We had a MAJOR snow storm right before Christmas, 2 1/2 feet! Look at all the snow behind the cute baby.

Cute Baby, Handsome Husband, LOTS of Snow

Pretty much the entire city shut down for 3 days. It took over a week before our street was plowed. Our new driveway is steep and windy and most definitely impassable. Tommy plowed it but even then the roads were icy for quite a while. I’m really not looking forward to driving during the winter.

Soooo, the schedule was pushed and we are now closing on January 7th! We’ve started packing and geez do we have a lot of stuff. Moving is definitely more difficult when there are babies involved, but at least this will be the last time we ever move. Yippie! So if you are in the area and are so inclined, we could use some help moving on January 9th for the small stuff and January 16th for the big stuff.

I’ve mentioned before how much we like our builder. Remember way back when they poured the concrete it wasn’t level in the center. Tommy went the extra mile and repoured the entire basement floor with some kind of extra smooth looking concrete. I don’t know the name of it but if you are interested I can find out.

And in other bonuses, the initial bid was for seeding and strawing of the yard (as required by code) only, no landscaping. We did this for two reasons, to save some money and because I’m not a huge fan of what most landscapers use for plants. I hate juniper bushes with the fire of a thousand suns (juniper trees are fine) and I hate climbing plants. We have both in our current house. The climbing plant is the worst. When I first moved in I got rid of all of it, yet each year it turns up again trying to get in between the siding. HATE! Well, as a Christmas present Tommy decided to throw in landscaping for free! We are floored and very grateful. To look a gift horse squarely in the mouth, I requested no juniper and no climbing or spreading plants. Tommy said no problem. I am so glad we choose him.

Enough talk, on to the picture.

First Floor starting from the right side of the house:

Laundry Room

Office, not large but adequate for our needs.


I can’t remember if I mentioned this before but we were able to specify exact shelf heights. We also designed that blank space on the back wall to store our freezer chest. Customization at it’s finest!

Kitchen ... now with appliances!


One of the thoughtful touches that Tommy did was line up the shelves in the glass corner cabinet so that they are hidden by the grill in the window.

Breakfast Room

Great Room

Routed Mantel

The fireplace mantel is a beautiful piece of solid maple. They routed the top and bottom and are going to stain it to match the kitchen cabinets.

Dining Room

Downstairs Bathroom ... Ooooo fancy!


Elegant Stairs

Front Door

Full View of Entry Way

Entry Way Light ... LOVE!

Back Deck. It looks huge.

Back Deck. This is more the actual scale.

Poured Front Porch

Front Walk Way

The light post to the right of the walk way there will eventually be painted black to match the light.

Car Port

One of the things that we planned to do ourselves later was build a detached garage connected to the house by a car port. When we met with Tommy to do the final grading, he said it would be more economical to grade the land and put down crush and run now rather than later since it would be at his cost. Now that it’s there one of the first things on our list to do is build the deck out to it so we can use the side entrance.

Whew that was a lot of picture … Annnnnnd … on to the second floor!


Master Bedroom

I can’t get over how much I love the gray/blue color. It really highlights the creaminess of the stone. I’m so glad I have an interior designer friend or I probably would have chosen a more electric blue.

Master Sinks

HUGE shower. Small child placed for scale.

Master Tub

I also love the tub and may actually use it. We currently have one in our old (pre-owned) house. I have a thing about whirlpool tubs (and especially hot tubs) being a breeding ground for germs and mold and other people skin cells. I think about all yuck that get caught in the jets and get all icked out. This tub will still have skin cells in the jets but at least they will be OUR skin cells.

Our kids bathrooms will the themed. Oh yes they will! The one at the top of the stairs is the Monkey Bathroom. At some point in the future I want to add either some wall paper or a stencil.

Monkey Bathroom

The one at the end of the hall is the fish bathroom. I want to stencil in bubbles. Our house might be fancy but it will also be fun!

Fish Bathroom

Apparently I forgot to take pictures of the two kids bedrooms that we actually plan on using. Here are the ones that are going to be empty for a while.

Back Left Bedroom

Front Left Bedroom

And scene!

We had a MAJOR snow storm right before Christmas. Look at all the snow behind the cute baby.

This past week was a short one with Thanksgiving being in there and yet they still managed to make some pretty dramatic changes.

We’ve now got shutters on the exterior of the house.

Exterior with Shutters

They started installing the hood. It’s still missing the top molding.

Kitchen Hood

They’ve also been installing the hardwood floor. The upstairs is mostly finished and they were workingĀ  the downstairs when we visited.

Wood Floor

Hardwood Flooring

They’ve been working on preparing the master shower for tile for a while and now they’ve actually started laying the tile.

Master Bath Tile

Master Shower Floor Tile

While we were there, we also noticed they added some additional trim to the chair rail to make it more substantial looking.

