The End Of The Show

Here we are, folks. After over a year of planning, second guessing ourselves, more planning, sweating, and filling our car with vases and egg chairs, we’ve reached the end of the Homearama Showhouse tour. So in celebration of completing this whole-house marathon of sorts, we’re kicking off this post with a whole-house video tour. Nothing too high tech. Just me stumbling through the house:

Photo-wise, there are few rooms on each floor that we still haven’t shared/sourced for you. So let’s slide through the dining room, powder room, mudroom, guest room, guest bathroom, and the laundry room.

We love dark wall colors in a dining space, so for this room we chose Kendall Charcoal, which we balanced out with white trim and linear wainscoting that we had John the Carpenter build (you can read more on that – and what inspired it – here). Then we added in some color with everything from the chairs and the art to the curtains.

The peacock chairs were donated by World Market, the weathered trestle table was from Green Front Furniture, the art is from HomeGoods, and the rug is from West Elm.

The curtains were made by U-Fab in this fabric.

The light fixture is from Shades of Light, the (slightly wrinkled) table runner and those blue rimmed glasses are from World Market, and the rest of the table decor is from HomeGoods.

Let’s head over to the mudroom, which is beyond the pantry that we showed you in this post. The mudroom is painted Kendall Charcoal like the dining room, but again all of the white (this time from the built-ins and two big doors) helps to keep the room from feeling too dark.

We gave Carpenter John some direction – like the beadboard backs, the stained wood bench, etc – and then he executed everything. The prism light is from Shades of Light, the tile floor is from Mosaic, the floor runner is from HomeGoods, and the baskets and styling accessories are mostly ours, though the “I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie” bag is from Fountain Bookstore.

As shown in the video, the glass door on the left leads down to the back patio while the other door (shown below) goes out to the garage. We wish we had a few extra hours when it came to styling this room (we’re not loving the mismatched baskets and the not-very-full shelves) but we were scrambling like crazy in the end. Looking back, it’s kind of a miracle we didn’t just tape up a piece of paper that said “imagine this full of soccer gear, school stuff, and other fun family clutter.”

Across from the pantry is the half bathroom, which we thought would be interesting with a big back wall full of accent tile from the floor to the ceiling. The tile we landed on is called Snow White Seaweed Wave from Mosaic and the wave pattern was actually much more subtle in the sample that we saw, but the shipment of tile that we got featured a deeper accent color. Mosaic warned us that shipments could vary beforehand, but we didn’t end up minding the change. We think it’s one of those happy accidents that it turned out a little bolder since most people who see the house in person name this tile wall as one of their favorites.

The pedestal is the Kohler Tresham (the same line as the toilets in the house), the faucet is Brizo Baliza in polished nicked, the mirror is from Target, and the sconces are from Shades of Light. Sherry wishes those lampshades were whiter like the trim/sink, but they don’t really bother me.

Heading upstairs, the laundry room is one of our favorite spaces thanks to the wallpaper along the back wall. It’s MissPrint’s Pebble Leaf, and it was donated by WallpaperDirect.

The lights are our farmhouse pendants from Shades of Light in a happy lime color. We thought a random pop of citrus would be fun since the room’s palette is otherwise pretty subdued with black, white, gray, and blue. The non-wallpapered walls are painted Steam by Benjamin Moore, which is just slightly warmer than the Simply White that we used everywhere else (it matched the back of the wallpaper better, so that wall didn’t look yellowed by comparison).

The floors are big 12 x 24″ tiles called Travertino White Field Sunrock found locally at Mosaic. Again, we choose some lighter elements to balance out some of the darker things in the room like the deep wood-toned cabinets and the steel gray appliances.

The counters are soapstone and, like the kitchen, we went with a nice deep stainless steel sink and a pull-down faucet (this ones is the Leland faucet from Delta). We’d love a work sink like this in our house (we’re always moving dishes to wash our paint brushes).

As we mentioned in this post, we made an 11th hour call to have the carpenters build a wall-to-wall floating shelf which does two things: it fills the visual void above the counters/appliances, and it also provides a lot of convenience and function since it can house everything from dust pans and laundry soap to baskets full of washcloths and other cleaning supplies. We tossed various things from HomeGoods and Target up there to demonstrate.

