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.

The house above has five hanging pendants on the porch. Wow! They must be extra friendly.
I loved the lit up hanging ball lights at either corner of this porch. Can you see them? It looks super pretty from the street.

A lot of the homes have landscape lighting that illuminate the house itself.
Many homes have some intricate details put into the exterior. What better way to show your homes character than letting it shine bright at night.
Do you have landscape lights? 

If your landscaping is already in and you don't want to go to the expense of installing new try these.
BELL Weatherproof Portable LED Spike Light
Something like this could do the trick.  Plug it in with a timer to come on at dusk.

Last Christmas my parents gave us an exterior plug in light that sticks in the ground, kind of like the one above. We haven't used it yet but I love when a front door or an ornamental tree is lit up in the yard. Especially if your street is dark or near the back patio.
The days are getting slightly longer and today was 70 degrees here in Virginia. I love this time of year but I find myself wishing the days away so I can move into my own home.

Do you want to see what's going on at our house?
It still looks pretty rough but I realize there are inspections and lots of internal work that takes place at this stage.

The plumbers and HVAC guys have been here.

I can hardly wait to take a bath in that soaking tub.
Did you know that we bought this house just by seeing it on paper? Only last week were we able to walk through a similar one that has sheet rock up.

I knew our closet had two sections to it but I wasn't sure how that would turn out once built. One part is called the "dressing room".
I am pleasantly surprised. Look how cute the ceiling lines will be and the angled walls look fun to decorate. I imagine it could be an easy and sweet space to dress up but knowing myself - it will be covered in boxes for months or even years.
This is where my boys go every time we come to visit the house. It's the attic...we aren't even finishing that at this point. Pretty sure it will be on our to do list soon. Might be a fun future adventure to build a room with my teenage boys.

Guess I better get to work so I can help pay for it. 

Have a super fun weekend!

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.

I have loved dark walls with white trim for so long but I am ready for a fresh change of scenery. Simpler but with some contrast.
2 - Darker wood with white cabinets in the kitchen look super crisp and fresh without looking too sterile. That bit of darkness helps the space look more livable, in my opinion.

This particular cabinet color combination is what I chose for our new home under construction. The difference is all of our bottom cabinets are the dark stain like the island.
See how this kitchen has darker bottoms with white uppers? I like it a lot!
See the granite tops here? That is the same granite we will have with dark bottom cabs and white uppers. It will help blend the two drastic colors...I hope.

3 - Although I love black counter tops, the light tops I see around are fresh and different from what I have lived with before. I am excited to try them out!
The granite is white with black running through it...I think that is a safe and timeless color combo that I can live with for a very long time.
Not white but a white background with black swirls.
4 - In keeping with the high contrast theme - the inside of our front door will be stained dark with white trim. The interior doors will be white but the front door looks more ornamental with a striking dark color.
When you pay extra money for beautiful doors? Show them off! Like in this dining room - let's say WOW! Aren't those sliding glass wood doors a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!

I don't have that fancy of doors in my future home but I do have a couple sets of french doors that I plan to paint a charcoal or bronze color. 
5 - That tub! Actually....no, I am not taking that tub trend home with me but in this photo I love the mirrors. I will be keeping my eye out for some funky mirrors to go above all of our vanities in the house.
I like vintage gold ones in particular. The round shape is beautiful too.

I also love the "he" and "she" signs for bathrooms like the ones above the toilet.
6 - A raised hearth at the fireplace. YES! I am taking home that feature for sure. I don't know that it's a trend, necessarily, or if it's out dated but after living with one - I love it and want it again!
I love a fireplace that makes a statement and how better to do that than raise it high and give it a prominent place in a room. The raised hearth even provides casual seating and a sort of "stage" for little ones to play.

When I was pregnant with my twins I had nightmares of cracked heads on the raised hearth so if you have littles - you may want to get pads that hug the edges for the toddler stage. I am way past that now - no safety pads this time.
8 - A mudroom. Yes, I am going to have a mudroom. How necessary for a family to have a drop spot for shoes, coats and backpacks. This is one thing I have never had.  I hope to keep our clutter away from the front door this go around.
I chose not to do pretty white built-ins in our future mudroom because I plan to decorate that space very rustic and more for function than beauty. But I love the one shown.
9 - No microwave above the cook top. I am putting our microwave out of sight in the pantry opting for a staggered decorative cabinet that includes a blower and light above our cook top.

I don't want to see every appliance we use in our main living area. The microwave is the first to go in the closet.
The hood is understated but the molding and deeper cabinet give the space a bit of a focal point in the kitchen.
10 -  Accent walls! I love the brick accent walls I see in some of the homes I have toured. Real brick? Wonderful! But I can pull off the look with wallpaper too. 
The texture reminds me of historic buildings in cities I have been to. Brick can be warm and inviting.

10 trends I am taking home in 2018... You can add most of them to your existing home too.

Want to pin this for future reference?
I hope you like the trends I am loving. 

Now, can the builder just hurry? Apartment living is getting very old. Want to know the down side of living in close quarters?

I can hear the lady upstairs going to the bathroom. 
When I open my windows I can smell my neighbors cigarette smoke.
If my neighbors argue...I hear every word.
When I try to cook...my kitchen is so limited with space.
I can't have a grill because it's a fire hazard.

I feel restricted!

Winter needs to end now. (Happy Face!)

Hope you have a much better week than I am planning on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until Next Time,

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.

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