We thought we made a lot of choices the first time we built a house, but it turns out that was just scratching the surface. While progress continues on our future casa, we are knocking through all kind of choices — from the fun and visible (ooh, which light fixture to hang over the kitchen table?!) to the more mundane and overlooked (there are HOW many ways to texture a ceiling?!). I’m grateful that Page and I are both quick, firm, decision-makers…and in sync with our style (most of the time!).
Here’s a peek at just a few of the recent choices made…
Cabinet doors — Going with a full overlay, shaker style, painted white:
Ceilings – Executive knockdown treatment
Banisters – Wood (versus iron), painted white:
Painted stair skirts…
Mantel – added to the stone fireplace
Interior columns – Going floor-to-ceiling stone with these
Interior doors – Five panel style, painted white
There are many more decisions to go — (up next, bath and plumbing fixtures!) and I’ll share as we have chunks of choices accomplished.
Happy weekend to all!
We are anticipating that framing will be wrapped up by the end of this week/early next at latest! These first couple shots are from our builder at the start of the month.
And this one of me and the babe was taken last weekend. That’s the future breakfast area I’m standing in. Woot!
It was so helpful to see an album from our builder of another build in a town nearby, with a floor plan very similar to ours. Yes, the finishes will of course all be different, and a few things are moved around, but the nuts and bolts of the overall flow are quite similar. It’s hard to gauge scale and size when you can see right through the walls, so comparing some “before and after” pics has been fun.
If you were to look at the above shot of the breakfast area, and then pan to the right, eventually the kitchen will be there, looking similar in layout to this:
The front “flex room”…
…will eventually look a lot like this.
And our master…
…will look something like this:
The latest we’ve heard is to “hope for Christmas, plan for January” as far as our close/move-in time frame. Not far from what we’ve been planning on all along so we’re locking down a month to month agreement in our apartment (at a rate that will make our house payment look like a walk in the park — GULP!) … and just hoping our little guy wants to stay nice and cozy in his current digs until we are in ours!
It’s been a while since I posted a recipe. In part, because the first weeks of this pregnancy left me wanting to do anything but deal with food, and in part because the “kitchenette” in our temporary digs houses about 10% of my normal dishes and tools. It’s hard to be inspired to whip much up when there’s not a lot to work with. All that said, one area I HAVE been diving into lately is the world of mocktails!
A couple weeks ago, a fellow mama-to-be friend and I curled up on the couch for some chat time and a mocktail. I decided to embrace the cool temp and go with something hot. This drink was super easy to prepare, and it would be great for a tailgate, with or without some added rum!
Recipe adapted from Running to the Kitchen
- 3 cups apple cider
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon orange extract
- ⅓ cup dark rum (if you want to make this an “adult” bevvie!)
- extra cinnamon + turbinado sugar for rimming
Simmer all but the cinn-sugar garnish over the stove, and strain out the cloves. I poured mine into a stainless carafe for easy serving and to keep it piping hot.
Use a slice of orange to rim glasses or mugs, and dip them in the cinn-sugar garnish. I used some peel from the same orange for a little extra somethin’-somethin’.
Sip, sigh, enjoy!