The other room at the top of the stairs is the guest bedroom, which Sherry and I both agree is “the one that got away.” It didn’t come together as well as we originally envisioned and we just didn’t have time to make those last-minute tweaks (finishing around 25 spaces in 2-3 weeks meant that getting to every last adjustment for every space was a pipe dream, so we just scrambled to do as many as we could). We don’t think it’s horrible or anything (a bunch of people who walked through even called out things like the curtains or the art as favorites) but we think with a few changes it would have been more our speed.

Our original idea was to bring in some warm tones just for some variety (we didn’t want the whole house vibe to feel too cool) but this room accidentally turned into the space where everything was brown. We picked the wall color from one that we liked using during book shoots (Taupe Fedora by Benjamin Moore) but when we finally got to load everything else into the space (a tan bedspread, a wood nightstand, etc, etc) it looked blah. So we switched up as much as we could, like white furnishings, lighter bedding, and colorful art in some crisp white frames – but we really think changing the wall color would have tied everything together if we had the time (maybe a light platinum or subtle gray-blue). Speaking of the art, you may recognize this calendar-turned-art from our old hallway.

There are still elements in here that we really love – like the curtains from U-Fab, which are a more subdued colorway of the ikat curtains from our old dining room (which currently live in our guest room). The lamp is from HomeGoods and the nightstand is from Green Front Furniture.

The queen-sized headboard is also from U-Fab and it’s another piece we love (once again that wall color worked against us and it just sort of blended in). It’s upholstered in a metallic fabric with gold nailhead trim (and it’s for sale too, if you’re interested!). The bedding is from Target, and the pillows are from HomeGoods.

On the opposite wall is a dresser from Green Front Furniture with a colorful armchair, which was a last-minute buy from World Market. The other last minute purchase was the patterned rug from HomeGoods, which made a HUGE difference in the room not feeling super bare. If only those walls were a different color, we think it would have come together a lot more.

The art and vases were from HomeGoods and the gold candle was from Target.

We were going for something simple, classic, and light for the guest bathroom (it’s not nearly as big as the master bath) and we thought a little hint of “vintage” would be fun in here, so some of the details subtly nod in that direction.

We went with a tile wainscot through the main part of the bathroom, using a family of tile from The Tile Shop called Imperial Ice Gray Gloss. It’s my favorite part of the bathroom – well, that and the bridge faucet from Brizo. The counters are classic carrera marble, the mirror is from Target, the light fixture is from Shades of Light and the bud vases on the toilet are from World Market.

I’ve already proclaimed my love the the Tresham toilet, so instead I’ll draw your attention to the floor – which is the hex version of the penny tile we used in our last kitchen from The Tile Shop. We also added glass knobs to the cabinets (donated by Liberty Hardware) and a seamless glass shower door. It’s not an open shower – it has a door on the right that swings shut to seal the water in – that’s just hiding behind the bathroom door in that first photo.

We were originally going to use the same tile in a different color in the shower, but decided that might be too jarring for such a cozy bathroom. So we continued the same stuff that we used on the wainscoted walls into the shower, which we really ended up loving once the clear shower door went in. The wood bench is from HomeGoods.

And so ends the tour of the showhouse. We’re planning to make a House Tour page with photos of each room, a rundown of sources, and the video tour all in one spot, but in the meantime you can peruse each of our previous showhouse posts here (they go all the way back to the beginning if you scroll back through them).

It was a huge honor to be invited to help with such a fun undertaking, and we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn more than we could ever imagine about new construction, to work with amazing people who are like family to us now, and to be able to send our fee to Richmond’s Habitat For Humanity (you can read more about that here and here). And you know Sherry’s angling to house crash the future owners so we can share how the house works for a real family (you know as opposed to an imaginary one) so there’s always that to look forward to.



Playing (Show)House… And A Video!

Before the Homearama show concluded this weekend, we slipped through on Friday with Teddy strapped into our baby carrier (Clara was with the grandparents) so we could check out the homes with visitors in them. It was fun to chat with show-goers, see our pantry getting filled up with food donations, and we even spotted a note someone left us on a notepad in the girl’s room of our house. But perhaps the most exciting thing we got to see in person was the People’s Choice Award that our house won! The votes were very close, and all of the other homes were so well done. It’s hard to put into words how much we’ve learned from this year-long experience. It has been such an honor to be involved.

Even though the show is over, we’ve still got more of our virtual tour to complete. Today we’re tackling the most playful spaces in the home: the kids’ bedrooms, their shared bathroom, and the playroom/reading room.

