Monday, February 9, 2015

Big update!

So much is happening lately. I haven't been posting because of the whole working 40 hours a week and juggling an infant routine. Life has been great lately though. Ashby has been growing and thriving and Tony and I have been busy working and loving Ashby. One other big news... 

We're buying/building a house!!

As you can see its a brand new townhouse. We couldn't be more excited! The structure is built but the inside is unfinished. It's a spec home, one of the first in this townhome development. We chose one on the end with a great location. It only has neighbors on one side and to the back. The other side and front is all open with just lawn and trees. No roads or busy walkways or other houses to disturb us. We have great views - which is great since we have 4, yes four balconies! 3 balconies plus a roof top terrace! 

It's got 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It's very open concept in the main living floor with a big living room that includes surround sound and upgraded video package plus lots of room for Ashby's toys. (Good since we need it!) We have a bay window dining area next to the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen- it's huge! So many cabinets! So. Many! I can't wait! We have 3 bedrooms upstairs so we can be close to Ashby and a top floor terrace which is amazing. It's got a double car garage too. We have lots of closets and a master walk in closet which will rock since ours right now is like 22 inches wide. I kid not. 

Check out all the windows on our end unit!

We've been busy designing the inside with everything from the floors and cabinets to tile, faucets, and accessories. So. Much. Fun! 

Ashby is helping pick paint colors. 

The design process is excited since we truly get to pick our dream kitchen. We went all out on the kitchen upgrading everything! Nice hardwood floors, shaker style cabinets, dual colors with white and grey. We have upgraded cabinet hardware as well as upgrade appliances. We are getting Quartz countertops, under-cabinet lighting, upgraded spray faucet, a large built in pantry, and built in refrigerator. We have a huge island! Huge! It will easily be able to fit 3 bar stools. We also are getting custom wood blinds in most of the windows including the kitchen bay windows. 

We are buying from Eagle homes, and so far we are having a great experience. I would highly recommend them for people in our area. 

The time frame for building/finishing the house will be mid May. It is a little scary buying your first home but I cannot wait to close and move in this summer! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!

Books I've read 2014

Every year I like to recap which book I read. I normally keep a running spreadsheet on google doc (drive?) and add to it as the year goes on as I finish each book. This year I was pregnant and had a baby; which apparently means I pretty much read no books, and barely recorded the ones I did read. Plus half of these are baby related book and some of those I haven't even finished yet. Jeez! I do have this nagging feeling that I may have read a couple more than these listed but have no clue what they are since I didn't write them down. 

Books I've read 2014

  1. Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel - Lauren graham 
  2. And the mountains echoed - Khaled Hosseini
  3. What to expect when you're expecting
  4. The burgess boys - Elizabeth strout
  5. Alena - Rachel Pastan
  6. Behind the beautiful forevers - Katherine Boo
  7. So you’re going to have a baby (1933) - Helen Washburn
  8. Baby Led Weaning - Gill Rapley
  9. What to expect the first year - Heidi Murkoff
  10. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child - Marc Weissbluth M.D.
  11. I feel bad about my neck - Nora Ephron
  12. French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting - Catherine Crawford

To get an idea of just how little I've read this year I made this wonderful graph. Thanks Google spreadsheets for free excel since I haven't forked over the money for the real thing on my computer. Anyway see that tiny bar for 2014? Hashtag pathetic! Besides growing a human you'd think I'd have time to do a little light reading on the side like I always do. Nope!
I can't even do a best/worst list like I normally do since there are just eleven books I read. Oh did I mention I haven't even finished all the baby related ones. Maybe next year will bring more books. 
Any recommendations?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dream House

One day Tony and I dream of building our dream house. We are still renters and very comfortable with that now and in the near future. We have no timeline for buying and/or building so I can still dream up cool ideas for our dream home. Heck we don't even know where we want to finally move and buy a place. It could be here in Virginia, back in North Carolina, or elsewhere maybe?! Who knows!

I love to keep my Pinterest board updated with my dream ideas for our place. Overall I like sort of a modern craftsman style. Sometimes I like cute cottage-y aspects of homes, open concept floor plans for the main living area, hardwood floors, built ins, neat architectural details and more... take a look!

Craftsman Exterior by Mukilteo Design-Build Firms Sellentin True Design Build

Craftsman Entry by San Jose Architects & Building Designers Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.




Traditional Deck by Seattle Design-Build Firms RW Anderson Homes

I'd love some cool architectural details such as built in bookcases in short walls for books or display items. Also I like tall ceilings and modern ceiling fans - especially in bedrooms.




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I like the idea of a small kitchen nook table. It wouldn't be a replacement for the main dining table but a small table to eat breakfast at. It would hold maybe 2 adults or a few kids. It could serve food at parties and be a helpful side table in the kitchen. I like the built in ones here with benches.



This is a cool loft (I'd change out the furniture... sorry blogger) that could be an office, or playroom or whatnot.



I've already got my eyes on some floor plans that I like. Our house must have 2 floors, open kitchen, living and dining, plus an office, downstairs powder room, ideally a mud room, and large pantry. We don't need a basement, formal dining or formal living room. Keep all the bedrooms and laundry room upstairs and lots of windows everywhere. I like hardwood, but maybe carpet upstairs could be good too. We need a space for the litter box, a fireplace would be great, plus a patio or deck. Plus a 2 car garage would be best - maybe attached, or not; I like rear or side facing garages, or ones out back.



Oh to dream! :)


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