We finally finished a project, well finished enough to post at least.  We are expecting baby #2 in January and will be losing one of our two guest rooms to make a room for the baby.  There are a lot of times we have more than one family/couple staying with us and we had some “wasted” space in what will eventually be our office upstairs.  Currently, this room is still little more than a storage areas but I do have big plans for it in the future.

I measured and this space was 60.5″ deep.  We had an extra queen size mattress, which is 60″ wide so I thought we could turn this into a built-in daybed.

The nook before

The nook before

It took us several weeks, but really only about 8 hours of work to get from that empty space to this.  Hindsight is 20/20.  I started the wainscoting on the left side and by the time I made it to the right I realized the light switch was right in the way.

Nook after

Nook after

Don’t look too closely or you’ll see that the wainscoting and walls need another coat of paint or two, but it is functional enough for guests.  It would also make a relaxing reading area if one of us had time to sit around and read.

View from the daybed

View from the daybed

We finally closed and moved in the new house last weekend. We do not have nearly enough furniture and I am really struggling trying to figure out where to place the things we do have. Please remember this is not my decorating style. I didn’t snap pictures of the guest bedroom downstairs or Finley’s room (she was sleeping), but here’s the current state of things…

There has been significant progress on the house in the last two weeks. The home inspection is scheduled for Friday, so I expect all of the final touches will happen this week. Here’s the current state of things.

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Things finally began moving along in the house last week. The builder isn’t going to make the original closing date of the 31st, but we are scheduled to close on November 7. Here’s the current state of things…

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I haven’t posted in a while because there really hasn’t been any work done at the house. We are now 21 days from closing and I’m not sure the house will be ready. At any rate, almost all of the tile is in and I expect that it will be grouted on Monday.

Here are a few photos:

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Master bath shower

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Master bath floor – we decided to go with Florida Tile Silver Screen 12×24″ in the master bath

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Downstairs bathroom – 3×6 subway tile and 12×12 floor tile on brick lay pattern

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Finley checking out the view from the mantle. Fireplace surround is 3×6 Sophia White (now discontinued)

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me. I waited anxiously to go by the house and see how the cabinets looked. The house is really starting to shape up now.

There is still work to be done. The island hasn’t been installed yet and it turns out they ordered the wrong color. The island is supposed to be black, but they ordered white. The crown still has to be added as well.

Also, we added a faux cabinet in front of the pantry door and it isn’t correct. As you will see, this configuration would make it difficult to walk through to the pantry. My best guess is that they will redo the doors to look like four, but actually only be two.

Things have been moving VERY slowly on the house, but the kitchen cabinets are supposed to go in tomorrow. Hopefully Hurricane Isaac will not cause any delay. We did pick out most of the lighting for the house and I thought I would share some of those pictures.

These are going on each side of the front doors

The front porch will have two of these ceiling fans

The two smaller baths will have fixtures similar to this, but with three lights and the master bath will have one of these over each vanity.

This is a large 60″ fan that will go in the great room and the master bedroom

The ceiling fixtures throughout the house will be similar to this schoolhouse light, but in oil rubbed bronze with white globes.

This is not the original chandelier we chose, but I decided the other one wasn’t really the right fit. I’m hoping to get one similar to this large pendant from Pottery Barn.

What do you think?

It is time to show you some of the finishes we have picked out for the house. We only get to choose one interior paint color, but I’m sure we will be painting some of the rooms different colors. We are continuing the gray theme on the inside. The walls will be painted Benjamin Moore Bunny Gray (shown below) and the trim will be Benjamin Moore Super White.

The kitchen cabinets will be white (similar to the image below), but without the glaze. The island cabinets will be black and we have chosen a gray/white color for the Caesarstone countertop (shown below).

The surround around the fireplace will have marbled tile. I can’t remember the name of it though.

Now to the bathrooms. We selected a tile which I love and just found out that it is discontinued and we may not be able to get it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but if we have to change I really want to find something close to this.

We also choose to go with QuartzLock grout. Has anyone used this grout before? It is supposed to be mold/mildew/stain/crack resistant.

We are going with a Martha Stewart vanity in the two smaller bathrooms. There is only enough space for a 30″ and I really couldn’t find very many choices.

Here is where I need some help. We can’t decide between a white wood vanity or a dark wood vanity in the master bath. We need two 48″ vanities and they are across from each other. Here are the options I have found so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think? White or dark?

I was recently perusing One Kings Lane and came across this beautiful starfish anchor by Karen Robertson.

I loved it and thought it would be great in our new house. However, I wasn’t willing to sacrifice the $2700 to purchase it. So, I decided to make something similar.

I purchased the starfish off of eBay and the shadow box frame from Michael’s. I covered the black background in the shadow box with white linen. Here is the finished piece.

I introduced you to our new neighborhood in the last post, so I’m going to give you an update on our house. It was already framed in when we found it, but the floor plan was exactly what we wanted. It was also early enough in the process that we could pick all of our finished and add some custom features.

Here is what the house looked like when we stumbled upon it…

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And here is what it looked like as of yesterday…

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View from the back porch
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Living room
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View from the front porch – looking in through living room to kitchen and dining room
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Finley looking pretty pleased about her room
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Master bedroom
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Bonus room upstairs looking into office/bedroom
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 Additional upstairs bedroom
Here are the floor plans, but we did make some modifications so they aren’t exact.
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We have pretty much picked out all of our finishes, so I will update you on that next.
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