audible = :).

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