Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
And here's a shot of the lovely kitchen. Notice the broken floor tiles. Thankfully we have a decent walking path through there.
More broken tiles.
Cramped kitchen + power tools= a lot of stress.
But the girls are *really* excited about the new floors!
Rolling out the roofing felt...Travis is starting the first row. And since you have to do that one by hand, it took a *long* time.And here's the hallway. It's finished except for the, um, finish work that you can see. We need to get reducers and baseboards but it's walkable.And the work that is yet to be done. I think if I work really hard for two or three hours I can get the majority of it done. This has to be done tonight though.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your tour. It will probably be another week and a half before we get the baseboards up unless I can figure out how to do it while Travis is an work. And we have two weeks before Trav's mom and brother come for a visit. I still need to paint...got any paint color suggestions? I'm thinking a nice green or a blue-gray.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I started working on it at 8:30 this morning and have worked on it all day with the exception of getting Chloe to and from school, running to Lowe's and picking up pizza. Then an angel from heaven in the form of a guy from our life group came over and worked with us for a couple of hours. I felt useless on the floor front but it gave me a chance to help Chloe with her homework and get her showered. Then our life group leader dropped by with his daughter (who just happens to be a very good friend of Chloe's) just to see the progress. But I was going to sneak off to bed, wasn't I? Well, if you can't wait to see pictures then you can just drop by and see for yourself. I think we're about 2/3 of the way done with the exception of trim work- that will be a weekend in itself I imagine. I'm glad we've done it because I knew we could and working with a nailgun is fun but if you *can* hire someone to do it for you, I totally would.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here's kitchen #1 and I picked this one for....nobody. I thought about picking this one for Tracy because she likes to be different but in thinking about her decor, I decided that her design style is a little more traditional with perhaps a splash of whimsy...but not a kitchen she's going to hate and have to remodel in two years. Plus what's up with that tiny island?
This is kitchen #2 and (except for those hideous chairs) I'm picking this one for my Mom. It's more traditional like she is and has a ginormous island for those huge family get togethers she has. She refuses any bit of help and this kitchen is perfect with enough space for her to dash about like mad, while the rest of the family samples the 82 appetizers she's made- and my Aunts have room to help her when she's not looking.
This is kitchen #3 and I'm picking it for...Christy. I love the big island and think that it's homey and cottagey enough for Christy's big parties. I was definitely on the fence about this one because of the weird looking stone but I think with a different backsplash she'd settle in just fine.Here's kitchen #4 with another big beautiful island and I suspect that my Mom may like this one as well *but* the galley-ish style is making me say no.Here's kitchen #5 and I'm going to pick this one for my M-I-L. She has great taste and it's frilly and girly and she'd have no trouble putting a lot of pink in here. And she'd be able to host a Christmas party for us and her 85 closest relatives- seriously, I think there are that many.
And here's #6 and the one I'm picking for Angie and Julia. I wasn't sure at first but the farmhouse style sink and beautiful windows overlooking the back yard sealed the deal. I think it might possibly be too much- but we're talking about their mansions now, right? I have no trouble picturing their autumn decor fitting right in here. And probably a window treatment that changes with the seasons. Beachy in the summer, pumpkin for fall, red for Christmas...it lends itself to all seasons with architectural interest and the style of days gone by.
This kitchen is #7 and I'm picking this one for Tracy. I love the harlequin pattern on the backsplash and the exposed stainless steel range hood. I think it's a nice mix of traditional and modern and just a little bit different.OK, you know who I'm picking #8 for, right? It's Mary, of course. With clean lines, square and brushed nickel island light, blue glass tile back splash and a suite of stainless steel appliances, this one screams Mary to me. Hmmm, who to pick for #9...who to pick....who to pick? This is a tricky one because I can see Tisra all over it. With simple clean lines, stainless steel minimalism at it's finest, I wonder if she'd actually go for it. I'm going to say no though and pick....#10 for her instead. It still has clean lines but with the warmth of dark stained cabinets and interesting architectural lines. I think with her big family she'd pick a modern but not stark kitchen that is functional for the biggest family dinners, home school experiments and holiday baking. I'm doubtful that the "indulge" thing would stay though.And that's it. Please don't be afraid to say if you hate my pick, I can't imagine I'm batting 1,000 here- batting zero would let me know that I don't know nearly as much about you guys as I thought I did. But no worries because this is a strictly fun thing. And I must confess that I haven't actually picked a kitchen yet. I have a leaning but there are parts to each of them that I really like. That's the trouble with being the artsy type (which most of you are too) we just like too much stuff. I will narrow it down to one by Thursday though and I can't wait to see which ones you guys pick. Happy hunting.
