Closing Day

Tuesday is the day that this little gem officially becomes ours. 

This process has, so far, been a hurry up and wait game but we absolutely cannot wait to get going on making our vision a reality.

While the lawyers, bankers, drafters and contractors have been slaving away to get us ready for closing, Justin and I have been dragging the babe around to every tile shop, stone yard and seller of toilets in the state of South Carolina.

It should surprise no one that this Type A Mama has the entire design scheme for each room planned, Pinned and ready to roll.

Want a sneak peek?

Our kitchen counter top choice will get a post of it's own but I die for the two tiles in the shot above. They will actually live together in one of the bathrooms.

The majority of the house will be open concept so I decided to keep the colors very soft but bright/light. I have the entire color plan selected and almost all of the colors live on the two Benjamin Moore swatches below.

Wanna know a secret?

I never swatch test paint colors! 

I know that we are drawn to greys and whites in the blue family and start there - I then type the paint color name into Pinterest and try to find as many "real" photos as possible. Sometimes the process leads me to entirely new colors that I fall in love with (hint: the guest room in this house is my wild card and will be Ben Moore's Palest Pistachio). My favorite successes to date are the Living Room and Dining Room in our Maine house. 

Our floors are bought and paid for and were my Husband's number one priority. 
I handled paint colors and he handled hardwoods - at least we care about different style elements (hello, marriage saver).  

Along with the floors, the appliances are also on order and I snagged two rugs thanks to yet another 75% off Rugs USA sale (seriously, I saved two grand. I will never pay full price for a rug, ever). 

I promise I'll do inspiration boards for each room and share the paint colors and sources for each room as we make progress. 

Demo starts on Wednesday! 

P.S. all of the reno posts (and all of the posts about our past two houses) can be found under the Dwell tab in the Nav Bar if you want to catch up! 


  1. I am SO excited to follow along as you renovate this house! I am sure it will be stunning!

  2. I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see how you design everything because you have such a great style. I loved your Maine house!

  3. I am SO excited to watch your house reno!!! I love posts like this and can't wait to see what you come up with. We have similar taste in paint colours, I am taking FOREVER to decide on a colour for our house though!

  4. Congratulations!! Wishing you love and happiness in your new home! Can't wait to see what you do with it x

  5. Love it Steph! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve...

  6. I think its going to turn out beautifully! I'm sure the reno is daunting but you will be so proud of everything afterward! I love that tile, and I cant wait to see how this goes!

  7. Those tiles and grey tones...I'm so excited to see it all come together! You are on it girl!!

  8. I love the tiles! I can't wait to see more. We definitely have a gray theme in each room - we used BM Paper White for our "white" which provided a tint of gray against the true white trim. This is so exciting!

  9. Cheers to the craziness about to ensue...seriously...I love it. I love a good fixer upper. I cannot wait to see this transformation!! Bring on the crazy! xx

  10. Can't wait to watch your house transform!

  11. Wow you are on the ball! There is no way I could pick out all of the paint colors that quickly. Love that tile and and the hardwood color... I'm hoping we can do something similar when we buy!

  12. Cannot wait to see! We just redid our guest bathroom in our rental. It was a win/win we have a nicer bathroom and it was paid for by our landlord! (But hello he got a pretty sweet deal out of it too!)

  13. We have some similar taste Mama. We have the weathered wood tiles in our bath and mudrooms. Love your colors.


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