Saturday, August 16, 2014


I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long while now (my girls, too!) and have enjoyed your home blog lately, too. My husband and I are building a home—the plans are about done and now what i have ahead of me is picking out flooring, lighting, finishes, trim, fixtures, etc. etc. I think I have a full-time job ahead of me. I had a thought to ask if you had any suggestions for how to do it without going crazy. Do you have a suggestion for how to organize everything or did you keep a notebook and go for it? I was hoping there’d be a person who did if for a job who could help me. ha! I noticed you always had a ton of samples especially for the flooring…are stores pretty good about giving you samples to take?

Hi Erin!  I'm so sorry I'm so slow with emails!  I'm excited for you to build your home.  It is a tough job and I really would recommend anyone you can get to help you with the decisions.  I wish I had that and have totally tried but I'm way too particular!  It's a curse!  Luckily I have some amazingly talented friends who have talked me through a lot when I come to a road block.

Anyway, yes, stores will have way too many samples for you to take and try out.  It's a lot of research.  I use for just about everything.  So many good ideas in there.  At first I had a big three-ring binder I used page protectors in to keep track of ideas which was fine, but then I would forget it when I was talking to a contractor or whatever, so then I realized what a life saver it is to just put things in "folders" on Houzz with your phone app...then you always have it with you and can explain things left and right.  Pinterest is good with that too, but I don't like that it doesn't give resources or any extra information so I haven't used it a whole ton.  

Good luck and try to get some help!  A designer you trust would be worth his/her weight in gold and would save you money in the long run because you probably wouldn't make as many mistakes as I have!  It would be so great to have someone who could give you three or four good options to choose from and you wouldn't go as crazy as I have with so many decisions stretched out before me!  Now that we're almost done it's certainly all worth it.  Can't wait to move in!

I'd love to know if you've found any great barstools. I've been on the hunt for I swear a YEAR. Just wondered what you've found that you like... we have a mid-century ranch style home, and I just love your taste!! :) Thanks!! 

Ours are from Crate and Barrel.

Will you provide a list of colors/materials you went with eventually? Someday? :) Mainly interested in: kitchen countertop material, grey paint color and the debate on doing grey kitchen cupboards. I love them, I am just torn if they will look dated in a few years? We are building too and that is what I am leaning towards doing, just on the fence about it!! 

Oh gosh, this is easier said than done, but I will try to include as much as I can when I do the final posts.  For now, our gray interior paint is "Shady" by Dunn Edwards, all of our white is "Whisper" by Dunn Edwards.  Our kitchen countertops are white quartz, and I'm really happy with the gray cabinets in the kitchen.  From what I understand, gray gets scuffed up a little more easily, we will see!

Just curious...what do you have planned for those lockers that need electricity? (back HERE) My thoughts were phone chargers...but would love to know why you have them wired for power... :) (oh, and I LOVE walnut too! :) 

Thank you, love how the walnut turned out!  Those plugs are for phones...or whatever other electronics might need to be charged out of sight.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

April progress

Wow I'm getting behind here.  I'm going to try to get back on track.

April was the best month yet in the progress of this home of ours.

It's the month we took the plunge and moved in, ready or not.

This is how it looked when we moved in:

Living room:
Back side:
Remember how much trouble we had with those beams?  (back HERE).  How we love them now.  So weird how things change.

Laundry room:
 (Those pulls are all from IKEA.)

Family room:

Master bathroom:
 Remember all the trouble that wall caused back HERE?

One of my very favorite parts of this house are the closets.  Here's Max's: 
We did drawers in every closet so we don't have any dressers.  Keeps down on the clutter so well I adore it.

Max's (future guest) bath:
 Let's just take a closer look at that hardware I agonized over.
Love how it turned out.

Elle's bedroom:
(all about her wall back HERE)

Elle's bathroom:
My cabinet guy made me that wood frame from walnut.  Love it so much.

Grace and Claire's room:

A few lighting issues in the bathrooms:
 (more on those later)

Game room with a section of the sectional missing:

That was how it looked.

Then we started to move in.

The kids thought the washers and dryers were from a different planet they were so in awe of having two of them.
(One of the best things we did...LOVE having two.  All but Lucy do their own laundry so it helps a ton.)

We put switches with lights over our beds for reading at night.  Love that.

Move-in stuff:

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out window coverings.

As I write this it's almost three months later and we still have no window coverings aside from the paper temporary ones in the bathrooms.

Makes for some good early mornings :)

I worked on hardware like nobody's business...especially since we really needed to open drawers!

I will try to do a whole post about what we picked at some point because I'd like to remember myself!

We put our new grill to a LOT of good use.  
 Love that thing.

It was fun to put the kitchen to good use for our first Easter basket hunt here:

...and we have loved utilizing the great light from all the windows.

 It has been interesting to live in a home with continual contractors as guests.

All. the. time.

And as much as we adore this new home of ours, it's sure had some hic-ups along the way.

More on that later.  For now I'll just say we are so incredibly grateful for this home of ours.

one step forward, two steps back

We take some steps forward and then lots back in a lot of areas.

Our master bathroom tile for one.  The grout is so varying in different areas.
We have tried everything to get it all the same color. no avail.  We may have to get it stained.

And our poor wood floor...

I LOVE it, but we can't seem to get the film off of it from all the construction dust.
 See all those smudgy marks?

We had a guy come in and professionally oil it (it's an oil-finish floor), and it looked awesome for a couple days.
But then it went back to smudgy.

Still working on that, sure hoping Provenza floors will kick in and give us some better customer service.  So far not so good.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

March madness {or some would call it progress}

During March we got serious about trying to move in.  

We spent Spring Break working our tails off to get things cleared out and done. 
 I thought it was the best Spring Break to date.

Our kids may or may or may not have agreed with that thought.

We finally got garage doors!

That deserves a giant amount of hoopla because boy howdy, that was a huge ordeal.

We are trying to match the wood we're putting above the front door and we can't seem to figure that part out.

 They started building the courtyard wall.

And we finally painted the roof:

Looks so much better in my opinion!

I spent the dumbest, longest hours trying to figure out cabinet hardware.
They are "Hopewell Bar Pulls" from Top Knobs.  Still waiting on the knobs for those top drawers (I wanted something different there).

My phone was filled up with all kinds of options for bathrooms too:

We had a few lighting malfunctions that needed to be tweaked.

Our living room couch got delivered from Thrive Furnishings.
 I LOVE that place.

They are having a Memorial Day sale right now BTW...go check it our HERE.

We got a portion of our sectional for the game room too:
 It's from Z Gallerie.

They re-did our shower floor for the third time:

 We struggled trying to figure out how to take care of the construction dust on our new floor.
 ...which is STILL a problem.  Hoping Provenza Flooring will help take care of that.

I ran into the outdoor lights I had been debating on after I decided on other ones.  I do love these ones though:
 (They are from Hinkley Lighting)

We mulled over pavers for the front and back patios for forever and a day.

We really want these ones:
They are from "Stepstone."  Aren't they cool?  I love them, but they are too darn expensive.

So my phone camera is filled up with pictures like these to try to figure out a more cost effective option.
 In the process we tried to cut down the existing pavement on the back porch to make the four-inch deep pavers work:
Alas, that didn't work.

We figured something else out though, which will be installed next week.

Crossing our fingers it turns out how we're envisioning.