Monday, October 31, 2011

Dream House Week: 13

You may have noticed that I skipped dream house week 12. I would have posted, but didn't think a picture of a pile of windows and doors waiting to be installed would have thrilled you. So, yes, week 12 was a bit boring, but week 13 more than made up for it! We have stairs and windows and doors and plumping rough in, and much more!

First, the 360 window and door views,

On to the awesome retaining walls. I didn't know I would love a retaining wall, but I can't resist those adorable stairs.

Next up, inside stairs!

from the basement to the first floor,

and from the first floor to the second.

The living room fireplace arrived,

and a lot happened upstairs as well. Here's the first bedroom you come to at the top of the stairs.

To the left is the second bedroom.

The hall bath is all roughed in and ready for the tub.

I am in love with our master bath. Look at that tub. Just look at it. I can't wait!

I'm also in love with the little bench in our shower. To fully appreciate how much I'm looking forward to this bathroom, you have to understand that the bath in the roost is hardly large enough to turn around in, has a permanently mildewed tub, and a shower that only gives you enough hot water for 1 and 1/4 showers at a time. It is no fun to be the 1/4 person. I will probably live in our master bath after we move in - I am so excited!

The master bedroom is almost the full length of the house. I think I'm going to use that little nook under the window as a place to read. I'm now on the lookout for a super comfy chair and little table.

Yay, new house! I made a little video tour so you can get a better idea of the space. YouTube and our slooow Internet are having a fight, so I'll post it as soon as it's finished uploading.

Have a Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trick or Treat

I have a few more little Halloween tricks up my sleeve.

Some harvest colored books, a few paper bats, my ceramic pumpkins, and vintage flash cards made for an easy vignette.

Down in the living room a gather banner and a few gourds should keep things festive through Thanksgiving.

I'm loving all these warm fall colors! Now I just need to pull out all my sweaters and hunker down with a fun size snickers bar or 2 10. This girl is looking for all coziness and treats this season!

What's your favorite Halloween treat?


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dream house: week 11

Last week at the dream house...

The retaining walls were built. I can't wait to show you pictures of the finished walls next week. They. Look. Awesome!

And the main excitement.... the roof is all framed and papered! We are ready for shingles. Fingers crossed that the blue and black speckled samples I picked out really do look like slate once they're up on that roof!

All the rooms upstairs are framed in as well, like the two kid/guest bedrooms you see here.

The windows and doors were delivered today, and the stairs should be right behind them. I can't wait to actually get to see the upstairs rooms in person!

More house soon, and a few more fall decor posts as well. Hope your week is lovely so far!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

spooky kitchen

I never really decorate for Halloween. I'm more of a pumpkin and fall leaf girl because it's a look that can last from September through Thanksgiving. However, our recently acquired vintage typewriter (Question: doesn't a typewriter pretty much have to be called vintage?) inspired me to spookify the kitchen a tiny bit.

Brad is actually the one who fell in love with the typewriter, and I'm glad he did, because I knew I had to use it to leave  "a dark and stormy night message."

I paired the typewriter with a bowl of mysterious silver pumpkins and fruit.

On the nearby cabinet, a bat tree adds a little extra creepiness. It was super fast to create - just a few branches and some bat clipart.

My tablescape should last all the way through fall.

I copied Pottery Barn and filled my lantern with pumpkins and gourds.

A small dough bowl holds silverware.

No one was coming to dinner, but I had to try out my apple place card idea for the pictures.

Now I just need a pot of cider heating on the stove and the kitchen will be deliciously full of my favorite fall things!

What kind of Halloween decorator are you? Do you stick to the harvest look? Do black cats and bats make you smile? Or do you go for the full ghouls and goblins scare?


Linking here: The Shabby Nest

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dream House: week 10

This was the week of overnight changes. You go to bed with a one story house. Get home from work the next day - bam! - second story. Just like that people! And by the end of the week, most of the roof was there as well. Take a gander at the crazy fast progress.

Front of the house

Right Side

Left side


1st kid bedroom

2nd kid bedroom

Master bedroom

Master bath

Kid bath and master bath area

The roof shingles go on tomorrow - we are kind of racing the rain, so fingers crossed! The stairs should be in by next Friday, and I can't wait. Right now the only way to reach the second floor is up a ladder that stretches   all the way to the basement. And it's not so much that I have a fear of heights, as it is that I have a serious fear of falling. I'm way too chicken to venture up that ladder, so I've been sending Brad up with the camera. I can't wait to see the second floor for myself!