Kitchen Progress= Major Love

Hey there!

Long time no talk! It’s my fault, I know. Let’s just say that I’ve been busy.

First we unpacked. Then we washed… everything. Then we put it away.

I’m still on the, “putting it away part”, but have made some serious progress. The kitchen was my first priority and I was so relieved that nothing was broken during our move. (Big hugs to our amazing family that helped us move. I didn’t find a single item that was broken!) And, believe it or not, all of my kitchen/ entertaining items fit inside the kitchen. With room to spare! My family reading this can understand my excitement. I have a lot of things kitchen…

After hugging every item that I unpacked, I quickly turned my attention to our lovely appliances. They have completely stole my heart.

See for yourself:

I am obsessed with the refrigerator. I walk by just to open it.

We also added a center island, which gives us extra counter and prep space, as well as a home for my cookbooks.

The hubby and I have been busy every day with projects. He so graciously installed all of our door knobs, which I will show you a bit later, as well as some “in progress” pictures. Oh Boy!


House Update: Master Bedroom & Bathroom


It’s all about the master suite today! The bedroom and bathroom are turning out simply amazing, it’s kind of surreal to see it happen. I know I say it all the time, probably more than it bears repeating, but it’s incredible to see a vision come to life.

It seems like yesterday we were buying the jetted tub and toilets…. We’ve come a very long way!

Notice the painted window ledges… now all we’re missing is the ceiling fan!

I picked up the bathroom mirrors at Ross for a complete steal. The only problem is that they’re black… it’s a little bit too dark for me, so they’re getting a fresh coat of white paint very soon.

The tile is completely finished, including grout. It’s dreamy.

We love it! It’s turned our fabulous. There are just a few minor things left to do. Like installing the mirrors, towel racks, major cleaning, etc. I’ll be sure to keep you posted and I can’t wait to show you the final reveal!!

We’re so close!! And yes, we’re still planning on moving in this weekend. Which is basically 2 (TWO) days away! Sweetness!

House Update: Tile, Carpet & More!

I heart flooring. And doors. And trim. It really makes all the difference in the world. I’m a firm believer that it’s all in the details and that they make the biggest impact. It’s amazing to see all of our decisions and choices come together. And better yet, to see our completion date get closer and closer. It’s long overdo and we are beyond ready!

Here’s where I left you last:

But, now we have our flooring installed! And we completely love it!

I talked about painting before, and just happened to forget a dining room shot. Here you go! I love the color. It’s completely fabulous and I can’t wait to see how it looks with our furnishings and accessories. Love.

Anyways, back to the wood flooring, We love it. It’s such a warm color and it looks amazing with the cabinets, which I’ll show you later….

We’ve also had the trim, doors, knobs and some lightingΒ  installed. I have a date with my paint brush again this weekend. Our doors need some love.

The guys have also made some serious progress with our tile. They’re basically finished, but we ran out of tile, so we’ve been playing the waiting game for it to arrive. Tomorrow it should be all finished, including grouting.

Here’s what we’ve got:

Carpet was installed Tuesday and we love it!

The bedrooms are basically done. All that’s left is the lighting and window ledges. Yes!

So, here’s to a week with some serious progress! We are thisclose my friends!

Have a terrific weekend!

House Update: Garage Door

Who knew that someone could love a garage door as much as I love ours? I certainly wouldn’t have thought I would ever actually stand in front of a garage door and proclaim my love for it. But, that actually happened. In private. (Without contractors.)

First, let me say that I typically think garage doors are blah. They lack personality and character and I generally don’t like the window design on the door. I’m weird.

In fact, I dislike garage doors so much, that I didn’t want to see it on the front of my house. Again, I’m weird.

So when I say that I really love our garage door, it’s deep.

My inspiration started with these beauties:


I loved everything about the doors. The hardware. The design. The plain glass windows. The craftsman look. The lighting. It’s all great.

So why not mimic the look? We went for it!

Here’s our version:

I decided to add the additional hardware and I’m so glad that I did. It completely dresses up the door. I can’t wait to add flower pots on each side too.

Here’s a little close up detail and a sneak peak at our outdoor lighting! Love.

Because the original door that I liked was out of our price range, I picked one with similar detail and design for a much cheaper price.

We are totally diggin’ it!

What’s your take on garage doors? Do they bother you too, or is it just me?

House Update: Stucco & Rock

Hey there!

It’s all about Stucco and Rock today. The exterior of the house is finished and looks incredible. Sure, there were several bumps along the way and a few times I thought that I might lose it. But…. every single strand of hair that was pulled from my head was worth it. πŸ™‚

I was thrilled to see the stucco guys progress quickly… In fact they were basically done by the time I spotted the major, IT HAS TO BE FIXED, problem.

So there I was, all giddy and tired from my week long painting excursion, when I decided to take a trip around the house at the end of a long day. Everything had been going smoothly, but I figured I’d double check the days progress. Call me a smart lady!

