A Good Coat of Paint & Other New House Goodies

(You can catch me and reno updates on Instagram during my blogging dry spells.)

You better believe we were happy when this started happening:

ext2We are so very, very pleased with the results of a thick coat of Benjamin Moore China White.  I tried about 7 different whites, including China White that Sherry recently painted her house in, and China White was the clear winner.  It’s warm without being yellow and sophisticated without being too gray.  We love it.


beforeI just thought I’d throw a little beforesies in here in case you forgot where we started.  We still have a lot to do in the front:  big black lanterns for the entry, paint the porch and install bluestone, landscaping, and a new stone walkway.  And, there will be a Juliet balcony above the new brick entry.  Ovals, here is a sample the welder brought over for me to approve:

sketchThe ovals will sit atop a simple black iron crown piece that will flare the entry just a bit…since the brickwork didn’t finish out like I had drawn.  But I think the iron crown will finish it off just right.  I hope!

I have a kitchen, y’all!  The cabinets turned out perfectly–just how I wanted them.  And I love the mint green.  The vintage pendant will hang over the island–I will give it a fresh coat of white paint and paint the cylinder interiors gold.  The cylinders have uplight sockets, too, to shine on the ceiling.  Stop being so cool, Vintage Cylinder Lighting.  I actually bought this light fixture a year ago at Highland Antiques, and it has been waiting patiently for the right space.kitchThe island is custom made, but the rest of the cabinetry, including the pantry, is IKEA just faced with custom doors and panels.

kitch2The countertops go in this coming week, and then I can’t wait to see the hexagon marble doing it’s thing on the backsplash.  Oh, and do you see where the subtle groove is on the door panels?  That is where the custom hardware is going–inspired by this kitchen by Workstead.


kitch3The bathroom cabinets have been set, too, but I’ll wait until all the protective paper is off the floor and a few details are filled in before I share.  However, you have to see the amazing box shelves that Chris built for the guest bath:

guestThe shelves occupy a narrow alcove that was just too awkward.  The plywood surrounding the shelves will be painted white, just like the floors and walls.  The guest room is in the basement (terrace level, if you want to sound fancy) with concrete floors, on which I painted a first coat of Sherwin-Williams Shoji White a week ago.  There’s that tile, I want to marry, again!

And there has been a whole lot of interior painting going on.  Most rooms are white, but I have taken a few risks with dark colors in our boys’ rooms (see Instagram) and the dining room below:

chandy2The color is Sherwin-Williams Night Owl, it has green undertones that pairs well with the green undertones in the Arabescato marble mantel.  I’m trying out a chandelier I found at the Antique Factory.  It has some “faux modern” tendencies–do you know what I’m talking about?  But I think painting it out in white will keep it this side of tasteful modern…I hope!  Regardless, I love it…and it makes a huge statement considering its relatively small price, $300.  Finding (and affording) unique and beautiful lighting is the hardest!

The trim in the dining room delights me to no end.  I kept the trim simple throughout the house by using only two different profiles, a simple beaded crown moulding and a small pencil moulding, combined with 1x4s and 1x6s in different applications to keep the house cohesive.  I also did this same ceiling trim in the powder room–which is POW-WOW! in such a small space.  I’m hoping I love the color in the powder room, however, when the painting is complete.  Deep teal won in the paint battle against peachy-pink.  Now I wish I had done peachy-pink…but that is what January is for.  Repainting.

drtrimPeople, a move-in date has been established in December.  I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.  For many reasons.  Mainly, I want my time back to be with my family.  But, also, the process is draining me and needs to end soon.  This has not been the joy-filled experience I had hoped it would be in creating our dream house (realistic joy…I’ve remodeled enough to know it’s hard work).  I won’t get into all the nitty-gritty now, but there have been a lot of times I’ve wondered if we made a colossal mistake in selling our rancher and embarking on this project.  You know what, though, I don’t dwell there because there have been so many miracle moments on this journey that inform me this is meant to be.  On my most confident days I believe this.  Even though we don’t feel we remotely deserve such a place where I can liberally use my creativity, we are humbly accepting the gift.

And it is a moment-of-truth to prove once and for all if we have the gift of hospitality.  There are two couples in our lives that have really influenced how we think about home and other people.  My grandparents and our friends Greg and Rachael have both generously and lovingly opened their homes through the years to hundreds if not thousands of different people.  Loving them, feeding them, entertaining them, ministering to them–sometimes simply, sometimes extravagantly.  I don’t think I’m on that level–my octogenarian grandmother still feeds a multitude with apparent ease–but I do know as a painfully shy creature, I am most comfortable in my home and can connect with others there best.  So, it is that I’ve been feverishly creating and designing a haven that speaks specifically to our family but also, hopefully, speaks to those who pass over our threshold for a visit.  I want our home to feel warm, comfortable, different, creative, and accepting.  I also hope it inspires.  It is my prayer that we have plenty of opportunities to share.

I’m feeling very thankful.



  1. amazing. is that the same house? I really am in awe ( and more than a lil jealous.) you have a real gift here, and that includes finding the coolest lighting.

    looking forward to more. donna

  2. it is insane!!! i am so so so jealous, too. it looks so beautiful – inside and outside. my favorite “type of house” has always been painted white brick. it is SUCH a huge transformation on the outside with it being painted white. and your kitchen – WHOA. it’s all amazing. great work. i really, really, really love it.

  3. If walls could talk, your walls would do more than just say ‘thank you’. Seriously. Your walls would hug you and kiss you and say, “thank you from saving me from my boring existence!” Over and over again.

    Seriously, even having seen some of these pictures on Instagram, I’m giddy seeing them in quick succession in this post. The mint kitchen, the marble mantel in the dining room…then the painted exterior? It’s amazing.

  4. I can’t even speak. In awe. White houses are my favorite. Cool vintage lighting is my jam. The rest is just unspeakably beautiful. Can’t wait to see it all done. k

  5. zoe borrowdale says:

    The change of porch and the loss of the shutters makes it look very English

  6. polly says:

    Loving it. The mint green kitchen looks deliciously delightful. Makes me want some ice cream.

    I have no idea how you have done this. When we did our relatively minor renovation work this summer–a finished basement w/ a bathroom, laundry area, 2 larger rooms, some storage–the decisions that had to be made drove me up the wall; I was SO GLAD to be done! If I had to do a whole house I would crawl in a hole and never come out. You are doing such a good job and it looks beautiful. But I’ll tell you what: it gives me flashbacks (to my relatively PIDDLY project!!). I need a hot bath and a glass of wine!

  7. Natalie says:

    Breathtaking! I love it. XO

  8. I’ve been following you for years now, Angela, and your design skills never cease to amaze me. I love that you care about all the little details. And that you’re always one step ahead. Like that mint kitchen…white (although totally classic) is becoming overdone. Mark my words…your kitchen will be in a mag. somewhere down the road. I’m glad you put your Instagram up there…I’m now stalking you on there. 😉 Have a happy Thanksgiving and take a breather for a second!

  9. You have such vision!! I’m so impressed. Can I be you when I grow up? Like, for real!

    Your home is beautiful. The exterior…whoa…doesn’t even LOOK like the same house. All kinds of fabulous. The mint kitchen, the lighting…I’ll stop…It’s all gorgeous! Great job!

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