Chair Rail

Finally, one little snag with the lights. I hate the look of amber glass so when we choose lights we specifically looked for white glass, however the fans that were installed had amber glass. We told Tommy and he’s working to fix it.

Fan with Amber Glass

I think paint and grout color were the two hardest things to choose. Tommy will paint 4 rooms custom colors for us, and we get to choose the color that all the rest of the walls will be painted. I think white walls are so boring so eventually, all the rooms in our house will be painted. Our current house has a room of every color except black and we want the new house to be just as fun. We decided to let them paint the bathrooms because there is sooooo much cutting in involved. We’ve painted many of the rooms in our current house. Roderick has a very steady hand, me … not so much. I’m a big fan of tape.

Earlier this week I met with a friend who is an interior designer. We had a general idea of the color we wanted and she helped me pick the right shade. It makes me feel better that we got the approval of someone who knows what they are doing. I really love color so I have a tendency to pick very vibrant shades. Plus what it looks like on a tiny sample and what it looks like on a huge wall are often totally different.

The master bathroom will have a warm tan tile and we thought a dark slate blue/gray would compliment it well.

Master Bath Tile

Master Bath

I found an awesome soap pump at Target (the fish spin around the bottle) so one of the kids bathrooms will have a fish theme. We were thinking blue, but our friend Amy suggested a more blue green so that it won’t look little boy blue. I think this color will work well with the theme but still work when the kids out grow a theme.

Fish Bathroom Accessories


Fish Bathroom

I’ve been eyeballing this at Target for years now. I love monkeys and our sons room would have been monkey themed if I could have found a crib set we liked. We chose a nice muted green that I think will also grow with the room.

Monkey Bathroom Accessories


Monkey Bathroom Color

Of all the colors we had to choose I think the main color was the hardest. The foyer is two stories tall and is only ever going to be painted once, I want to make sure the color is right. We want a warm neutral yellow. We chose this shade, and Amy assured me it was a good choice … but I’m still a little hesitant. One little sample against the wall looks really yellow, but I think if the entire wall is that color it will be very neutral. What are your thoughts … lighter, tanner, darker, paint it fuchsia?


Main Wall Color


Main Color Closeup

We also choose a beautiful neutral brown for the downstairs bathroom but I neglected to take any pictures of it. The downstairs bathroom is smallish and I want to create an intimate feel. We’ve got to decide fast because they are starting to paint on Monday! Like I’ve said before, they are moving FAST!


If you are wondering about the title, I was a music geek in high school (now I’m just a regular geek) and was in the musical Joseph and the Technicolor dream coat. I still remember the lyrics to most of the songs.

It was red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ochre and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange

They were installing the cabinets today. The granite will be installed later next week. So exciting!


Monkey Bathroom (Kid's Bathroom)


Fish Bathroom (Also for the kids)

I think the master sinks are going to be a little tight with two people. We’ll both have plenty of room to use the sinks but I’ll have to move if Roderick wants to open his drawers. It’s what it has to be to fit in the bathroom so meh.


Master Bath Cabinets

Presenting the kitchen! You’d think that adding cabinets would make the kitchen feel smaller but instead it makes it feel huge! We have so many cabinets, if we ever acquire enough stuff to fill all these cabinets, please force me to have a yard sale. We are not stuff people. Of course I said that for our current house too and our cabinets are currently filled to over flowing with baby bottles/plates/bowls/sippy cups so who knows. They were still in the process of installing these and the hood hasn’t even been started yet. I can’t wait to see the finished product.


Left Kitchen Wall


Front Kitchen Wall

Back Kitchen Wall


Kitchen Island

Yes yes, I am behind in my posting. Life is busy.

We now have a roof.


Front of House with Roof


Back of House with Roof

Here’s our master tub. I really love how the tub deck runs into the window.


Master Tub

Here is our beautiful mahogany front door. I just love the color. The exterior will be stained a darker walnut color and the interior will just be sealed preserving the natural color.


Front Door


Stained Front Door

The master window has some extra trim to make it a little more special. It’s also going to get black shutters which should be going up soon.


Window Trim

The front porch turned out amazingly beautifully! I can definitely see myself sitting out here sipping Mojitos.


Front Porch


Front Porch

Tommy consistently goes a little further. Instead of plastic siding roof which you’d normally get, he put in this beautiful bead board. I’m so glad he’s our builder.


Bead Board on Porch Ceiling

We’ve been looking at accent tiles for the Master Shower for what seems like forever and we’re still stuck. Through the magic of photoshop I give you our mock ups, which do you like better?

Option 1: Travertine Tile with Copper Diamonds and Rope Accent (Expensive Rope Accent I might add)

Tile with Copper Roping

Tile with Copper Roping

Option 2: Travertine Tile with Copper Diamonds (No Rope Accent)


Tile without Extra Trim

Is option 1 worth the extra over $200? Help us decide.