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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Happy week 16, friends! This week was majorly productive and exciting. So many things to share in this house construction update.

At the beginning of the week, the interior doors arrived :)

On Wednesday, they began hanging all of the doors, including these gorgeous French doors for the office.

I just love them so much! :) :)

On Thursday, I noticed that the brick layers had started setting up to do the exterior brick wall on the front of the house.  Also note that misty fog. That's pretty much how this entire winter has looked. I've never in my life seen so much rain. 

The brick layers were incredibly busy this week. They finished the front and back doorsteps and the front porch columns. I was very worried about the porch columns. They are really big. I think they will look better when the white top part is added though. When you aren't close to the porch they don't appear big at all. It's just when you are right next to them. But I think landscaping and completing them will make it balance out.
  I adore the doorsteps! The contractor created shelves on each side so I can sit flowers (and pumpkins during the fall) on them and use them for decor. Y'all know I'm all about some decor!

Anytime there's a rare sighting of the sun, I want to capture it. This has been the worst, rainiest winter ever! I cannot wait for spring!

The brick exterior is complete! Notice how it looks different from the foundation. I asked the brick layers about this and they assured me it will eventually match. It just has to dry out and cure. I was worried about the color of the brick when they originally laid the foundation, but it has changed a ton since then. 

Back inside, they are currently in the process of the finishing the ceilings...

And more interior doors are being hung!

I was also worried about how the doors appear ivory or beige, but apparently this is primer and the doors will be painted. I didn't realize they didn't come already painted white. I'm learning so much during this whole process, friends!

They also started window trim, which is a little detail, but so exciting!

And door trim. :) 

Another VERY exciting moment that happened this week was meeting with the cabinet guy to design the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. He did a 3D mock up for me so I could see the layout, and I love it. The granite will of course be different, and the island will have a hangover for bar stools. This just shows the placement of all the cabinets.

This is the kitchen that is my inspiration. I love all the white in it and I am obsessed with the granite color. I'm meeting with the granite guy next week to decide on that. 

So many exciting things happened this week. I know there's still so much more left to do, but I can almost start to see the light at the end of the tunnel...almost. ;)

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Happy week 15, friends! This week was all about the drywall. I thought it was exciting when it was first put in last week, but now I can tell it's even better now that they have filled in the seams. It looks more like actual walls now. Drywall is what most of this week contained, but the contractor did tell me that the brick layers would be working at the beginning of next week. They have to do the front porch columns, the front doorsteps, and the front part of the house that is going to be brick. Fingers crossed that the weather holds off!

Upstairs hallway. The bonus room is straight ahead and the upstairs bathroom is to the right.

My office


Standing in the living room looking at the pantry, kitchen, and laundry room

Bonus room

Breakfast nook <3

Standing in the foyer looking at the kitchen/breakfast nook and living room

My library

Master bathroom. The vanity will be to the left, linen closet and toilet room are also to the left. The bathtub and shower are to the right and the closet is straight ahead.

Another view of the library.

Standing in the living room looking at the kitchen.

Standing in the kitchen looking at the living room. :)

Guest bedroom

Another view of the bonus room

Master bedroom

Bonus room

Laundry room

Master shower

Foyer. My office is to the left and the laundry/mudroom is to the right.



Bonus room closet/upstairs hallway

Master bathroom vanity/linen closet/toilet room


Master closet

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