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Friday, September 14, 2012

Project Updates

I've been buried alive, literally, under a sea of boxes during the last few weeks, but I'm happy to report we are finally into our new home. 
I affectionately call our home, the "farm".  Basically, because it's on acreage, looks like a Texas/German farmhouse and is on the out-skirts of Austin with a vegetable garden....but no chickens, goats or longhorns, quite yet for this city girl. :)

The photo above shows the updated front. You can check out pics of the house "before" pics here. We closed in the front porch to create my design studio.  We will be adding another covered front porch in front of the studio later, along with a modern version of landscaping.

Remember we just moved out of a lakehouse rental?  We lived there temporariily while the farm was being remodeled.  If you ever need an Austin rental, click HERE for the link to the lakehouse.  Here's the AHHHmazing view we enjoyed everyday.
Honestly, we're putting on blinders and not flipping anymore Austin houses.  As we've gotten "up in our years", we've realized it's just too much work and we've done enough.  Maybe that thrill has gone?  We made the fatal mistake of moving into a house that is not quite ready.  I've lived and learned this hard mistake, and I swore I'd never do it again...but I did.  Therefore, the farm is NOT photo ready in my opinion, but will be one day. So until then I'm sharing a few tidbits of our work in progress...

In the kitchen, we added wide plank pine floors and we're using a black soapstone for the counter tops, which I LOVE.
We loved our Jennaire range from the last house so much, that we decided to buy another one for the farm.
We bought a commercial vent hood and our sheet metal guy will fabricate a stainless steel chimney that will run all the way to the ceiling (to cover that ugly vent pipe).  The subway tiles with dark grey grout will run all the way to the ceiling as well.

I had a fun custom barn door made for our walk-in pantry:
And our painter will be painting the "X" chairs in a black paint, and painting the table a white.  And there's a bench on the other side of the table you can't see.....that color might be black....still thinking on that one. 

The master bathroom is almost complete and we used this vanity (available through Van Wicklen Design): 
The bathroom is a mix of Calcutta Gold and Carrera marbles.  Here's a peek into the master shower:
Now on to some exciting client projects we're working on: First off, the Patterson Project.  I've had the complete joy of working with these clients for about a year now.  From the exterior selections to the interior.
The master shower is being tiled in a seagrass tile (actual seagrass beds are in this stone). We accented the shower with a vertical run of pearly shell tiles:
Here's one of the modern vanities in the master with tile that looks so much like wood:
The guest bedroom painted a soothing watery aqua:
The adjoining guest/pool bath:
Love the glass river rock and the vertical run of the glass mosaic tiles:
The vanity of the guest/pool bath, is currently shown with a metal wire front.  However, we're replacing the current "chicken wire" with a more modernized diamond shape wire:
The kids' gameroom with the rustic finish.  Will become "modern" with wide horizontal hardware.  We just selected all of the interior hardware yesterday and can't wait for you to see the choices!
Two boys will share this fun shower with black and white "penny round" tiles, grey grout and vertical runs of large subway tiles:
A young girl will use this bathroom with white penny rounds and subway tile, mixed with a blue grey grout:
Lovin' the "feet" of her bathroom vanity:
The kitchen is a mix of white cabinetry but we added a drink station side and created a custom mixed finish along with the wire fronts.  This wire will also get a more moden look with a different wire we're working on.
The glasses and plates will get stored on chunky wood, free floating shelves made in the same finish:
The laundry room will have a custom raised built in for the high efficiency washer/dryer set:
A gift wrap station will also go in the laundry room:
There are so many cool features I want to share about the Patterson home and hope you'll continue to check for our updates!

Next up, a sneak peek into a new project that just broke ground called the "Biscayne #2 ". This house will have alot of the same exterior style as the Patterson Project,  and here's some of the interior selections we chose last week:

Natural river rock floors:
 Glass tiles, mosaic accents:
 Penny rounds:
LOVE this one with the blue/brown edging around the white:
 Oversized subway tiles:
 A beautiful faux Calcutta Gold marble for a fraction of the cost of regular Calcutta marble:
Glass and seagrass linear accent tiles (disregard the tile floor behind the samples)
Needless to say we can't WAIT to share more details of these amazing projects as they all evolve.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

XOXO


15 comments:

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor said...

Thanks for sharing the progress on the farmhouse - it is amazing! Will be interested to hear how you like the soapstone - that's what I'm leaning towards using when we get around to our kitchen remodel!

Shar said...

Wow, so many beautiful things in this post. I see several things that I would so love to do. Your house is going to be wonderful; actually already is!

Tikaa Herridge-Cone said...

Hi, are you planning on making a trip to Round Top to do a little Antique SHopping it is the most fun and you can find some incredible stuff. If you are headed out, let me know I'd love to met you and shop around. I live close so I'm out there constantly.

