Week 19 started slow, but by the end, there was some major progress. We are at the point where everything is pretty much a waiting game-waiting for the floors to be done, waiting for the shower and tub to be installed, waiting for the cabinets to be in. Here's what happened in the 19th week of house construction. 

At the beginning of the week, they did the exterior door knobs. They also did the front door, but I forgot to take a picture of it!

They also did the interior door knobs. Aren't they pretty? :)

By mid week, they started hanging a few of the light fixtures

And then they got the heating/cooling system working! Just in time for the hardwood to be delivered. I was worried this would cause a delay because the hardwood has to sit and acclimate in the space.

While I was at the house on Wednesday afternoon, the shower guy stopped by with samples for the shower and tub. I'm doing a marble shower and tub and I had to pick out which I wanted. I went with this one called "pearl black"

And then on Friday, the flooring was delivered! 

They started working on it on Saturday and I love it! I am so happy with the decision I went with on the floors. :) :) 

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Oh y'all, I know when I look back on this process I'm going to realize how close I was to the end of building the house, but right now it feels like I will never get moved in! The contractor is still saying February, and I am holding onto that with everything I've got! We are down to the wire, and I am just dying to be finished. I'm itching to decorate. I mean, just look at that cute Easter doormat I found. Ahh!
Here's the progress from week #18.

Lots of painting happened this week! Here is the library in Rachel Pink.

The living room (mindful gray)


Guest bedroom in Bay Waves

They also started painting the interior doors this week....

Including the french doors to the office.

Master bedroom

Library <3



Library again <3

They also worked on the heating/cooling system

And started painting the exterior doors

Slowly but surely we are getting there. Fingers crossed for February!

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I've come to realize that since January is my least favorite month of the year, it affects my reading. Last year I had a horrible reading month for January and this year it's more of the same. I did read 9 books this month, but that's only because two were novellas and four were quick little romances that don't require much thought lol. Let's jump right in!

Let's start with the actual books I read during January. Y'all know my absolute favorite romance is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. My #1 most anticipated book for 2019 was 99 Percent Mine. I was thrilled to get a copy a few weeks early from the publisher.

Now, I don't want to compare this to The Hating Game because it's a completely different book, and I didn't hate it. The witty banter that made The Hating Game so amazing is the saving grace for this book. I just didn't connect to the two main characters and I really didn't get the romance. I still recommend it because like I said, the quirky dialogue and swoon worthy parts are still there. Sally Thorne is an auto buy author for me. I just didn't love the part that I was really hoping to love.

Rating: 3 out of 5 STARS

I also read a new thriller this month and I ended up loving it! The Au Pair by Emma Rous is about a girl whose mother commits suicide on the day she and her twin brother were born. After the dad dies, the girl starts to question what really happened that day. It is sooo good. I kept trying to figure out how everything was connected in the end! 

Rating: 4 out of 5 STARS

At the end of December, I discovered Jenny Holiday's Bridesmaid series. What a great little series to read during the depressing month of January. So sorry to all of y'all who love January-it's just not for me! I read the last book in the series this month and it was my favorite! Each book features a different character and their love story. It's a bit R rated, so be warned, but the romance is so sweet!

I also read the second book in the series and loved it too!

And I continued with my Jenny Holiday obsession with the two novellas

Towards the end of the month, the slump really started to take place. I randomly discovered Hold You Close by Melanie Marlow and Corinne Michaels while browsing Amazon and I decided to try it out.
On my goodness I loved this story! It's about a girl whose best friend and her husband die in a plane crash. They live their kids to the wife's brother-much to the disappointment of the best friend. The two work together to take care of the kids...and fall in love along the way. Just what I needed to read when work and TpT is crazy crazy busy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 STARS

I have no idea how I discovered this one. It was randomly on my kindle and I don't remember ever downloading it, but I read it because the slump was still going and the cover was cute! And I ended up really loving it. It's a romance about two people who work together. Definite Hating Game Vibes! And free on Kindle Unlimited!