Let’s kick things off in the boys room (i.e. “Bedroom 3″ on the floor plan). The walls are Moonshine by Benjamin Moore and the major focal point of the room is the built-in bed area. As a reminder, the show was really all about showing what the builder and his team could do (so specific carpentry updates were encouraged, just to keep the show interesting and showcase the possibilities to customize each home – even though they’re hardly one-size-fits-all modifications). This built-in fits a twin bed, which we covered with Target bedding, plus a couple of pillows from Ikea. If the future homeowner eventually wants a larger bed, a full or a queen could stick out into the room with the addition of a simple platform – and some rolling under-bed drawer storage could be added to offset those two drawers under the twin mattress that would no longer be accessible.

This desk is from Ikea but we scored it second-hand thanks to craigslist. The orange stool and wire basket are from Target (we wish the stool were a little shorter, but since it’s for an imaginary kid and we loved the bright color we let it be). The rope lamp and the star light are both HomeGoods finds – and the Legos throughout the room are from my own childhood collection (thanks for saving them all these years mom!).

The wood crate around the star was actually just its packaging from HomeGoods, but when we held it up we liked it there so we kept it. It filled out the space more and created a little ledge for a Lego meeting.

Our favorite part of the built-in bed was this raised nook area, which we all started calling the “Crow’s Nest” for some reason. We brainstormed these built-ins with John the Builder and John the Carpenter (not to be confused with me, John the Lego Hoarder) and they were instrumental in making it happen. Seriously, John the Carpenter and his crew are amazing. In fact, he found the rolling library ladder online somewhere and even used some old pipe fittings when we learned that top rail was going to put us over budget. The bug pillow and blue fabric up in the nook are both from Ikea. We didn’t have a chance to get something custom upholstered for that space, but a dog bed at HomeGoods miraculously fit the area nearly perfectly (which we wrapped in that Ikea bug fabric). The overhead light is from our Shades of Light collection.

This room was Clara’s favorite in the house. Any time she joined us for a day of work, this is where you could find her. Partially because of her recent Lego kick, but also because of the Crow’s Nest. She’s a little wound up after a few too many hours spent in that house (we all were stir crazy at that point I think), but we actually caught her excitement for it on video:

We stocked the bookshelves with random stuff, but my favorite was the “Viking Octopus” plush toy that was loaned to us by our friend Phil Barbato. Because why wouldn’t an octopus also be a bearded viking?

You can see our fun patterned carpet pretty nicely in this shot. It’s from a local place called ProSource, but the style is Stanton’s Revere in Silver. We thought it’d be fun to do something interesting with the carpet in at least one of the rooms since most of the spaces had hardwoods except for a few of the bedrooms (John the Builder said his average buyer seems to prefer that mix).

On the other end of the bed there’s more drawer storage, plus a big wardrobe. We left it empty so the future owners could decide if they wanted more shelving in there or an extra clothing bar. There’s a closet on the other wall, so it’s bonus storage space either way.

The two kids bedrooms are connected by a shared Jack-and-Jill bathroom, which is pretty light/neutral itself (so that it flows between the two distinct bedrooms without feeling too disjointed). The walls are Simply White, the floors are a white lantern tile (found locally at a Mosaic tile) with gray grout so they hold up to kids a little better, and our colorful “moment” in here was the big vanity cabinet which was painted Courtyard Green by Benjamin Moore.

There’s also a wall-to-wall mirror with the light fixture and faucets coming through it. The faucets sit above a double trough sink that’s recessed into the white corian counter top (which makes it look shallow in this photo, but it’s plenty deep). It was awesome to hear from a bunch of show-goers that the big sink and those mirror-mounted faucets were their favorite things since they were definitely one of the more specific choices we made. Oh and the towels and bath accessories are from Target.

As you can see reflected in the picture above, behind the sink area is the bath/shower/toilet part of the bathroom, and we added some bonus storage via this shelf above the toilet. Once again, it was built by John the Carpenter (way back when the house was being roughed in last fall we had to plan for this shelving and have them set the toilet plumbing further from the wall to make room for it). The framed poster is from Help Ink.

John also added this slatted wainscoting for us, which we thought contrasted nicely with the more ornate tile floor.

You saw a sneak peek of the shower back when it was half done, but we use two colors of glass tile (Snow Glass and Glass Winter from The Tile Shop) to create chunky stripes. The showerhead is one of these bluetooth connected speakers from Kohler since we figured kids would get a kick out of that. Heck, now we want one.

Here’s the other added sliver of storage that we worked into the room: a little towel nook behind the shower that we filled out with some rolled Target towels.

