Friday, September 12, 2014

My Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Colors & A House Update (Of Course)

If you don't love dark paint get out of here.  But if you do, stay awhile.  Because you're about to see a ton of it.
Welcome to my kitchen, y'all.  The bronze knobs & pulls show up in photo #2 because when I started this post they weren't in, but last night I went to check on the house and boom! There they were!  Do you see those pendants?  I love them.  Mercury glass fixtures were the perfect complement to my color scheme of dark, darker & darkest.
The paint behind the cabinets is Sherwin Williams Backdrop (7025). 
Which leads me to this...
I'm no paint expert but I'm going to dish out some tips anyway.  These have helped me along the way and someday they might help you too.  If you don't agree with them, don't hate me.  I'm just trying to help okay? 
Tip #1If you like a color on a paint swatch, use the one below it. 
I had originally wanted Functional Grey (7024) in my kitchen, but I followed my own rule and went to the next shade and voila ...just look at those cabinets poppin' off of those walls. 
I was also thrilled to discover that the electricians had hooked up all of my lights. 
I really had no idea just how exciting it would be turning those lights on in our new house for the first time.  But y'all, it was like magic or something. 
So of course I had to take a picture at night...(my favorite because I just love under cabinet lights).
I knew from the get-go I wanted taupey-grey paint and you wouldn't believe how many taupey-greys there are to pick from.  A good starting point for me was figuring out which undertone I preferred. 
Tip #2Look at the bottom color on the paint swatch (especially with greys) to determine which undertone will reveal itself once the paint hits the walls
The bottom color on the functional grey/backdrop color family was Well Bred Brown (7027).  I saw that and knew that this color swatch was my new bff.
I mean obviously...
I used 7025 in the dining room.
...and the living room
I cannot wait until they rock the fireplace!  Which will happen next week sometime!  We are in the middle of a mantel dilemma because we want a rustic reclaimed wood one that has lots and lots of character...and those aren't easy to find.
We went with Sherwin Williams Latte in the Master Bedroom because I love a nice dark khaki color in my bedroom and always have.  Maybe because it just feels so cozy. :)  But I wasn't sure if it would flow well with the colors I had chosen in my living room/foyer area.
Tip #3Buy a sheetrock square at Lowes or Home Depot, divide it into sections and paint it the colors you have chosen.  You can look at Houzz and Pinterest all day long, but no color looks the same on your wall as it does in a picture on a website.  You can hold the samples in the light at your own home and see if they will flow and if they look the way you want them to!
This hose will straighten out eventually, but I love this shower head.  I will never clean another shower without a removable head because it's just a pain in the butt.  I got a sprayer on the tub too because I'm just the type of person that thinks way ahead to the days I'll be cleaning this place, and I'm just tryin' to make my life easier. Ha.

And in Kollyns' bedroom and playroom I did end up going with the Functional Grey since the rooms are smaller and I love it!  Still makes a statement without making you feel like the walls are closing in.

And back to Latte in the upstairs spare bedroom...
I definitely favored the neutrals in our new home.  A far cry from the oranges and reds in our first house.
Tip #4Think about the mood you want to set.  I view lighter colors as more formal and cold, and darker colors to me are more inviting and cozy.  But that's just me.  Bold colors are dramatic and neutral colors are a bit more soothing and welcoming.  You know which colors make you feel which way so pick the color that suits the mood you want to create.  I have read so many tips for picking paint but I've come to the conclusion that ultimately it's your house so pick whatever the heck you want. As long as it works for you.
Tip #5:  Use a semi-gloss or satin on trim.  It's easier to clean.  Trust me, I learned that lesson the hard way in my first house.
I know we will probably live in this home for a very long time, and I didn't want to choose anything I would get tired of!
As far as the outside goes, they are pouring our driveway at the beginning of next week.
This week they poured our slabs at the basement...
And at the front porch.
So next week they will be finishing the siding right there around the porch, installing the front porch columns, staining the front door and putting the shutters on!!!
We are getting so close and I couldn't be happier. 
Now to tackle furniture shopping, which is a freakin' beast.  But I'm pretty excited about it.
Another update will be coming up really soon because things are moving so fast right now! 
Just like I like it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Time Marches On...

Okay, I can't even deal.  Devin and I just sent our little girl off to her first day of preschool.  I woke up at 6 this morning and made her favorite breakfast, cinnamon rolls.  I'm pretty sure the icing that was smeared across each one was a little salty, because the tears just would not stop falling.  I didn't let her see me cry because I knew it would break her heart... so I was sure to shed all of them before daylight came creeping in through the windows.
I know. I'm not the first mom to ever send her kid to preschool. 
But it feels like it okay?  So just let me cry.
I started waking her up at 7:30 with lots of snuggles and a little Max & Ruby on TV. 
By 7:50 I had to pull her out of bed and make her get dressed.  Because my kid likes to sleep y'all.  But once she was dressed and looking spiffy, she was in much better spirits and so ready to go to preschool and meet new friends. 
We took a few okay, a thousand pictures before we headed to school and I cried a little more hiding behind the lens.  Doesn't she look so grown up?  Boohoohoo. :(
I learned that she wants to be a Mermaid when she grows up.
And that she's sad about leaving Mom, but only because she thinks I'll be sad...not because she's actually sad about it.
That was made clear when she jumped right out of the car and yelled "Bye Mom, Bye Dad!" never looking back.
I think my heart broke a little, but at the same time it smiled because this was much easier than I thought it would be for her. 
I asked her a few questions on the way just for fun...
What's your favorite color?:  PINK!
What's your favorite food?:  Chicken Nuggets!
What's your favorite thing to play with:  Mermaids!
(By the way she doesn't have a single mermaid toy, but that is her Halloween costume request...hence the sudden obsession.)
Your favorite place?  School!
What's your favorite snack?  Cinnamon Rolls!
(She was eating those at the time, ha!)
Who's ready for school?

