Tuesday, August 7, 2012

White House Diversion

Can I call a diversion?

Okay, DIVERSION!

It's been a really difficult couple of days with the big kids. Like, heart-breaking, cry-my-eyes-out difficult.

As surely as I sit here in a cherry-stained t-shirt, I'll be ready to talk about some of it before long.

But tonight? I need a vacation from the darkness.

I'd like to be blinded by the light a little.

Are you with me? Well, pull on your shades. It's about to get bright up in here.

First, here's a close-up of the nook paper. My friend Heather kindly pointed out that it looked yellow in the last post. Eeek! Low light photography, people. Remember, I'm a novice.

Now, remember that Barn Light Electric contest? Well, I took the Bronze. I could scarcely believe it. It was so unexpected and it jacked us up so bad. I got word that I medaled exactly two days before our lighting selections were due. It was a huge, wonderful, farmy, free wrench. Thrown right in. I fretted and stewed and changed my mind eighty-five times.

Pretty pumped with my final choices.
(Low light, people! Low. Light!)

Thank you to the ends, Barn Light Electric.

Okay, do you see what I see? Cause I see a whole lot of white. I've always pined for the all-white interior but was too chicken to try it. The problem was solved when our builder handed us six different whites and told us to choose one. One. Voila! White house.

It's so...white.

I'm kind of scared.

Hold me.

And yes, I did pick white lights on top of the white walls. They were cheap at a flea market. (And no, I'm not defensive at all or worried about it in the least.)

 And indeed, I went with white cabinets to go with the white walls and white lights.

Who put me in charge???

Not this guy, that's for sure. He only puts himself in charge. I tell him many times a day, "I'm the boss." It does feel a little throw-back first grade, but it seems to get the job done. And by that, I mean that he ignores it not quite as entirely as most of the other things I say throughout the day.

But is he ever pumped about New House. If you've crossed paths with him over the past few months, he has surely invited you to come to New House. "We get a new house. You can come!" He's probably also told you about new microwave, new fridge, and most importantly, new ding-dong.

 And dare we forget, new fan.

So here's the thing: I got all practical and put ceiling fans in the 2 upstairs bedrooms. White, of course. In a surprising twist, it ended up saving us some money to vault the ceilings. Oh dear Heavens, it killed me to not order up some massive Barn Lightery for those ginormous ceilings. Did I mention that the upstairs ceiling height in our farm house was 7 feet? Kid you not. Kid you not.

So yes, this feels extra indulgent and exotic, what with the big ceiling fans and all.

So there you have it. Our all white house. Word on the street is, we might be in by next week.

57 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Shannan. Really beautiful. Here's to moving in sooner than later {clink, clink}!

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  2. I have to say, I like the white! Nice and fresh and crisp. :-)

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  3. i love it. did you know i'm moving in, too?!

    thank the good Lord that you do not have a stainless steel fridge. we have one. but that was because we got it four years before kids. now it's never clean and i refuse to make it look clean because it will look dirty in 2 seconds flat.

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  4. I love the white. It is so fresh and clean and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your wood floors!!

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    1. They are mid-grade laminate! I dig 'em.

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    2. We just put that in our house this summer! It looks so real. We have one with severe allergies and the carpets had to go.

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  5. Those floors look a lot like the ones we left behind in CO. The ones I still pine for. I'm in love with them...but the lights! How do I get me some of those!?

    come do my house with the red door? It needs some Shannan-love.

    and I need your address. and we need a phone date. and salsa.

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  6. love it!!
    and i am praying your darkness lifts, difficult kid days are tough...especially with the big ones :) xoxo

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  7. A fun new house is a gentle treatment, and such a nice bright spot in stressful times.

    I love the white, and how it was easy to choose. :)

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  8. fantastic post and Thanks for sharing this info. It's very helpful.
    guest house in jaipur

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  9. Lovely paper, fantastic fixtures — very exciting!

