House Update 

Hopefully, this is the last update before we officially move in! This project has been coming along for such a long time, and I am so ready for it to be done so we can move in. Our move in date was supposed to be May 1st, giving a few weeks of built in leeway in cause things took a little longer. This was setup so my sister and I could move our things directly from our apartments into the house without a middle step. Currently, our things are piled up everywhere at home and in the garage.

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So much has happened over the last weeks. We went from having a house with no flooring to having flooring and having stained flooring. Picking out the stain was such a challenge. You are picking from either an online site, trying to compare to floor samples, or looking at tiny squares on the ground. I really needed my imagination to try and picture what it was all going to look like. I thought I wanted a darker wood to contrast with the light walls and white trim. However, we have two dogs who shed constantly, and I was afraid it was going to show up! We ended up with a lighter floor that looks fantastic! I love it way more than I thought I would!

The light fixtures are in! I was way more stressed out picking light fixtures and fans than I thought I was going to be. I thought I would have a catalogue to flip through and the lights I wanted would just speak to me. So wrong! We had so many sites to look through it became daunting. Luckily, some sights were just not at all what I wanted and I could cross them out immediately. Others, I fell in love with everything and couldn’t make up my mind. I had never paid so much attention to light fixtures in people’s homes before having to pick out my own! The biggest challenge to me was that I felt the light fixtures were permanent because I don’t think my family has ever made a change to the light fixtures in either of our homes growing up. I am happy with out final choices! Here is a weird picture of the foyer light. I love the dark color in contrast with the rest of the house.

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The outside landscaping and yard work has begun changing the dirt lot into a perfectly manicured lawn. I am so joking. I am no gardner and have barely any experience maintaining a yard. When we were talking to the landscaper, I made sure that the upkeep would be simple. Plus I know my mom will help me get started and into a routine. The back patio is my favorite spot. I know there will be many evenings and afternoons spent out there. One of my main must haves was an outdoor fireplace!

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Another awesome feature to this house are the reading nooks. Every room and bedroom has a little nook or lounging area for people to sit on and look outside. A big decision was picking out fabric for each room and space for these benches. The main floor has the navy and red pattern, and the others are for the bedrooms upstairs. I cannot wait relax on one of these this summer!

The kitchen is another space I am anxious to see finished. The appliances went in last week and the backsplash went up this past weekend. Since they were putting the final stain on the floor, I haven’t been allowed back in to see it! I am hoping it looks as good as I pictured in my head (designing this house without help has been a real challenge, I definitely took on more than I could chew).

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Some other things I have been checking off my list are carpets- picking one for a stair runner and another for the living room. Plates and silverware- I picked out some bright and colorful plates last week that will look great in the house! New bed spreads and sheets are a must for the new house. Lastly, trying to relax, the move in day will be here before I know it!

Learn about the rest of the house renovations here, here, and here!

House Update

The house renovations have been cruising along these last few weeks. It feels like in no time it will be complete, even though there is still a ton of work to be done! There are only six weeks left until it is done. I felt like just yesterday we were walking through the framing.

BATHROOMS

I have been slightly disappointed in how the master bathroom finished. We had some trouble with getting the tile we had originally set aside. It is just a little whiter than I had wanted. The pop of color with the navy blue cabinets makes a huge difference in there. I also think paint and decorations will help to get more of the look I was hoping for. In the end, it’s just a bathroom and I am the one who will see it, not everyone else.

The guest bathroom has a pretty tile trim on it that my mom wanted in there and it looks great. She has a textured tile in the shower that flows really nicely. The jack and jill bathroom is what my sister wanted. The grey cabinets added a nice touch to break up the white in there. The main floor powder room has cute trim in there that I really like!

KITCHEN 

The kitchen is coming together beautifully! There is more space in the kitchen than I ever imagined. I love the bead board that wraps the back of the island. There is so much storage in the kitchen it honestly doesn’t feel real. The kitchen I have at school as four cabinets in it for all food, cups, plates, appliances, and anything else. I cannot wait to cook in this kitchen for my friends and family! It is going to be a dream.

I am giddy with excitement for the counter tops to come. I really think they are going to break up the white in the house and really make a statement. Soon, I have to go and pick the exact pieces and cuts for the counters. The island is going to be one huge piece and I love that!

RAILINGS 

The railings in the house were a much bigger deal than I ever realized. Picking a railing is way more complicated than it seems. There are so many types of railing from wood to metals to cable railing and beyond. We don’t have a lot of railing to cover, just in the entry way. I didn’t want it to be a focal point in the house and obstruct the view. I also wanted a railing that was different and not your everyday railing. We ended up picking a cable railing that I am extremely excited for!

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PAINT COLOR 

I wanted the color in the house to all be one color and flow through. I know paint can really make and change a room, but I chickened out on doing something crazy and out there. We grew up with a light yellow wall, and while it does look nice and bright, I wanted something different than I was used to. We ended up choosing a really light grey that almost seems white unless it is next to white.