I'm sure we'd find the best things.

Also I have a GIVE AWAY going on right now for a Monogrammed Necklace in your color choice. Please go enter.

Tikaa
Green Acres Brenham.blogspot.com
979-203-6264

jvw home said...

Hi Kris....I love the soapstone but it does require maintenance...you have to put mineral oil on it about once a mth....but the supplier told me I might like a wax product they sell instead. It basically "oils" seals the soapstone permanently and keeps the finish alot longer. I've had Carrera marble in the kitchen before also...I'd say Carrera and Soapstone are very similar on maintenance...so if you don't mind a few imperfections/maintenance, then its a cool look!

jvw home said...

Thx Shar for the sweet comments!

jvw home said...

Hi Tikaa! I always go to RT , but not sure if we'll have time this season or not....TOO much going on! But IF I get out there this wk, then I'll definitely give you a call....
I'll ck out your giveaway too!

AmyPinSeattle said...

LOVE the peak into these fabulous homes.

Regarding the Patterson house: I'd love to know the details of the picture of the guest bedroom and bathroom. I LOVE this one and would love to mimic my bathroom remodel (on the cheap so no decorator unfortunately).

Is the picture you posted of the round pebbles, floor tile and the paint chip - is that what was used? I already knew subway tiles were going to be used, just not sure how to incorporate my favorite color - blue/green/aqua! The vertical stripe and the floor is awesome.

Your blog is awesome and it's one of the few blogs I follow!

AmyPinSeattle said...

LOVE the peak into these fabulous homes.

Regarding the Patterson house: I'd love to know the details of the picture of the guest bedroom and bathroom. I LOVE this one and would love to mimic my bathroom remodel (on the cheap so no decorator unfortunately).

Is the picture you posted of the round pebbles, floor tile and the paint chip - is that what was used? I already knew subway tiles were going to be used, just not sure how to incorporate my favorite color - blue/green/aqua! The vertical stripe and the floor is awesome.

Your blog is awesome and it's one of the few blogs I follow!

jvw home said...

Hi Amy,
The blue paint chips in the pic represent the paint on the cabinets of the guest bathroom. The pebble tiles are a glass tile, but for a more budget friendly version, ck your local Lowes or Home Depot. They carry nice pebble tile alternatives . (I used one from Home Depot in our current farmhouse remodel)
Now to incorporate your fave colors,assuming you're doing white walls?? Here's what I'd suggest: stock your bathroom with plush white towels (budget friendly ones at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods,etc.) and then get them monogrammed with a thread in your fave aqua,blues or greens. You could also add a mirror in reclaimed woods that have an aqua/blue/green wood patina on them. Add a chandelier, sconce lighting or vanity lighting in an aqua color. They have some VERY cool lights on ETSY where artists are making them out of Ball Jars...go to Etsy and search "ball jar".
Hope this helps and I'd love to see your version when you're finished.
My online E-design services are always a cost friendly alternative when you can't hire a designer into your home. Would love to help you further if you need more assistance. Please check my website for details.
Have a great weekend,
J

Anonymous said...

I have a question about the penny tiles you showed (black ceiling and white on floors). We are in Austin and just had penny rounds with dark grout installed in our boys' bathroom and we aren't happy with the way it looks. You can see seam lines and the 12x12" squares that they come in - instead of a seamless installation. I was searching for other examples online and came across your pictures. It looks to me like you can see a lot of seams in the white penny rounds - I can see the big square sheets. Are you happy with this? Is your client? Is that just the way penny rounds go?
Thanks!
Liz

jvw home said...

Hi Liz,
In this blog post, the tiles had not been grouted yet. I will take more pictures this week of the finished bathrooms but honestly I don't remember the seams bothering me , once it was grouted. If your seams bother you, you can always put down larger throw rugs such as a seagrass runner to visually take your eye away from the seams.
Let me know if I can help you any further. Have a great day!

R.E.L. said...

Hello, i love the look of the calcutta gold tiles and i see you found a faux version? Can you tell me where you found them? Thanks so much!

jvw home said...

The faux Calcutta Gold tiles can be purchased through Schroeder Tile in Austin (ask for Toni Ballard). Those tiles just got installed on that job and they're beautiful!! I wish I would've used them in my own house!

Jennifer said...

Great house and taste! We are remodeling and I'd love to know what the finish is for the barn door hardware (steel, nickel?)? Also, where you puchased the hardware from. Thanks so much!

TiffanyLeigh said...

The taupe color you chose for your farmhouse is beautiful! We're currently building a home with smeared limestone & German influences & I'm having a hard time deciding on what color to paint the board & batten. Could you, pretty please, share your exterior paint color? Thank you so much!

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