All was looking great. Okay, sure, a few minor flaws here and there, but those were completely fixable. Then I turned the corner on the last wall of the house… And I went straight into panic mode.

Call me dramatic. I can handle it. But when you’re paying someone to do something exactly how you want it and it turns out completely wrong, I think you can be dramatic.

And the cherry on top: they no speak a english. And I no speak a spanish.

Let’s back up. Here’s where it’s all so right.

Step Two: Add Color.

Step 3: Add Texture…And insert problem # 1.

This wall has been textured. Sure, I know it totally looks fine from this picture. But, lets take a closer look.

It’s a problem.

1. This isn’t what we wanted, AT ALL. 2. It’s way too heavy. Yucky. 3. It will collect dirt, bugs, spider webs, etc.

At this point I politely asked the worker if this was the “finished” product. Because of his lack of English I first had to describe the meaning of finished. Like: done and finito. Then, I threw in: “no bueno” and “me no likey”. Very technical.

The, “No Bueno”, seemed to do the trick because he even repeated it with a confused look on his face.

Finally, some communication. That we both understood.

I told him to stop the other workers, which quickly brought us back to zero communication. At this point I was over him and found each and every worker and told them all it was “no bueno”.

Those two words can do powerful things people. Like stop a whole crew from messing up the rest of my house.

The leader of the crew tried to speak his partial English, and by partial I mean partial, to describe the texture of the house. Finally, he called his English speaking boss. Finally!

I kindly told her that I didn’t like the texture and that I figured at this point it was permanent because it was dry.Β  She said she would come the next morning to make a plan.

Perfect. I like plans.

The next morning I met the owner. She assured me it was no big deal; that they would skim that wall and the other partial wall with a new coat of mud and would finish the house in the texture I wanted. Which, by the way, I never picked in the first place. I figured they would, you know, ask me what I wanted before they, you know, put it on the wall.

I tried to explain the texture that I was after, which wasn’t working since I know zero about stucco. So, I did the next best thing and showed her what I wanted, which was on another house nearby.

Now that we had the correct texture, the owner asked her workers to provide me with a sample.

Insert problem # 2.

Because of the switch in texture, the make-up of the mixture had a different base, which didn’t combine well with the color that I had chosen.

Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know. It’s a stock color. We should be able to get that color with any texture we pick.

10 samples later and we had this:

In this picture we hadn’t done the other 6 samples. Basically, the entire left wall was covered in different colors.

The scary part: they were all suppose to be the same color. Can you believe someone would try and pass that white color of for a tan/ cream. It’s crazy.

We almost thought there wasn’t going to be a cream/ tan color. I was real sad. We picked that rock for that color. They were meant to go together.

But then, the light bulb went off in the head. What if, what if, we took the regular paint formula and just mixed it in the new material rather than taking the suppose to be same paint formula and adding it into the new material? The very first color mix was right, but from there it was all wrong. We saw white, pink, yellow, gray and peach.

But you know what? That little light bulb was on to something.

We had the workers mix the original paint formula into the new material. They slathered it on the wall and… IT WORKED!

What a relief. I can’t even tell you how much I was worried about having to “settle” for our stucco texture and color. Really, who wants to pay for siding and then hate it every day because it turned our wrong?

Here’s what it looks like finished:

And here’s a close up of the stucco texture before and after:

It looks so much better! What a relief.

So, there you have it. The stucco and rock is officially done and we love it. It turned out exactly how we wanted it.

What about you? Have you had any siding disasters? Or wanted to pull all your hair out because you wanted something a certain way? It happens to the best of us!

House Update: Drywall Part Four

I’ve been missing for a while, but you’ve probably already noticed that. I’ve been a bit of a slacker, and I completely admit it. It’s not that we haven’t seen some massive amounts of progress these past weeks, because it’s amazing what’s been accomplished, but combine computer issues (insert sad face here) with a whole lot of painting, plus a few problems and that equals one stressed out busy lady.

But, good for you because a lot of updates are coming your way this week. Put your boots on and get ready!

Last update I left you with some major drywall progress:

But, add some drywall mud, texture, primer AND Paint, this is what you get:

Believe it or not, but the house is completely painted, minus a few last minute touch ups which will happen as soon as the workers are gone.

From this view you can get a better idea of the color I chose throughout the kitchen and living area. It’s such a delightfully soft gray brown color (more info on our paint colors soon). We’re totally loving it!

The dining room… which isn’t painted in this picture. I guess I forgot to take a picture of it… woops!

Guest bedroom, painted in a lovely gray tan color. It’s the hubby favorite color in the house.

Laundry room. This is such a fun color and I love it! It’s kind of greenish, but blueish at the same time. The perfect kind of color.

Master Bedroom. With a perfect ladder shot, eh? Sorry bout that.

The color. It’s purdy. When I first painted it, I was positive my old khaki pants were being slathered on the walls. Then it dried and Mr. Sun made it a gray green tan color. Love!

