Apr 5, 2018

How the Paint Really Looks

Are you ready for an update on the house?
Over the last couple of months the house has come pretty far along.

My mind was in a different place for most of that time but it's exciting to see it coming all together now.

See the window box on the garage? I am so glad we chose the colonial molding above the windows, it adds a lot of character.
The wood under the over hangs have been stained too. 

Loving the contrast!

The exterior is painted in Cocoon SW6173 (RR 19). I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!


The best and worst surprises are THE PAINT!
The interior has been painted too.

 I can't remember the trim color exactly but the wall is Eider White SW7014 by Sherwin Williams.

On the paint chip it was a pretty white color leaning towards grey.

Did I sample it? NO!

I didn't even take my own advice! (gah!)

Honestly, I wish I had done my homework on this color.

It looks super pretty in some lights but watch...
When the western sun comes into the foyer in the afternoon...uhm - I don't like it one bit! I see a pastel almost mauve undertone. I can't stand pink, even when it's trendy.

What am I going to do about it?

Live with it!

Ugh, I am so mad at myself. What was I thinking?
The color changes with whatever is reflecting on it. I think that is common with light colors but I didn't research this one enough. I trusted the builders designer and I had seen it in a house and liked it fine (toured that house on a gloomy rainy day).
I am more familiar with Benjamin Moore Paint and I should have insisted on one I know in that line instead of trying to go with the flow.

I know the builder deals with a lot of difficult customers and I am trying to NOT be one of them. I used to be an agent for a builder and know what a distraction the buyers can be when you're trying to get the job done.

Let's move on to better news....the kitchen.
So far so good.

I love the two tone colors of the cabinetry. I really do.

The counter tops are also very pretty.
They compliment the dark Java stained bottom cabinets and the white uppers.

It's granite in a color called Wiskon White. A white with black running through it.
Making dinner in this kitchen is going to be so fun! There's even a pantry.

Right now I have about 24 inches of counter space at the apartment and it's always full. My dinners consist of casseroles and casseroles. (eye roll)
Remember when I wanted a chimney hood over the cook top?  I didn't do it based on price but...

I am so happy with this accent cabinet featuring a little shelf. It's a chunky focal point for the large wall of cabinets.

Also, I am so glad that I didn't go with open shelving. The white uppers blend in great with the walls and provide a ton of storage.

Since the ceilings are 10 feet tall and the room is so very open, it may have felt too bare to have small shelving and may have become cluttered looking.

Small kitchens - YES on open shelving - larger scale? Not so much.

I wasn't sure about the dramatic staggering of the upper cabinets either but I trusted the kitchen designer on this one and he was right, I love it!
Simple lines like shaker style cabinet doors, sleek stainless hardware (goes with the door knobs and plumbing fixtures) and an eased edge on the island are practical, not too fancy so I can decorate in my own way without the house feeling over done.
I kept the hardware the same throughout the house.

This is one of the sink bases in the master bath. It's also Java stained. The floor will be grey tile and Wiskon White granite counter tops are coming soon too.
The hall bath upstairs has the same hardware but a lighter stain. This stain is named Stone. I love that the wood grain still comes through. This bathroom is for the boys.

The tops are a bright white marble in a flat finish and the floor will also be the same grey as the master bath. I kept all of my choices consistent through the whole house so it flows.
Let's see...What else is going on Mazi?

Tile this week. Yay!

Yesterday I started cleaning out my garage. What a messy worker I am. Sadly, I didn't finish a lot of the projects that I had big ideas for so several things went to Goodwill. Several things were thrown out too.

Sorta feeling like keeping the next house clean of all the dust from sanding and cutting wood. If I don't get my creative juices back soon, it might just stay that way.

Hope all is well with you and your families!
(and if you are lucky enough to have your Mom around - squeeze her like crazy!)

Until next time...

Mar 21, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

Let Your House Shine & a Glimpse at the 2nd Floor

As I drove through the neighborhood tonight I noticed some exterior lights that seem to come on automatically at dusk. Some people turned on their porch lights which I think makes a home look like friendly place.

Feb 11, 2018

10 Trends I am Taking Home in 2018

Let me show you some trends that I have seen around lately that I just have to bring home this year.
1- Light walls with high contrast floors and accents such as the black backing of the shelving area in the picture above.

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.

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