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Kitchen + Closet

Hey y'all! I decided to come to the ole' blog and share some exciting updates that have been taking place around the new reno. Last week we decided on counter tops and I seriously cannot wait to see these babies installed. We went with two different types in the space this time around with a black and white theme. The island is painted black and will have a white counter top and we decided to go with USA Quartz Calacatta. Y'all, I'm so happy that we are doing quartz. We've used marble the last two renovations and although it is gorgeous, the upkeep is a little intense. Around the perimeter of the kitchen, the cabinets are painted white and will have black counter tops. (opposite effect here) For those we went with a basic Absolute Black Granite. We looked at some gorgeous new stone and I always enjoy going to the showrooms to see the new products. I fall in love with each slab for some different made up renovation in my head like a beach house, or country estate and its so fun! (think Julie Andrews running around singing - that is me in the stone gallery)

the actual slab we purchased 

love the light veining

The cabinet doors will be finished soon (hopefully by the end of this week) and so now I really need to focus my attention on hardware. I want a gold type cabinet pull but have no clue which direction I'll take on shape and size yet and whether or not I'll do different ones on the top and bottom. I'm posting some inspiration pics below and a super helpful chart just in case you might be in the same position. Give me y'alls thoughts and opinions on the long versus round etc. etc. Both the wet bar sink and the kitchen sink faucets are gold as well if that gives you a better idea!

I need to do a little more research on placement, size and shape before making a decision but we're definitely at that step. I can share a 'how to' after install as well but for now see this article which has super simple and helpful tips on hardware DIY install: The Sweetest Digs Kitchen Hardware 

Now lets switch gears and move on to the master closet. We'll also need hardware in here for the closet island but the color scheme is completely opposite. I decided on an old school polished chrome for the master bath and closet because to me it feels very hotel chic/glamorous and girly. The island will have 6 drawers for Seth and 6 for me so we'll need at least 12 (not counting the drawers in the T shaped closet section) I'm so over the moon for this room aka closet) y'all. If you remember our first renovation, we converted a room to a closet and I'm so excited to be able to do that again in this new home. Bring... it... on! The hubs just finished building and painting my shoe organizer and I must say that it is my favorite piece! Now we are just waiting on island construction and I'll need some sort of huge mirror. Other than that, we can almost mark this space off of the to-do list!

Miss Andi update: We start our second to last treatment next and we are over the moon! She still has the two weeks between each with a bloodwork check between the two. Her last chemotherapy treatment will be 9/18. She is steadily loosing her hair now which is almost a little more devastating since it waited until the end to go. She is confident with removing it all together and assures me that "it will grow back quickly". She continues to be such an inspiration and I am so incredibly proud of my little girl. Thank you for your continued prayers and support throughout this process. They do not go unnoticed. 
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Reno Updates

Hey y'all! I feel like I haven't posted in awhile - I hope everyone in blogland is doing fabulous! Today I wanted to share some scenes and updates taking place around the new home. We're estimating about two more months to move in so we've been busy little bees getting all the odds and ends done. Most importantly though, the kitchen install has officially started! I'm literally obsessed. The cabinet storage space is beyond my wildest dreams and seeing my design for the butler's pantry come to life is so dang awesome! It is probably my new favorite space...ever! (who's coming over for cocktails?!) With everything starting to really come together it is neat envisioning being there and living every day life. We're so close! Anyway, time to share some pics of course. 

Hope y'all have a fabulous week!

Andi update: Miss Andi SO enjoyed having last week off from treatment. The beach was JUST what we needed and the weather was fantastic every single day. However today she has an ultrasound, chemotherapy and an echo-cardiogram so its going to be a long day. I feel like she's in the homestretch with treatments and we just pray that her little body continues to respond so well. Thank y'all so so much for the continued support and the outpouring of love and prayers! 

remaining checklist:

1. touching up paint
2. Trim work/crown molding 
3. Kitchen install complete by next week! Now hardware and counter tops
4. Master Closet install and closet island construction 
5. Glass shower enclosure install
6. Front porch paint and railings
7. Fireplace makeover/paneling
8. Tile backsplash for wet bar and kitchen 
9. Furniture purchases
10. Move in!

and landscaping!

