Framing Progress and Kitchen Selections

Hi Friends!
Hope you all had a very Happy Christmas!

This post has been sitting here unfinished for a few weeks. This time of year is so busy. I don’t feel bad saying that I am so glad it’s over.
We put up a little artificial tree, supposedly it’s 6 feet tall.
This season seemed busier than it should have. I helped out at the Daisy a little bit, which was fun, I had to finalize several selections on the house and…. well, I could go on but in the end I just wasn’t organized.
To be honest, this Christmas has been a really emotional one for me. I think the whole realization of our move away from family hit me super hard. I missed being part of the celebrations with our siblings, their families and our parents.
Also, thinking back on years past with my kids always gets the tears flowing.  I have been able to spend more time with them lately, watching them study so hard for exams, attending Christmas performances, we went shopping together – this holiday break has been amazing in that way. They have become such responsible young men. It was a struggle going from little boys to young men with so much change going on for them in the last few years. But at this point I can say – it’s all going to be OK. They are so enjoyable to be around and I can see that they are respectful and polite not only to me but to others. I feel super grateful and proud of them both.
I love my boys!!!!
The house is coming along too.
The framers have been working hard. One day the boys and I took them some donuts and a case of waters. It has been super cold and even snowed. Those guys didn’t even miss one day of work!
Do you remember when I talked about how we were disappointed about the number of stairs to the porch?
Well, Marc started calling it Machu Picchu..
This is the real Machu Picchu…

This photo of MachuPicchu Center is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Funny – right?!

Now that the house sits on the foundation it doesn’t have quite that look or feel as much.

Sometimes it helps to laugh at things that might otherwise be annoying. Some things will be exactly right and some things won’t.

Here is what’s happening inside.

The kitchen is signed off on. I chose white upper cabinets and Java stained bottoms.

The photo above is the wall that faces our family room. I imagined these cabinets looking a lot different when we began our design but after trying to communicate what I wanted and then paying for any customization – it wasn’t worth it. I think the storage of the upper cabinets will be the best choice in the end.

I read that open shelving looks amazing in pictures but they don’t function well. I imagined the hood to be a chimney shape but it’s price tag was a lot and it seemed too small for the space.

The fridge and oven cabinets will match the base cabinets in a dark stain.

And this is the island.

I love the way it all lays out but let’s look at the wood colors side by side…

White uppers, Java base cabinets sitting on Spice Brown oak floors.
I like the contrast.
Yesterday I looked at counter tops. The natural granite choices are so pretty. I think I want a more solid looking color with a matte finish. I thought I would like a soft white or gray but I still gravitate to black. We’ll see how the estimates come back.
This was a quick update and a lack luster Christmas post that I have rewritten a few times but I just had to pop in before the years end to wish you all a very happy 2018!
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Once you're in and it's next Christmas, all this will be behind you and you'll forget what a hassle it was! It's going to be great, and probably perfectly imperfect for you, but it will be home. In the end, that's what counts.

Leslie Harris

This is some exciting stuff Holly!! My goodness the house is going to be gorgeous, I really love your choices in the kitchen. I bet you can’t wait till it’s done. How old are the boys now? I still have little boy faces in my mind but that was quite awhile back now. I’m proud of you for getting through this Christmas when you’re away from family. I know that’s tough. But now that the holidays are past you’ve got so much to look forward to beginnng with this house! Hope you have a beautiful 2018! XOLeslie


Hi Holly,I bet it feels so great to see the framing almost done on the house. Now it is probably feeling more like a home. Your kitchen is going to be beautiful. I love your vision and the cabinets are going to be so stunning. The holidays are hard when we do not have our family near. I am glad you found joy in doing things with your sweet boys. Enjoy seeing the progress on your home.May the new year bring you great joy, lots of good health and hopefully very soon a brand new home to settled into.xoxoKris

lisa f

New construction always feels like it takes forever. We just went through a 1,000 sq ft addition with another kitchen. Now we have 2 kitchens. Love the cabinets.Not sure if you are into feng shui, but you shouldn't have water and fire placement across or inline from each other. You could move the island over or offset the sink. Just a thought before installation starts. It's overwhelming sometimes when you are building new. Our builder talked us out of cathedral ceiling saying we would save $10k, but now I wish we didn't let him sway us because it wasn't about… Read more »