She looks way more thrilled than Mom & Dad, don't you think?
She laid a big kiss on dad.  Forever her daddy's girl.

A few kisses and a 10 minute car ride later...she was on her way.
I don't care what anyone's hard letting her go.  Even to preschool just two days a week.  Letting her explore life and learn new things without mom or dad right beside her to guide her.
Thankfully,  I adore her teachers because they taught me when I was little and I have the sweetest memories of my time in preschool.  So that cushioned the blow a little bit.
I saw this poem on Pinterest and then I cried for like ten minutes...
First Day of School
 Wendy Silva
I wonder what you're doing right now,
And if everyone is treating you kind.
I hope there is a special person,
A nice friend that you can find.
I wonder if the teacher knows
Just how special you are to me.
And if the brightness of your heart,
Is something she can see.
I wonder if you are thinking about me,
And if you need a hug.
I already miss the sound of your voice,
And how you give my leg a tug.
I wonder if you could possibly understand,
How hard it is for me to let you grow.
On this day know that my heart breaks,
For this is the first step in letting my baby go.
Okay now I'm going to cry again.  And count down the minutes until I get to pick Kollyns up and hear all about her fun day!
Kollyns River,  we love you so much.  You are the funniest, sweetest, smartest most beautiful girl in the whole wide world.  You fill our lives with happiness and laughter.  You love a good cuddle and digging in mommy's makeup.  And you would ride the four-wheeler all day if we would let you.  You have a huge heart and you can't stand to see anyone upset.  You love to dress yourself and wear my shoes.  And you love pretending like our dog FinLee is your real-life doll baby and pushing him in the stroller.  You love all animals and your favorite place to go is the River!  I can't imagine our lives without your sweet little spirit and kisses. Mommy is so proud of you!
Happy tears, happy tears.  I think.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Still Here!

Hey lovelies.  I know it seems like I have fallen off of the planet, but I'm still here...I promise.
Sometimes I just get blog-bored...followed by a little bit of blog-guilt.
I follow so many blogs and those moms are killing it.  Somehow managing to chase after their toddlers and take completely perfect photos while enjoying life and then write these incredible posts about the neatest things.  Y'all are awesome, but apparently I'm just not capable of that kind of dedication to poor little Almond Joy.
I just can't make myself commit to an every day post.  I just can't. One day...maybe, but for now this is just something I do when I feel like it.  Because it's mine and I can do that you know?
Maybe I should start penciling blogging into my schedule, but that would be hard because I don't have a schedule.  I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get Kollyns to preschool on time starting next week because my morning routine is slam full of coffee, laundry folding, dishwasher unloading and Bible reading okay?
But I can promise this, I will get around to catching you up eventually.  And I will write when I have something to write about. And thank you for still reading even though I'm predictable and inconsistent.  Love ya, mean it.
Speaking of predictable.  Time for another house update.  Eeeks.
I told you we wouldn't be moving in at the end of August even thought that was the predicted date didn't I?  Well that is totally the case.  We won't be moving in until the week of October 20th.  I'm not even sad about it and the good news is we can start looking to lock in an interest rate in about 2 weeks.  And we know for sure what our move-in date will be so we can plan accordingly. 
They finally finished the trim work on the columns.  There are over 50 pieces of wood on each column and it took them a good 2 weeks to get these done.  It felt like forever.  These will be painted white and there will be a decorative piece at the top to cover the gap.  I love them.
Interior Columns
The shower tile is finished!  I can't wait to see it clean and with paint on the walls.  This is seriously bad photo quality but you get the idea.
The bathroom granite is in!  It's called New Venetian Ice and I'm so happy with it!  The floors are covered because the painters are there this week (I'm thrilled.)!
New Venetian Ice Granite, Distressed Black Cabinets
The kitchen granite was also installed this past weekend. We chose the Caledonia with a half bull nose edge.  I had originally planned on doing a fancier edge, but I really didn't want to go over the top because the cabinets are pretty busy and our backsplash will be a stacked rock so I figured we should go easy on the edge to keep everything flowing nicely. ;)

 I can't wait to see the floors stained the ebony color.  I'm thinking it will really set the cabinets off!
And as far as d├ęcor, I haven't really bought that much.
I snagged these adorable canisters at Pier 1 the other week...We bought all three sizes but I only lugged one to the new house to put against the cabinets because I was scared to death of breaking one (they aren't cheap).
And I bought these two cute wall hangings because I figured they would match the zinc top on my Messina Dining Table really well...which is still in the box because it's pointless to set it up before we move in!
And last weekend we loaded up and headed down to a huge furniture warehouse only to come home empty-handed.  Doesn't she look thrilled? ;)
And just for fun...look at this little cutie and her pigtails.  That face...
I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday! :)