new house: coming 2017!

I mentioned on Instagram, but we bought a house/lot! We are tearing down a house and will be building a new house from the ground up. I am so excited! I'm trying to be patient with the process, but that is not my strong suit. We probably won't move in until next fall. I hope we will be in by Thanksgiving!

I think building a house is one of the most fun and most stressful things ever. I'm hoping to share the process here as we go, as well as share my inspiration for each room. We have already been working on this since summer. It takes longer to make each decision than I thought. One of the hardest things is that I keep changing my mind about some of the finishes! I had no idea you had to pick out things like bathroom faucets, hardware and tiles NOW, before even demo happens! But you do so you can get accurate pricing. So many details have to be done.

First up, exterior inspiration! We are lucky enough to be friends with Greg Perry, an amazingly talented designer here in Charlotte. He gave us some great tips on how to make the exterior of our house just like we want. His portfolio is amazing! The top left house is one he did.

This is the look we are going for:

new house-exterior

I can't wait to share the drawing of our actual house soon. If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll see all of my boards that I created for the house! 


ORC week 3: possibly a fail

It is week 3 of one room challenge! And its looking like my ORC may be a fail! Ugh. I'm going to keep updating in case I can pull it off.

My husband reached out to our demo guy (who knew this project was coming) and he's booked out. He can't come for two weeks and then we have to schedule the install. We've done a lot of construction and remodeling here so I should have expected this! I'm also planning for more delays. 

Here is the good news! All of the tile is in. And all of the new fixtures/hardware except for the light. So hopefully once the new tile is in, it won't take long to finish it up. 

So here is what I still need to do:
  • Demo bathroom tile
  • Reinstall tile
  • Patch walls & Paint
  • Change out fixtures
  • Hang mirror & new light
  • Pick out shower curtain & bath mat
  • Figure out what to do on empty walls
I updated the first post with before photos so head over there to check them out!

And here is what we are putting in:

guest bathroom

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And the tile: 

guest bath tile

Fingers crossed I make some progress!


ORC: week 1 + week 2

So I may be crazy for 1) attempting ORC and 2) attempting it a week late. But why not try?! I think it could be a good way to get me back into blogging! I have always loved following along with ORC and loved when Beth used the twins' nursery for Spring 2015's ORC.

The room I'm choosing is the twins/guest/hall bathroom. This was any easy pick because we have already planned to do it and already ordered a few things. That is also why I may actually get it done on time!

before we moved in!

I just had to order a new charger for my nice camera's battery, so when that comes in I'll get current pictures and share.




This bathroom has not been changed (except for paint color-it was red when we moved in!) since we moved in. We have taken our time updating other parts of the house based on importance and use, this one just hadn't made the cut yet. Now that we are building a new house and will be listing our current house next year, it needed to be updated to go with the rest of the house.Since we won't be staying, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on updating it or go too crazy with some of my ideas.

Here is a list of what is staying and going:
-vanity with sink
-sink faucet
-overhead light

-shower tile
-shower hardware
-floor tile
-vanity light

I'm not sure if the shelves will stay or go yet. They'll come down when we repaint the bathroom in Benjamin Moore's Paper White which we just used in our master bathrooms and I love! So I'm not sure if I will put them back up or put up some art.

Here are some bathrooms I loved and used for ideas...

Marble shower  After - marble and chrome bathroom with grey vanity

love the penny tiles in the geometric subway tiles with dark grout | shower shelves:

Black and White Bathroom with subway tile shower, interesting tile detail around window:

Studio McGee | Save or Splurge: Floor Tile

I can't wait to share more details and pictures with y'all! Next step is demoing our bathroom and lining up tile install...which is one someone else's timeline, not mine. Yikes!

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