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.


  1. Everything looks amazing! Living in the northeast I just love seeing this gorrrrgeous, warm but cool desert house come together!!!

  2. Oh, no! I hope the floors work out. We are considering going with Provenza also, and I've been anxious to read about your experience with them!

  3. Two more questions, friend...
    Where is your navy sofa from? What is the paint color for your gray cabinets?

  4. Looks like you guys are having quite a good time with your home construction! About that dust on your new floor; is that due to the stuff from the floor, or from elsewhere? Generally, constructions do get a bit dusty, and if you guys aren't using the room yet, perhaps covering it might help, so it won't be that affected. Either way, I hope you guys figure out something that will work best for the situation. Good luck!

    Pat Ballard @ Cheap Floors Los Angeles

  5. Hello, I absolutely LOVE your home, especially Elle's room, but I was wondering where her bead was purchased, because I adore it!! Thanks

    1. I'm assuming you mean "bed" and not "bead" ;) If it is her bed you are asking about, it's from Downeast Home but originally from West Elm.

  6. Hi, do you have an email that I can write you to? (:

  7. Hi Shawni! I have always loved your blog and kept your house as one in my mind that I adore. We have very similar style: clean lines, modern colors, bring in warmth with wood, and casual. Well, we are finally thinking about building our own home and yours immediately came to mind as something I think I would love the layout of. I was hoping you might be able to chat via email and answer a few questions? I would really love to know who did your design plans and maybe try to get a hold of them. Thank you so much!

  8. Hi Shawni! I too have always loved your blog and kept your house as one in my mind that I adore.
    I'm mentally trying to piece together how your layout flows. Can you share any bit of this detail/design plan? So many of the builders where I live have the same cookie cutter template for houses and it drives me crazy. I'm compiling ideas for my dream home and your main living space especially intrigues me. Thanks!

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