31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Managing Expectations


When it comes to renovating or building your home, there are a team of people that you will work with to make your dream a reality. From the architect, project manager, interior designer and vendors, you will be communicating with a lot of different people on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. With all these different people comes different personalities, styles of working, and communicating. First piece of advice, before you make your first decision regarding the house, sit down with your entire team and discuss expectations.   {Source} Let your project manager explain how the process will work, the various stages along the way, and the timeline for when decisions need to … Read More

31 Days to Building Your Dream Home

31 Days Graphic

Day 1: Scroll down & read about why I'm writing about this topic Day 2: Managing Expectations *** My husband and I have spent the last 8 months planning, renovating and partially building our first home together. If you are new here, you can see the entire renovation progress here. While the house isn't completely done just yet, I've spent a lot of time reflecting over the last 8 months and everything that has been accomplished between then and now. We've made 1,435,528 decisions, spent countless hours researching, and learned a lot about the building process over the course of the last 240-ish days. I had never owned my own home before this, let alone done any sort of … Read More

Cozy Living Room Nook

Cozy Living Room Nook

We have very limited seating in our living room in our current rental. As in, only one sofa. One somewhat small sofa at that. Since it's just the two of us, we don't really need a ton more, but if we have company over, it would be nice to have some additional seating for guests. I knew my parents would be coming in town this month, so I thought it would be great to find a few little furniture pieces that not only provided additional seating, but also filled some currently unused space in our living room. I partnered with Sauder to create this cozy living room nook. I found this gray modern chair and round side table on their site and knew it would fit perfectly in this corner of … Read More

We’re Going to Kenya

Kenya Kids

Back to back posts this week folks! Get excited! I just couldn't wait to share the news any longer. I alluded in yesterday's post that I had some exciting things happening next month. Well, the first piece of big news you now know from the title. My husband and I are going to Kenya. It's a trip my husband has taken twice through our church already, but my first. We'll be going with a group of folks to do medical missions over there and my role will be to assist the doctors and dentists where needed. This is something we've talked about doing for a while now, and it's almost surreal that the trip is right around the corner. I've only ever participated in local mission … Read More

Around Here:: September Edition

Burleson Family Reunion

Well folks, it's officially fall, with the first official day of autumn being yesterday. Ready or not, it's here. Summer is over. I bought a few white pumpkins this past weekend at the farmer's market to officially commence the new season and make our place feel a little festive. Next on the list, bust out all my pumpkin scented candles. September has shaped up to be a pretty good month so far though with fun trips, events and scores. Here's what we've been up to around here these last few weeks. Traveling: to West Virginia for a family reunion. We got together with my husband's dad's side of the family over Labor Day weekend. We're all scattered all over so it was so good to … Read More

DIY Stenciled Wall Hanging

Stenciled Wall Hanging

Since we are moving soon, I haven't really considered making any new decor or switching any of it up lately. But, with our anniversary coming up next month, I thought it would be fun to make a little something that would remind us of that special day. With some FolkArt Stencils & Paints, I made this cute stenciled wall hanging that's now hanging in our bedroom. At our wedding, we had a friend sing a song while we took communion. The song we chose for her to sing was 'Came to My Rescue' by Hillsong United. The chorus of the song says:: In my life, be lifted high In our world, be lifted high In our love, be lifted high We really loved that third line, 'In our live, be lifted … Read More

Why We Chose Quartz Countertops

Why We Chose Quartz Countertops

Now that our cabinetry is officially ordered, we've made final selections for all our countertops. And we've decided to go with all quartz countertops in our house. If you are unfamiliar with quartz, it's a man-made material, unlike granite that is a natural stone. It's what you'll hear in the design world called 'engineered stone.' There are several different brands of quartz, the most common and most well known being Caesarstone, Cambria and Silestone. We did a ton of research on all the different colors, patterns and design options among all the various materials and weighed factors like durability, maintenance and clean-ability. Here are just a few of the reasons we decided … Read More

When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

When Things Don't Go According to Plan

I am a planner by nature. I like to anticipate what's ahead and have a game plan in place. Whether it's planning for an event, a trip or daily activities, I'm the girl with the itinerary, schedules, confirmation #s and calendar all ready to go and prepared. Being spontaneous has a time and place, but in my mind, if there's a plan in place, there's no reason to stray from it. I alluded in my post earlier this week that we'll be lucky if we get to move into our house by the end of this year. This is not part of the original plan. To give you a little timeline recap, we bought our house back in December 2013. It took a couple months for permits to come in so work didn't start until … Read More

10 Simple Ways to Decorate for Fall

10 Simple Ways to Decorate for Fall

I think I've come to terms with the fact that fall is coming.  Here in Greenville we've started experiencing cooler weather and I have to admit, seeing all the fun fall projects coming through on Pinterest right now is getting me excited for a new season and a chance to switch up some decorations. Since we are hopefully moving soon {I use 'soon' lightly since we'll be lucky if we're in by the end of the year...more on that soon}, I don't want to buy a bunch of new decorations for our little rental that I won't use for our new home. So, I've been pinning and brainstorming some small ways to incorporate fall into our home without breaking the budget or that take too much time to … Read More

DIY Ring Toss Game {Tailgating Game}

DIY Ring Toss Game

September is here which means it's officially football season. Whether you care about the sport or have a favorite team, it's always fun to get together with your friends and family and tailgate before a game. Food tends to be the centerpiece and most important part of a successful tailgate, but you can't forget about the games. One of the easiest outdoor games to put together is a diy ring toss game. All you need are some glass bottles, curtain rings and a vintage crate. You can typically find old vintage bottles at flea markets or antique stores. I found mine at a large antique store in North Carolina called the Old Tobacco Barn. I was lucky enough to find several of the … Read More

Final Cabinetry Drawings

Kitchen Cabinetry

I finally crossed off another major design selection decision last week. I officially signed off on all of our cabinetry drawings. We went back and forth for a few weeks on some of the minor changes. But, the main reason it's taken so long is because we've been waiting for the upstairs bath to be completely framed out so they could get accurate measurements {the main bathroom wall couldn't be finished until the stairs/stairwell were finalized and built}. But, final measurements have been taken and everything has been finalized. Cabinets will hopefully be ordered this week but we probably won't be ready to install for another 5-6 weeks {at least we're ahead of the game and not … Read More

August in Review

Tidy List in Planner

I hate to say it, but I think summer is officially over. With the big Labor Day holiday this weekend and the cooler weather we've been having, I can feel fall creeping in. I'm sure gonna miss the lazy days of summer, but I have to say I've missed some of the routine that comes with the fall schedule. I've got some fun posts in store over the next few months, but until then, here's a little recap of all the fun posts and projects I shared with you this month. At the beginning of the month the ole blog got a face lift. I got a whole new look and re-organized things a bit to make it easier for you to find posts and topics that interest you. I'm still loving the new look and hope you are … Read More