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House Update – T minus 2 weeks

We are TWO WEEKS out from moving in, can you believe it? I can hardly wait!! I’m trying to restrain my use of ALL CAPS and EXCLAMATION POINTS (!!!), but it seems pretty surreal that after almost a year we will finally be moving in.

So, here is what’s new this week, LIGHTS! (that’s my last all caps, I swear…) I listed and linked all my lights in this post here, but I’m just going to hit you with a bunch of quick phone pics of the lights installed.

First up the kitchen island lights,  I chose these open pendants so they didn’t block the lake view, but still add a little something. The island countertop is finally on too and I’m actually happy the butcher block idea didn’t work out in here. The Mr. and I both think it would have been too much going on and take away from the beams. Oh, and the island paint color is still one of my favorite decisions in this house (you can find all my paint colors in this post here).

White kitchen blue island

The dining room light coordinates with the kitchen pendants nicely and I can’t wait to see the table under it. I also need to do a post on the major dining room chair commitment phobia I’m having; I currently have 9 different chairs in 4 different online shopping carts, and I need to just make a freaking decision already.

Plus they got the glass in the transoms above the doors and it’s such a fun detail.

Black dining room pendant

I actually jumped up and down a little when I saw the living room light hung, it just so looks like I envisioned it in my head, and I love it.

Black iron chandelier planked ceiling

Here’s another angle with the lights on.

A building with a large window

We used black barn lights instead of can lights to create a hallway effect between the entryway and the living room. I think this will make more sense visually in photos once we have all our furniture in place.

A large empty room

They also installed all of the glass in the cabinets. They did an amazing job on this sliding cabinet, and I can’t wait to fill it with dishes.

A kitchen with a sink and a window

Let’s head outside – the lake side of the house is totally complete (minus landscaping which is coming next week). They finished the pillars, railings and pergola on the back. We just need the grids in the back doors and a coat of paint on them and we are all set.

A house with trees in the background

Over at the pool house, we installed the shutters last weekend and I finished staining the cabana too. The pool is, um, er, open? The water kind of has a creature from the black lagoon thing going on, sigh. If you remember last year between the time we had an accepted offer and we closed, the previous owner had stopped caring for the pool. We knew we were in for a rough start this spring, but hopefully we can get it under control soon.

A pool with a cover

I’m hoping to get the flooring cleaned off this weekend, so I can share some of those detail posts with you next week. Then I’ll try not to disappear for too long as we move and unpack (and get our wifi hooked up), if you are ok with a few messy house posts.

I want to take a quick second to thank you all for hanging in there with me throughout this whole process. It’s been so fun to share everything along the way with you and you all have been so supportive and encouraging. I’m excited to take you along as I begin decorating, I’m going to take my time with this house and try to share more of my day to day thought process along the way, so you can really see each room come together.

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  1. I saw in another post that your ceilings are 16 ft. What are the dimensions of your living room? Ours is about 20×20 with 14-15 ft ceilings. I’m loving your chandelier and trying to decide if I need the 3 or 4 ft chandelier. :) I don’t want the large one to overwhelm our house, but yours looks perfect!

  2. I love your home! Will you share your grout color for your subway tile in your kitchen?

  3. So excited for you! That view of the light in the living room with the beams and the lake out the windows is just perfect.

  4. One of my all time favorite renos/new construction around the blogosphere!! LOVE everything about it. I hope you will share more decorating too. :D

  5. House is beautiful. Love all the choices you’ve made. Can’t wait to see it with furniture.

  6. Your new home is amazing! I can’t help but laugh about the pool – been there!

    We bought our home almost three years ago this summer, and our pool was in the same shape. I totally freaked out and thought we’d have to drain the water and start again. Our pool guy just laughed and said “This ain’t that bad.” He was right. A few chemicals later and the water was crystal clear.

