My current dining room has become a storage room for all the deliveries I have been getting for the new house. I think I use this room as a storage facility more than I ever actually used it as a dining room. I mentioned before that a lot of the furniture pieces that we have in our house now will not be going to the new house. The new build is really an open floor plan with no interior walls to speak of on the first floor. So a lot of the things I currently have will not work in the new space.
When we started to design the new house, I wanted to really live in one space. The kitchen open to the family room and the eating area. I have always loved the townhouses in the city, and wanted to translate that into the new house. I also wanted the mudroom area to be usable and sizable. We have no mudroom in the house we just sold and are currently renting, which always was annoying. The kids have no where to put their things and the half bath wasn’t close to the garage. The new mudroom will have a butler’s pantry, half bath, closet area and my desk area. I am so pumped for this room.
Here are some inspiration photos that have the look that I have always loved and hope to have in the new home.
There is a local restaurant that we go to every Wednesday night. They have these goose neck lights that have me not thinking of going with the traditional lantern look for the new house. I like how they are a mix of old farmhouse with the industrial element. Here are some that caught my eye.
I would need three for the garage area and then about 4 in the back. I think they would add an additional detail that might pop against the more traditional exterior.
Do you like this look or is there another style that you gravitate to?
Since we are building new, I have my eye on the door, front door that is. Doors and windows are the first decisions on top of the list. Here are some that caught my eye.
The house we just sold had a front door that was white with the “french door” look. The one above caught my eye because of the thick panels. Plus, I love the mail slot!
This one is probably my favorite. It is so open and bright. The foyer is welcoming as well.
I like the double door style as well. The new build won’t be able to have that style, but the look is also really pretty.
What do you prefer for your entry door?
This year we decided to do a garden again. Last year, it sort of fizzled out. But, with the amount of rain we have been getting, it has been growing incredibly fast. Miss P missed out on this trip, but Miss F and S had a great time picking out all the vegetables.
They each picked out tomatoes and cucumbers. I did this trip alone last year with S and he remembered it as we were walking through the greenhouses. He told me now that he was a year older that “he had it covered.” Exact words.
We headed back home and decided it was as good a time as any to get all of our picks planted.
How is your garden growing?
During the week, S and I make sure we do some academics before we start out the day and have to get back home in time for his bus. I can’t help but plan out what we will work on every day. From phonics, reading readiness and fluency, and math. Now, we have been adding another dimension to the work. We hop on Youtube and watch an educational short on something that interests him. As of late, it has been dinosaurs. Thankfully, I used to teach a three month unit on dinosaurs, so I have loads of things for him to look at, build and read in my work boxes that are now in storage. But the videos that we have been discovering are incredible.
We live relatively close to a dinosaur museum that he always asks to go to. We try to go twice a year in the summer months because it has a water park and a short walking trail. I already promised him after school gets out we will head there as a treat. Also on the summer field trip list is heading to the city and see the dinosaur exhibit there.
He also learned how to ride his bike without training wheels over Mother’s Day weekend. He literally is on that bike now every chance he gets.