Friday, August 31, 2012

House Updates. Again.

It seems as if I've recently turned into a one-trick pony . . . only posting house updates.  Well for better or worse, the renovation has pretty much been consuming a good portion all of our time.  We are getting very close -- hopefully another 2-3 weeks and it will be done!  Then adios apartment, hello home!  I. cannot. wait. 

This may be the last set of progress pictures I share so the final result will be a big surprise.  You know, it's how they do it on all of those renovation shows.

Here's the latest in the bathroom -- the herringbone marble floors (pre-grout).  This iphone picture does not do them justice (and most of the floor is shadowed), but take my word for it, it looks 10 times better in person.  Justin said the other night he just wanted to hang out in there because the tile was so cool.  Very cool, indeed.  

And our new shower is coming along.  I love the shiny white subway tiles (also pre-grout).   

We stopped by the house the other night and the floor guy had been there to put some stain samples on the floor so we could see what we liked.  This iphone picture is terrible because it's blurry and it was nighttime so it was hard to capture the true colors.  But regardless of that disclaimer, any guesses on which one we chose?  I should be a tease and make you wait, but I won't.  We are going with the one in the top right corner.  It was a toss up between that one and the middle on the bottom row.  In the end, the top right one won out.     

More kitchen updates.  It just got a fresh new coat of white paint.  All it needs now is some new hardware, appliances, and countertops.     

And I've saved the best for last.  This is one of our slabs of danby marble for the kitchen.  We are actually headed out this morning to our fabricator's to go see where all of the cuts will be made to ensure we like the direction of the veining, etc.  I'm pumped to see them again.  And then the next time we see them, they will be installed in our kitchen.  I've got several stories to share about us getting these slabs.  But that's for another time. 

And that concludes the latest round of the renovation highlights.  What do you guys think so far?  Anything exciting happening in your neck of the woods.  Do y'all have any fun holiday weekend plans? 

Monday, August 20, 2012

More House Updates.

It should come as no surprise that we are still in the middle of our renovation.  It's been fun (and stressful at times), but more than anything, I am so ready to move in the house already! Here's a little update:

Remember the kitchen before?  Here she is in all of her green granite glory.  

And here she is now.  Bye bye granite and wrap-around, two-tiered counter and tiny island.  Hello new peninsula and bigger island (which you can't really tell from this angle).  The room feels tons bigger already.

Riley and Zoey came over with us one evening to check on the progress.  There is far too much for them to get into, so we used the old tub filler on the removed bathtub (and yes, it's sitting in our bedroom) to corral them while we scoped out the bathroom.  They didn't seem impressed.  For those eagle eyes out there, you can see our new hardware on the door. 

And last but certainly not least, I have finally decided on a wallpaper for our powder room.  I went back and forth for months on what I wanted, but in the end, I couldn't deny the beauty of this "hummingbird" wallpaper.  It has so many beautiful colors, and frankly, it's just pretty.  And who doesn't like pretty things?     


The tiling in our bathroom should start this week.  I can't wait to see it go up!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Master Bath Plan.

Since the last pictures I showed of our bathroom weren't very pretty, I thought I would share the direction we are headed with the master bathroom.  

Faucets: Newport Brass Fairfield Collection
Countertops: Carrara
Hardware:  Restoration Hardware Grafton Pulls
Sconces:  Byrant Sconce
Mirrors:  Reflection Mirror (we may not get these exact mirrors, but something similar) 

If all goes as planned, I should have pictures of some of the tiling this week!    


Wednesday, August 8, 2012


What I've been up to lately . . . renovations!  In case you want to see how it looked before, check out the video tour.

I was not sad to see the ugly green tile go in the bathroom. 

I don't miss the hideous lighting either. 

Or the brass-framed shower door.

Or the cultured marble walls in the shower.  (Yes, they removed the toilet and it is sitting in the shower for now.)

And the kitchen already feels much more open after removing the bar-height wrap around counter.


While things may not be looking pretty yet, I am thrilled with the progress so far.  And can't wait to see things looking fabulous and just the way we want them.