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Building our new home was an adventure to say the least! My husband and I did so much of the finish work, while it was exhausting it was so worth it. We saved so much money. Here are all of the details, links and blog posts!

House Plans

Where did my house plans come from? I found a house I loved and then we changed it up a bit to make it work for us. You can see all of the details here


I wanted a modern cottage look. We used cement board for the outside of our home and mixed up textures. View all of the exterior details here.

Tips for picking an exterior white paint color here

Interior Paint Colors

  • Walls – Snowbound by Sherwin Williams
  • Dark Charcoal – Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams
  • Moldings and ceiling – chalk white by Benjamin Moore
  • Cabinets – Chalk White by Benjamin Moore – All wood is natural Quartersawn oak.


I loved designing my kitchen. You can see all the details and links here


My pantry is my favorite area in the house. I have linked all sources and dimensions here

Family Room

I built our entertainment center from scratch. It pushed me out of my comfort zone but I sure loved it! All details here

Keeping Room

What is a keeping room? The actual definition of a keeping room is – “an area adjacent to the kitchen”. It is a term that dates back to Colonial times when homes were typically heated by a small fireplace or wood-burning stove in the kitchen. This room was a must for me to really bring the cottage feeling into our home. Now that we live here it is our most used room. See all details here on how we finished the fireplace

Master Bedroom

Our Master bedroom has been an evolving process since we moved in but it is getting there! You can see the process and all links here

Master Bathroom

This was such a fun space for me to design. I wanted a big tub, the hubs wanted a big shower. Then we added fun floating vanities for a custom look and my dream marble tile! You can view all of my choices here

My Girls Jack and Jill Bathroom

I am currently working on adding some character to this bathroom. But you can see all the solid surface links here

I finished my daughters vanity room! I was hesitant to do black, but she was insistent. I must say, it love how it turned out. You can see how I tiled the backsplash and created the wainscoting here

Little Buddies Bathroom

I wanted to create a fun bathroom my son could go with. Black and white was the perfect solution. I did add a white oak vanity to warm up the space just a bit. For all details check out my post here

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