Exterior Inspo

Hey y'all and happy Wednesday! I hope everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend. We spent a lot of time with family but also a lot of time at the new house and we have (I think) FINALLY finalized the floor plan and room layout for the first floor. We're using two of the bedrooms downstairs for different purposes. The first is going to be an extension of the kitchen and the second is going to be a master closet. We ended up not having a dining room and at first that was ok until it hit me...that we wouldn't have a dining room to entertain. Anyway, long story short, we're keeping that plan but switching the living room and dining room areas so that we will still have a large functioning dining room. I don't have much to share on the inside front other than that bit of info only because plaster take down is still the main issue right now.

Lets switch gears from inside to outside for a second. This house sort of stumps me because it doesn't have shutters. We could always add them but some would be angled funny since a few of the windows literally line up against the house. Because of this, I'm leaning towards a color with thick white trim. I've ALWAYS been a white house person so these are way out of my comfort zone but I'm drawn to grays for some reason. I'd still do a blue porch roof/floor and maybe a fun color door but take a look below at these options (all of which don't have shutters so y'all can see what I mean) and let me know your thoughts!

Happy hump day friends!

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Friday 5: Wallpaper SOS

Hey y'all and happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a little more than 5 things and its only because I'm so dang torn on which option to go with. We're also nowhere near this step in our renovation but I like to have a notebook or inspiration board with my design style and choices way in advance.  

Y'all know I love a good wallpapered room and in our last home, the hubs agreed to a deal that I would always get at least one room with wallpaper. Preferably the smallest room. (usually just a half bath and nothing larger - those that have done their own wallpaper know why this is the case) Anyway, the half bath that I'm doing has super tall ceilings but I'm thinking I may only wallpaper the top half and add a chair rail/wainscoting to half the wall and have more contrast. Also, we're adding a large cabinet and doors to hide laundry in there so there really won't be too much wall to cover. With that said, I'm going a little out of my french toile comfort zone and doing something a little more on the wild side.  I've pictured my top choices below and would LOVE to know which one y'all are drawn to the most. Thanks for your help in my crazy wallpaper indecision! (I'm thinking I need to wallpaper more rooms, am I right hubs?!)

Hope y'all have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Linking up with April and Christina for Friday 5

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WHW: Fiesta!

Hey y'all! Welcome to another What's Hap-'pinning' Wednesday link up. I don't have much on the new (old) home front because we're still just in the process of taking down and removing all of the plaster. I'll report back next week!

On the flip side though, our weekend was jam packed. I've been prepping for weeks to host my friend's fiesta theme bridal shower and it was Saturday at our house. The theme was Monograms and Margaritas (which I also had for my bridal shower and let me tell y'all - a monogram shower is so worth it!) and although it was pouring outside, it was absolutely perfect. I used the Margarator to make frozen margaritas and also had some other options. On the menu we had mini tacos, chip & dip bar, fruit and grilled chicken. The cupcakes were even fiesta themed and so yummy! I'm so excited for their wedding and this was a great addition to the excitement surrounding their upcoming nuptials. (Love you Erika!)

After the shower I had some girlfriends come in from out of town that I went to high school with and we did a full blown dinner and girls night out on the town. With that said, everyone knows how Sunday went right? AWFUL! Gah I"m so old! My college friend swears that taking midol will reduce a hangover and I finally took her up on it. It worked! (I mean, it helped...) Once the house was back in order and everyone left, I headed to my in-laws to pick up Miss A and enjoy a good home-cooked meal. Luckily we always have the Monday after graduation off (I work at a University) so that was the perfect amount of relaxing and recovery time before meeting my parents out for dinner when the Hubs got off work.

For the rest of the week we're going to try and get some stuff done on the house and get those LVL beams ordered for the kitchen. Tonight we have our end of the year church picnic so I'm really excited for some good ole' fashioned fun and food this evening!

Also squeezed in mimosas for the royal wedding and then watched Miss USA on Sunday night - tell me your thoughts!

Thanks for linking up today

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WHW: Demo Continues

Hey y'all! Ready for some more of my new demo day series? (I seriously need to order those demo day shirts and wear them every Wednesday now) We've been knee-deep (more like neck deep) in rubble and demo over the last week but my goodness the hubs and FIL have been kickin' some major b-u-t-t! Like I mentioned before, this time around we basically have to remove the plaster and can't just dry-wall over top of it in every room. Seeing this house go down to the studs and slats is such a crazy thing to watch! Its almost like you're building from scratch. We've exposed the future kitchen, living room, closet and hall bath and it looks insane! We've also successfully blown through the hall closet to form the future breezeway that will connect the master bedroom to the closet and bath. Its a pretty cool transformation!

Standing in future master closet and looking through new breezeway to master bedroom
- bath will be through left door in breezeway

The structural engineer was great and confirmed our original thoughts for the kitchen. We'll have to install a temporary support wall while taking out the load bearing one of course but afterwards we'll only need to put in two LVL beams (LVL beams are heavier than your standard lumber) around the center ceiling of the kitchen. Luckily these can be hidden and we get to avoid any type of vertical post like beams. He's going to send over the proposal so that in case its needed for a building inspector, we'll have it on hand. Ahhhh I can just see that kitchen starting to come to life! 

The beams pictured above will be removed to great one big room for kitchen

We also ran into a pretty pleasant surprise in the hall bath downstairs (best find of the week by far) We started to play around in there and rip up the rotted old vinyl and much to our surprise there was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l hardwoods under there! We plan to turn that bath into a half bath with laundry included so this was a great score!

Ah I just love them! Woot woot! 

Just to give you an idea of how the plaster removal is going in the living room thus far - looks like a totally different space! The potential is unreal. This was the living room last week and then the after 'in progress' pics I took yesterday.


in progress 
Backside of living room that is now exposed to hall bath and kitchen beyond that 

Check back next week for more updates and thanks for linking up!