Rating: 4 out of 5 STARS

I found this one on Netgally and instantly requested an ARC. It doesn't come out until August. I reallllly didn't like this one. It's about a girl who becomes head football coach at a new school and ends up falling in love with an assistant coach. It's not primarily a romance story, but that's the general premise of it. Maybe if I had read it when I wasn't in a slump I would have liked it more, but I just didn't love this one. At all. :(

Rating: 2 out of 5 STARS

And that's my first book review post of 2019! I'm crossing my fingers that I will be moving in my house in February and that I will be able to have a better and more productive reading month! :)

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Happy Week 17, y'all! This week was so very exciting and I have lots to share!

They built the tops of the front porch columns, which made the bottoms look so much better. I had been really worried that they were too big, but the tops balanced them out and made them look a ton better.

The back porch steps <3

The inside got primed and ready for painting.

Another look at the front porch columns 

I decided to go with a wainscoting look in the downstairs, so I'm going to do gray on the top and white on the bottom.

And finally they painted the tops of the front porch columns this week. I just love the look of them now.

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The time has come to decide on paint colors. Y'all, I am the worst at choosing a paint color. I just don't have a talent for looking at a swatch and envisioning it on the walls. I have been researching and researching paint colors for my house and when the contractor told me last week that I needed to make a decision by the weekend, I knew I had to bite the bullet and figure out what I wanted.

I LOVE bright colors in my fashion, but for the house, I want calm, inviting neutrals. I also know I don't want a lot of different colors throughout the house. In my first house, I had four different colors throughout the small house, and I learned that I want a simpler design in this home. 

I broke the colors into the following rooms:

Living room/kitchen/foyer/stairs/half bath/upstairs hallway: one same color
Master bedroom/bathroom/closet/guest bedroom/office/laundry: one same color
Library: one fun color

After I had that decision made, it was time to actually pick out the colors. I had already narrowed it down to three different grays for the living room/kitchen/etc. area. I knew exactly what color I wanted for the master bed/bath/office, etc. And I had an idea of the fun color I wanted to do for the library. I asked the salesperson to mix up samples for me to test out and I was good to go!

For the grays, it was between two shades:

I love how Dorain looks when it's first applied, but I was worried that it might be too dark for the look I was going for once it dried. I decided on mindful gray because it has a slight green hue to it that gives it a little something extra, don'tcha think? (name that movie!)

Now for the bedrooms/office/laundry room, I always knew the exact color I wanted to do. If you've been following my house construction process since the beginning, you'll know that the interior floor-print of my house is modeled after a house that my contractor built and sold last spring. I went to look at that house when I first started looking at house plans, and I fell in love with the interior layout. I also fell in love with the paint color that the contractor used in the master bedroom of that house. It's called "Bay Waves" and it's by Valspar. Here's how it looked in that master bedroom:

It has a definite blue tone to it, but it also appears gray in certain light. The paint swatch is completely misleading. In fact, when I found it at Lowes and got a sample of it mixed up, I was a little worried that I had taken a picture of the wrong paint can back when I went to look at that house. Just look at the paint swatch compared to how it appears when it's painted on a wall.

Now, for my last color choice, it's a little less neutral and calm. There are two guest bedrooms upstairs, but since it's just me living in the house, I'm turning the smaller upstairs bedroom into my little library. I've ordered 5 of these bookshelves to do from floor to ceiling, and I hope to eventually add more. Because there will be a lot of shelving in the room, I wanted to do a brighter "fun" color in this space because due to the limited amount of wall being visible I don't think it will be too overpowering. I have always loved the "Rachel pink" color from Valspar, but I've never actually used it. I decided to try it out and I fell in love. I realize it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm excited about a pink little library to read  and house all my books. :)

Here's the color swatch of Rachel Pink:

I'm so glad paint colors are chosen and finalized! Bring on the next stage! :)

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