My Favorite Room In Our Home – His Study

One of my favorite, if not my very favorite, rooms in our home to hang out in is Scott’s study/office.   My lacking photography skills and lack of a wide angle lens, etc don’t give this space justice.  He has the best natural light from the large windows on both sides of the space (not pictured) and the colors are quite soothing.  When he is out seeing customers (like today, as you can tell I had a chance to snap his office sans scattered papers), I often use this space.       I think the reason I love this space so much is because of what it took for me to get it like I had envisioned it from convincing my client (Scott) that stained wood built-ins would be too heavy for this space because of the wood floors and stained beams to designing the built-ins, stripping them of details as they were putting the cabinets in because my vision didn’t quite work and then redesigning again and winging it with the trim guys after the cabinet makers left.  It was quite the ordeal and in the end, it has the masculine details I was looking for while still fitting with the rest of our home.   I chose tone on tone warm gray for the walls and trim because I didn’t want the color palette to compete with the views from his windows.  Most importantly, I love this room because Scott is really happy with it which means a lot to me since he trusted my choices and let me run with it.

He definitely needs a new office chair. It just doesn’t fit the space and one wheel just broke off from rolling it over the jute rug over and over this past week.  I’m thinking a cool vintage brown leather one would be awesome with the gray, but unfortunately they are mucho dinero.  For now, he will have to do with buying a new set of wheels ;) .   If anyone knows of a cool rolling vintage leather office chair for a deal, I’m all ears.   The shelf and desk styling is a work in progress.    Styling shelves is always really intimidating to me!   I wish I had more time to go antiquing.   I always look forward to my trips to Marburger Farms  and the Warrenton Antique Fair and hope to find new treasures this coming April to add for more character.

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Colors of February

I am slightly obsessed with pink and red right now. My home is very neutral all the way around so I like to bring in pops of color with the season. Right now, I have red tulips in the kitchen and a little happy place for the girls at their table. Red and pink will also be the colors I’ll be using for Olivia’s birthday party on Saturday since there are so many cute things available this time of year in these colors.

A little love for my girls...

Avery and I made the heart banner together for our Make It Monday project which is one of my goals for the year that I made so we can “craft” together. I had the chalk board custom made out of barn wood and then white washed it myself to get the color I wanted. The table accessories are all from Target. I purchased the bowls and cups as well but they didn’t make it into the picture since they had been used that morning. I couldn’t resist! Target can do that to you.

Our Fall Kitchen

This is my favorite time of the year over all other seasons. Perhaps it is because of the weather or that I really love how it appeals to the senses (especially the smell of Fall, the changing colors of leaves, the warmth of the indoors, etc.) Now that we are finally home, I’m embracing the chance to make our home hug us with “Fall” when we walk in.

I’ve made a few subtle changes from our last kitchen but it is otherwise very much the same. Besides the change in island color, we did a few other minor things. The one thing we did add are some cool cabinet features that I found on Pinterest like the cutting board that drops straight to the trash can and built-in utensil/drawer organizers.

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Love fall!

Sneak Peak: We are HOME!

It’s been an exhausting past two to three months but we have made it!  It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get here (literally).   Keeping it real…    Dreams don’t always come easy but it is so worth the sacrifices and hard work in the end.   Our journey has been filled with chaos and adventures these last few months and the girls have just rolled with all of it as if the chaos never even existed.  We moved in to a temporary “vacation” home for three weeks from our other temporary home while our permanent home was being finished and last Monday we finally got to move to our FOREVER home.  It’s similar to our last home in a lot of ways though I did make lots of tweaks.   We are really loving being here!  There is nothing like being home with your family.   As for layout and decor, some rooms are 100% different and some are 100% the same and some are just a little different.

Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll share more pictures as the rooms start to come together.  I have unpacked the entire house with the exception of all the wall and shelf decor.   My creative mind doesn’t work until things are organized.   So basically, unpack, organize, and then decorate.   I have the first two done but decorating is in progress.  Also,  painters are still here working on making everything perfect.   I’m looking forward to having the home to ourselves hopefully by this weekend.   We also finally got our stair treads finished on Monday because we did a special tread to match our reclaimed floors.  That was a mess.  Thank goodness it’s done.

On another note, this past Monday was my Dad’s birthday, two weeks ago was Matt’s birthday, Dawn and Matt have anniversary this weekend, and Scott has birthday this Saturday.

