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.

I like color. I’m not joking when I say our current house has a room of every color. However, I am REALLY not good at picking out colors. It takes me a few tries and much worrying to pick out a color that looks good. Those little color chips are so darn deceptive! I usually end up choosing a color that looks great on a tiny chip but turns out way to bright on the wall.

Choosing interior colors was especially hard because we’d be stuck with our choice for a really long time. When I’m painting, I usually get up one wall before deciding it’s the wrong color and then go buy more paint. I don’t have the luxury for the new house. Luckily I have a friend who is a very talented interior designer for UVA. I knew the color that I wanted for each room and she helped direct me to the correct shade. I seriously owe her BIG TIME. Even Tommy commented on how nice the paint colors were.

One of the things I did when trying to decide on a color was google the color. So this is for all you Googlers out there … Hi!

Main Color: Duron Inviting Ivory

It is a beautiful warm buttery yet neutral yellow. The color warms up the room but isn’t overpowering. In fact with straight on sunlight it looks almost white.

Duron Inviting Ivory

Duron Inviting Ivory

Downstairs Bathroom:  Benjamin Moore Butte Rock

A very neutral warm brown. It makes the room feel very cozy and yet elegant.

Benjamin Moore Butte Rock

Benjamin Moore Butte Rock

Monkey Bathroom: Benjamin Moore Salisbury Green

This is a slightly yellowey sage green. It looks softer in the picture than in real life.

Benjamin Moore Salisbury Green

Benjamin Moore Salisbury Green

Fish Bathroom: Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue

This turned out to be a much lighter shade that I expected but I like it’s softness. Blue is hard because you don’t want to come off as too baby blue.

Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue

Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue

Master Bath: Benjamin Moore James River Blue

This blue looks stunning against the creamy tumbled marble. They complement each other well and it’s not too overwhelming.

Benjamin Moore James River Blue

Benjamin Moore James River Blue

So one funny thing. At then end of the paint process Tommy goes through and marks all the places that need touch ups. It looks like our paneling is sick with the measles. I’m glad Tommy is so detailed. 🙂

Don't worry, I don't think it's contagious.

Happy Painting!

This house is going up way faster than I expected. I really thought it would take at least 8 months to build but they are almost done! Our contract has an end date of sometime in mid-January but Tommy said he’ll be done on December 30th! Who wants to help us move?

Nearly all the lighting is done now. I was slightly concerned that the foyer light would be to big for the space but it fits the space perfectly. I think anything smaller would have been too small.

Front Porch Light

Entry Way Light

They also installed the granite.

Kitchen Granite

Kitchen Granite

Master Bathroom Granite

Installing Kitchen Granite

They are also making progress tiling the Master Bathroom.

Bath tub tile

Whirlpool Tub Tile

Master Shower Tile

They’ve also been working on the final grading. It has been raining a lot lately so it is super muddy.

And last but not least, they started painting real colors. The closets are all painted and they hung the closet shelves. I only have pictures of a few of the colors but there are more to come.

Overall Color

Master Closet

This house is going up way faster than I expected. I really thought it would take at least 8 months to build but they are almost done! Our contract has an end date of sometime in mid-January but Tommy said he’ll be done on December 30th! Who wants to help us move?

Nearly all the lighting is done now. I was slightly concerned that the foyer light would be to big for the space but it fits the space perfectly. I think anything smaller would have been too small.

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

I think grout color and paint were the hardest things to choose. We finally (at the very last minute) decided to use the dark beige paint color. Roderick was able to see it before I as. I was really worried about the exterior color, ESPECIALLY since this is the email I got from him:

I’m not sure the outside is exactly what you wanted, but it’s not bad, and it’ll grow on you 🙂  It’s slightly more green tinged that you probably wanted … but most of the time I saw it was in the shade (the clouds were out) …
Love you  – –
Me 🙂

Bugger got me worried (it will grow on you … sheesh!) so I went out the next day and I actually really like the color. It turned out lighter than I expected with is a good thing since I was worried it would be too dark. I think it may have been still wet when Roderick saw it. I really love the white bay window and the extra large trim around the windows. I think the white just pops off the brown. There are shutters on the window over the bay window that hasn’t been installed yet.


Front of the House

Initially we were thinking of having the back french doors be white, but Tommy told us that white will show all the finger prints and get dirty. He convinced us to choose black and I’m really glad he did.


Back of House