Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Rest of the Story--- The Reveal Part 2

Let's resume our tour, shall we? Follow me upstairs.

I know this first picture isn't a great picture but I wanted to show you the chandelier from upstairs and also the wall that was built in place of the old, rickety, low wrought iron railing that used to be there. I love this hallway now, and I don't have to worry about my children falling over the railing. Yeah!

Immediately at the top of the stairs in the master bedroom, but I'm saving that for last, cuz it is my fav. Walk around the hallway and the first room you come to is Grace's room. I probably should have taken new shots of the bedrooms because they now all have curtains and a few more homey touches, but you get the idea. Look! Isn't it pretty? It is a warm peach color that matches perfectly with her bedding set. I love this room. It feels so cozy even though it is pretty large. I still can't believe that I have a girly room in my house. :)
The next room is the kids' bathroom. We painted it a bright blue to look kind of tropical and then had a fishy theme going on. You probably can't see it but the shower curtain is adorable cartoon fish, and the toothbrush holder, kleenex box, soap dispenser, and tumbler is the same set. The boys LOVE IT. I even put their fake fish tank on the sink top and when they take baths we turn off the lights and turn the fish tank on so that they feel like they are "under the sea". Very fun!
Now we are moving on to Joey and Tommy's room. I just took one view of the kids' rooms but where I am standing there are also double closets, which will be a huge bonus as they get older. Looking at it in this picture the room looks kinda small, but it isn't. Lots of room for both boys to play. And the little farts have THE BEST view of the lake. They can wake up in the morning and watch the sun rise over the lake if they want to. Not that they appreciate it now, but maybe when they get bigger?
This is Ben's room. This color green is just gorgeous. I LOVE this room. It actually has so much room that I wasn't sure what to do with all the space. We took Todd's grandma's recliner that used to be in our basement and put it in his room and I think it looks great in there. His dresser went to Grace and I took the dresser from our downstairs bathroom at the old house and put it in his room. Surprisingly it matches really well.
Okay, let's head back around the hallway and go to MY ROOM! It is a really nice size so I took a couple views of it. This view is from the hallway.
This is the view standing in front of our bathroom door. I wanted you to see this view because they built the wall where my dresser is and added a huge walk in closet (I should have taken pics of our closets. They are awesome). I was worried it would make the room feel much smaller, but it really didn't. There used to be sliding doors where the windows are now, but we took them out (because we took away the catwalk that used to be on the outside).
This is the view standing by my dresser. My closet is on the right and the bathroom door is on the left.
Remember the old master bath? If not, please take a minute and check it out here. It was pretty freaking scary. This is the new master bath. We knocked down a few walls (took out a weird closet and a laundry room that was on the other side of the old master bath) and I can't believe how much room that gave us.
Look at my freaking bathtub!!! Not that I've gotten to use it yet.
Opposite the bathtub is the shower. Ooh-la-la! I love this shower. So good.
I never thought I would have a master suite. It is amazing. I can actually take a shower or go to the bathroom without worrying about waking the kids. It is crazy! And I can read in bed at night without thinking that my squeaky floor will disturb the sleeping munchkins. AND, with the awesome curtains I found (Joe and Tommy's room has navy blue, and the rest of the bedrooms have chocolate brown) everyone is sleeping later, which HELLO!, freaking rocks.

So anyway, that is the upstairs. I still could show you the basement which is set up like a movie room and also has the boys' playroom. And I could show you the first floor laundry too, if you like, cause I love my laundry and powder room. Oh, and I still haven't shown you our views of my much loved Lake Michigan. I could do that too! And of course the front and backyard. I'm sure you'll want to see those too. When we finally plant grass, that is. I guess I'll wait on that one.

Needless to say, the house is now feeling like home. Todd and I look at each other every once in a while and say, "Can you believe we live here?" It doesn't seem real. It really makes me smile to think of how we got here (we lost the bid on that first house and I was devastated, remember?), and how it all just fell into place. I guess that is just how life works sometimes.


Kelly said...

I love how big all the bedrooms are. And I would love to come hang out in that bathtub for a few hours! LOL Gorgeous house!

Jana said...

my husband is drooling over your bathroom right now, I love the chandelier and all the gorgeous colors! Oh and I also really like the girl room, Im still and all boy mom!

Chrissy said...

Your house is gorgeous. Can I come live in your bathtub???

By the way, thanks for the encouragement on how your offer fell through. I've been thinking all week about your happy ending!

Jaysi said...

That is fantastic!!! I love how the stairway turned out! I looks so warm and inviting! And your masterbath rocks!!!

I am so happy for you that it all turned out so well. God's timing is always perfect!

painted maypole said...

gorgeous. can you imagine anything better? (no, the answer is No.)


Emily said...

Wow! I can soooo see why this is your dream home. I love so much about it!!! I really love the wood trim. I know most people like white and it is the popular thing now, but I love wood. It feels so warm and traditional to me. We have it in our house too. I love the color of Grace's room. Really, I love it all!! Show the rest! ;)

Kat said...

