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27 Apr

Thanks to Mandi at Vintage Revivals and her second FFA Challenge (which has nothing to do with future farmers!), I discovered the coolest little quiz from HomeGoods.  Now, I’m one of those girls who loves taking a quiz…guess it brings me back to my Teen Magazine days when I wanted to find out what celebrity I was most compatible with.  Unfortunately for me, Jonathan Taylor Thomas didn’t take the ‘what non-celebrity are you most compatible with’ quiz because it would have obviously said ME!  Just kidding, it all ended well for me…hubs is WAY better than JTT.  What is JTT up to these days anyway?

Wow…can I say tangent?!  OK, back to business…usually the quizzes I take are only halfway correct…much to my disappointment.  However, this one was dead on!  According to everyone who commented on Mandi’s blog, it was dead on for them too…kinda freaky!

So here are my results:

Whitney, you are an Earthy Casual

You’re interested in creating a welcoming home where people feel comfortable and happiness flourishes. You appreciate the warmth and individuality of natural materials and handcrafted things and are inspired by colors and forms from nature. You love mixing up different textures and are sensitive to the tactile qualities of objects. Your style is grounded and solid, not flighty or frilly. And you are never taken in by the trend of the moment.

You value serenity. While there are probably a lot of interesting things in your home, they are joined by your taste or a certain palette that keeps them in harmony. You appreciate the beauty in simple forms. Whether fancy or plain, you appreciate things that are well made and function as well as they look. You also have a strong respect for the environment and craftsmanship. You care about how things are made, and how they are used.

Putting Your Style to Work!
With your style and needs in mind, here are a few tips that will help you make your home a little happier.

1. Your Design Challenge: MAXIMIZE Design is all about tricks, and with small spaces, the game is to literally trick the eye. Mirrors obviously expand a sense of space, and if possible, place them across from windows so they pick up the light and the outdoors. Leggy furniture gives the illusion of more space, as you can see under it. And, a mix of upholstered and non-upholstered pieces also makes a room feel less dense. Also, consider multi-tasking furniture, like a dining table pushed against the wall—it can be a desk by day and gets pulled out for dinner parties. Or a bedside table big enough to accommodate a chair and function as a desk.

2. Your Happy Place You can make your bath like your own private spa, an escape from the world—even if you share it! Consider making every useful thing beautiful—from the soap dish and toothbrush cup to a pretty jar for cotton balls and a plush, new set of matching towels (white is the most calming and spa-like). You deserve this! Using trays for corralling perfumes and bowls or cups for makeup will make things look organized and attractive. A really lovely idea, if you have space, is to include some real furniture like a little lamp or a stool for setting towels or even a comfy chair by the tub!

3. Be Party-Ready All the Time!

Scent: The first thing you notice about a home is how it smells. Use naturally fragrant cleaning products. If you find a scented candle or fresh potpourri you love, stock up on it. Any scent you like, whether perfume or linen spray, can be used on upholstery, bedding or just spritzed into the air.

Mood: Nice, flattering light makes us feel good. So nix the harsh, direct light from overhead fixtures in favor of the softer glow from floor and table lamps. Also, stock up on some votive candles and a couple of hurricane lanterns for setting around the room.

Food: Devote space in your pantry or on a shelf for go-to party essentials: crackers, dip, chips, nuts—whatever you like to serve. Keep on hand a collection of attractive bowls and cocktail napkins, and you’ll be able to set a spread—instantly!

Drink: The simplest and chicest thing is to have a drinks tray or table always set up. Include a mix of pretty glasses, an ice bucket, a lovely pitcher, and bottles of soda and water. When the bell rings, just add ice and limes.

My Happy Home Colors:

I do love me some yellow!  And the walls in the living room and kitchen were painted orange in our old house!  (sounds crazy, but it totally worked!)

I know that is a lot of information, but I thought it was so cool!

So now it’s your turn.  Head over to the HomeGoods website and take the quiz.  Then let me know in the comments section what they came up with for you and if it is completely accurate or way off.

