Model Citizens

John and I completed a huge task this weekend- painting the living room (the largest room of the house) a neutral tan (Glidden’s Sand White) from a pale green. It looks much better with that big doorway leading into our kitchen and our new dining set, huh? Now we can cook, eat, entertain, and relax in one big open space as opposed to being in three separate rooms. Plus turning the living room into a living and dining area freed up the dining room which we turned into a third bedroom- a totally valuable addition to our home.

Living Room - During Living Room - After

And after all that rolling and edging, we were dying to do something entertaining and non-labor intensive. Enter some more fun model house tours. If you recall, we toured a bunch of open houses when the Parade of Homes came to town two weeks ago, and since this past weekend was the last time that all 158 houses opened their doors to the public, we jumped at the chance to visit a few more. This time we brought our camera for some amusing on-the-scene pics. Here’s John enjoying the game room in a giant 6,000 square foot home while I get ready for breakfast in bed.

Poker John Sherry Reclines



Backsplash Backlash

This morning we excitedly met with our Certified Kitchen Designer to finalize the plans for our cabinets and countertops. We’re super psyched to post pics of all the materials we’ve chosen (KraftMaid cabinets, Stonemark Granite countertops, etc) so stay tuned for that fun stuff. In the meantime, we’re having a moment of indecisiveness about the backsplash.

One easy option is to continue our granite a few inches up the wall to act as a backsplash and then keep the rest of the area under the top cabinets a semi-gloss paint. This option really appeals to us because we would be able to easily change the paint color should our kitchen need a fun update down the road.

Our other option is to nix the few inches of granite on the backsplash and use one material from countertop to the bottom of the cabinets, like white subway tile (our absolute favorite) or some other small tile. The only downside is that this couldn’t be easily changed like paint, and will cost more for installation.

I’m sure we’ll come to a decision at some point (and would totally appreciate your opinions- comment, people, comment!) but until then we’re having lots of fun looking at crazy cool backsplashes in magazines and on the internet. Click here for some fun options like a gorge glass backplash we found on