Emily- I'm so glad you like all the wood trim, and so is Todd. He stained every single piece of wood that you see (except for the kitchen cabinets) in the house. Every. Single. Piece. The trim around the windows. The trim around the doors. The doors themselves. The floorboards. The tiny bit of wood in the countertops. EVERYTHING. It was quite a process too. But we really love it. :)

lime said...

wow, it's gorgeous at every turn. how great that tyou were able to do all that work before moving in and make it the house of your dreams from the start. we work on the decade plan over here. lol.

lakeviewer said...

Good grief, you are all settled in, everyone in their new rooms, and everyone sleeping late. It was a great journey, yes?

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...


Everything is so lovely!


imbeingheldhostage said...

The last paragraph is priceless Kat. It's a great reminder that we don't always see the bigger picture.

You deserve it, enjoy!

I love your house. Love love love it. It's really great for helping me to overcome envy (so far I am failing terribly, but one day...) :-)

Debbie in CA : ) said...

What a colorful, joyful place to raise a family. God believes in Happy Endings, doesn't He, even when we fall apart at chapter 3 or 4?!?!?

I'm so thrilled to be reading this. I'm going to keep on praying, so I expect you will keep on posting because it's going to get better and better and better (just, pay no attention to "THOSE DAYS" that fall in along the way).

Thanks for the tour! Can't wait to see the lake. ; D

Riahli said...

Wow beautiful, I love your color choices!

Jenera said...

Since I'm living in a house with no bathtub and a shower smaller than a phone booth, I am totally coveting your bathtub.

Lisa said...

yay!!! looks great :)

Mom24 said...

It's absolutely lovely. You've done a great job. can't wait to see more.

Dawn said...

Your house looks amazing! I loved seeing these pictures. :)

Karen Deborah said...

God has blessed you abundantly and also with good taste! Everything looks simply mavalous dahling! gorgeous and your excitement is contagious. I am looking forward to seeing everything!! Love the colors and yep having a nice bathroom is a very big deal!

CC said...


Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

J'adore peach for a girl's room! And our upstairs bedroom are that same shade of blue and green! Great minds or what? AND we have wooden blinds, too!
But that bathroom. Well done, madam.

Shellie said...

That is an awesome house. I'm so jealous, except, it's just as well we wait before getting anything nice with our guys.

Anonymous said...

Very nice, Kat!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

It's seriously gorgeous! I'm so happy for you all.

Roxy Wishum said...

The shower alone is worth it all!

Lindsay said...

Beautiful. Really beautiful. And I am SO in love with your bathroom, too. I know all too well trying to be quiet while showering and walking around because we are all in such tight quarters around here. Perhaps someday (when I don't need to be quiet anymore I'm sure) I'll get that nice spacious house! LOL. Beautiful. Really. Keep the pics coming....esp of the laundry room! :-)

April said...

It sounds like the Reveal Part THREE will coming up soon! ;-) I LOVE that bathroom!

Elaine A. said...

Wow, that master bath is gorgeous and I'm so happy that you have such a beautiful sanctuary - much deserved!!!

The house is wonderful and I'm so glad it has worked out the way it has for you and your family. YAY!!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a beautiful home! It's lovely!

Krystyn said...

Wow..the bedrooms...the showers. Love it. Fav colors? The kids' bathroom and Grace's room.

Tonya said...

absolutely gorgeous! I am so jealous ;)

Tam said...

Awesome! I love all the colors and the rooms! YOUR Shower and Tub ROCKS!!! We can not wait to see the REST!!!

Rima said...

It's totally freakin' AWESOME!!!

I can totally relate to everything you said about taking a shower without having to worry about waking the kids and the creaky floorboards and all that stuff - I felt exactly the same way when we moved into our new place just over a year ago and I STILL can't believe it's ours! Enjoy!

tweetey30 said...

You know sometimes the big man upstairs has bigger and better plans for us in the long run right??? HOpe you enjoy it for many years to come.. Those kids have great rooms.I would love to paint the girls rooms but just no money right now..

Kristen said...

Loving LOVING LOVING all of your paint colors. Our house right now is all off-white and driving me NUTSO!! But it is a rental so I guess who cares. When we finally end up where God has us going (someday hopefully sooner rather than later) I am coming back to this post for inspiration on paint colors! You did such an awesome job!

Congrats on a beautiful house, and thanks for the reminder that everything falls into place how it is supposed to.

Fire Hunt said...

I love your now home.

Hilary said...

You have a very lovely home, Kat and you've chosen some of my favourite colours to decorate. One thing stands out to me though.. from my own days of having young kidlets. I recall the concern and warnings about having beds set close to windows. Kids are natural climbers.. and like to get that little bit closer. I might just be a worrier (no doubt about that), but I just thought I'd be remiss in not mentioning it.

Kat said...

Hilary- As a worrier, I actually thought of that myself. The bunk beds are away from the window, though it doesn't look like it in that picture. And my hubby assures me that it would be VERY difficult to break (or fall through) these windows because it is not just one solid pane of glass. It has a wooden frame inbetween. :)

Stephanie said...

I LOVE it! I'm so loving all the space and big rooms you have. You are very blessed :)

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A new day that you have never lived before.
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