Mirror Mirror

One of my favorite purchases for Compass Pointe was a fabulous Z Gallery mirror. It really completed our great room, so after we started renovating this home, my wheels started turning. I had no idea where to put this mirror! I started freaking out because I really thought that there might not be a place for this mirror- and it wasn’t cheap so that’s a bummer.

We had an interior designer come help us and she showed us the perfect spot for the mirror, so I was really relieved that we are able to use it again.

David hung it up last weekend and it looks amazing. I am so so happy with it. Now, we are just one step closer to the kitchen and dining area to be complete. We need some art, a new table, chairs, and bar stools and then we can finally move on to the family room- I have absolutely no idea where to even start with that room.  Oy!

Softening Up The Master

This house is the first one we have lived in where there is no carpet in the bedrooms. I personally don’t like the look of carpet in a bedroom, but I love the idea of it in a bedroom.

We wake up super early in the morning because…kids.  When I finally stop hitting the snooze button and take my first step out of bed, the last thing I want is to step on a hard cold floor.  Maybe in our next house we will have heated floors, but that just wasn’t in the budget in this house.  So, instead, we finally purchased a rug for our master.  We struggled with what type of rug we wanted, and how big we wanted it, but at the end of the day we went with white (surprise surprise). It’s really cozy on our feet and it really brightens and softens up our room.  We are so happy with it and feel like this room is finally coming together. All we have left to do is decorate and organize everything, and once that closet is done, we are officially finished with our master suite!

Running Around the House Naked

…..Kidding! But really, if we want to we totally could now.

I had family in town visiting this past weekend, so while we were all lounging in the family room and kitchen, David put up some of our window treatments! I think I got so used to not having anything covering the windows, that the lack of privacy didn’t even phase me.  Now that the shades are up, I realize how amazing it is to have that privacy.  Not to mention, the sun is finally out again and without shades, our downstairs was getting really hot, and it is so sunny to the point where I sometimes cook in sunglasses.

We had plantation shutters in Compass Pointe, but since this is most likely not a forever home, it didn’t make sense to put those in here.  Instead, we went with beautiful, light, and soft roman shades.  I love the look and they are really easy to maintain.  They really complete the look of a room, even though we all know the rooms aren’t completed.

It feels so great to finally be able to check some stuff off of our never ending punch list.  I actually have a couple of more progress updates this week, and maybe just maybe our walk in closet will be finished.  Stay tuned!

Master Bathroom Reveal

Ok, so as you probably know, our bathroom was the first room that we renovated.  This began in September and they finished in November, however they didn’t complete their punch list until December.  No words can describe my love for our new master bathroom.  Even though it is a lot smaller than I anticipated, and we decided against the gold hardware and finishes, it still is absolutely gorgeous.

If you are wondering why it has taken so long for me to post this reveal, it’s because David finished painting it last night.  I talked about this before, but we were 100% set on using Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.  We used it at Compass Pointe, and just assumed we would love it as much in this house.  Before even sampling it in the bathroom, we told our contractor that was the color we wanted.  So they painted the entire bathroom Repose Gray, and it ended up looking really beige.  We tried to live with it for a few months and realized that we really needed to change the color.  We decided to go with Gray Tint by Benjamin Moore.  This is also the color we used throughout the entire house.  The new paint makes such a difference, it’s crazy!

As much as I am loving the new paint, the floors are my favorite part of the bathroom.  We went with zebra marble and they are definitely a statement floor. We went simple and clean with the mirrors, the light fixtures, and the faucets and shower head.  I am really happy with the overall look and probably wouldn’t change a thing if I had to do it over again!

It’s been so nice walking and showering in a clean and pretty much brand new bathroom.  I shockingly even have used the tub, so David is really happy about that because he didn’t want to put one in.

Enjoy!

Artwork

I brought in an interior designer to help me tie up loose ends in terms of furniture we couldn’t decide on, furniture placement, and just other random details of the house. There is an area in our kitchen and I just couldn’t figure out what to do with the empty space.  The designer suggested that we didn’t put anything there except for either one giant piece of artwork, or three big pieces.  I am really bad at choosing art, and I am super indecisive once I find things I like.

After what feels like searching for months, I finally found an artist I am obsessed with on Etsy.  The prices didn’t seem awful, and they do custom work.  I have specific colors I want to use, so I reached out to the artist about potentially doing three custom pieces or one giant piece for us.  I got back a quote for almost $2000.00!!!!!!! Are you kidding me?! Is this normal?! I have no idea since I haven’t really ever purchased art, but to me this seems like a ton of money for one wall.  Am I being unreasonable? Crazy? Help!!

Anyway, we obviously decided not to go forward with this artist, so I am on the hunt for another.  Any recs? In the mean time, after a lovely knee injury, Eli’s adorable table and chairs are now in the kitchen.  I thought it was a good idea for him to eat on it, but that just makes things more accessible for the dog.  So, he will use it to color and draw instead of use his iPad while I am in the kitchen.

We have a busy weekend coming up, but I still am hopefully we will get some stuff done around this house.  Closet? Closet anyone?

See Ya, Office

Since we relocated our kitchen, the plan was for the dining room to become an office. Owl Lane had a beautiful and bright office in the front of the house, so we thought that this would be the perfect space for one in this house. The only negative was that we were losing a dining room. We don’t have too many friends here yet and the thought of entertaining with two kids just sounds awful so an office would make the most sense right now.

I had big plans for beautiful built ins, moldings, fab wallpaper, etc., but we need to make sure that whatever we do will work as a dining room too. We figured that we could stage it as a dining room when we go to sell the house. It would be nice for a buyer to see that it could be either one- plus whenever we finish the other side of our pantry, we will have a mini office space there too so if we stage this as a dining room, there still is that “office space” in the pantry.

Lately, I noticed that the basement is a giant hot mess. Toys everywhere, zero organization system, it’s true chaos. There’s no designated space for the boys to play on the main level so their toys end up everywhere and/or the dog pees all over them. Yesterday I was feeling so overwhelmed by this madness, that I just figured it’s time to convert the empty and unfinished office into a temporary playroom. Dax is climbing everything, he’s so insanely active, so this also gives him a safe space to play while I’m cooking or doing whatever somewhere else in the house. I don’t need to worry about him hurting his head if he falls, no stairs to gate off, it’s just a giant space for his toys. It definitely stresses me out that there’s not really any organization in here, but it just doesn’t make sense to buy or build anything since it won’t be a playroom forever.

The boys are loving it so far, and I find it hilarious that Eli wants to play on the ugly foam mat intended for Dax, and that Dax wants to play with Eli’s stuff on the hard floors. These boys!!

Entry Way

So remember that one time I said our closet would be done this weekend? HAH. It’s definitely not done. However, we did get a chance to hang our entry way mirror. So that’s cool right? Now we need to get a little table for underneath. Still not sure what style I’m going for.

In other news, David always laughs when I say we have so much left to do with the house. His usual quote is “there’s really not that much to do”. Well, we came up with a punch list this weekend. We went room by room and wrote down everything that needed to get done. Let me tell ya, there’s a lot. I mean- a lot a lot. By the time the house gets completed we will be able to build our dream home. I guess that’s good news for this blog to continue?? Anyway, as stressful as our list is, at least I feel more organized than ever!