Good evening! Hard to believe we are on chapter 33. And really hard to believe we are in the home stretch, doing it from afar has been a first for me. It is not for the faint of heart, as so many decisions need to be made remotely and often quickly. It really pays to do your homework well ahead of time. On the other hand, you are more motivated to make quick, concise decisions because of the distance and time constraints (often decisions cannot wait until my next visit). I, for the most part made decisions that reflect a clean, transitional but classic aesthetic. I think this is a look that will not go out of style any time soon. I have to say, so far I love what we have chosen. And rugs, furniture, and a lot of lighting has already been ordered so that is really exciting! First as I always do I share pictures of recent progress. For almost the last 2 weeks the house has been closed off as they were staining the floors and painting the entire house. I decided to do one color paint and one color trim throughout. It was nerve wrecking to try and make multiple paint decisions without being there and getting to see samples on the walls. We had narrowed down the neutral white to two and decided in the end to go with Sherwin Williams Alabaster and the match to Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. Here is the latest then we will move onto talking about various design decisions- ———————————— Before the paint but during the staining of the floors which I love- Floors above were not done so that is NOT the final color And right before they started painting- And as the painting got underway- So today is not about a particular subject but a number of random things. Went fabric/wallpaper shopping for a client and of course had PB on the back of my mind. We ordered beautiful cream couches from Theodore Alexander,which will be piped in a pale blue fabric. We had the fabric chosen fro the chairs (same as piping) only to find out that it was disconnected. I was soooo excited when I found the fabric at Robert Allen. Its a very soft pale blue very fine small scaled herringbone- It looks gray here but is actually a very soft pale blue And then I found some really pretty fabrics as coordinates for pillows or small benches- And even found some beautiful wallpapers as possibilities for the family powder room- (these are from Thibaut)I have the sconces for most of the bathrooms and will defiantly wallpaper them, then all that is left really is to add a few accessories so it’s nice to think at least two rooms will be done! Here are some of the papers I found- The day I brought these samples home I got a belated birthday gift from a special customer, and in the goody box were these gorgeous chinoiserie embroidered towels, the timing was perfect and they are the ideal starting point to creating my dream blue and white powder room- Many of you asked about these carpets below, they are all from Rosecore (click here to visit the site). They have gorgeous carpets that can be made into any size area rug or wall to wall carpet. This is the living room rug we are having made (bottom left is the color I chose) This is the dining room rug (the small cream one on left is the living) T If I were to eventually put a runner and/or stair runner in the house how gorgeous is this! (also from Rosecore) And this is more formal that what is appropriate for this house but this sculpted carpet is soooo beautiful! (also from Rosecore) I am now needing to order fans both for indoors and out. Fans are as indigenous to the south as snow is to the north, so every room almost will have one and the covered patio will have three. Considering one of these for my bedroom and guest room, both could work- This is a good choice in terms of wood color for the great room and landing upstairs- This one I think could be nice for the boys rooms, it has a more modern/industrial feeling- This I am thinking would be great for our covered porch as it matches the mahogany ceiling- One room that is really important is my bedroom. I love my bed (an upholstered bed) and so far have ordered the bed, nightstands and a chest. I will need a nice chair and bench. But right now starting to think about lamps. I am thinking of a porcelain gourd style lamp. Love the look of this Christopher Spitzmeiler lamp- But thinking something a bit less “blue” and a softer more gray/blue might be in order- And I am really into custom gathered shades, and will most certainly have a pair made for my bedroom. Even thought these are all beautiful obviously I would have them made in colors that work with my room but this is the idea. Mine will be much more transitional but aren’t these lovely! Stay tuned because some will be coming to my site very soon:) Lastly I cannot wait to put the Provence planters both by my front door and on the porch, I am smitten with my new arrivals and having a hard time choosing, I love all the colors. I played around and honestly there’s not a bad one in the bunch…..what tree design do you like? I am somehow loving 1 and 3, still undecided on what color I will use. Which tree do you like best? Sometimes I like to finish these posts with a little opinion poll. So in the kitchen we did beautiful Caluctta Gold countertops and did beveled Calcutta gold subway tiles. We decided to do the tile all the way up to the ceiling as there is not a lot of exposed wall space and it was a nice way to finish the kitchen. But I wasn’t sure if I was totality smitten and spoke to my builder about possibly removing it and having it just up the the 20″ or so and then have exposed wood. I have not seen this person and I am told that once you see the countertops with it, it looks really pretty. Also keep in mind the “crown jewel”, the metal hood will cover a good portion of the wall so I just may be over thinking this , two others who have seen it love it as is. Love to know your thoughts as always. Thoughts on going all the way up with the Calcutta subway tile? Here is a few finished kitchens with the same idea to give you some idea- ________________ Well, that’s whats new and exciting this week with PB, you can see we are in full decision making mode. Hoping to get down there in the next few weeks, fingers crossed. It is thrilling to be in the final stages and I cannot believe that in a few months, we will be able to call this a part time home. Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day. Until next time……. My resources that I have been so pleased with, that they are all worth sharing (click on name to visit)- METAL HOOD- CLASSIC CUSTOM METAL WORKS (ASK FOR CINDY) PALMETTO CABINETRY (ASK FOR ASHLEY) – MY COPPER LANTERNS- COPPER SCULPTURES (ASK FOR BUDDY) MY TALENTED BUILDER AND CREW- CAMERON BUILDERS MY AMAZING ARCHITECTS- COURT ATKINS ARCHITECTS (WILLIAM) BASKETWEAVE MOSAICS (ask for Eric and tell them Tina from TEH sent you) TILE BAR– (ask for Jacob and tell them Tina from TEH sent you) AGM STONE (best slabs in the south) LIGHTING AND FANS– Circa Lighting OUTDOOR FURNITURE– Lane Venture For Valentine’s Day, a wonderful little flash sale on a specially curated Valentine’s Day collection starts Tuesday afternoon, click here to see- Also- The Blue and White Love contest is filling up really fast…still have room for about 14 more pictures, click here for all details!