Paint color names are so ridiculous. Since we were playing in the shades of grey, so many names were related to Fifty Shades. The color we ended up picking did not have a fun names, and I was a little disappointed. I hesitated picking it just a little because I wanted a fun name, but my mom talked me out of that one!

LIGHT FIXTURES

I am so tired of looking at light fixtures. It is so frustrating and time consuming going through all these lights. I can sit for an hour an just not find a light that I like. The one thing I keep reminding myself is how little I focus on lights when I am in other people’s homes. I rarely notice them. I only focus on them now because I am in need of lights.

All the bedrooms have ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are not attractive, they are just practical. I sleep with a ceiling fan even in winter. It allows me to curl up in a bunch of blankets and have some air circling. I also like the slight sounds they make! It is soothing to sleep to. I still have a lot to do in this area.

LAUNDRY ROOM

I have never had a house with a laundry room that was “fun” to be in. Growing up, it was in the basement and always a little creepy. It was a mud room, but we rarely ever came in that door. We fed our dogs downstairs and kept all the snacks for school. The tile was creepy and old and I really didn’t like being there. In my parent’s house, it is in the kitchen and it is so convenient. Since being in college, I only have one and a half years with free laundry in my apartment. The last four years, I have had to truck outside and into a creepy basement where it costs four dollars to do one small load of laundry.

In this house, I have a laundry room with a full sized washing machine and dryer. And, they are on the correct side, where you don’t have to awkwardly go around the door to reach the dryer. There is going to be space to keep all the extra sheets and towels, which will be fantastic! I also have a dog that loves to get as dirty as possible at all times. There is a dog wash in the laundry room with a long handle to get the dogs clean. I love it!

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I won’t get to see the house for two weeks. So much is going to change in that period of time. This project is flying by and I am anxious to move in. Decorating with artwork and furniture is going to take a long time. I want it to feel homey yet put together. We will see where it goes!

House Update 

Being home so much these last two weeks, my mom and I spent much of our time finalizing plans for the house. I have a hard time making a final decision. I get down to two options and get stuck most of the time. It’s hard making sure that everything matches and looks good together to avoid a hodge podge look.

This week we spent time finalizing the kitchen cabinets. This was way harder than I thought. You have to pick what type of cabinet you want where, whether you want draws or cabinets and what size cabinet. It was really hard for me to visualize the kitchen and flow of the space to help pick out the type of cabinet. I relied heavily on Joe, who helped us design it. Then, you have to finalize the color and style of the cabinet. We didn’t get to pick the cabinet I really wanted because it was way to expensive, but I am happy with the cabinet we settled on. Then, there’s the hardware for the cabinets, whether you want knobs or pulls and then what type and color hardware. If you pick a pull, you have to then determine the size you want. It’s all extremely overwhelming.

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We now have the final plans for the kitchen, plus or minus me changing my mind on the color. I was starting at them in my room and Diz decided I needed help  that or she decided she was bored of watching me stare at them and fell asleep on them.

We went and walked through the house again. It’s hard because not much is changing right now. I don’t tend to get super excited when it comes to electric outlets and insulation. But we went at the perfect time of night and watched the sun set out on the upstairs balcony. It was gorgeous.

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Our last major task of the week is to check out countertops. I want to see what we picked for the kitchen again and we have to pick a top of the master bathroom. Hopefully, it will be an easy decision. Otherwise I’m going to start going gray soon!

Outdoor Fireplaces

I have been watching a lot of Flip or Flop recently where they are focusing on outdoor spaces. Their finished projects are over the top beautiful with incredible finishing touches. One even had a bocci ball court! As the cold weather starts to set in, I have really been craving a great outdoor fire pit like the one’s they have pictured.  Continue reading “Outdoor Fireplaces”

Fun Front Doors

My dad and I were biking the other day through our neighborhood, and naturally, we started to house shop, picking out what we did and did not like. At this slower pace, I was able to notice the front door. Seems silly to have never been able to really notice them before.

There are so many fun colors! People have really been picking colors to pop compared to the rest of their house. It is unexpected in many houses and it makes a bright difference! Here are some of the photos I took along my ride of my favorite fun and surprising front doors!

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Granite and Quartz and Marble, Oh My!

HGTV shows make shopping for counter tops look so easy. They bring out a few choices for the homeowner to choose, there is a little back and forth between the homeowners, and then its a done deal. Real life is nothing like this.

Walking into a granite store is overwhelming. The first time we went shopping for counters, we picked out this beautiful cream and brown stone. However, when we got home I started to have regrets. I couldn’t pick the backsplash to match and I couldn’t imagine it in the new kitchen. I made my mom go back so we could pick out a different top. Walking back through the isles I kept more of an open mind. We went slower and tried to imagine each stone in the new kitchen. We finally settled on a beautiful black granite.

Here is what I have learned about counter tops through this process!  Continue reading “Granite and Quartz and Marble, Oh My!”