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A Vanilla Bathroom Gets An Inspired Scoop of Peach (& Grey) on Top

by Caitlin Kelch


When I bought my first home back in July, it was a very emotional time. After decades of renting, circumstances became such that my choices were to either bite the bullet and consider buying a home or crawl into a deep, dark hole of fear and shame. Yes, that sounds very, very dramatic — but it was truly a huge emotional issue for me. I grew up in the projects and my single mom never had the luxury of owning a home. I was 48 years old and had become comfortable citing my years in NYC as a certificate that made it okay to be a lifelong renter while everyone in my small town over the age of 30 mowed the lawns of the homes they actually owned.

Honestly, I never thought I would be able to buy a home despite the fact I’ve always made a comfortable living. It just wasn’t something I had a model for. The idea of someone scrutinizing my finances threw me right back to childhood and I’d re-experience my mom’s shame and pain for not having all the things (like a house) that my classmates did. I was on the free lunch program and was one of the kids given a free ride at the Catholic school I attended. Facing what, in fact, I could do, could afford and should do was way out of my comfort zone.

But I did it. I’ve spent that last four months joyfully tearing down a lot of brown paneling, ripping up beige carpet, and now I’m ready to embark on my first “renovation” in my home. AND I AM NOT AFRAID! I am so ready to embrace the things I thought I didn’t deserve, build a home I love and even embrace some things I’m afraid of — which brings to me to the color peach. Call it what you will, to me, peach is peach. And it’s not always pretty. Have you read my essay on the imperfectness of the peach bathroom door in my last rental (shown above)? My troubled relationship with the color peach is a real thing.

Vanity inspo

Sure, peach can easily lean into the “it” color of the moment, blush. And it can definitely saunter into nude, apricot or light sherbet, but to me, peach will always have a past. It was the color of the teenage bedrooms of the popular girls in high school. It was the shade of fancy models’ lip-gloss when I grew up. Peach was also the color that serial redecorators chose again and again for their kitchen wallpaper borders. Casting all of these associations (and more) aside, I’m coming for you peach, but I’m doing it my way!

I’m replacing the glittery golds that matched oh so nicely with the peach of my past and with angular, modern chrome. I’m keeping my Bisque shower tile as an homage to the basic tiles I grew up with, but I’m giving it some new companions – with a little help from , I went for a killer “Mohair Grey” vanity, and more sleek chrome accoutrements in the form of towel racks and robe hooks disguised as futuristic knobs.

I’m taking my cue from the art and palette of artist  (shown below). The palette below is my ideal mix of colors that slay the standard “peach” and transform it into something ME, something memorable and most importantly, something I haven’t seen before. It’s like a new memory for me. I couldn’t think of a more intriguing mix to inspire my first renovation.


I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the actual vanity in all its grey glory to make final decisions on paint color and wallpaper for the toilet nook. The is the style and although it’s technically a wall-mount unit, I thought I’d give the hairpin legs a go to further lend a whole different air to my transformative peach mission. I must admit I have a penchant for almost-cringe-worthy looks, but I’m pretty confident this will all come together beautifully. And I will have a space that is 200% me, without a subway tile in sight!

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Shower Inspo

The you see above are from the line and I’ll be using the same style on the full-sized in white from Kohler. (You can see the in the first collage.) Can you tell I’m just a little excited?

Toilet Nook

I’ll be doing a full Before & After post so you can see the current state of the bathroom as-is, but in the meantime, I’ll tell you that the toilet is tucked into a little nook next to the shower. You can see the nook in the upper left of the collage above. Thankfully, the tall post-and-beam ceilings and a wall separating the shower from the toilet area make it feel less claustrophobic for such a small space. Because of this, I’m contemplating papering that area and possibly adding a small light fixture.

The highlight of this nook will be the new, amazing from Kohler’s Highline collection. Clean water and water savings are at the top of my list of social causes I support, so replacing the aging monster tank toilet I have now is very important to me. The current toilet is also extra high to accomodate the seniors that owned the home before me, so I’ll be donating that to our local Habitat for Humanity Restore since the have it on their “Most Wanted” donations list.

By switching over to the water-saving & I’m able to save both water and energy, which is super important to me and the type of improvement/investment I’ll gladly make to my home. The new 1.0 gallon toilet can save more than 4,500 gallons of water each year and the showerhead uses 40% less water than my current one. If you live in an area where there are water regulations, like California, consider these as an investment in not only your home and property, but in the planet too.

So now that you have had a peek into my first home renovation project (phase one) and my psyche for that matter, I hope you’ll chime in down below in the comments section to let me know your experience with water saving products and which paint and wallpaper you think would work best in my new set-up.



This is one of the images I pulled for tonal inspiration. While technically there's no peach here, this is one of those cases where, depending on the light, peach can sneak into the preferred shades of nude. Image via
This is the Kohler Jute vanity in a woodgrain finish, which I love. But...I really wanted something I hadn't seen before so I could make the transformation completely me. Image via Better Homes & Garden
This is the most peachy peach wall paint I'm considering and, I have to say, I'm leaning in this direction. I am going to wait to see the "Mohair Grey" vanity in person, though!
I love, love, love the Purist fixtures! (They're part of the water saving line, too!) I can not think of a better form or design or finish, for that matter, to coax the best side of peach out of its shell!
Another image pulled for inspiration, although a bit more moody. The darkish grey and peach/blush/nude combo is just so something I can't put my finger on. It's almost Angry Sophisticate! Image via Hitta hem
This work-up shows a more blush shade, which would be the safe bet. Again, I'm counting the days to see the vanity finish grey live and in .
Behold my favorite feature! Actual stunning glass doors to sit atop my existing Kohler tub. I will use it as a sound-proof barrier when I take my "alone time" baths.
Why hello, new Purist shower and tub fixtures! Again, water saving, so if I spent a few more minutes luxuriating, less harm done. I love the cross shape of the water knob.
So, while I barely have a makeup stash, I couldn't resist this beautiful bamboo makeup caddy and mirror. It fits nicely into the Jute vanity and works well style-wise with the simple, modern shape of the Jute line.
And finally, the Highline toilet! I'm thrilled that this 1 gallon toilet can save more than 4,500 gallons of water each year.

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  • I like the sophistication of the darker grey and peach colour, less 1980s and more 21st century. I painted two rooms peach in a house in the ’80s so it maybe clouding my vision ! As someone who cleans houses for a living I have decided there are structures/things I wouldn’t have in a bathroom. Small spiky fixtures/taps and enclosed baths/showers and glass. Unless you have lots of good ventilation and light, the glass is a haven for mould growth and mineralisation occurs over time. I appreciate your efforts for the planet and wish you success with your endeavour.

  • Caitlin, your home-buying story gives me hope! I think the wallpaper with the darker grey background and orange trees would be stunning in your bathroom with the rest of the colors and fixtures you’ve chosen.

    • Hi Lindsey

      It was the cover of an issue of Very magazine from the 1990’s. I just tore it off and have always loved it.

      Looks like they’re still going. Here’s their site:


  • I vote for what makes your heart sing. Personally, I think that the color and shape of the cabinet, and the clean lines of your fixtures would be well-balanced by the fun of the peachier peach color and the wallpaper that’s behind the toilet. But definitely go with what’s going to give you a sense of delight every time you walk in the bathroom.

    I feel a kinship to your story. For years I told myself that I didn’t want to own because I wanted to be free. I love to travel, so that is true to an extent. But I also know now that I was terrified of what it could mean to give myself permission to settle down and snuggle in. We’ve just put an offer on a house, though, so the ride toward snuggling in begins!

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