Dec 2, 2017

A Birthday, Foundation and Kitchen Beginnings

Here it is...the foundation of our new house. (link)

I love the variations in the brick colors. It's exciting to watch the progress, well, for me anyway. My husband, Marc, hates building houses!

Guess what our one request was for the front porch?

"As few steps as possible"!

Whoa? Yeah, and we only got .... 10! (eye roll - thanks a lot)

That part is super buggy but the great thing is that the back patio will maybe have two steps and that is what we cared most about.
A lot has happened since I last wrote here on the blog.

My twin boys turned 15!
No, I can't even believe it!
Time goes by so fast!

Even though the last couple of years have been pretty tough for them, I am super proud of the young men my boys have become. They are polite, do well in school and they are so kind to their mama.

I picked our kitchen cabinets and flooring this week.

It's crazy that no matter how much you spend on a home the builders still include "builder grade" everything. Ugh!

We changed up the kitchen layout a little bit and I chose the dark stain, Java, for all the cabinets except for the few uppers. I will post more about the kitchen when I get the final numbers and drawings back.

The handles are all going to be brushed nickel to go with the appliances and door hardware.
The bathrooms are going to be the dark cabinet in two of them but the boys will get that grey stain called stone. The door style of the cabinets are shaker all over the house. Simple! White bathroom counter tops except the master and I haven't seen the options for that yet.
That grey tile will go in two bathrooms but I chose black and white checkered tiles for the master bathroom and laundry room.

I can't even share the carpet yet because I am super disappointed in my options and I have some estimates coming back this week (builder grade). I am venting a little here but to Marc, I am happy as a pig (because I love to build).

We haven't put our Christmas tree up yet. Have you? Maybe we'll do that this weekend.
First up for this weekend - haircuts - all the way around, even Mazi!

I gotta work the shop today for holiday help so I better run.

Have a fun weekend!

Nov 22, 2017

Lightly Staging a Charming Ranch House

Thanksgiving is tomorrow...I can't even believe it. 

I am sad not to be spending the holiday with our families. But I have to admit that I am so excited to do all the cooking. I love making the whole traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Marc and the boys. It's back to the four of us and our own family traditions now that we are here in Virginia.

Nov 10, 2017

Choosing Light Fixtures

This week has been one of those that every day has been packed full. Now that it's Friday, I am glad we are done with it.

Nov 5, 2017

Feeling at Home

Sundays are my favorite. My boys and I (that includes my husband, Marc, and our twin boys) spend a lot of down time together on this day.

Nov 2, 2017

Living Down to Earth and Our Appliance Selection

My boys and I are the type of people that stay home on holidays and hit popular vacation spots off season just to avoid the crowd. Since Sunday was gloomy and rainy we found our opportunity to tour these Massey Street of Hope houses with a little less foot traffic to compete with (link).

Oct 28, 2017

My Kitchen Crush

Photo by Don Ziebell 
Browsing around the internet for kitchen inspiration can be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful kitchens that I can see myself loving to make dinner in.

Oct 23, 2017

Wood Floor Color Choice

My wood flooring appointment took maybe 10 minutes max. I had an idea what I was looking for....brown. Just brown.

Oct 22, 2017

Carytown Inspiration for Home & Life

Hello All!

I took my son to the city this morning, by his request. We live near Richmond, VA and one of our favorite streets to stroll here is Cary Street.

Oct 20, 2017

Tulip Hill Lot Walk

Hello blog friends!

The building process is moving right along. This week we picked our exterior colors (link) and did our lot walk with the builder.

Oct 12, 2017

Staging a Retail Space

Hello Friends!

You all know I have a shop space in Virginia. This is my happy place where I can fluff, stack and do things to stage furniture and accessories that normally wouldn't be displayed the same at home.

Oct 5, 2017

Lovely Vanilla Apartment Tour

Hello Lovely,
WELCOME to our apartment!

We are in the long process of building a home so while we are very patiently waiting we are living in a 1300 square foot apartment.

Sep 29, 2017

Colonial Architecture and Crowded Gardens

While I grew up in Utah and love the mountains and rustic aspect of the West, I have always been drawn to Southern or East Coast style when it comes to houses. I used to watch HGTV a lot when we built our first house in the the late 1990's and the cottage gardens were the most charming feature to these homes that I found myself falling in love with.

Sep 27, 2017

Finding Inspiration in Town & a Walk Down Memory Lane.

My family and I spent the weekend in Connecticut. We lived there for 10 years and we were craving a trip down memory lane. When our boys were a few months old we moved to Guilford, CT. Here are some pictures from around that town that influenced my decorating style in a big way.

Sep 22, 2017

Fall, Men and A Few Shop Pictures

Happy Friday!!!! I am sharing some pictures of items that are around the shop where I am a vendor.

Sep 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Hello Friends! Happy long weekend - the last weekend of Summer. It's rainy here and I have allergies so we are taking it super easy. That gives me a chance to update my blog page. I am sharing pictures of the shop where I sell my creations and I am also going to show you a sketch of our new house-to-be-built.

Aug 10, 2017

Fresh Linen Farmhouse Table

Heeeeey Friends! This is a quick post to show you my latest project. It's a seven foot farmhouse style table.

Jul 24, 2017

Two Story Family House Tour

Hello - Hope you are all enjoying this Summer weather. I can't stop sweating - my hair is a nightmare but all is well.

Jul 10, 2017

A Year Later and a Pretty House

Hey!  Long time no connection to my blog what-so-ever! I know, I know - that is a lame thing to do as a blogger - taking a year off and all but to be honest - I wasn't having fun on a vacation or anything.

Jun 7, 2016

Summer Picnic Time

One of the greatest things about being back in Northern Utah is the weather.  It's cool in the morning and evening so dining outside is beautiful.

Apr 16, 2016

Room with a View

After several weeks of shifting gears in my life I am finally getting around to posting an update. Although, there is not much in the way of decorating or refinishing furniture, I have ventured into working outside of the home and have had little energy or "craving" to take on any home improvement projects here at home.

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