Some Furniture Rearranging

I don’t know why, but our family room has become such an ordeal for us. We are used to having built-in shelving in all of our homes, and there just isn’t the space for that in this house. I brought in a interior designer and she was highly against putting in built-ins since they will make the room look extremely small.  What stressed me out about her vetoing the built-ins, was that I had no idea where we would put any of our pictures, decor, vases, etc.  I was banking on this room to display our pretty things.  She recommended some shelving above the couch, and at the time I loved the idea, but this was months ago. Now, I am over it.  I found a pretty shelving unit that would go over the couch, but it was really expensive, and if we can’t use it in our next house, it seems like a waste to me because it definitely won’t help with resale. David had some more ideas that I wasn’t a huge fan of.  I really was just losing hope and getting impatient with this room.

I decided to try out Modsy to see if they could give me a fresh idea. This site is super cool, you fill out a type profile, take photos and dimensions of your room, and they send you a design including items you could actually purchase!

This was the (unfinished)room before we used Modsy:They suggested moving the piano to the wall that separates the kitchen from the family room, also the wall the piano is perpendicular to. That seemed perfect when looking at it, but once we moved it there, it just made the room even more cluttered than it already was, and the piano was a little too big for the wall. This got our wheels turning, and David suggested moving the piano to the wall pictured below.  We thought we would eliminate one of our giant chairs, and we could replace it with greenery or a pretty lamp to go next to the piano.I sent Modsy a new picture of our layout, and they came back with the perfect design.  They suggested moving the chair we eliminated to where the piano used to be, but David thought that maybe we could do a built in corner unit there instead, that way we have a place to display our pretty things and it won’t take up too much space.

I still have no idea if we will go with Modsy’s idea or David’s, but it’s amazing how one change can give us a plethora of new ideas.  I think that we are on to something with this room, and I am finally getting excited about it.

Now, if only the laundry room, mudroom, and garage were finished…

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!

Remember Me?

Oh hey there! Remember me? Sorry I’ve been MIA. So much going on here I really can’t explain it. But what I will explain is how much progress has been made. So so much! This place is finally looking like there is an end in site but today, I’ll focus on the fireplace. I already mentioned it a while back (feels like decades ago).

Let me back track a little though. The painters started yesterday. We scheduled it two weeks ago so it’s not like it was a shock and last minute that they were coming this week. The problem was that David made other projects his priority and so all of the things that had to be done for the painters weren’t. To say it was an extremely busy weekend is an understatement. David was up until about 2 am Sunday night trying to get everything ready for the painters. He had to install all of the trim, the doors, the fireplace, and all of the moldings. Most of this got done but more on that in another post. This is about the fireplace- man I get sidetracked.

He shiplapped the entire fireplace and even though I originally wanted tile, now I’m in love with it! One decision we were contemplating was if we should put crown on the top or not, but we decided to do a small trim instead of a thick molding and I think it turned out great! The painters painted it today and it looks gorgeous. So so impressed. Also, not going to lie, David is soooo obsessed with his work. Ok, maybe proud is the better word choice. But either way it’s a great accomplishment and we are in love with it. I guess the only sucky part is we don’t get an actual “fireplace insert” until next year. Oh well, we can just look at it for now!15f278ee-43de-4c5e-b7fd-c89c200d80a2d4a05625-62c2-419c-ba76-e9db099f3ef6c719f09b-5bb2-4a3f-a74d-d3b7dd6ee96475fbaf10-6146-49f4-8cb6-d4fb8bdadae3029fda21-daa3-400b-9d2f-1624d11bfa39952e6b43-a3db-4f5b-9be1-cbd2bcb75ddb6eb07be8-770c-4597-9183-78ee030bd9ce

Weekend Progress

Hopefully you all had great weekends.  I have been fighting off another sickness. I swear it’s never ending.  The weather was also kind of gloomy and really cold, so that meant we had to stay inside and work on the house.  By we, I mean David (Eli helped too).

Kitchen: We decided that we want different pendants.  The ones we were eyeing became available again, so we ordered them! Hopefully we like them more.  Here are the current ones we are switching out.Fireplace: The fireplace is almost done being framed.  David built it so that it could withstand a lot of weight.  AKA a giant TV.Doors: We are replacing all of the doors in the house.  The contractor is charging us more money to install the doors, than the doors actually cost, so David is installing them himself.  He installed the half bathroom door and the basement door.  Maybe now that the basement has a door, the dog can’t run in there to take a pee.  Oh wait, he went twice today.Master closet: Our clothes are still all over this freaking house, which makes it hard to keep the house clean and organized.  I still can’t find the majority of my winter stuff.  Anyway, the shelving and priming got done in our master closet.  Which means it needs painting and then we can officially move into our room.I talked to our contractor today and he mentioned they would be done this week.  Thats great, but there is still so much more for David to do! I just hope that we are 100% done by June. That seems really far from now right?

