Renovation Update:: Countertop Installation

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Last week we checked another thing off the list for our house, countertops! Several months back I shared with you guys that we went with quartz countertops and shared a few reasons why. We are so excited to finally see these beauties installed and couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out. We went with an LG quartz product called Viatera. For the powder room, kitchen, master bathroom and jack and jill bathroom we went with the Cirrus pattern. It has a similar look to Carrera Marble, but is much more durable, which we love. You can see a close up of what it looks like here. For the laundry room and upstairs guest baths we went with the Absolute Night pattern. We … Read More

Using & Styling Furniture in Different Ways

Using Furniture in Different Ways

Progress on the house has slowed down a bit. I think partly due to Thanksgiving and then Christmas coming up. It seems like holidays throw a wrench in the timeline and schedule. While I'm still not exactly sure when our move-in date will be, I'm trying to enjoy our little one bedroom duplex as much as I can in the meantime. Our place is tiny so there's not a ton of space to decorate and we have to utilize every square inch for storage and function. You may remember back in September when I shared about the new chair and side table I got to add some additional seating to our current living room from Sauder. These pieces have been serving us well over the last several months. … Read More

Renovation Update:: We Have Cabinets

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I'm finally getting into the Christmas spirit. Last night after work I went out and did a little Christmas shopping, and all the Christmas decor and Christmas music playing got me finally excited for this time of year. It also helps that our house now smells like Christmas thanks to a wonderfully winter wall diffuser. Since my last renovation update, all our cabinets were installed. They still have to come back and finish up a few things and install the rest of the hardware, but it looks so good! Here are a few pictures from each space with the new cabinetry. For our powder room I've always loved the idea of turning a dresser or piece of furniture into a vanity. I was a little … Read More

Stocking Stuffer Ideas & Coaster Giveaway

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Did anyone do any Black Friday shopping this past weekend? I had sworn off shopping on Black Friday for the past few years, but the hubs and I ventured out to look at flat screen tvs and did a little shopping at the outlets while we were in Hilton Head, SC with family. We didn't go until 9 or 10am or so and at least where we were, the crowds really weren't all that bad. And we actually scored a few good deals. Despite that, I actually prefer to do as much shopping online this time of year as possible. Sitting in my pajamas in front of the computer just sounds much more appealing to me. And today is the big online shopping day, Cyber Monday. If you are planning to scour the web for some … Read More

Southern Living Showhome Tour

Southern Living Showhome

I was hoping to start pulling out my Christmas decorations this past weekend and get a few things up, but it didn't happen. The mood just never struck. However, my Christmas cards did come in last week and I did get half of them stuffed and addressed. That's something, right? Since I've yet to get into the festive mood, I thought I would share some pictures I took a while back. Back in October we saw a sign in town that there was a Southern Living Showhome that was open for visitors. Even though we've pretty much picked out all the major design selections for our house, we still love to look at new houses to compare things and also get some decorating inspiration. I still have some … Read More

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