Countertops!!!

We still need to do the backsplash and add the crown moulding and toe kick to the cabinetry but…. We have countertops now! We haven’t installed my little coffee area countertop yet because we have to build out the wall a little bit still. Goodbye old plywood! The counters we chose are from the brand Cambria and the color is Torquay. We love them! Here are a few iPhone pics, for good measure I added a few “befores”

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Most likely this will be the type of backsplash we are doing, Benja has his heart set on it… And he wants to do dark grout… What do you think??

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,
Brittany

Around the yard

Hi there! I have been ultra distracted lately by having a yard. Take a girl who dabbled in gardening on her patio, stick her in a home with a 1.25 acre yard and well…. You’ll basically never get her inside! Here are a few pics I’ve been snapping lately of our yard! Enjoy 😊
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This little spot is my oasis! All of my plants are doing so so well here! They made the move from my patio to this spot and are happier than ever before.

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Fruit trees and buds! Including oranges lemons and avacados, this weekend we also planted some limes and a guava tree!

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I am working on planting the most colorful bougainvillea hedge you’ve ever seen! We bought a bunch of baby bougs and I’ve been planting them along our front fence. I can’t wait to see them grow taller and taller! They have already grown quite a bit from when I put them in. I could spend every single day outside. It is so peaceful and I love watching the birds and seeing new blooms… This is our own version of paradise and we couldn’t be happier!

XOXO,
Brittany

PS I almost forgot to introduce you to this kitty! Her name is Heiny (pronounced like “high knee” short for Heinrich; Ben named her a looong time ago when he thought she was a boy) we always had her following us around the office and we have been feeding her and taking care of her there for a couple of years. One day Ben decided to bring her home with him! At first she was really scared and hid in the garage. Then Ben put a kitty door in and now she goes in and out freely and follows us around the yard. She loves rolling around in the grass and having such a big property to roam. So get used to her face! You’ll be seeing lots of her 😊

Ok bye now!

Worst blogger on the planet, but…. Progress pics!!!

I might be the worst blogger on the planet. I never post. Like, ever. I know. I’m sorry. But here I am now. POSTING!

I decided to go ahead and share some progress pics with you, and the kitchen pics seemed like the simplest thing to share at the moment. (I have to collect pictures of other rooms from a few different sources.) By no means is this the finished product and I am apprehensive about even sharing these. I my mind I want to share these gorgeous “Better Homes and Gardens” esque photos… however, this is real life and sometimes real life is messy. Kinda like these pics. One day (in what seems like the very distant future) I will show completed before and afters. For now, progress pics is what we shall call them. I hope you enjoy them for what they are. I will share more pics soon. I promise! Without further ado….

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The pictures above are what the house looked like before we touched anything. There is a wall separating the kitchen from the dining room that we took down, making the kitchen/dining area one huge, open space.

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This was after the wall was torn down and we were in the process of fixing the electric etc. before we installed the
new kitchen.

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Above is the kitchen right before we installed the cabinets and temporary countertops.

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You can see in the ceiling where the old wall used to be that closed off the kitchen from the dining area

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This pic was taken while standing in the front doorway.

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This is standing in the laundry room looking straight at the bar.

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A picture of the floors

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The farm sink that I had to fight to get, and the SUPER nice and SILENT dishwasher that we kept from
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The bar!

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And last but not least the kitty drawer with Tubby handles đŸ˜„đŸ˜»

So as you can see we are no where near finished. We have temporary plywood countertops because the quartz we wanted was back ordered for a while and now we are just sort trying to save up for our next round of renovations. We still have to add the crown to the cabinets, the toe kick, the backsplash on the walls, pendant lights, A STOVE/OVEN (which should be on it’s way soon)… I could list a million things. But here we are. I love it and we have come a loooong way since October. Can’t wait to share more with you, and thanks for sticking around 😊

XOXO, Brittany

oops.

It’s been nearly a month since my last post! Ouch. But listen, we have been getting work done! I know you want to see before and after photos as much as I want to live in a finished house! I am not ready to “reveal” any rooms yet but I will say that we have one bathroom 95% finished and one bedroom 100% finished! Exciting stuff. Although now that the bedroom is finished my favorite thing to do is lay in the bed and pretend like the rest of the house will finish itself. haha.. anyways, I figured I’d share a few random pics I have been snapping around the house and over the past few weeks. Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Speaking of Thanksgiving…

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(paint hands =D or maybe grout?)

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And a few from around the house

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And the most famous question we get asked about the house, “are you keeping that chandelier?”

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YES.

XOXO,

Brittany

 

It’s gonna be a White Christmas!

Are you ready for this?? I was barely ready for this. Below are the renderings of my dream kitchen!! We placed the order for our Greenfield cabinets on Monday. They take about 6 weeks to get here so we will be having a white, shaker cabinet Christmas!!  The island is going to be a stained, dark Alder wood.  (The renderings won’t allow two different colors in one kitchen. silly.) These cabinets are no ordinary cabinets; they are American made, and allow for lots of special modifications. In our kitchen we got several roll out shelves, a bakers cabinet complete with jars to hold all baking necessities such as flour, sugar, etc. We also got utensil drawers, knife drawers, and a wine holder for the bar. In fact, Kitchen, Bath and Business Magazine awarded the #1 kitchen design for 2014, to a design firm that used Greenfield Cabinetry! Several of the runner-ups chose greenfield for their design as well! For the counter tops (as of this moment) we have chosen Cambria Torquay, a beautiful quartz material. We plan to do a white herringbone back splash with gray grout. I give full credit to Ben for this amazing kitchen design. This is what he does day in and day out! If you live locally and need cabinets or a countertop, come visit us in our showroom! Here is the website for more information. Without any further ado……

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To the left of the photo below is the bar! Heart eyes for days.