Oh…and Happy Friday!!!  We are stopping by the house tonight after work…can’t wait to see the latest progress!!

Progress – Foundation Poured

20 Apr

Each stage of the house is increasingly more exciting than the last for us.

So, as of April 9th, the most exciting part so far was seeing the foundation poured.

The foundation is one of the most important parts of the house.  It can make or break it.  Without a strong foundation the walls could crumble down at any moment.  However, the most exciting part is that the foundation is done and the framing can begin!  That is when we will really see the rooms that we’ve stared at on paper for so long come to life.  We are so ready for that.

Until then, you will have to settle for an up close and personal shot of the foundation.

We never thought that we’d be so excited over a slab of concrete!

Just for fun, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been working on recently…

This is my inspiration board for our Living Room.  I love the light/bright colors.  It is so fun and airy.  In case you are wondering, our couch will ‘float’ in the room and behind it is the kitchen so that is why I don’t have anything hanging over the couch, but I’m thinking that color gray will be perfect for the living/kitchen area.  (Side Note:  If you haven’t checked out Polyvore, it’s pretty awesome!  Such a great way to see how everything will look together before you spend tons of money…also good for showing the Hubs!)  Sadly, the only thing we own in the picture right now is the couch, so it will be a long process to actually make it look like the picture.  Plus, I’m thinking Hubs might need some persuading, but I’ve got several months…right?!

Here’s to wishing and hoping and, of course, daydreaming!


4 Apr

Today is all about inspiration.  You already know that I love me some pinterest, so you can guess where most of my inspiration for our house comes from.  So let’s get right to it so you can see the parts of our house that we are most excited about…

First up…the stairs:

This is an idea of what our stairs will look like in our foyer.  Unfortunately, they will not be so grand and will definitely not have that sweet window seat (I mean how cool is that??).  We love stairs with landings like that one three steps up and we also love the square newel posts, although ours will not be that big.  You get the idea.

Next up…Dining Room:

Across from the stairs is the dining room.  We love craftsman bungalows so a lot of things in our house will have that influence.  From the picture above we want to recreate the half-walls with columns (possibly with built in cabinets, but we will have to see about that).  By the way, how gorgeous are those front doors??


I just love this fireplace, don’t you?  The stacked stone, the built-ins, the square windows on either side and the moldings under the mantle.  I’m really excited about seeing this come to fruition.

One of my favorite parts…The Banquette:

Come on…that is amazing.  Ours will be tucked away in a little nook so it won’t be quite that open to the kitchen and there probably won’t be room for chairs on the other side of the table, but there will be a built in bench with cushions and lots of fun pillows and a corner of windows letting in lots of light.  I know that was a run on sentence, but there is so much good stuff in it I don’t even care!

Mud Room:

We are going to have a small mudroom right inside the garage before you enter the kitchen.  This was the perfect spot for the lockers I have been lusting over for years.  It will be the perfect spot for hubs’ giant lunch box he takes to work every day, as well as my purse and our coats, keys, etc.  Our lockers won’t be that large and I think we will only have room for 3, but I am excited none-the-less.

Finally…the kitchen:

Again, this is for inspiration purposes only.  However there are a few similarities like:  dark hardwood floors, white cabinets, hood over range, island with farmhouse sink, grey walls, and some pops of color possibly similar to the color scheme below:

I just love the soft, bright colors.  This will carry over to our living room as well since it’s all open.

And…just for fun:

I have been loving this chandelier from West Elm for years.  I’m hoping to be able to put it in the dining room.

And speaking of things I’m dying to get….

How beautiful is that chair from Crate and Barrel?! It would be so perfect with a bright colored pillow in say, I don’t know, yellow!  I want it, please.  It would be the perfect addition to our living room.  I think we need 2!

Anyways, I hope that gives everyone a better idea of what our house will look like.  All of the above pictures can be found on my pinterest boards home decor and room inspiration.

I’ll try to post the progress on our house so far later this week.  We are taking a picture each week to track the process.  However, they started a few weeks ago so we have some catching up to do.