Around Here:: November Edition

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? These last few months have flown by and I can't believe we're already entering into holiday season. I feel like I'm the last person on earth {or at least the last blogger} who hasn't decked their halls for Christmas yet. I'm usually super excited to decorate for Christmas but this year, the excitement just isn't there as much as it has been in the past. Part of that is because I had envisioned and dreamed about decorating our new house for Christmas this year, but with our move-in date getting pushed further and further back, I guess my dreams just feel a little dashed. That's ok, because next year people watch out! This girl will be going … Read More

Renovation Update:: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a House

Powder Room Update

I couldn't help myself with the title. Since everywhere you go already has Christmas decorations, Christmas candy and Christmas music playing. Anyone else feel like they start promoting Christmas earlier and earlier each year? Anyways, I was finally able to pull together a renovation update for you guys. I wasn't able to give you guys an update the whole month of October {minus some sneak peeks in this post}, so a lot has certainly changed since the last update. All the drywall and trim has been installed and interior painting has begun. It's really starting to look like a house which is really exciting! Here's a current picture of our powder room. We decided to install some board … Read More

What Africa Taught Me

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I took a little break from blogging last week. After writing for 31 days straight, I just needed some time to re-gather my thoughts and find the inspiration again. One of the things I missed the most from blogging 31 days about building your dream home, was getting to share more personal insights, daily life and more 'real-time' {not scheduled} posts with you. While I love talking about designing a home and have mostly enjoyed the building process {not going to lie there are moments I have just wanted it to be over}, what I love more is sharing more personal things with you guys. As you may know, my husband and I recently traveled to Kenya for a medical mission trip through our … Read More

31 Days to Building a Dream Home:: It’s a Wrap

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Today is the last day of October which means it's the last and final day of the 31 day series. I have to admit, I'm a little relieved it's over. I had been wanting to participate in this challenge for a while, but just never had the time or patience to make it happen. I'm proud of myself for having accomplished it though and for making it the full 31 days. I had most of my posts scheduled in advance for the most part, especially the posts scheduled when we were gone in Africa, which helped a ton and made it less stressful. But coming back from our trip and having to crank out a few more was tough. I'm ready to get back to sharing projects we're working on, progress on the house … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Punch List

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Once all your final selections and landscaping has been installed and finishing touches have been made to your house, it's officially time to move in! Well, not quite if you are working with a building company. Before you will officially move in, your builder will want you to go through the house and do a final walk thru. You'll make note of any minor touch ups that need to be made whether it's with paint or flooring, if certain elements needs to be adjusted or re-hung or any last minute changes need to be made. This is called a punch list. {Source} Inevitably the workers who have been at the house will have nicked a wall or door or scuffed the floors. A light fixture may be slightly … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Landscaping & Fences

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I'm not even going to try and pretend that I know a lot when it comes to landscaping your home. I have a giant black thumb and know nothing about plants and flowers. What I do know is that there are a lot of different types and styles of fences and plants that when used together can create unique looks to fit with your style of home. So instead of offering advice or tips {since clearly this is not my area of expertise}, I thought I would just share several different inspiring exterior and landscaping images and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Craftsman style home. {Source} Traditional home. {Source} Contemporary backyard.  {Source} Rustic and earthy plants and … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Accessorizing Your Bathroom

Accessorizing Your Bathroom

One of the last few interior design decisions you'll need to make for your home is the final touches in your bathroom. This includes any bathroom accessories like towel bars and toilet paper holders and bathroom mirrors. These might seem like unimportant decisions, but these last remaining details will really complete the space. Much like accessorizing with jewelry can complete an outfit, accessorizing your bathroom properly can really finish off the overall look. Don't believe me? Take a look at these gorgeous bathrooms where the final accessories really add beautiful design detail. The bathroom mirrors you select can really enhance the overall style you are looking to … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Stage 4

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Once you get to stage 4 of construction, you are in the final home stretch! Wahoo! Most of the major decisions have been made so it's just a matter of deciding on the finishing touches. At this point all your walls will be painted, countertops and tile installed and light fixtures will be hung. {Source} Your house that once looked like a construction zone will begin to look like a real home. Seeing all the major components finally in the house will help you make all the small remaining design decisions. Next on the list to pick out is all your bathroom accessories {towel bars, paper holders, etc.} and mirrors. You'll also need to finalize plans and details for all your closets … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Don't Forget to Have Fun

Now that you are almost done with your house, you've probably had many stressful moments, frustrating decisions you've had to make and several unmet expectations. It can be a tough process and there may have been many times when you've wanted to throw in the towel. I get it, I've been there. It's not always easy. But, the important thing is to not forget to have fun. This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity and may be the only time you get to build your dream house. Instead of having the attitude that you are HAVING to make all these decisions, think of it like you are GETTING to make all these decisions. You are getting to decide from top to bottom how you want your … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: How to Select Paint Colors

How To Select Paint Colors

For some of you, picking out paint is torture. Who knew there were a million shades of gray not to mention there's now a billion different white paint options out there. Paint can look one way on a swatch, but completely different up on your wall. It can be frustrating and exasperating. Trust me, I've been there. Just last week we had to make final paint selections for the interior of our house. Lucky for me though, I'm a neutral girl and knew the type of colors I wanted to use. But, I still had to choose between a multitude of shades and narrow down what I wanted to do for each space. {Source} Here are a few things that helped me select paint colors without wanting to pull my hair … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Flooring Options

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As you move into stage 3 of construction, one of the next design designs you'll need to make is flooring. If you've already finalized your tile selections, then you have probably already decided what areas of your home will have tiled floors {i.e. laundry, bathrooms, etc.}. For the rest of the house, you'll need to decide what type of flooring you want to have. For us, we decided to do hardwood floors throughout the entire house {minus wet spaces like bathrooms and laundry}. We are trying to keep the original heart pine hardwood floors upstairs {you can see them here} which is one of the reasons we wanted to keep things consistent and do hardwood floors throughout the entire house. … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Stage 3

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Now that your electrical is installed and your drywall is up, it's time to move into stage 3 of construction. This is where the fun really begins and your house really begins to take shape. Once drywall is complete and walls are sanded and prepped, next on the list for your walls is trim. All your interior trim like crown molding, baseboards, and trim around windows and doors will be installed. At this point is when all your cabinetry will be installed as well. Once they are completely installed, your granite fabricator will come out and get exact measures for all your countertops and start templating. Before they template, they will also need all your sink measurements and most … Read More