    Has The Kid responded with a "You're not the boss of me!" yet? ;)

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  10. I'm an all white sorta gal. That way any furniture matches. Plus, I hate dark, and any other color is darker than white so white it is.

    I can't wait till you're moved in! I'm so happy for you!

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  11. I love it all and can feel the excitement. Looking forward to hearing about the move in and making it your home.

    I'm sorry to hear about the difficult days with the big kids. May you and they feel the love, peace and healing of Jesus flowing through and surrounding you continually.

    Love and hugs to all of you ~ FlowerLady

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  12. LOVE the all white! It is the best - you can do whatever you want with it:) I think you will love it!

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  13. so excited for you! Love the detail on the porch!

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  14. I love all your white! I could never make all those decisions and have it come together so well!

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  15. You know what? You are going to be able to blast color with everything else, and change it up whenever you want because you have a neutral backdrop. You're so smart. Of course, you knew all that. LOVE it. Love that last photo of the entry. That's the ding-dong, of course. ha! Praying for you sister!

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  16. Fresh and Clean!!!!! Good choice with the color or non color because you can add color with your accessories.

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  17. I love all white. I did this to our house and it was iffy at first too, but once you start throwing your things around, everything pops against the white. I already love your house. Can't wait to see how you decorate.
    ~FringeGirl

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  18. That house looks amazing! Can't wait to see what it looks like when you move in with all your furniture and accessories!

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  19. I LOVE the white! I also love love love the open kitchen area. So far, so beautiful! Hope you get to move home soon!!!

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    1. ps, please show us what ends up over your cabinets. I am not above copycatting. Not above at all.

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  20. i am LOVING everything!
    i can just imagine all of your sweet accessories and fluff adorning those white walls!
    by the way, i love the white...i'm aiming for that over here, too. :)
    xo

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  21. I'm with Silas...how exciting! It looks great. btw...big kids are much harder on the heart than little ones and especially if those big kids have little ones, but you already know that. God has equipped both of you to handle this. Praying for you daily. Patty

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  22. Silas's face is priceless. So excited for you all. And I like the all white, seems very clean and crisp. Have fun!

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  23. I'm ridiculously excited about your new house! The white is great. All of your color choices are going to P O P right off the page. Can't wait to see it all. (Sorry to be so greedy...)

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  24. Be still my little heart. White loveliness abounds. Can't wait to see the rest!

    Sweet Bossy Silas is so dreamy. That face!

    Hugs to you about the big kiddo drama. Praying for peace ahead.

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  25. Did I miss the memo on your wood planked walls!!!! Love your white house and your kitchen is dreamy to me :-) Thank you for the pic that truly displays the true beauty of the nook!
    xoxo
    heather

    ps thanks for the table talk and i can't wait to see your casa in person!

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  26. I'm loving every white, bright corner!

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  27. I love it all, but I neeed to know- is that a dishwasher to the right of the sink??

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  28. Wow, commenting two posts in a row! I LOVE the white! It will work! I am slowly repainting rooms in my house, you guessed it, white and I love it. I even ripped up carpet and painted a subfloor white. I'm all daredevil like that. Hang in there with the big kids.

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  29. I love that gingerbread (or whatever it is called) on the outside. A new house will be so much fun for you. You can add the color with pillows and etc. I am so surprised that you aren't carpeting your kitchen....he he. I love laminate floors. They wear better and you don't have to worry about them. I can't wait to see what you do with the inside. So exciting.
    It is August and I think anyone that has ever been a mom in this month is ready to pull out their hair....it is time for school to start, hah. Hope the problems arent serious. Hope Calvin is feeling okay. We say around her......who is the boss of the applesauce.

