Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spec Home House Tour

Exterior Of Home Before
The week before Christmas, we found out that the sale of our spec home had fallen through $%#@!!!   It also occurred to me that I had never given a whole tour of the spec home.  So here you go.


Exterior of Home Now

The kitchen before had VERY nice new cabinetry from a few years ago, but it also had mismatched appliances, a laminate countertop (in a clashing color), and Pergo floors.  (I am not a big fan of Pergo......sorry).   Also, super dated lighting and plumbing fixtures.

The kitchen received new paint, amazing brick pattern tile floors, stainless appliances, lighting, granite counters, cool industrial faucet, and a really pretty crackle finish subway tile backsplash.  Look how much better the cabinets look with the right color countertop!

Julie (My Mom) sewed the new hand towels to coordinate with the curtain fabric that became the color inspiration for the whole project.

Julie also sewed the curtains.  The cute green tabs were a solution to a shortage of curtain fabric.
(Not sure how I managed to do that, but the tabs fixed it).

The new flooring, and getting rid of the ugly vertical blinds made a HUGE difference in the amount of light in the room.  Also notice the giant pine tree from the before that is gone in the after.  It is one of MANY trees that fell in Davis County in the huge wind storm.

It is hard to get a good picture from inside the bathroom, but the stripe in here is one of my favorite parts of the whole house.  It has a slightly metallic sheen to it, and looks really great with the marble floors, and Ceasarstone Counters.

We put new bathtubs in, and white subway tile surrounds.  Here is another look at the striped wall.

Besides the obvious new carpet and paint, we also widened the entrance to the family room at the bottom of the stairs, and put in a new iron and wood topped railing (in the left of the photo).  We also got rid of the obnoxious low hanging light fixture at the bottom of the stairs. 


At one end of the family room in the basement was a wide storage room.  It took a lot of the light from the room, and seemed like a giant waste of space, so we tore it out.  The family room is big and bright and open now.

I have written about the laundry room changes before.  I love this room now!

I have also posted this fireplace before too.  I think it is one of the most dramatic changes.  I wish you could see it in person.  The wood work fireplace surround is so beautiful in real life.

If you live in Utah, this house is back up for sale!  The real estate listing can be found here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Here's Wishing You a Very Merry Day!

Image Via HouseandHome (dot com)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Candyland Christmas Part 2

 I updated the original post I did for my outdoor "Candyland Christmas" theme. But most likely people didn't scroll back down through all the posts to see the update. I finished up the urn bases by adding some fresh pine boughs leftover from the windstorm outside (necessary to hide the rocks).

And I brought out some lanterns from inside.

Thanks so much for spending some time at my blog!
I would really love for you to became a new follower!

Hope you are having a really great Christmas week!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Hubs!

It's the Hubs birthday today.

The thing about Bryan is, he is always a good sport.  He is super willing to help out ANYONE that needs his help.  He is pretty much the best person I know in that regard.

 He's a super nice Dad.......

And a super fun Dad.........

And you know those assignments they give kids in Elementary School, where you have to write about "My  Favorite Person", or "My Hero".  Well so far, Bryan has been picked hands down every time as the topic in those assignments........for all of our kids.

Even though this is what his face looks like when I say things to him like, "Briny, do you think you could rock over the old fireplace"?

He still rocks over the old fireplace. 
(The problem with being good at things, is that you get asked to do them).

I can't think of anyone I would rather spend time with. 
And we just keep having more fun year after year.

Oh, and he looks pretty good in a suit too.  Happy Birthday! 
We love you lots.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Wrong Kind of Vintage

 Look what I dug out of the basement last week.  I stumbled across a craft bin I haven't opened for YEARS!  Apparently I spent a good portion of 1996 tole painting woodsie ornaments.

I can totally picture myself at the kitchen table in our condo wearing my Gap overalls and Doc Martin sandals, painting my little heart out.

And good thing I owned the Christmas Simple Shapes pattern book.  I wouldn't want to stray too off course with my painting.

How else would I have known that bears wear sweater vests???

Oh, and I guess snowmen too.  Check out the sweater vest on this guy!!!

Remember when we put Raffia on EVERYTHING?  Do they still make Raffia?

 Anyway, the dozens of ornaments that didn't get painted in 1996 turned out to be a really fun Christmas craft for my kids on Saturday. 

 Here's to a great and crafty weekend!  I hope yours has been great too.


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