House & HomeJuly 30, 2014

Renovation Update: Getting Close!

The last four weeks of renovations crawl by, but I cannot complain as we are not only ON schedule, but a little ahead (and on budget, which is even better).  The details make new spaces really take shape and I can see the finish line so clearly now it’s exciting!

I came home today to a garage door! We did a carriage style door and I am 99% convinced I’m going to paint it black. My dad wasn’t totally in agreement but I think he’s on board now! (P.S. I cannot wait until I can fix that off-center middle window- it literally drives me INSANE!)

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I love the look of black shutters with a black garage door. :)

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Our bedroom is AMAZING. It’s huge and bright and I love it so much. Our hardwood floors went down this week and made it all feel so much more finished!

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The window seat will go in soon and then it’ll be impossible to get the dogs away from it.  Prepare to be barked at if you walk by our house.  The step from the entry hall to the bedroom will go in soon too- Andrew texted me this week “Are we putting a step in the bedroom?” and part of me wanted to say “No- we’ll just take running leaps into the bedroom.” ;)

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We picked these C&B sconces for the window seat nook.

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We’ve entered the painting phase which is always a treat as I feel the need to test 72 different light grey-beiges and then stare at them like I’ve had a lobotomy.  Our window treatments are this FAB print from Lacefield Design– I’ve never done print drapes for myself before and I’m pretty excited!

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Today the floors got stained- same as our hallway for continuity (50/50 mix of Minwax Jacobean and Ebony- one coat!)  Poly will come next and then baseboard!  On the left in this entry hall are the custom built ins we designed that will function as Andrew’s closet and our bookshelf. I’ve since added some decorative molding to the glass panels and I’m sensing these will be gorgeous and the mirror will bounce light around this narrow space. To the right is a pocket door that opens into our little master bathroom.

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Speaking of pocket doors I have another one going into my closet (which I’m designing with California Closets– it’s a small walk-in, but will be efficient and pretty- and feels HUGE to me!)

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The pantry doors went in (but not the steps down to it, hence the broom and wood keeping me from falling on my face).

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And the hardware for those doors came in today too and they are BEAUTIES!

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Our huge coat closet has sliders now and the whole mudroom and laundry is trimmed out- tile up next!

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It’s the little things that thrill me now- like the side door into my garage (OMG, I HAVE A GARAGE!)

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And speaking of thrills- my editor received ten preview finished copies of my book yesterday and I am DYYYYIIINNNNGG over them. I wanted this book to be a beautiful decorative object as well as something amazing to read and that spine SLAYS ME. It will add such punch to people’s bookshelves and coffee tables! I just love it. You still have to wait until October 7, but you can pre-order it just to be sure. :)

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