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  30. you post this & i'm actually on a real deal computer. woo hoo! i'm bubbling over with excitement for you. LOVE the white, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the porch brackets. LOVE the porch brackets -- i could hug them. LOVE the open layout with defined living spaces. LOVE the (schoolhouse?) hall light. Still LOVE the desk nook. and is that plank board walls i see up in the living room??? LOVE the floors. and most of all LOVE the genuine/unsplurgy-beauty of this house that God is building. on cloud nine for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    how could i forget the ceiling? LOVE them too. (our upstairs farmhouse ceilings are 7 ft.)

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  31. I love your white house! And I can't wait to see how you decorate it. I love your style.

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  32. Word! I know what would fix it all!! A YELLOW front door. Or better yet AQUA!! What a darling home...when you have your stuff in it it won't feel so white...but clean and open! Bless the little big kids!!

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  33. Your house looks so great! I love white and am slowly going in that direction one room at a time. God bless you in your new home.
    xo

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  34. Fabulous choice, white on white on white!Now you have a blank canvas to create.So exciting!

    Sorry for your heartache with the big kids.I have two older daughters and trust me I can relate to mostly about anything, teen pregnancies to drug use to missing.They have a mind of their own and make bad choices and become broken and lost, at times they don't even understand why they do what they do.So sad! Lots of prayer and understanding~Blessings Kim

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  35. I want to move into your house with all it's yummy, rest-inducing white. LOVELY!!

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  36. You certainly know how to make a house a home.

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  37. Love that it is this "blank canvas" awaiting your design work! E-N-J-O-Y!

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  38. You can paint on your canvas later; brush strokes of color. You have already started with the wall paper closet. Delightful.
    In reference to the kids... This too shall pass! Enjoy the moment. What I would not give to have my girls back at the age of your kids. I mean, it is go e in a flash and then they are married and off living in other locations. Oh, to have them co e ho e from elementary school again and ask me to read them a story. Time marches on. Enjoy each day and if d the joy in it otherwise you miss it.

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  39. Eeeeer, are you aware that my time to send a post times out and I cannot go back and make correction s? Eeer, the previous post is riddled with garble....And I used to be an English teacher. Sorry for the mistakes. It would not let met correct.

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  40. next week? yay! and I LOVE all the white :-) Also, I can completely 100% relate on the big-kids-causing-lots-of-pain thing . . . praying for you friend!!

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  41. I am terribly, freakishly excited for your white house!

    Hoorah!

    And Silas is getting so grown up looking!! He looks like a little gent.

    Super excited for you, kid. It looks beautiful!!

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  42. Ahhhhh so exciting!! Can't wait to see you put your family's personality into this house - what a perfect canvas.

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  43. Wow! I love it! The white is perfect, so are the lights and cupboards and everything. Lucky you!!

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  44. Your house is beautiful! I must confess, I'm coveting on your kitchen... You're so brave to paint all white!

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  45. i am totally digging white. i love all white. go for it.

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  46. Very exciting! Looking great. We are building a house and should be in next week, too. Can't wait to feel settled again. I am sure you're anxious for that, too. With three kids myself, I can relate!

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  47. So happy I checked in for the first time in what feels like years. It is getting late for this early bird mama but I caught up with y'all a bunch. I hope the kids has a great first day. The house looks great! I would be shocked to hear you weren't a little nervous. This is huge. Your first house your way. Love you to bits girl! XOXO Vickie

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  48. "Who put me in charge?!"
    LOL

    Don't worry about the white on white on white.
    Soon you'll have chocolate handprints on everything.
    (No need to thank me. I'm an encourager.)

    I love, LOVE that hanging industrial rustic looking light.
    *Swoon, thud*

    ~ Dana
    CookingAtCafeD.com

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  49. it's beautiful, Shannan.
    I can't wait to see all of your stuff bring it to life.

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  50. I know this is an older post, but I'd love to know how big your house is 😋 Odd question, I know, but we're talking about building and I was just curious as far as size goes. I don't want anything too big, but I love the open layout so we can have people over!

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    1. We have around 1400 square feet. I'm guessing the kitchen/living/dining (our only living space, which is essentially one big room) is around 900?

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