Happy New Year friends! December has been one heck of a month for us! We moved into our newly built home, had a baby, the holidays came and now it’s a new year am I getting back on track from a whirlwind of a month! I’ve had big plans to share our home building process with you all and today I thought I would start by sharing some of the ways we truly put our own touches on the house and really made it our own. One of those touches being the outdoor lighting that we installed on the house.
Since we live in a neighborhood, we really wanted to set our home apart from the other houses on the street. Our floor plan, brick, window color, roof and siding had already been picked out by our builder so we weren’t left with many choices, exterior wise, with the home. The lighting and front door color were about the only thing we were able to choose so I really wanted a “bang” with them. Most of the houses on the street have basic outdoor lighting and I knew we had to break the trend. Being a huge fan of the farmhouse/industrial barn style lighting, I turned to the best place on the web, Barn Light Electric, to order our lights from. Barn Light Electric carries an enormous array of farmhouse inspired lighting that can be customized to fit any homes needs and that was just what we wanted. We wanted to be able to chose it all – shade size, stem and neck length and style, color and placement on our home. Barn Light Electric has so many incredible lighting fixtures to choose from that narrowing it down to just one was tough!
We ended up choosing the Cherokee Uplight Stem Mount and Cherokee Uplight Goosenecks in black and couldn’t be happier. I loved how modern they were, but yet still had a vintage vibe to them. They really pull out the black tones in our brick and break up the grey/brown. Not to mention, they compliment our inkwell colored front door as well and give the house a farmhouse look, which I love! We installed a total of three lights. One on each side of our garage and then one on the from porch.
The lights are well constructed, easy to install and assemble and very durable. We had some extremely heavy winds (60mph) not long after they were installed and I was terrified that were going to get damaged, but they withheld the crazy gusts. Being crafted from a quality metal, these lights are definitely crazy southern winter weather friendly!
Another thing that really struck me with these lights is how easy the bulbs are to change out. The bulb area is a thick glass cover that easily screws on and off making bulb maintenance very easy. Overall I’m so pleased with these lights and just feel that they really complete our house. They’ve been such a conversation starter with our new neighbors and totally set our house apart from the others. You guys know that I love things that are unique and different and these lights are just that! If there is anything that I’ve learned about building, it’s to really focus on details. Details are everything and really make your house a home.
we have (almost) finally sourced everything for our little bathroom renovation we’ve been eagerly planning since we finished our flooring (you can see some before photos HERE). i’ve been trying to really take my time on making these big decisions + really thinking them through. our main floor bath has been floor-less since I pulled the existing pink carpet up (yuck). it was a must do. carpet in baths only equal one thing, grossness.
with our little bath reno comes a budget. home renos are expensive and we are trying to do them as penny savvy as possible. we have kept most of the things that would have been crazy expensive to replace in bath and are doing all of the work ourselves to cut cost. I love saving money on things + being able to make inexpensive things look expensive. we have so many projects to tackle in this house and I’m trying to stretch our dollars as far as I can! here’s a little breakdown of what we’ve got planned for the space –
tub – keep existing tub + paint with a ceramic tub painting kit.
toilet – replace. surprisingly you can purchases toilets for a pretty cheap price.
tile – tilebar penny tile on floor, subway tile on walls.
countertops – after pricing countertops that were insanely expensive ($800+) we decided to go with a wood countertop in the bath. sounds crazy, but jacob’s got a pretty strategic plan to waterlox it. the entire countertops will cost us under $30. you can’t beat that!
vessel sink – I was able to find a vessel sink and modern faucet on amazon for under $100. amazon is my go to these days. if you are doing some home renos, I highly recommend that you shop there!
hardware – cabinet knobs, new towel rack.
lighting – the current light doesn’t put off much lighting so we will be updating it!
and some fun odds and ends! plants, rug, basket, towels, you know the fun stuff!
so whatcha think?! I’m excited to get started!