Casual Friday: The One Where Chris Convinces Everyone They Need A Bidet (& A lot More)

October 4, 2019  —  Written by Julia 

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It’s Casual Friday, so we can talk about toilets for a minute–right?! As soon as I mentioned to Chris that I wanted to share a little bit about the bidet attachment that’s on our toilet (this one is similar!)–he insisted on sharing his thoughts. I’m basically in competition with a bidet for the number one spot in his heart, guys. Here he goes:

Bidet, mate! Let’s put anuthuh poop in the potty! Ok, that was a bit much, but we have to figure out some way of talking about topics that nobody wants to talk about, and bidets I think are one of those things. 

If people didn’t feel so weird talking about bathroom habits, everyone would own a bidet because they’d be a daily topic of conversation. We have never owned one, and any time someone talked about it we listened politely and disregarded what was said because, like, why would I need that? But there was one in our new home, in the master bathroom, and guess what? You actually need it! If you happen to have an outlet in reach of your toilet you can even opt for one like ours with a seat warmer, heated water, front and back sprayer, and a blow dryer! Not even kidding it’s one of the most enjoyable, 1st world comforts you can do for yourself, and it’ll make you loud and proud about in conversations you may historically be shy on. Check out all of these great options we’ve pulled together, and take the plunge! (shameless potty humor, my goodness) Your hind quarters will thank you.




Other Fun Things this Week.

• Speaking of bathrooms, I’m in LOVE with the vibe of this one by Lisa Staton Design:

•We launched our Propertee fall collection this week! Homebody hoodies! Don’t Wait Sweatshirts! Bad Witch/Good Witch sweaters that are perfect for October. You can shop the full line here.

Did you hear Chip and Jo are opening a hotel?! They are taking over the world in a very beautiful way.

• Kids love this dog breed book (we also have this dog encyclopedia!).

Words on criticism to get you through.

• Growing up, my mom always had a red winter coat. Not the same one either. Every couple years she’d get a new coat and it was always red. And now here I am, a mom of three, ordered a new winter coat and girls, it’s green again! I’m not looking forward to cold weather, but I’ve learned it’s so much more bearable when you have a good, stylish, warm coat. (I got this one in a medium).

This is where Greta’s letter on her bed is from. It was the most beautiful gift she cherishes it!

Hope you all have the best weekend! We are headed to Jackson this afternoon to cross a couple things off our fall bucket list!

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  1. Summer says:

    I am curious about that chair you are sitting in. I know you are tall, is it comfortable enough to lounge in and watch TV? Or more of a sitting and formal chair? We have been hunting for months! They are beautiful but need function too.

    • Julia says:

      It’s LOUNNNGGEEEYYYYY for sure! In fact, I’m debating if it’s too loungey for our living room, but I don’t think so. Very comfortable!

  2. Tia says:

    I seriously have an extra spring in my step after using my bidet. And when I travel & don’t have access to one, I legit *miss* it.

  3. Jennifer says:

    What brand are those black boots?
    In Tokyo airport, they have full on music playing toilets. It has heated seats, colored lights and music so others can’t ‘hear’ you

  4. Jae says:

    This was my recommendation for you some time back when you did a bathroom remodel! I installed a bidet on every toilet in my house after a trip to Japan a few years back. The U.S.A. really needs to get on board!

  5. PJ says:

    I was just talking about bidets with my coworker yesterday!!! (No shame in our game). Her husband is a plumber and I was curious about what he thought of linear drains since we’re about to start building our new home. She said she would ask him but quickly changed the conversation to bidets and told me to make sure I get one! This is the one they installed:
    Te icky thing she wishes is that she had a good water connection to it but she absolutely loves it. We’re definitely getting one.

  6. mary says:

    When I was in Europe many years ago with a friend the people we were staying with had a small toilet/sink room and a bidet in the room with their tub. Well, my friend didn’t at first know about the separate toilet room and peed in the bidet! Then came out and said, “Wow, weird toilet…” Lol!

    We saw bidets all over Europe back then. Even many hotels didn’t have showers, just tubs. Europeans would laugh that Americans showered so much. Don’t know how it is there now, but at the time I believe bidets were used for more than just the crotch area but for feet, etc. since they didn’t shower every day, taking baths instead a couple of times a week. The bidet kept the essentials clean in between : )

    Europeans, please correct me if my memory is bad : )

  7. Rebecca says:

    I am cracking up about the bidet dialogue – you have phrased it in such a way I ready to get one too! As a business owner I have been in love with this brands web site but not because I wanted a bidet – maybe it’s time to buy one!

  8. Kelly says:

    What are your thoughts on bidet only in the master vs on all toilets? Including a powder room near the entertaining areas. This matter is a big item of contention in our house!

  9. Jessica says:

    Tried my first bidet in Singapore airport just last week and well the learning here was the eater had to be warm.
    My poor bottom went into shock from the cold only water for over an hour. But I’m still converted as it was an awesome experience! ????????????

