Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Choices Choices!

R rrrrr.. Matey! We have a lot of decisions to make. (See how I'm getting into the Pirate spirit already!) Last Saturday Ian and I visited our dirt and future neighbor Alicia and then headed down to the design center. After spending roughly 3 hours looking at tile, cabinet and paint samples... we've made a few decisions. Please bear in mind that the pictures are not the greatest. Colors may differ in person. =P

Let's start with the kitchen - my area. Not that Ian doesn't have a say but I have a VERY clear vision in my mind. Specifically this one.....

I loved everything about this kitchen minus the fake decor. It just has this clean simple look to it. It's bright and airy... I may not copy it exactly but it will be pretty darn close! Below are the choices we made for the kitchen. From the left, dark gray granite with flecks of light gray and black. I think the edge of that sample piece is the edge we are going to go with - not 100% though. The floor tile in the middle is what will be throughout the 1st floor - foyer, mud room, powder room, hallway, dinette, and kitchen. It is mostly gray but with flecks of brown and blue (both super faint). It looks lovely paired with the hardwood, which you can kind of see up above the tile piece. The hardwood will be in the library and dining room. On the right is the cabinets - shaker style in white. The hardware is just going to be silver knobs for now... they looked the best.

Close up of the tile... again, really hard to see the colors in it.. but I love it!

Blurry picture of the hardwood. It will be made of ash with a dark brownish/reddish stain. The staircase will match sort of. The benefit is that the hardwood will not touch the staircase so they don't have to match. But at least Ian and I are on the same page that we want it to be dark brown but not too dark. The staircase is oak and will pick up the same stain differently.

Oh man... the BIG "discussion". We want to go with gray tones in our Master Bath or as these damn Canadians INSIST on saying... "ensuite". The cabinet will most likely be shaker style (not shown) in white. The floor tile is that bottom tile that has flecks of darker gray in it, the lighter tile on top of it might be the shower tile. The two pieces of caesarstone on the cabinet are where negotiations break down. The lighter piece... it's "okay". To me it blends in too much. The darker piece, which looks like coal in this picture even though it's not that dark, would stand out. I can just see it with a nice white sink and bright silver faucet. Ian's opinion is that the styling is too much like our kitchen. On one hand, I see where he is coming from and on the other, I think he is crazy. We also want to tie our "ensuite" to our master bedroom. Currently our bedroom furniture is brown. We would like to stick with it. We are thinking of having a green color make that connection. But... it's an ongoing debate.

The main bath styling was A LOT easier. Blue and brown. Easy cheesy. The cabinet is the one on the right - shaker style again in a dark brown. The countertop in the middle is just a plain countertop (no granite in this one!); it has flecks of brown, beige and blue. Very light... but very nice. The floor tile is brown; still having anxiety about it... but the wall color will be the one to make it come together. We really like that blue - second from the left. We have a shower curtain that will match perfectly.

If I can get the colors adjusted slightly, I really want this print for the bathroom. It's kiddy but my style.

Carpet... no pictures but we did decide on colors for the living room and upstairs. I think we will be happy with our decisions. Unfortunately, we won't know until it's all over with. At least we have a few more weeks to mull this over.

I have to give a frickin' HUGE thank you to our future neighbor Alicia. She supplied us with some photos from the Losani models. It helped SO much in our decisions. Even at our last appointment... I was able to just point to the picture of the staircase and say "Make it happen, cap'n!" - so thank you again, Alicia! She also took on the role of photographer at our dirt over the weekend. We hadn't gotten a picture of us in front of our lot sign. Please excuse the hair - a tad windy out in the desert!

And that's about it... Ian and I leave on Friday for Virginia. Very excited! Here is the latest picture of our dirt. You probably can't tell... but some rocks moved a little to the left. Awesome.

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