Building Our House: Flooring and Counter Sources

Hi friends! I've had so much fun sharing the house with y'all so far. I've gotten a ton of questions about sources from the last couple of posts and Instagram... your main questions being sources for flooring, counter tops, tile and lights! Today I'll tackle the first two- our flooring and countertop selections.

First off, let me say that I jumped in and sourced most of the interior finishings for our house myself (instead of going through the companies our contractor recommended). It was quite the bear of a task, but in the end, I'm really happy we did it- we were able to buy what we wanted at a better price and saved some big money. I plan to write a separate post about the process of sourcing everything myself, though, so stay tuned!

C O U N T E R    T O P S :

In our kitchen, we chose a quartz material. We love the look of marble but it's such a porous stone that I was really worried about staining, chipping, etc. So we chose a quartz that looks a lot like marble. From what I understand, quartz is one of the stronger natural stone counter materials, and I can vouch- ours has already withstood the (accidental) tests of blue food coloring and red wine just fine! The brand is LG Viatera Minuet. We absolutely love it!

Our downstairs bathrooms (including the powder bathroom and our guest bathroom) have furniture type sinks, so those came with their own tops. But upstairs in the kids baths and our master bathroom, we went with an engineered polar white marble. It was a really inexpensive material that basically gave us a pretty, faux marble blank slate. We chose painted vanities in all the baths and really wanted those colors to shine, instead of the counter tops. And while the engineered marble is really pretty, it definitely doesn't try to compete with the cabinets, which is just what we wanted!

H A R D W O O D    F L O O R S :

We chose to do hardwood floors in our entire downstairs (except for the guest bedroom) and in our upstairs hallway. I. am. in. love. with. our. floors. Seriously, guys. One of my favorite things in the house. I am a big fan of gorgeous dark hardwood floors, but I knew that I wanted a) something easier to keep clean (dark hardwoods would show Tucker hair like woah!) and b) something a bit more rustic/farmhouse style. We wanted a wider plank and chose to go with engineered floors as they fit our budget the best. In the end, Mohawk's Woodside Hickory in Harvest Hickory (WEC89-65) was our choice. It's a hand-scraped hickory wood, so it's extremely hard and stands up to scratches and dents. But it's also already got a few nicks and dings in it which give it character... and also helps to hide any new scratches or dents! And I love the variation in the tone of the wood- lots of lighter spots with some golden areas and even some dark knotty spots. It just has so much character! We literally have loved this floor every single minute we've had it. 

For our stairs, we had red oak treads that the paint crew stained to match the hardwood floors (I have no clue the color!). It's amazing how great they look together, especially with that Craftsman-esque chunky bannister!

Later this week, I plan to share more about our kitchen, especially since I gave you some sneak peeks today! What items do you want me to source next? Lights? Tile? Let me know!

The Farmhouse: Mudroom + Powder Bath Tour

Hi! Hope you're ready for more photos of the new house. Today I'm headed inside for a tour of our mudroom and powder bathroom. Remember, these photos are of the empty house, right before we moved in, so you won't see any furniture or pretty styling yet : )

When you walk in through the garage of our house, you immediately empty into the mudroom. After years of having no proper place for our junk to go at the end of every day (coats, shoes, school and work bags, mail, the random assortment of JUNK that seems to come home with every member of my family every day...!), one of the first things I prioritized to design in our new house was the mudroom. I needed a one stop shop to organize, or at least corral, all of the junk. Our carpenters were able to build in six cubbies, which is great for our family of four plus guests. We also have a coat rack for extra guest space. I used the space of the room and simply decided to put as many shelves as I could, where I could. I went ahead and took each cubby up to the ceiling just to maximize functional space. Not sure if we'll ever get a basket up there on the top, but it's nice to know we have the option! Then we've got shoe storage under each cubby and the corner is open for things like gym bags and tall boots. Of course, we've added hooks to each cubby since these photos were taken. I absolutely love that our carpenters used some extra shiplap left over from the keeping room to dress up this space.

We also had the carpenters add a "drop desk" right next to the door into the garage for keys and mail. Tucker now has his dog bowl and a basket of his doggy items underneath that space. Everyone's got a place for their stuff now! (high five) The good stuff is in the details, and I love those little transom windows we added above the doorway into the hallway as you walk from the mudroom into the butler's pantry/kitchen/dining room ahead! Gives this new house that old school character.

Next to the mudroom space is our powder bathroom. If you remember waaaaay back when, I created a design board here of my dream powder bathroom. Well, this is my attempt at making that space come to life! Black walls with glossy white trim, a vintage looking leggy porcelain sink and gold fixtures. Nailed it! And of course, I've got a vintage red rug in there now just tying that mood board up with a big bow : ) The powder bathroom is realllly hard to photograph (no windows!) but it might be one of my favorite rooms in the whole house. It's just so fun to see a vision I've had for so long finally come to fruition!

Once you walk through the mudroom and past the powder bath, you're in the hallway between the dining room and the kitchen. We added a little butler's pantry there with some open shelving. It's the perfect place to store entertaining items we don't use all the time. And I hope to make this a drink station when we're hosting large groups.

mudroom built ins paint color- custom color very similar to Sherwin Williams Alabaster
wall color in mudroom and butler's pantry- Sherwin Williams Alabaster
stain color in mudroom- Minwax Weathered Oak
paint color in powder bath- Sherwin Williams Black Magic
powder bathroom sink with polished nickel legs
powder bathroom faucet in polished nickel
powder bath gold sconces
powder bath mirror

For more on our new home, check out:
exterior tour
the house building process
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