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This is a picture of the Cambria color that we chose

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And this is an example of the herringbone backsplash I mentioned

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I really love these West Elm Stools for the Island

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Currently I am drooling over a lot of different pendant lights to hang over the island. Any suggestions??

 

XOXO, Brittany

 

 

Before

This weekend my wonderful hubs decided to go tear down walls while
I was working. I only got a few before pictures on my camera so I had to pull these off of the MLS listing. I will be posting some in progress pics later this week, and in a few weeks, I may even have a few final pics of a couple rooms! This weekend we bought floor tiles, a toilet and tub for the guest bathroom. We also picked out the floor tiles for the common areas (kitchen, dining, and living room). They are tiles that look like wood! Super durable, and they look great! I really love this new(er) option for flooring. This week the new ACs are also going in! So here are the BEAUTIFUL before pics 😄

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This is looking at the house from the front door. Ben already knocked down the wall you see to the right, making the dining room and kitchen open concept.

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Again this is if you are standing at the front door and you turn your head to the right. That’s a fireplace down there! The long wall on the left of this picture is the wall he knocked down.

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The fireplace!

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This is standing in the kitchen looking towards the front door. This is the wall that is gone now. Bye bye ugly cabinets!

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This is the prize beauty of the house. Imagine the beams up top painted white. This is going to be converted into a luxurious master! The french doors on the right go out to the pool!

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This silly little room is being all torn apart, the wall on the right backs up to the room in the previous picture. Said wall is going bye bye. So is the closet back there. The little room you see right in front is a bathroom that we are making bigger and turning into the cabana bathroom. It will be accessible from the outside and inside. Mostly for use when you are dripping wet from the pool! This room will be convereted into the living room, with the wall gone it is much bigger than this. Also, behind the person taking this picture there are a bunch of french doors that go out to the pool.

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Closer look at the cabana bath

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This is the guest bathroom that Benja already demolished. I picked out floor tile and paint color for this room this weekend. I get to choose everything for this bathroom as far as decor goes and Ben is choosing everything for the cabana bath. (and then we will fight tooth and nail over the master bath decor. haha)

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This is the old master bedroom

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There are two other bedrooms that I dont have pics of. The haven’t been demo’d yet so I will take pics before that happens.

Here is the pool after a good cleaning!

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Have a great week!!

XOXO, Brittany

A life that’s good

October 30th 2014. The day we bought our very first house. I can’t believe it actually, finally happened. We first looked at this house August 22nd and fell in love. Not with the house as it is now, but with it’s potential. As I have said before, Ben co-owns a kitchen and bathroom remodeling business with his brother and he knows how to repair/build/do anything he sets his mind to. When we looked at this house, Ben immediately saw it for what it could be. He painted a mental picture for me so I could catch up. (I think he saw the terrified look on my face.) After seeing what he saw, we knew we wanted to call this house our home. We put in an offer, for a good deal below asking price, that same day. No. We didn’t look at any other houses. (I know. Cray cray.) August 22nd happened to be a Friday, so we didn’t actually get the offer to the bank until Monday. Apparently, over the weekend, the bank dropped the price of the house 20 thousand dollars. Good right? Yes and no. Because of the drop in price, the house had over 75 viewings in one weeks time. There were several offers on the table and the bank decided to ask for “highest and best”. We made our offer and then we proceeded to wait. Forever. After being told we were the highest offer before we went on our trip to Hawaii, we had high hopes. When we returned from our trip we found out that the bank declined ALL offers. We were crushed. We decided to take a peek at what else was for sale in the area we wanted to live in. We saw a few online that we figured were at least worth a drive by. Reluctantly we went out one night to look around. One of the houses had an in ground pool IN THE FRONT YARD. Most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. Another house looked like, if I blew on it, it would crumble to pieces. After those two disasters we gave up. Around this time our realtor contacted us and told us he thought we should re-submit our offer. We did. A few weeks later they accepted it! After many prayers, lots of planning, a zillion jumps through flaming hoops for the loan process, we FINALLY signed for the house today. It’s a major fixer upper. It will be a long process, and I promise at some point there will be tears, but I know this house will be beautiful. I am so excited to share this journey.

We celebrated with margaritas after signing!

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“Home is the nicest word there is.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Long day necessity

It was a long day. Sometimes long days call for spa nights. At home.

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This little girl found a comfy place to relax while I soaked my feet in the BEST smelling bath salts ever! She even told me I look beautiful in my mask. 😉 Happy Monday, friends!

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Easy like a Sunday morning

We are still in the end stages of closing on our house, and I don’t really want to talk about that because.. You know… It’s not final yet! BUT thinking about leaving our little home that we have had for 6 whole years makes me so sad! I know we will make our new house a home and I will grow to love it, but as someone who doesn’t embrace change very well, I know it will be hard for me! Anyways, I have always loved the lighting in our condo and I decided to capture some patio photos as it may be one of the last lazy mornings I spend here…. … . SOB!
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We are definitely going to have to build a “catio” for this boy.

Mimosa kisses and Sunday dreams,
Brittany