We also scored these cute twin beds for the front guestroom and I'm in love! I had saved the photo on the left for inspiration awhile back and plan to do the same look for this fun guestroom!

Below on the left is the closet so far (haha) the middle is what the constructed island will look like and the right is what we're thinking for shoe storage so stay tuned!

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Sneak Peek: Half Bath

Hey y'all! Notice something new around here? Today I want to share a quick little sneak peek of our laundry room and half bath that was finished this week. I know you've probably seen the wallpaper in my IG stories over the last couple of days but can I just say that I could 100% get locked in this room and be totally content? I'll link all of the sources at the end of this post because this room is seriously one of my favorites. I have a deep love affair with wallpaper and I always have (my husband on the other hand..does not) I will say though that this one was an easy job. Hubs said it didn't give him any trouble and it wasn't even pre-pasted. The colors are so rich and the pattern is absolutely gorgeous. Basically I'm obsessed. 

We're adding in nickel cabinet pulls this evening so that the overhead storage cabinets aren't so plain. We have no added said pulls and I've updated pics (haha) I'm also going to add fun guest towels on the rack and some sort of small or medium potted plant to hide some of the exposed plumbing on the pedestal sink but other than that, this room can be checked off of the list! (don't worry, there's going to be ONE more wallpaper room and I cannot wait to share that one with y'all as well!) Anyway, take a look at how everything came together below:

Stay tuned for more updates! Next up - two weeks to kitchen install starting! 

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Renovation 3 Update

Hey y'all! Its time for another renovation number 3 update and we're making some big strides! Floors, trim, molding, master shower, lighting = all done. We're a little behind on kitchen install because our cabinet guy lost some of his help so we still have that going and also the butler's pantry. The last of the wallpaper is being delivered by the end of the day today so that project can start (Hubs is thrilled to do more wallpaper...) and our entryway light came early instead of its back ordered date of August 12th thank goodness! 

We're currently finishing up painting the stair railings and cleaning and re-staining the handrails and posts. They have painted and caulked all of the trim and crown molding and with the floors finally finished it all looks absolutely beautiful. Outstanding to-do list items are the fireplace project (paneling it in and covering the brick plus new tile surround) painting the front columns and porch, wallpaper half bath and wetbar, kitchen and butler's pantry install, master closet install and a few more tiling projects. I cannot believe we've come this far! It feels like I can go ahead and move furniture in. So without further ado, I present a big ole' photo dump of the progress thus far:

Miss A Update: Andi's CT scan showed nothing out of the ordinary and no disease was evident. She will still need a CT scan every 3 months for 5 years but for now we are singing praise! She is super tired but is still her happy and sweet self. She's a fighter y'all! Thanks again for ALL of the continued support and follow along with more updates on her facebook page. 

I have to open the photo dump with this before and after - can y'all remember when it was a pure
rubble/gut job mess? WOW!
Entryway view the light fixture that came early! Via Ballard Designs

My Fav light fixture for the dining room also via Ballard Designs. Also a great view of the
finished floors! 
Master closet ready to be transformed to the inspiration picture on the right!
Upstairs guest bathroom 1 ready for action (haha)

Master bath is pretty much done minus glass shower door install and picking
out a cute faux roman shade for that window!

I HAVE to share this hysterical add-on to the master bath: a toilet paper holder with
an added tray for belongings and/or phone. I seriously couldn't resist y'all....

Ready for the final touch of glass!

Love this drain
Half bath/Laundry ready for mirror over sink, wallpaper and cabinet hardware

Daredevil getting ready for railings


Kitchen View

Only item in the butler's pantry currently - love him
Miss Andi showing off the bench we scored for the master bedroom last week!
Oh and y'all know my love for this spray paint so we couldn't help ourselves
when we found this original vent grate for the dining room!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July y'all!

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