Master Bathroom, with a sneak peek inside the shower. Let me just declare my undying love for this color. In fact, I loved it so much that I painted it in multiple rooms.

Here’s another view of the bathroom:

Surprisingly, this is pretty true to the actual color.

The office. With another sneak peek… I won’t tell you where these go, only that you’ll see them soon. I hope the suspense won’t be too much to handle. πŸ™‚

And just like that were ready for flooring! The wood flooring and tile are basically done (I told you I’ve been a slacker…) and the carpet is being installed at 8:30 this morning. Whoa!

What do you think of the progress? And the paint colors? It’s great to see the finishing touches coming together… it makes it feel like home! Which is a truly great feeling!

Stay tuned this week for some more big updates! Our happy moving day is getting closer.

House Update: Drywall Part Three

Excitement is in the air! It’s been a happy day at the house. So much progress has been made and the house looks entirely different. I actually walked inside the house expecting to see a few 2 x 4 walls… crickets…. I stopped dead in my tracks! There are no 2 x 4 walls inside the house. Nope, nadda, zilch! They are covered!

Except the garage… which should be finished up tomorrow. But, the garage isn’t included in the interior portion of the house… so I’m calling the interior finished!

Can you BELIEVE this? I’m still in a bit of shock myself. For realz!

I mean, a few weeks ago we had this:

And then last week I left you with this:

But…. this is what it looks like NOW:

Notice the island wall… whoa!

Here’s what the rest of the house looks like:



Laundry room platforms!

Laundry room


Guest Room

Mud Room


Garage- the only 2 x 4’s left!

So, pretty impressive right? I’m completely obsessed about this house and it’s amazing to see the completion date get closer. It’s an incredible feeling to know that this lovely house will be our home and we can’t wait to unpack our boxes, which have been in storage a very long time.

Unpacking… sigh… the thought is dreamy.

House Update: Rock is Done!

Hello Friends! It’s a happy day! As you’ve probably already seen from my post title, the rock is finally finished! How exciting, right?

I am in love with it’s color variation and the general look that it gives to the house. It really is beautiful. And the rock guys were so wonderful to work with!

The hubby and I have been busy picking out the stucco colors. It’s easier now that the rock is done, but it’s still a little scary since it’s such a big commitment. Luckily, we already have an idea of how we want the finished product to look and I talked about that here.

Here it is!

The peak above the door will be stucco. At first we thought that we might have extra rock for that area, but as the work progressed we found that there wasn’t going to be enough left over. That’s OK, we are totally fine with it being stucco.

Dreamy though, isn’t it? I completely love the fact that it’s somewhat unique. Most houses always have a brownish rock with a tan to brownish texture. It was kind of boring to me and too expected. I didn’t like that. Who wants a house that looks like every other house? Boring.

Here’s what the rest of the exterior looks like:

We’re all ready for the next step with the stucco. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this crew. They have moved at blazing speed and are almost ready to coat it with mud! My timeline loving heart is very appreciative! πŸ™‚

So, that’s where we’re at. And loving every minute of it!

With that, have a very awesome weekend! I’m doing a little painting… which I’ll show you next week… hopefully! πŸ™‚

House Update: Drywall Part Two

Whoa! We have walls… with drywall on them!

The house looks completely different. Initially I thought that the inside of the house would get much smaller once drywall was added. I’m here to tell you that it didn’t happen and it looks absolutely wonderful! Completely wonderful! Outstanding in fact!

But, enough chit chat, let’s look at some pictures! Just a fair warning, there are lots of them!

Kitchen/ Breakfast Area



Kitchen/ Living Room

Living Room

Dining/ Entry

Dining Room

Hall Bath

Guest Bedroom



Love! It’s turning out great…. WE CAN’T WAIT TO MOVE IN!

Tomorrow I’ll have another happy update! It’s a good one! πŸ™‚

House Update: Drywall Part One

Well, it’s official!

We finally have drywall! It’s such a beautiful sight and I could spend hours staring at it. *Sigh* We’re finally to the point that I never thought would come. I’ve felt like we’ve been waiting 5 years for this, but in reality it’s only been 9 months. Practically the same difference, right? Especially to two people who lack some serious patience…

We’re anxious. We’re ready. We’re definitely anxious. Oops. I already mentioned that.

This week we should see some serious progress. So much progress that my happy heart might actually burst with pure joy! It’s amazing how much we’re already in love with our home, and we haven’t even lived in it yet! It’s a dreamy love and we’re just waiting for it to become a reality! Fingers crossed, it should be soon!

Here’s what we have to date:

Kitchen view.

Living/ Breakfast/ Kitchen

Dining/ Entry

Kitchen/ Living Room

Master Bedroom

Doesn’t it look completely different? And that’s just the ceilings! I can’t wait to see the walls done!

Lined up for this week is more drywalling and stucco! It’s about to change around here! Totally sweet, eh?