05. February 2014 · 26 comments · Categories: house, life · Tags: , ,

Well, I haven’t done much cooking lately, and the cooking I’ve done didn’t get photographed, so I figured it’s time for a house update.

I showed you recently that our house has a new roof! And now, after being delayed for over 2 weeks, we finally have new windows!!! I’m super excited about this because these windows were about to start delaying our project, but luckily the contractor could mostly work around it until they finally arrived in the nick of time. 

Of course I forgot to take a pic with the windows completely in, but here’s a progress pic when they had removed the upstairs windows but hadn’t put new ones it- i.e. there were two gaping holes in the house. They were there installing when I took this pic, though. They didn’t leave the house like that!

House New Windows

If you look very closely, you can see the new triple windows on the ground floor. So pretty!

I also went to the new tile store a couple weekends ago and finalized all my tile selections. I also met with the tile installer so I finally know the amounts of tile I need and can place my order.

I should really create a moodboard, but for now I’ll just tell you the following:

Master Bath:

Our master bath is going to have a stacked slate ledgestone wall behind the vanity as like a feature wall. This is the stone:

Slate Ledgestone

 Here’s an example of something similar to what I’m planning that I found on Houzz (my favorite website):

The vanity is going to be a custom rustic wood piece I found on Etsy. I’m very excited for it to arrive. They’re also going to make me matching rustic wood mirrors. I’m still deciding on sconces but our faucets are going to be Oil Rubbed Bronze finish. 

Because I really want the accent wall to stand out, the floor is just a basic ivory marble like this:

Crema Marfil 12x12

The shower is just plain ivory with a 5-6″ strip of slate tile accent border that coordinates with the accent wall.

I don’t know what to choose for the counters! I have a feeling it’s going to be ivory of some sort as well, although I’d like to bring in a different color from the slate that would go with the wood vanity.

Hall Bath:

For the hall bath I found this really fun penny tile that I’m also going to have going up the entire wall behind the vanity:

Terra Tile and Marble- Penny Round Blue Yellow

The mirror will be set into the penny tile and framed out with a white border tile.

The faucet finish is chrome, along with the light fixtures. The floor is going to be a plain white marble. And the vanity is going to be a basic natural birch piece.

3rd Floor Bath:

For the 3rd floor bath, I’m reusing the pedestal sink from the old bathroom. The floors are going to be this blue/green porcelain:

Blue Wave Porcelain

You can’t tell much from the pics, but it’s a really interesting tile.

The shower is going to have white subway tile with the prettiest irridescent mosaic border!:

Iridescent mosain tile

I’m very excited for it. 


The laundry room is going to have an antique terra cotta looking tile:

Saltillo Antique Red

The desk/cabinets in there are going to be sage green :) I really wanted them for my kitchen but my mom convinced me to stick with a basic white in the kitchen.

The only tile I haven’t decided on yet is the kitchen backsplash. I think I’m going to wait on that since, as my mom pointed out, I could totally move into the house without a backsplash. I’d rather wait on things I don’t ahve to do RIGHT NOW, as I already have 10,000 other decisions to make…like my lighting fixtures- the current bane of my existence :(


  1. I love your choices! I am so excited to see the bathrooms when they are done. They will be beautiful!

  2. Looks all good-looks like you made more progress here huh? :-)

  3. Your choices look awesome Amy, can’t wait to see it all come together :)

  4. Beautiful choices, my dear! So many choices seems like fun…until you have to make them!

  5. i love the colors in that penny tile! and you have to love Houzz…so many things to look at! i can’t wait to see how it all looks in place. :)

  6. I love all of the tiles you have picked out! Especially the penny tile for the half bath. Beautiful colors. You are definitely giving me the remodeling bug.

  7. The decisions are endless, aren’t they? But I hope fun too. You’ve made some great choices. Handsome looking slate you’ve chosen for the master bathroom. It’s going to be gorgeous! I’m also taken by the iridescent border shower tile… Doesn’t Houzz have the greatest inspiration? (based in Palo Alto, right around the corner from us — never thought I’d say that! ;-) ) — how life can change in an instant.

    • Yes, these decisions never end! It’s only fun when my mom is here to help me :( Otherwise it’s just overwhelming. I’m glad you like my choices so far tho…thanks, Kelly!

  8. All of this looks so pretty! I have to say, though, that reading it gave me major anxiety. I’m really indecisive sometimes, and reading about all the tiny little decisions that add up to big design decisions made me hyperventilate by proxy. You’re obviously a better woman than I, though, because it sounds like you’re taking care of business!

  9. Lovely roof! My parents are also remodeling their old house, but are hoping to finish within ONE MONTH – and they are looking for a contemporary modern look (not my style…) I like the stacked slate ledgestone wall in the master bathroom…

    • Omg, a one month remodel would have been perfect. Unfortunately we totally gutted the house so it wasn’t an option :( Ah, I’m not a contemporary modern person either. Thanks, Rika!

  10. You must be making 500 difficult decisions a day on the house, Amy. What a great problem to have! : ) I love the slate wall you have planned. It’s going to turn out amazing! Thanks for giving a peek into the process…good luck!

    • Oh my gosh, Monica, you have no idea. This decision-making is insane. I just want to be moved in already :( Thank you, though! The finished product can’t come soon enough…

  11. That vanity bathroom photo is amazing! It’s rich and natural and the title looks all kinds of amazing! I can’t wait to see yours!

  12. SO MANY CHOICES! I love the ones that you have made so far, can’t wait to see more of them:)

  13. Where did you find this penny tile?

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