Future Fireplace

I was going to save this post until there was a little bit more progress, but this cold weather made me want to post it a little sooner! Also- progress is going really really slow right now. I’m hoping the contractors are done by next week but who the heck knows!!!!

One thing that I asolutely have to have is a fireplace. We have had a gas fireplace in every house and we used it pretty much October to March, sometimes even April.  Totally worth it to have one, and now that we are in the Midwest it would get even more use.  Fireplaces aren’t cheap, especially since we are building one from scratch and will have to add a gas line and such.  We decided to temporarily frame it out, and wait to get the actual fireplace until next year. This is another project David is doing- the framing part, not installing an actual fireplace. We had different visions for this room, and so far David’s vision is winning. Even though it’s not what I originally wanted, it’s still going to look great.

Have a great weekend and keep your fingers crossed for more progress next week!

Let There Be Light

We had a busy weekend in our house.  We had to empty out all of the old kitchen cabinets and basically move into our new kitchen because they are demoing the old one this week.  The new kitchen is probably 95% complete. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we have more space than we know what to do with. I guess we just have to buy more crap to fill it. Or not. Anyway, the house is chaos with stuff everywhere and its so dirty and dusty that it can’t be safe for the kids, but oh well. We are almost done!

Before we started construction, this house had a designated living room, family room, dining room, and kitchen.  We used the family room for storage, the living room as a family room, the dining room as a playroom, and the kitchen as the kitchen.  After the remodel, we will have a designated kitchen, family room, office, pantry, and mudroom.  We were using the original living room as a family room, and we will continue using it as a family room.  This room is a pretty good size, but there was one problem (besides the lovely paint color and texture).  There were no lights.  Absolutely none.  There was a lamp, one dinky lamp.

Our contractor’s floor guy finished the floors and baseboards a while ago, but last week they installed our lights.  I never thought I would be so excited over lights! The room is bright and we no longer need a flashlight to find anything in there. The room is also filled with furniture and all of the storage boxes that used to be in the old family (new kitchen). It is hard for me to picture it as a comfortable family room for us, and the more I go in there, the more I want all new furniture.  I just have too many visions for the room and I am not sure our old furniture will work, but I guess we will have to figure that out when we get there.  There still is a long way to go in that room but I don’t want to give away too much about what we are going to do just yet!

The Wall is Down

Even though today is Monday, it’s a short week because of the holiday and it’s Eli’s birthday, so I am looking forward to this week! We have been enjoying our time with family, and are sad to see them go tomorrow!

After so much anticipation, the wall that separates our current kitchen from our future kitchen is finally down! I think I was expecting this crazy demo experience just like you see on HGTV, but it really wasn’t that dramatic or eventful.  Honestly, I was putting Dax to sleep and by the time I went downstairs to clean his bottle, the wall was down. The room looks absolutely huge.  We are going to have one massive kitchen.  Although, we thought that the master bathroom was going to be huge too and after the shower, tub, and cabinets went in, we realized it really isn’t big at all.  At least this kitchen will be larger than Compass Pointe. For now, the only stressful part of the kitchen remodel is that we are using our dining room/office as our eating area.  Since we are basically building a new kitchen, we can use our current kitchen as long as possible which is really helpful.  The downside is that because our new kitchen is being built, our storage room for all of our kitchen appliances is gone.  This means every single kitchen appliance we own is in our tiny kitchen, and without a pantry- there literally is zero space.  It’s sort of a nightmare but I am so thankful to still be able to use our kitchen. Now we have some serious decisions to make like how many recessed lights we want, how many pendants we want above the island, what size our table will be, faucets, backsplash, etc! Oh my!

It’s been a real struggle taking good pictures these days.  The workers are here during the day, and there is no lights right now.  So obviously it being almost winter, it is really dark by the time the workers leave!

Here you can see where the wall used to be that separated the kitchen from the family roomDSC_0001These picture are taken from our current kitchen looking into the new kitchenDSC_0004DSC_0005This is the wall that separates our new kitchen from what will be our family room.  The wall is getting expanded as much as possible to give it that “open” layout.DSC_0006