It’s now halfway through September, which means it’s now socially acceptable to really start getting into everything fall. This is my favorite time of the year. I love the cooling weather, the warm cozy nights with the fireplace and of course, everything apple and pumpkin. This is the time of year when the house starts getting decorated to.
But not this year.
Why? Because as of June 30th, we’ve been living with my parents.
We broke ground on our (hopefully) forever home July 4th. And yes, I am building a farmhouse inspired design.
Since the rise of Fixer Upper I’ve really fallen in love with the modern farmhouse style. Truth be told threads of it had worked its way into my last home, but now I’ve become more defined in my style. Fortunately, this has become a rather popular style so I had a lot more options to play with.
I’m hoping our home will be a little less cookie cutter. The builder we’re going with is does not to custom builds (just not realistic price wise), but I still feel like there were more options than when we built with Ryan Homes. Speed is sacrificed a bit, but I’m okay with that…for the moment… as in this second…a second later I may be felling the effects of living in my parent’s basement.
So without further a do, I give your our design.
The Builder and Model
When we decided to move, we actually picked the same development where my parents built about 2 years ago. In fact, we took the lot just across the street. That’s right…
All jokes aside I think its a positive choice.
The builder for the area is called Inverness. They specialize in some amazing ranches with large great rooms as well as traditional 2 stories and even some monster houses. We chose the floorplan called Wilshire.
Unlike our previous build where we went with the neighborhood model, this run around I chose by flipping through the floor plans on their website and then driving 30 miles to go see the offsite model of the one I liked. What I loved about this one was the open layout of the great room, dining room and kitchen. In our previous home we had had a separate study that I tried to use as a studio, but it was too far away from everything (namely a toddler). So the open dining room is going to get used as an open studio/office space. It allows for easy access to my gourmet kitchen as well, which of course, will get featured here too.
Two other things I love about the floorplan is the covered deck and the master ensuite. Since we’re a walkout we get a deck built instead of a porch. The ensuite is also bigger then our previous one. For some reason the soaking tub version is the standard base model. So it didn’t cost to upgrade, which is always a plus. We opted not to do a whirlpool this time, which I hoped will be leverage for a hot tub in the future but I won’t hold my breath.
Now to the fun part. The details! I’ve really come along way since our last build. Back then I struggled to make even the smallest of choices. I just didn’t have any real style. Not so now! I took to Pinterest to create a board of my wants and desires before hitting their Design Center to make my choice. But even before that when we were signing the paperwork in the model I noticed a board of the LVT Plank Flooring that was automatically included in the foyer. My eye was instantly drawn to a beautiful, warm barn wood style piece that I fell in love with instantly. I knew I had to have that. It became sort of the base inspiration for my design. From there, I built the rest of the selections from our cabinets to our carpeting.
The flooring is Artmstrong’s LVT Luxe Farmhouse Plank in the Natural color. They had a much larger sample piece at the Design Center which just reaffirmed my choice. It even has a natural texture to it, plus it’s waterproof! Imagine how excited I was when I learned that I could put it in the bathroom and mudroom too. I’m really not a tile person at all. Why do we put slippery surfaces where you’re most likely to trip?
For the cabinets I went with Aristokraft’s Landen style done in painted Antique White for the wall cabinets and Flagstone stain for the island. I used the same cabinet style in our bathrooms too. The colors online don’t really look accurate but they also happened to be the cabinet colors in the model (I didn’t even notice at the time). As you can see it’s a warm white and a blue-gray like stain for the island. I knew I absolutely wanted a quartz countertop either a white or possibly a cement color. We ended up picking one called Iced White which has some flecks in it to break it up and not be so solid white. And for the faucets and lights we went with oiled bronze in a modern style by Moen. And of course I had to have a farmhouse sink…
…my husband still doesn’t get it.
The exterior was a little harder, though I went in knowing I loved the colors of Nina Williams’ home. So I chose a blue-gray stone called Hamilton with the lightest gray siding called Pearl Gray and a warm white shake called Natural Linen. I’m a bit nervous about the shake color as the same looked markedly different in indoor light vs outdoor light (yes I took them outside to decide). Initially I wrote down the wrong sample and still worry I picked one that will be too yellow. But ultimately, we’ll either get it fixed or we’ll paint it.
So that does it for the design picks I believe. Tune in next post to see some of the work in progress photos!