09/26/2017

Savannah’s Newborn Pictures

Last week we took newborn pictures for Savannah, and I was sure to include a few family pictures in as well. We used the same photographer as we did for Jack’s newborn pictures and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

The session was so fun not only because I was with my family and my girl (Not even a week old in these!), but my photographer is also a friend and was one of my gymnastics coaches growing up. To top it off, my other gymnastics / cheerleading coach came to the session to assist with set-ups and Savannah, so the entire three hours were so enjoyable as we caught up and chatted about old times and new. It is such a joy to see women I looked up to as a youth now see me as an adult with babies. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the births of their children, and now we are doing the same with mine!

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

Staci is such a talented and creative photographer, and she knows I like a more natural look. We stuck with a lot of neutrals and leaned more toward simplicity. I have so many favorites from the shoot, and here are a few:

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

Savannah's Newborn Pictures

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09/21/2017

Home Building Series: Interior Design

It’s been a while since I’ve given a house update, so I wanted to jump on here and talk a bit about where we’re at in the process.

Home Building Series: Interior Design

As fun as building a house can be, you’re bound to run across delays and difficulties throughout the build. One thing that’s been difficult is accepting that the timeline, in fact, does sometimes change. We had a slight delay due to our electric company getting a meter set-up, and we needed a pump to take water out of our basement foundation before we could start rough framing. Thankfully we are up-and-running now and I’m hoping the process has a few less delays in the upcoming months! The house is pretty much completely framed, and we are looking forward to the roofing and exterior siding, windows and doors to be added soon. If you follow me on Instagram, then you have seen a little sneak peek at the outside!

Home Design Series

Now let’s talk about some more good stuff – design! We’ve already chosen most of our interior design options. Really the only thing we have left on the books to choose is our electric – light fixtures and chandeliers – which will happen later this fall. For now though we’ve already talked kitchen design, and mid-summer we chose the other interior design features including flooring, paint, bathrooms, fireplace, and more. Here are some of the choices we’ve made:

I knew that for the most part, our color scheme needed to stay in a light gray/grayish realm, with warmth coming from the flooring, fireplace mantle, and ceiling beams. We wanted all the flooring to flow nicely throughout the house, so we went with a dark hardwood (Shaw Delray in Bayfront 493) that will run through the entry, kitchen and dining, hallways and mudroom.

Home Building Series: Interior Design

We chose Mohawk Simply Grey carpet in Cindersmoke for our great room, all the bedrooms and our master closet.

Home Building Series: Interior Design

When it came to designing the fireplace I really wanted a neutral stone with a stained mantle. We selected DQ Prestige Weather Ledge, laid drystacked for the fireplace and Sherwin Williams #3234 Black Walnut for the fireplace mantle (as well as the great room beams. I think this will look so great, especially with the two built-ins along the sides and shiplap on the top half of the fireplace. The design plan is something like this:

Home Building Series: Interior Design

In our mudroom we’re going to have a built-in desk feature and a built-in mudbench, complete with more shiplap and cubbies. The desktop and the mud bench will both be painted the SW#3234, and white shiplap will run across our coat rack. This element will play off the fireplace shiplap nicely! Where it shows bead board in the slide below is where the shiplap will now go.

Home Building Series: Interior Design

We knew too that we wanted to keep the kids bathroom priced well so we went with a basic 12×12 tile called Floridatile Continent in Delta Haze that will also be in the laundry room.

Home Building Series: Interior Design

We went with an espresso color vanity with a white top, and instead of doing a frameless builder-grade mirror, I will bring in one I purchase on my own for the bathroom to give it a little character. The tile on the shower wall will match the tile on the floor.

One thing we knew we wanted to upgrade was our tile in the master bathroom. We tried to keep our budget overage mostly in there. The picture below shows the materials to be warmer than they are due to the lighting, but it’s actually a much more cooler gray.

Home Building Series: Interior Design

After quite a bit of thought, we went with a light gray plank tile flooring called Lint Emotion Ceramics in Mindi Blanco that will be laid in a hardwood pattern. For the shower walls, we chose Daltile Marble Falls in White Water, a sort of smooth white subway tile with hints of gray. I am most excited about our shower floor though! It will be Floridatile Pietra Art Pebbles in Snowball, which is what I’ve been hoping to have the whole time. Our master bathroom tile upgrades are definitely more than we had planned, but we took money from our kitchen backsplash fund to help pay for it. My dad is a tile contractor so he’s going to pop in during construction to do our kitchen backsplash and help us save a little money. Something else we decided to do was get a stand-alone tub. I found a few that I love, so now we are just waiting on pricing.

Something that we decided to do during the building process that we weren’t planning on when we started is to finish part of our basement. We have an open stair rail and we want to make sure that they lead to somewhere, and not just an unfinished basement! We also needed a place for the kids to play. I didn’t want to build this beautiful new great room and then have toys everywhere, so we decided to have them finish about 700 square feet of the basement recreation area, and later we will finish the bathroom and a fourth bedroom. For now though, it will be really nice for the kids to have a place to play and store their toys, and for us to have a cozy couch and a big TV down there as well. The extra 700 square feet in the basement will bring our house up to about 2600 square feet, which seems plenty big enough for our family of four without being too over-the-top.

Next up on the to-do list will be choosing all of our lighting features. I’m sure there will be areas I want to spend a little more on, but I’m going to try to reign it in and decide where I really want to spend that money. For example, on our floor plans it shows recessed lighting over our dining table but I’m 100% certain I want a chandelier over our table. I’m not fully sold on whether or not we need hanging pendants or lighting over our kitchen island. I know right now they are recessed lighting, but I know that I typically prefer hanging pendants. However, I don’t know yet if it will block my view from the kitchen into the great room so I’m not sure if that is something I want to do or not. Another thing we had quoted was for a wet bar downstairs, but we decided that right now it won’t get enough use to justify the cost. We would rather put a few thousand dollars into our patio area at some point then a wet bar in the basement. Maybe eventually we can add one, but right now we’re going to skip that part.

We get asked a lot when we’re expected to move in, and frankly at this point I’m not 100% sure. Originally it was supposed to be mid-December, but then we decided to have part of our basement finished, which added a few weeks on to the process along with a couple other delays I mentioned about. Now we’re looking into February, but I am hopeful it will be earlier!  Right now though I’m just trying to focus on the present and remain focused on what comes next, which is adjusting our family to a new baby!

And just for fun, here are a few design inspirations where I got ideas for the colors and materials used in our interior design decisions!

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09/14/2017

Savannah’s First Days

While we were in the hospital, I wanted to take a few pictures of my girl to capture those very first days of her life. Oh how I wish I had my amazing camera lens when Jack was this little! I love simple lifestyle shots, and wanted to make sure I had a few of Savannah while we were in the hospital. It’s amazing how quickly newborns grow, and these early days are the tiniest and sleepiest ones she will ever have.

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Savannah James Newborn

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