Lately I have been drifting further and further away from a diet that regularly includes meat. It’s not specifically intentional, but in my explorations I have found some really incredible meatless recipes that have me saying ‘ooooooh’. This adaptation from an original recipe I found via Love and Lemons is no exception!Continue reading “Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells”
If you read my Building 101 – The Design Studio post, you’re familiar with what goes on at the design studio and the important things we considered during this phase of our new home build.
I went into my design meetings with a clear vision, a broad understanding of what my options were and most importantly, what my overall budget was for upgrades. Having an organized budget tool to manage the wide range of selections that are involved in the design process was critical. I can’t emphasize how beneficial it was to have a spreadsheet of every upgrade I considered. It helped me refine my upgrades to fit within my budget and included a contingency plan as well.Continue reading “Milestone: Design Selections”
I have been eating this salad as long as I can remember. My bonus-mom would always whip up a batch and leave it in the fridge for snacking. I was that awkward teenager who would sneak downstairs at night for a few scoops of bean salad instead of ice cream – it’s that good!Continue reading “Four Bean – Four Step Salad”
Marble! Everyone loves the look of marble and when we built our townhome I insisted that I have marble everywhere. I remember talking to my mom one night about my plans to deck our house out in marble. I thought she would gush with me about my ideas, but instead I was met with a silence long enough that I thought my phone dropped the call, and then got a very mom-esque “do you have ANY idea how high maintenance marble is”?Continue reading “Building 101 – Countertops”
To say that flooring was the hardest decision that went into our build would be an understatement. Narrowing down a style we liked and then finding an option that fit into our budget was both stressful and frustrating.
If you’re doing a fully custom home, this may be a little easier because you will not be limited to the builder options. With a semi-custom builder however, you get whatever options are available at their design studio; and in our case, this was not an exhaustive selection.Continue reading “Building 101 – Flooring”