4.23.2013

Our House Building Progress- Part 2

This is the most current exterior photo of our house. For the exterior of the house we still have to hang our gas lantern above the front porch and hang the shutters. This week we will finish laying the sod and all of the landscaping should be completed as well. 

We are moving right along, but we still have five more weeks to go before we move in.


We've come a long way since January. Let me catch you up from the first House Building Progress post. 

They finished roofing the back of the house.


The dormers are now set on the front of the house.



Bricking began . . .





Then they bricked the front porch.



 Insulation installed.



 Now we have walls.



 Our master bedroom.


We wanted to bring several different architectural features in our new house and this brick wall in our dining room was one of the ways we did just that. I could not be any happier with the way it turned out!


Interior doors installed.


Beginning the first coat of paint in the foyer.


Crown moulding and trim being installed in the master bath.


Here are a few materials that we have picked out for the master bathroom . . .

. . . and for one of the upstairs bathrooms.

In the half bathroom downstairs I found a reclaimed cabinet to use for the vanity, which I'm so excited about.


Now the driveway, sidewalk, and extra back patio are poured. 



Next we will install flooring, cabinets, counter tops, plumbing fixtures, and lighting.

It's all coming together- it won't be long until we move in! 

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4.10.2013

Lamp Revamp

I'm really starting to think that I have a lamp addiction. Recently I've bought several (okay, eight) new lamps for our house. I'm in the process of changing several things out for the new house and thought I should start with one of my favorite accessories first. Lamps can be really expensive, but all of the lamps that I found were really great deals!


I love mood lighting and ambiance, I have at least three to four lamps in every room. I love how they make a room feel warm and cozy without using an overhead light.  


 I found this lamp and loved the shape of the base, but I wasn't really crazy about the green speckled finish. So with several layers of paint later, I finally had it toned- down to a more neutral creamy-gray color that I love.






I'm sharing my lamp with Someday Crafts, The 36th Ave, Green Willow Pond, Savvy Southern Style, Clean and Scentsible, Rain on a Tin Roof, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Stone Gable, Beyond the Picket Fence, The Vintage Farmhouse, Common Ground, Too Much Time on my Hands, Tatertots and Jello, Primp, A Stroll Thru Life, Knick of Time, Cozy Little House, Coastal Charm, Three Mango Seeds, Vintage Gwen, Mod Vintage Life, Elizabeth & Co. , TwelveOEight, 504 Main, The Shabby Nest, Liz Marie, DIY Showoff, and The Farmhouse Porch.

4.04.2013

Mantel Makeover

My love for architectural pieces run deep. I've always been drawn to chippy old doors, windows, shutters, columns, moldings, mantels, corbels, and so on. . . but ever since we took a buying trip to New Orleans a few years ago; I've just completely been drawn to more architectural salvage and historic pastimes of older houses and buildings. 

As a matter of fact, one of my favorite TV shows is The Bronson Pinchot Project on DIY Network where Pinchot and a crew of contractors renovate his house in Harford, PA using only salvaged architectural pieces to transform gorgeous spaces to live in. If you haven't seen this show you should definitely check it out!


We found this mantel last week and thought it would be a perfect candidate for a makeover. Come to find out it's a lot older than we thought, which is always a plus in our business! Right away I began layering the paint on and didn't really have a plan as to what I wanted it to look like, except making it look aged. I ended up using five different layers of paint to achieve this look.  


The details on the mantel seem quiet subtle in the before photo, but now they really seem to stand out since I layered on the painted and heavily distressed it. I could easily see this being repurposed into a headboard or a bookshelf.




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