    I was completely intimidated by it all at first, but now I’m finally getting the swing of it I actually think it’s relaxing to take care of. I keep a record of all the open and close dates, and dates that the water goes cloudy (in the deepest, hottest part of summer) so I can better anticipate issues from season to season. We have a cabana structure similar to yours, and my husband mounted solar heating panels on top. We use our pool almost every day during the summer.

    Good luck and enjoy your new digs!

  7. Absolutely stunning and breathtaking !!!
    Love all the details and can’t wait to see the reveal.

  8. Oh, what a fun trip this has been seeing your house come together. It is beautiful and I love your lighting, especially the living room lights. I can’t wait to see your furnished home. I am so thrilled for you and wish you and your family a lifetime of happiness in your new home. I loved your previous home and all the furnishings. Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. This is going to be the house of all houses. Absolutely stunning. I envy you this thrill.May you have tons of years of happiness and good health in it.

  10. There is something about the light fixtures that I love. It’s slightly goth, but goth chic, yet sophisticated. There is a delicious darkness to them that contrasts with the bright cottage/lakehouse feel. Very enchanting!

  11. Your lights are just perfect!!! What an amazing home…I’m trying not to drool…grin! I look forward to each post as you come closer to moving in!

  12. It’s been so fun watching all your plans come into being! So beautifully designed and thought out! Enjoy the move in..I always feel like it’s Christmas morning unpacking all the boxes!

  13. That living room light fixture is everything. And the back of your home… stop…. it reminds me of the Muskoka Living homes. Forgive me if that was your inspiration and I’m just not remembering it. Thanks for taking us on the exciting journey. I’ve enjoyed it so much.

    1. Hi Cindy there was a dark grey house from Muskoka that was one of the inspirations for my siding color (along with a few other dozen pinterest pics) their homes are amazing!

  14. It has been such a delight and privilege to watch a home of this caliber be built. You and your husband have remarkable taste, not to mention perseverance (and fine architect and construction teams). Thank you for sharing this house adventure and for all of fun landscaping and interior decorating to come. Cheers, Ardith

    1. Thanks so much Ardith the crew did an amazing job building this home, so thankful for their level of craftsmanship!

  15. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the pendant lights over your kitchen island. Can you tell me where you got them.

    1. I Marianne, if you search lighting you on my blog you can find the direct links to all my lights but I think these ones were from Wayfair.

  16. I am SO excited for you! Wow – what a house! I love your lighting choices too. We have similar pendants over our kitchen island and I have been so happy with that decision. Can’t wait to see more! Happy Mother’s Day!

  17. Ooops…sorry Kelly, I don’t why I referred to you as ‘Sarah’ in my comment….probably because my own daughter Sarah, called me as I was typing. Excuse me.

  18. What a beautiful home! Whoever would have imagined? Well, obviously Kelly, you could! Superb vision, design and planning – you have known exactly what you wanted in your minds eye since the get-go, and now have realized it. It is a gift. Kudos!
    I love your board and batten….I want to copy it for my open plan family/kitchen, too. What width are the strips and how wide is the wall space in between?….also, what kind of wood was used, please? You have inspired me, Sarah. I love your clean, breezy but warm décor, and I have looked forward and drooled over all blog posts, especially following the new house posts. Cant wait to see how it all looks one you move in!

    1. Thanks so much Phyllis you are so sweet! I definitely had a vision for this house and it’s so fun to see it all come together!

  19. There is so much to comment on where do I even begin. Holy cow I love the lights! The sliding glass doors and transom are genius! The lake side is amazing and the pool house is so darn cute! It’s soooo beautiful. Great job and what beautiful craftsmanship! Kuddos to your builder!

  20. I agree with someone else who jokingly asked when the “Open House” was!! I think I could make a quick road trip from Missouri lol!!! Seriously, I echo everyone else’s sentiments when I say it’s just GORGEOUS! I too would love to see some evening shots with the lights on. And that view. Wow!! What a beautiful sight to wake up to every morning! I’m excited to watch the interior come together with furniture and decorating. That’s when a “house” really becomes a “home.” Thanks for sharing the journey. Blessings from Missouri!

