Remember those barstools I asked you about?
You guys were fantastic with the feedback! Holy comments my friends. Loved it! And your ideas were super helpful with my decision making process.
So to give you an update…YES I did choose a fabric, and I bought 9 yards of it, and now I just need a free moment to sew them up and share the final results. So more to come on that….
In the mean time, let me show you some home details…..some of those specialty items that felt like a risky move but I totally love them.
If you’ve missed my other posts, our family spent the last year building a custom home in the Austin, TX area.
We didn’t physically build it ourselves—we hired a custom builder to do the hard part; we were along for the decision-making ride.
Check out my previous posts documenting the whole process:
We’re building a new home!
From foundation to frame
Stucco, shingles, and a pretty paint job
Sheetrock, paint, and a double-decker deck
We moved!…and an ode to the old house
Tile, Flooring, Countertops, and Color
Guest Room makeover
In my last post I shared most of the tile in the house.
For three of the bathrooms we used Interceramic Bold Tones 6×6 tiles:
And I originally planned to do the same in the kids bathroom, in True Yellow color.
But at the last minute I got cold feet and wondered if I was being too boring (of course you might already think I’m crazy for using green and teal in the other rooms).
And yes, maybe I should have just used white tile everywhere and painted the walls a fun color.
I realized one day, while being sucked into the Houzz vortex, that the home photos I loved most were the ones that took risks and used color and texture in ways other than simply paint color. Of course I love paint too (check out our Guest Room to win a Sherwin-Williams gift card if you haven’t already). But I wanted to give the house some unique features….without thinking about resale value, which is what people are constantly telling you as you build a custom home. “Remember, you have to sell this home one day.”
And you just wanna yell “Can I please live in it first?!”
For the kids’ bathroom I mixed it up and chose a 1×1 mosaic glass tile called I Love Color—is that perfect name or what??!
And one day the tile guys showed up. And the Lego tiles went up!
Felix and his cute black glasses did a fantastic job lining up the squares.
And he never seem annoyed when I asked “can I take your picture? And if it’s not too much trouble….could you peel some of it back so I can see what it looks like? And….”
He just patiently sponged and peeled and eventually,
….grouted all those little tiles in white.
And one day it was done!
And Clara drank water till it was gone.
Oh I love this shower!
It’s like a wall of confetti!
Name your specialty, and this crazy shower’s for you.
Now while Clara drips herself dry, let’s go downstairs and talk about Wallpaper.
After building such an open floorplan, I really wanted the dining room to have a bit of separation, so it felt like it’s own room. And I’ve always wanted wallpaper somewhere in our house.
I’ve just never been brave enough to do it.
But I decided again—you only build a home once! Okay, hopefully more than once because I’ve really had fun doing this. So why not use wallpaper? It’s just paper! And there are so many cool options out there. If I hate it in 5 years, I’ll pull it off and we can start over. That’s the fun of home decorating.
So I pinned a bunch of ideas (see my boards here). And went with something from the Sherwin-Williams store. Did you know they carry wallpaper? You can check out books/samples from their store.
And you can also find our particular paper on various sites online. It’s called York Wallcoverings Bistro 750 Trellis Wallpaper (click the link for other color options from Wayfair).
I was so excited when those rolls showed up on my doorstep.
And when it was the right time in the building process, we hired someone to cut, paste, and hang that trellis up.
Oh how I love hiring people.
It’s so great to see it all happen in a few hours time……
I love it!
I think it really fits with the rest of the vibe in the house.
The geometric shapse are subtle and the green ties in with the green front door.
Now I need to decide which table will go in the space. I’ve taped out an IKEA option…we’ll see what Casey thinks.
And that’s an update!
More Lookout Lane details to come…