Thanks to everyone that shared advice with me about my last post. I'm going to give Etsy a try, God is watering my garden this week (thank you Lord) and potty training is just plain hard.
It's time for a reminder of what this blogs all about and where we're going. Things around the house have slowed down as we've taken time to work around the property. We'd like to have a well groomed area around the house to enjoy which has required cutting down a few trees and a lot of mowing. The property is wooded and most of the front two thirds is so thick with woods it isn't mowable, but the area where the house is tucked away is really shaping up. As far as the house goes, we're hopefully getting ready to kick into high gear again and get it finished by sometime this fall. We've already got nine or ten months in the house but
we've Jeff has done all the work in our Jeff's spare time with the help of friends and family.
This was originally the look I was going for...
but it just isn't happening.
I couldn't convince Jeff to haul in a bunch of sand and flood the place with salt water.
Here's what it still looks like on the outside minus the building debris and the kids zip line.
Things haven't changed since the winter due to the weather and short daylight hours, but we'll be adding siding soon and a front porch that goes across the front of the house.
Amelia Park, Fl.
This has the colors of siding we want and the front porch look we want.
This little cottage is just adorable.
Lowe's Kit House
For my greatest and favorite inspiration you'll have to visit Ross Chapin's super-duper-amazing cottages. I love the details and the efficiency of his houses. Jeff and I have been fans of his for a few years and I get weak in the knees every single time I browse his website. I'd love to incorperate as much similar detail into the exterior of my house (the interior details are wonderful too.)
Another big undertaking will be the upstairs. Nothing has changed up there but we'll have two bedrooms and a half bath all clad with the wood planks on the walls like the first floor.
The larger bedroom will have four built-in twin beds with storage under the beds and the smaller bedroom will have two built-in twin beds. It will be all about efficiency and organization up there because that's how my kids are. (Ha! I wish.)
I love the simplicity of this bedroom.
The kids rooms will have vaulted ceilings too.
Now, back to the first floor.
We need to finish things like trim, floors and kitchen cabinets and when the kitchen is done I'd like it to have a similar look or feel to this one.
We'll have white painted cabinets and concrete counter tops and, of course, my blue stove.
I'd love to have a Big Chill refrigerator too, but at $3,500 a pop, I'm not holding my breath.
The bathroom is getting closer to the look I love.
And the master bedroom is coming along too.
Right now I'm trying to decide if I'd rather have wood or carpet in there. There are things I love and hate about both and I'm leaning toward wood, but we'll see. We came EXTREMELY close to buying carpet for it yesterday but I really think I'd rather have all wood on the first floor and a few large area rugs.
What do you guys think about carpet vs. wood?