It’s April and we were supposed to have moved into the Holly House this past weekend. Since firing my GC means dividing up all the kids and property and trusts, I’ve decided he can stay on. For now. Crossing my fingers that we will be able to move in before I head to Atlanta for the Mom 2.0 Blogging Conference on April 30th. (Actually, I’m secretly hoping that is when we move in. Sweet revenge for the delay.)
I walked through the house this morning to see how everything is coming along. As I walked from room to room I had butterflies in my stomach for the first time instead of feeling like I had eaten a bag of nails. The smell of pee from 30 cat’s is long gone. Why, yes, my husband did convince me to buy a house that had 30 cats living in it and was still somehow infested with rats. The dark and brooding feeling of old has been replaced by bright white walls, crisp black framed windows, exposed concrete blocks, sanded wood ceilings and clean subway tiles. Exactly as I wanted. A simple, industrial and clean pallet to work with.
This is how it’s looking.
The Entry in October:
The entry today. We were able to keep those beautiful cactus. I have no idea what they are called but they make me think of Dr. Seuss.
The Main Room October:
Main Room Now:
Kitchen View from the Main Room October:
A fun little reminder of what the demo phase looked like:
My clean kitchen pallet now:
Master Bathroom back in October. I have tried hard not to think about what went on in this tub…
The boy’s bathrooms with subway tile:
My office. Oh how I love this industrial concrete brick. Can’t you just imagine the reclaimed wood floors in here. Can’t. WAIT.
On to a couple of projects. There were many things from the house we bought in October that I found and would like to salvage. Here are two of my favorites. There was a horse living on the property. Cutest darn thing. Old as the hills. This is the bin he drank from. We are now repurposing it and using it as our powder bathroom sink.
And this sign from back in the day. I have no idea if it was the original sign from the Holly House property or from one of the other 100 properties that the famed architect, Joseph Kowalski (who built the Holly House back in 1950s) used. Incidentally he owned the house and lived in it the rest of his life. We bought the house from his children.
My treasured tree. I was so excited when our fabulous tree guy told me we could salvage this gorgeous tree. we had to take all the roots from one side and cut them back because they were popping up our concrete slab, but we saved her. Can’t you just imagine her with lights hanging from her branches? Gorgeous.
This week the walls are being painted. We are using our favorite brand of paint, Behr. We were planning on using it anyway, but they reached out to us about a month ago and wanted to work with us. We, of course, agreed and they sent us some of their beautiful new line of Marquee paints. No primer needed and only one coat! Look for photos coming soon!
And to the man I can’t fire because he makes it all happen (and tool belts are smokin’ hot on him), my GC.
Things are happening fast. Check back next week for painted walls and maybe, just maybe some of that gorgeous reclaimed flooring from Elmwood Reclaimed Timber will make it’s debut.