  10. shannon says:

    Currently I own three navy coats (sporty raincoat with pin dots, waterproof trench, and down puffer). What can I say? Navy just appeals to me.

  11. RN says:

    Growing up, my parents master bath had its own separate bidet next to the toilet. I remember bringing friends up to show them the “fountain” in the bathroom. It’s a miracle they never had a water damage – haha!

  12. Maya says:

    What are your thoughts on a separate bidet va. An in-toilet one? Also, unrelated– how do your girls like having their own rooms? We moved at the same time as you and our kids so far have been in the same room… sOON their real rooms should be ready. Not only am I wondering how the transition has gone for your, but I also think one of their bedrooms could make a great playroom if they go back to sharing!

    • Julia says:

      I only have experience with an all in one and I highly recommend it. I couldn’t imagine moving to use a separate one. I just feel like I would use it way less! As for room sharing, the girls having their own rooms is going SO WELL. Greta, our oldest, has to get up quite a bit earlier for school and so it’s nice that she can be up and getting ready without disturbing the other girls. They each love their own spaces, but occasionally will have a sleepover in Greta’s room (with the two beds) on the weekends.

  13. Nazia says:

    Hi there! I’m from Pakistan, living in US and pretty much everrrryyyone has a handheld bidet over there. It’s a European thing though, just not sure why it hasn’t caught on in US!

  14. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for including us in your casual Friday post! ???? We are SO thrilled that Greta loves her pillow & you have just made 2 stay at home moms/small business owners feel so incredibly blessed ❤

  15. Kelly says:

    VERY curious to hear your thoughts on the aesthetics of the bidet! After two trips to Japan we finally got one from our home but it is so.darn.ugly! And big too! I’m hoping in our next home, if we don’t bring this one, we can spring for one a little ‘prettier’.

  16. Julie S says:

    The only bidet I’ve seen in person (at the home of genuinely rich friends) has a little index card on the wall above the TP, with directions and warnings for guests so they don’t get surprise washes in spots they may not be expecting. LOL!!

    I run cold even in California where we get a few dozen overnight frosts over the course of a winter, and snow maybe every 5 years. I’m finally embracing spending on higher tech warm layers instead of just $5 cotton leggings under my pants, and a better coat in a color I really love, and maybe I can enjoy the cold season a little more this year!

  17. Joeine says:

    Amazing! We have a Toto Wahlet Carlyle 11 S300e heated seat and a dryer with warm air remote control on wall. My husband broke both arms 4 years ago (ladder Christmas lights) and it was a must for him. Our contractor installed an outlet and installed toilet no problem. We haven’t had any problems and everyone that’s used it wants one of their own.

  18. Sarah says:

    I bought the same green coat during Prime Days! I believe The Buy Guide suggested it. I also hate cold weather, but I’m feeling good about this coat.

  19. Emily says:

    I’ve never used a bidet before, but suspect I would love it. I mean, I genuinely *loved* using my peri-bottles after I had my babies. So it’s not a far stretch. ????

  20. k.archer says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous. That one on the fence is out of magazine. Have a lovely weekend.

  21. Michelle Reen says:

    LOL, LOVE the bidet enthusiasm. It does feel like a growing trend here in the U.S. Just want to put in a plug for the Toto Washlet. Not sure which model we got, but it was an add on to an existing toilet. Do you need it, no. Is it the most amazing luxury you can add to your bathroom. YES. Rain showers step aside. Folks, if you are eye rolling rolling or still skeptical I get it. Don’t let FOMO push you to buy something you don’t want. But if you are considering it, are bidet curious or remodeling and can put in a plug to allow the option later do know there are a lot of people joining the bidet culture (which is standard in Europe and Japan) and it doesn’t need to be another fixture. (like they used to be).

  22. Stacy says:

    I took a vacation to Japan over the summer, and there are bidets everywhere–homes, hotels, the bus and train stations. At first, it felt odd. Then, after a day or so, I was converted. Two thumbs up from this traveler. :) The Japanese know what they are doing.

    • Courtney N says:

      Same here! And I *think* they are good for the environment (less paper waste, plus it takes water to even make TP).

      • Julia says:

        Yes! I read that they are a lot better for the environment.

      • Aminah says:

        Not to forget it is also just plain cleaner than using dry toilet paper and the practice of using water to clean yourself is actually engrained in culture in almost all non-western countries. Think about it, if your child somehow picked up dog poop off of the ground (funnily a very real scenario) you would not just use toilet paper to clean their hands, you would go and wash their hands with water and soap. So why not practice the same cleanliness down below, where infections and funny smells can be prevented by removing bacteria from the essential areas, to get very specific, sorry for tmi, haha.
        Bidets all the way is all I can say

      • Cheryl says:

        But how hard are they to clean?

      • Julia says:

        They are self cleaning!

  23. kari says:

    Oops..wrong link on fall bucket list ;)

  24. Debbie says:

    Please share a link to those black booties in the Good Witch photo … they are perfection! Thank you!

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