  21. Would you please share what material was used for your deck, deck railing, stairs, and support posts? Love the white! Everything is gorgeous!!! Thank you!

    1. Hi Janice that’s one thing I’m not sure about. I just showed the builder photos and he picked out the railing. I’ll have to check with him.

  22. I am so excited for you! Your home is absolutely beautiful!! Thank you so much for these posts. We are in the early planning stages of a new build and your blog has been so helpful!

  23. It’s just a beautiful home. The lighting is perfect and I love the transoms. Be sure and post some nighttime pictures of your living room with that lighting. It’s going to be gorgeous at night. Of course that view is stunning as well. Cant wait to see it with all your beautiful things in it.

  24. It’s just beautiful! I love the soaring ceilings, all the woodwork and the light fixtures.

    I know it probably doesn’t seem like it to you, but it sure seems like this house was built pretty quickly. Can’t wait for the decorating to begin!

    1. I’m sure in blogland it just zoomed right along ha :) They did do a great job of sticking to the timeline!

  25. Absolutely breathtaking!….so, Kelly…..when’s the Open House…I’m sure we’d all drive from wherever we are to see it in person so we can ooh and awww…..don’t panic….just kidding….? …..you and your husband have done an amazing job, designing and putting your dream into an most excellent home for you and your family. I hope you all enjoy many wonderful years in it and make unbelievably outstanding memories to last a lifetime.

  26. Its sooo beautiful! What colour did you paint the pool house or was it a custom colour match? We have a navy house that I would love to darken to a deeper shade and this colour is perfect!

  27. Gorgeous house and view!! Can’t wait to see all the creative things you do with your home once you move in! Congratulations!

  28. WOW!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Love your inset doors in kitchen and hardware! Everything is turning out perfect! Great job! (Oh, and I can’t wait to see the inside of that pantry one day)?

    1. Thanks Kim, inset cabinets was my biggest wish list item for the new house and I will definitely be sharing pics of that pantry!

  29. Everything looks beautiful Kelly!!!!! ( ha) :-) thx for sharing the journey with us. Can’t wait to see how you decorate . Have a blessed day :-)

  30. Wow, it all has come together so well, but then we shouldn’t be surprised!

    Thank-you for sharing the process . I have enjoyed each post along the way. I can’t imagine how you have done it all while caring for kids too!
    Look forward to many more inspiring entries on your beautiful new home on the lake.


    1. Hi Helen, there has not been a lot of sleeping happening around here is how I’ve been managing it all LOL I’m going to need a few power naps this summer!

  31. Sorry it’s early- that last part was suppose to say I can’t wait to see it once you have moved your furniture in! ?

  32. I am extremely happy for you and your family and it looks stunning and I do love all your light choices and the sliding cabinet in the kitchen I REALLY LIKE that idea. Can’t wait to see it when you have move down your furniture in!!

  33. Your house is just beautiful! Would you be able to make a post about plumbing fixtures? Faucets, shower etc? We are building as well and I’m trying to get all the ideas I can. Thanks!

  34. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!! I had to respond as enthusiastically❤️. It is so pretty and I love your colors. I can’t wait to see how you progress with furniture and such. You’ve done so much in a year!!!!! Sending hugs for Mother’s Day!

  35. We are building and moving in two weeks too! I’m glad to see the mix of metals in your kitchen because I was insecure about that one! I am showing my husband these photos because he thinks I am nuts for wanting to paint the downstairs white. My online obsession is an outdoor light fixture that mimics a gas lantern…we live in Charleston. Your house is beautiful!

  36. Beautiful home and exciting time for you!! Such attention and thought in every detail! Enjoy your new home!!!!!

    1. Thanks Karen, I tried to think of everything this time around but I’m sure I missed a few things that I’ll discover.

  37. Well Kelly it is as beautiful as I figured it would be. You paid great attention to detail and it sure paid off, just gorgeous. I have enjoyed watching the progress and am excited for the finished product! I wish you and your family many years of happiness here as you make a lifetime of memories.

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