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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Finally Moving In!

We moved in to our new home 2 weeks ago using the things from our Asheville apartment and a few new purchases!  Our truck from Chicago is on the way and arrives this afternoon.  It will be great to be surrounded by our  old things again.  So before the place gets cluttered with moving boxes- here are a couple of pictures of the interior as it is this morning!

The new urn console table arrived yesterday.  It divides the living room into separate spaces.
It is a weathered gray and fits perfectly at only 20 inches wide and  7 feet long. 
Thank you Horchow!



One side in the living room is almost complete! The other sides waits for furniture from Chicago.


  Just rugs and a few pillows to complete the look- coming in the boxes from Chicago.



The foyer- looking a bit lonely with it's single settee. 

 The long farm table arrived from Restoration Hardware and
is anxiously awaiting its chairs from the windy city! 


Cooking on this range has been awesome!

 Flowers on the table await my daughter and her fiancĂ©, along with my friend from Atlanta!
Never too soon for guests to arrive.

A few of my treasures that have been gathered this past year now can be displayed.



My antique hardware has been installed on the crystal cupboards.


We are loving this light filled space in the mornings.


Very comfy Lee chairs arrived for the master bedroom.

 Looking up at the master bedroom ceiling-


Master bathtub awaits a sore back.


The elevator has been a godsend moving into the house! 
My fabric panels of books are perfect wall covering for the elevator inside.  

 A guest bath is readied for it's first use this weekend.


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We wake up this morning to sun on the mountain in front of us and the clouds slowly going away.
In the next 10 minutes, those clouds are evaporated  and the mountain is fully visible.

Sunny warm days for the moving truck today- 70's!!!!  I love the mountain weather-

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Move in Day - One Week Away!

This week we finally got a tentative go-ahead to start moving things in!  We still have lots of things on the punch list and quite a big cleaning marathon to do this week, but it looks like we will spend our first night a week from Wednesday!



Finally got the landscaping started.  A parking pad for guests is made of Dublin pavers.   The landscapers have started to plant and add the rock features.  We are still waiting for the shutters and garage door hardware.  The Designs by Bree lanterns were finally hung by the front door, however the tall lanterns by the parking area, still need to be installed.



Harry is pretty excited about being able to run around a large space again! He's not too crazy about the yard though and just stands at the door until someone comes to pick him up!



The stair railing is installed and we left it a natural steel color.  The Montana snow fencing finally arrived from Montana and was completed on the stair walls this week!




This large open foyer separates the living space from the master bedroom.


Gas logs were installed in the fireplaces and the lights on the beams were added to
add interest to the ceiling at night.


Entering the dining hall, the large island is now ready to be filled with goodies. Still lots of cleaning to do in here and still need all the shelves to be installed.



The two Restoration Hardware chandeliers are hung high in the rafters and need to be lowered 6 feet to go over the dining table.


Drawers had to be shortened to accommodate pop-up plugs in the countertops and are still sitting on the countertops by the stove- that stuff really is frustrating.


The unlacquered brass faucet is a little piece of jewelry for the kitchen sink.  And the window over the sink that looks into the conservatory was finally cleaned this week! 


The French range was completely installed and ready for dinners!

 I can't wait to take this little baby on a test drive! Especially that center warming plate!



Looking from the dining hall into the larder- white marble subway tile really brightens the space.


Wolf oven and steam oven were installed in the larder this week.




Love this faucet- had to create a niche in the backsplash to accommodate its size!  Worth it!


Master bedroom chandelier hung this week and adds a great contrast to the rustic ceiling and fireplace.


And the Air System Jetted tub for my bath finally arrived this week and was installed! 
Just in time for moving day! I'll need it!


And one of the most fun design elements of the house- a faux library in the elevator! Hats off to my master carpenters Chad and Brian for making this vision come to life for us! 
Hope our guests come with their library card! The panels are made of a soft velvet and should be
very forgiving to luggage marks.


And this week- too many good surprises- the hotel guest refreshment area- got it's backsplash!
This area will have wine, coffee, water and snacks for our guests.


Black and white marble with inlaid brass- too die for!! 


And another room that is turning out to be a favorite- the craft room.  Lots of counter and storage space and an old fashioned sink- perfect for artistic endeavors.

So 5 loads in our cars to the new house this weekend- exciting and tiring!  Can't wait to finally get everything there-   Stay tuned!



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Two More Weeks Until Move In!


Finishing details are my favorite part of watching a house come together.  I chose the faucets over
15 months ago and it is tough to remember all their details.  Now is time for them to be installed.


This little 33 inch tall beauty is called the Gantry and is manufactured by WaterMark.  It is polished nickel and comes with a pull down sprayer and an articulated spout that will reach across the
long 44 inch Kohler Chef's sink in the prep kitchen and scullery. 


In the more formal kitchen area, the dining hall, an unlacquered polished brass faucet, also by Watermark, adds a bit more of an elegant touch to the sink area.  The countertops were installed this week and this area's counters are a leathered quartzite called Victoria Falls. 


The Lacanche range wall is primarily Doggett mountain stone.  A ledge of a gray limestone called crianza breaks the space between the countertop and the counter.  This will give a visual break and also be easier to clean next to the stove.  Eric, our master mason, is filling in the grout gap by hand to finish the installation.


This picture better shows the coloration and the 3 inch countertops. 
A black Vent-A-Hood is over the range.  It is detailed with a  brass pot rail and strapping.



Specialty doors have been installed this week.  This glass pocket door into my husband's "fly shop" allows light to go from the window in his space down a long hall to the living spaces.


And my favorite doors from a hotel in Paris are installed and get the royal treatment with a
camouflage hunters jacket hung on the feminine brass door knob.  Yes, as I have always said, this house is a study of contrasts! 


The old hardware was removed from the core of the door and
it was filled in with wood and epoxy  and new hardware was installed. 


Our hand forged stair rails were installed and make a wonderful contrast over the Montana snow fence shiplap in the stairwell.  Unfortunately, the Montana snow fence is "snowed in" in Montana and is still backordered.  We are waiting for more to finish the job.


Closet systems were installed this week.  Shelves for shoes, jewelry trays, lingerie drawers, pull out wardrobe hooks to plan outfits and a pull out full length mirror are some of the features.



 The inside of the fireboxes get painted black to get ready for the gas logs. 
This prevents the fire  from showing soot marks on the bricks.

Hopefully, in 2 weeks, these fireplaces will be glowing with gas logs.
Appliances and cabinetry details- hardware-trim-shelves happen this week.
  Landscaping and erosion control, water testing and  energy efficiency testing all happen this week too! One more coat of finishes on all the floors and paint touch up is all going on too! Final power and water get turned on Tuesday and all the temporary systems are disconnected. Music, Wi-Fi and TV's are being installed too.  We are hoping for occupancy permits next week.
Then the deep cleaning process begins and takes 2 weeks. Then we can move!
Wow- the millions of details just to move into a house- I am sure going to miss the action!