Monday, September 08, 2008
I took the girls to the park this afternoon and Travis met us after work. The girls played and then Travis watched them so I could take a walk and clear my head. It's amazing how the death of someone you don't even really know can affect you so much. I think it's probably more about the people that I do know and care about and what they're facing that is weighing so heavily on me. I want to be there and I can't be and even if I was, I don't have a relationship with Danielle. Not more than a 'good to see you, how are you' quick catch up sort of way. Anyway, I just don't feel like looking at houses tonight. I'm sure you understand. But lest this be an incredible bummy sort of post I'll leave you with this.
This is the sign that was posted on my fridge this morning. I guess I forgot to tell you all that we're teaching her Jedi mind tricks.
And the modified sign a few minutes later.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I'm pretty excited but it's probably going to be about a week and a half before we're actually able to install them because Trav has to work this weekend. But that's OK because it will give me time to figure out how we're actually going to do it. I did a bunch of research on this particular brand of flooring and found out that it is highly durable and that made me feel better. We got a great deal on it at Costco and it only cost $.05 more than laminate (if anyone reading wants bamboo they have it on sale for $10 off per carton which comes to $1.68 sq.ft. which is really a steal). Of course we still have to rent something to staple or nail or glue it down with but I have a few days to figure it out. And to sand down the kitchen cabinets. After all the talk I did about wanting different color cabinets, when it came time to pick out countertops I quickly came to the realization that I was going to have to hold off on cabinet color until flooring and countertop decisions were made. I actually was completely settled on seafoam (although I did seriously consider the mango color- I thought the room would look like a tropical smoothie) but I also thought that if we sell in the next year, I am not going to want to paint the cabinets again. So there you go. The house progress is coming slowly but surely and I'm very much looking forward to being able to walk in the kitchen without shoes. I'll make sure to post before and afters when we're done.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
And the pepto-purple master...I'm going to guess that they are using this as their daughter's room.
Here's the den with a purple ceiling...
Here's the surprisingly tame, and really pretty bonus room. And another upstairs bedroom that I suspect may be the master- with super-cool painted floors.Here is the room that I'd buy this house for- no matter what color the ceiling is. It's a perfectly beautiful sunroom with gorgeous windows and wonderful stone floor. And the outside courtyard.So what say ye? Do you like the color or would it send you running for a can (or 20) of primer?
Monday, September 01, 2008
When we left our house we were determined to not talk about anything house or kids related- which proved to be impossible since there are some pretty cool flooring to be purchased for the Button casa in the next few days. But I somehow got into a really, really chatty mood and talked at Travis for an hour or so while he listened and nodded graciously. It reminded me of our talks in the midi-lab at SEU before we were dating. I would talk incessantly (often telling the same story 4 or 5 times) and he would listen and laugh at the appropriate moments and somehow we fell in love...funny. We would have talked longer but I went to the ladies room and he went to get a drink and they cleared our table so I felt guilty about sitting at it again. We took a drive and decided to go to Starbuck's in downtown Franklin. We got there at 9:20 and they were closed! Closed! I was a little bummed. All of the main roads leading to the town square had been closed for the weekend and I didn't know why but when we got out of the car we heard live jazz music. I love jazz. Well, I love the jazz that's mostly horn driven, that has a melody and such. I appreciate the more modern very dissonant jazz but it's not too long before I start to feel stressed. Anyway, we started walking around and found out that this weekend was the annual jazz festival and it was $5 to get in. That's really cheap but it was already late and I figured it would be ending any time which is what I told Travis. A kind gatekeeper happened to hear me and said "it's really late so you guys can just go in, really, it's no big deal". So we got to go in after all. At that point the bands had changed from jazz to salsa, which I like too. I really should have been born Cuban. The bands name was 'something, something, something, Cuba!". Not "kewba" but "cooba" said really, really fast. There were people dancing in the streets and people in lawn chairs and one mom was dancing with her toddler son. It was so sweet and relaxing. We found a bench to sit on and talked. It ended at 10, much to the disappointment of the audience. But apparently there's a city ordinance that says that all music must stop at 10- bummer.
We headed home surprisingly refreshed and our kiddos met us at the door. They had several incredibly important things to tell us and Halle had to slide down Trav's legs. It's amazing how much they miss you in four hours. All in all we had a great time and I didn't feel even the teensiest bit guilty for having fun without my kids (I tend to have a problem with that). I can hardly wait until next time.