Let’s move on to our girls room. Fun fact: one of the most interested buyers for this house has two sons, so they’d adjust this room to work for a son instead of a pretend daughter (and you know Sherry will beg them to let us house crash them down the line). Anyway, we got our big window cornice installed, which was built by U-Fab in this fabric. We also mixed up the beside table situation (going for a blue Target side table and a yellow garden stool from HomeGoods), scooted the bed further into the middle of the room, added more pillows and a blue throw to the bed, hung some casual art, and even added some surprise string lights (more on those in a second).

We can’t forget “Princess Truthful” (the chicken painting loaned by our friend Lesli Devito) who is perched above the thrift store headboard (painted Hydrangea Flowers by Benjamin Moore), which is all against the Royal Design Studio stenciled wall (it’s Hibiscus over Simply White walls). Here’s a closer shot of the wall pattern, plus a glass based lamp from Target.

Now let’s shift over to our double desk. Not only does it add some nice concealed cabinet storage to the room (along with a big double closet that’s on the wall across from the bed) but it’s a nice big work surface. A lot of you weighed in on which two stations we should style it with (people tossed out things like a makeup area, a spot for art, a sewing zone, a homework area, etc) and we settled on an art station on one side (complete with a terrible tree painting by yours truly) and a homework side with notebooks and room for a laptop or desktop monitor but it’s really flexible so we’re interested to hear how the future owners use it down the line. You might remember that the chairs were rescued from a thrift store (we painted and upholstered them) and the pillows were from HomeGoods.

Now let’s get into the string lights. We wanted to do something with the small vaulted area of the ceiling above the desk, so we ordered a 50-foot strand of white cafe lights and strung them up on white cup hooks.

We had the electrician add an outlet up there for them to plug into, which connects to a switch by the door. They’re barely noticeable when they’re off, but are a fun surprise when they’re turned on. It was awesome to hear people’s reactions when they stepped into the room and noticed them during the show.

Speaking of the door, here’s a quick shot of that side of the room. It has some casual art taped up with washi tape, a framed poster from Ikea over the dresser, and one of our rail hooks from Target that we customized by the door.

When you head out that door, you end up back in the hallway near the playroom / reading room which sits behind two sliding french pocket doors. That way it can be an open family space when needed, or it can be closed off for quiet reading.

The prints in the hallway next to the door are from Ikea (they came in a pair).

The playroom walls are painted Dragonfly (by Ben Moore) and we originally planned to have the built-ins that were made by John the Carpenter painted that color too, but the painters missed that memo and they ended up white. When we walked though we decided the room felt good that way, so in the end it was a happy accident. The art on the wall to the right is from World Market and the wood plaque on the left is a thrift store find.

We also contemplated staging this space with a media console to look like a video game room, but decided to keep the layout a little simpler – just a low table (this one donated by West Elm) and two poufs that we bought from Target for playing games of the non-video variety. The rug in here is from Dash & Albert.

Fun fact #2: we actually crazy glued the Monopoly pieces down after worrying that small kids might end up swallowing them (a prospective buyer with four kids came through before the show and her youngest daughter “taught” us that lesson – thank goodness she didn’t actually succeed in her mission to digest a few houses).

This room also has a big shelved closet off to the left-hand side for game storage and what-not. Clearly we went light on the styling, but we clutter up enough closets in our own house that I didn’t feel the need to demonstrate that “skill” here.

And with that dramatic game closet conclusion (I kid) we’ll end this 30-picture post. We hoped to include the other six remaining spaces, but we’re 2,000 words in and it’s clear that we need one more post to wrap this thing up – so that’s coming up for you next week, along with a video walk-thru that we shot.

In the meantime we’ll leave you with this professional video that was shot by the Homearama folks (it’s far more beautiful than ours, but it doesn’t include every room, and it was completed before we were finished, so some of the spaces are in their in-progress state). For example, you’ll get a glimpse at the dining room, but those chairs aren’t the final ones that we used, and the kids rooms were missing some key elements/tweaks. There’s also no music, so feel free to crank up your favorite tune and rock out. Or watch it oh so covertly at work.


Thanks to everyone who came to check out the showhouse in person, donated money to Habitat, left canned goods in our pantry, and cheered us on during this decorating marathon of sorts. Couldn’t have done it without you. Oh and as for what Teddy thought of the showhouse when we took him to check it out for the first time outside of the womb… the kid slept the whole time.