Our formal living and dining areas (not decorated obviously as you can see all the boxes of decor over in the back corner):
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I chose a different floor this time. I loved our walnut but it was just too soft so we decided to go with a reclaimed, distressed floor. The floor has lots of texture and an oil, matte finish that is supposed to be much better than stain and poly for long-term wear:
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Wanted to show my pumkins I picked up yesterday at Whole Foods. I will show a better view of the house when we get our awnings installed and our large globe boxwoods that will hopefully come in soon that we had to special order:
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Home Build: Kitchen Range

The design process for me this time around is so much more fun since most of the details are already thought out. I do have a dilemma though right now. I’ve been looking at different ranges because DCS changed the look on me from our last style. The last range we had was the DCS 48″ Gas Range by Fisher Paykel and I absolutely loved it. We had a Viking before that and I didn’t like how hard it was to clean under the burners and how it leaked gas when baking (our whole home smelled like gas) but the DCS was an A+ on both of these and performed perfectly while looking pretty. The new design that DCS has come out with isn’t my taste so I’m looking for either an old model or alternatives.

I love this La Cornue Stainless Cornufe:

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The LaCanche:

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My Old Standby (the old DCS Range that I had and loved but has to be found from a dealer who has the old design).  Though it isn’t quite as fancy as the two ranges above, it’s spot on in cooking/function and I like the clean design so it’s a safe option:

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What to do?   I’m stuck!

Home Build: Framing Stage

Home building, as anyone will tell you, requires a great deal of patience and a lot of work. I don’t have much patience when it comes to things like this but I certainly don’t mind the work part. I wish it was done already ;) !

I met with our landscape architect yesterday to share more of my vision and drawings and was happy to see the framers have half our home framed so things are moving. (Unfortunately and fortunately, we caught two boo-boo’s by our architect that are major so we are trying to get those fixed.) Our roof is coming in from Spain so I worry it will not be here when they are finished framing but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. My window guy (aka my husband) dropped it on me yesterday that because I chose a custom color it’s going to take an extra week for those to arrive as well. Argh! On the bright side, I’m so happy we are making progress.

This picture is a view of how we had to cut our lot to get the flat yard I wanted. We have a large number of huge limestone boulders behind that big pile of dirt that I’m trying to figure out what to do with. I’d love to use them but my landscape plan is more formal and clean so not sure yet if we’ll be using them. We are considering making a play pad area in the back right of the wall on top of the hill. It would be well-hidden and not take up space in our immediate yard. The wall will run parallel with the left side of our home and I’m excited to see what it will look like after being landscaped.
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This is what working at the “job site” (which is what we call it) looks like.
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P.S. I probably shouldn’t have worn my pink sequined Elaine Turner flats out to a muddy job site. I took one step in what looked like hard ground and sunk 5 inches (not kidding) into the limestone mud which turns to a cement like material when dry. Nice! I guess I should have worn rubber boots since it has rained quite a bit this past week.

Architecture Wrap Up

We are moving on to a new phase as we start wrapping up the architecture of our new home. We had to make some changes due to the elevation and slopes of our lot and we are really happy with the new design. My goal was to keep the look and feel of our last home but add some details to give it more of a symmetrical feel. I love symmetry and oversized windows and doors. Scott likes when I’m happy so that worked out well! The lot lent itself nicely for steps going up to a semi-enclosed courtyard. Scott loves courtyards and I like open so it is a great marriage of the two. Like last time, everything has to be submitted before a design committee and I’m glad to be moving past this first stage.

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Our Old Home vs. New Home

I’ve had so many readers ask to see the front of our old home. I’ve been very nervous about it but decided what the heck….maybe it will provide inspiration to some, maybe it will not. We put so much work into this home so now I will enjoy it from afar until next time.
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As for the new build, we are hoping to start very soon! I will try to log the process here as we go along throughout the year. I’m very excited to see what the final design is going to look like. We met with our designers on Monday to walk the lot and go over all the details, etc.

Smoked Cheddar & Apples

One of our favorite appetizers at home is slices of smoked Cheddar, Braeburn or Fuji Apples, and Crackerthins. It’s Heaven in your mouth!!! Tonight, I decided to share a cheese I found that I absolutely love called Chef’s Prepared King Ludwig Golden Smoked Cheese along with sliced apple and wafer crackers which we enjoyed with a new favorite buttery Chardonnay. Yummy!
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Home Tour

A very sweet reader (whose blog I was already stalking before she ever found mine) asked if she could do a feature of my home on her blog. I was extremely flattered! My home is still very much a work in progress though. If you are interested, she’ll be posting pictures of my home (including ones that I have not shown on this blog such as Avery’s room, entrance, etc.) throughout the week at A’ La Mode Maven. There are several posts that she did throughout the week. Also, her home is So gorgeous! Make sure to check out what she did with her home. I’m absolutely in love with her office and her little girl’s nursery is perfection. She has great taste!

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