Blue & Orange Toddler Boy Room

Big Boy Room Collage

(start upper left, clockwise)

Starburst Wood Mirror– is also from Target. It originally retailed for $49, but I got it on sale over the summer for just $15. Source.

Light– looks industrial and will swap out easily for the builder grade ceiling fixture. Source.

Airplane Propeller– such cute décor item for a boy. This one pictured is from Restoration Hardware and way out of my budget. I found something similar at Homegoods, but unfortunately don’t have a photo to link to just yet. Source.

Inspiration room photo– I saw this on Pinterest many moons ago and just loved it so much it was my inspiration for pulling together Lucas’ big boy room. Source unknown.

Mid-Century Bed- we bought this for Lucas at the Pottery Barn outlet over the summer. It is a West Elm bed and normally retails for $699. I paid just $150 because it was a floor sample and was missing a few pieces of hardware. Source.

Rugby Striped Quilt– I ordered this from Creative Seams on Etsy. The quilter, Jill, is from Ann Arbor and makes just about any color combination you can dream up. Source.

Orange Link Ottoman/Pouf– I found this at Wal-Mart actually and was surprised to see an ottoman like this for under $30. Perfect for a kids room! Source.

National Parks Map- is adorable and has stickers to mark off the places you’ve been. Lots of fun for a little boy. ElloThere on Etsy has a great version.  Source.

Airplane Pillow– very boyish and affordable on Etsy. Source.

Modern bed sheets– are from Target and are currently on sale! I am thinking about picking up an extra set before they sell out. Source.



Kitchen Board

Kitchen Board

Kitchen island (upper left) is something we already own and are bringing with us from our previous house. Source.

Light fixture (upper center left) is something we plan to install when we move in because the builder grade options is not really my style. Source.

Subway sign (upper center right) is a fun piece of art that my sister bought me for my birthday at Haven in downtown Plymouth.

Refrigerator (upper right) has already been purchased and we are so excited to start using it. Source.

Dining Chair (lower left) are a hand-me-down from my parents that were purchased at Pottery Barn many years ago. They are downsizing  and moving to their lake house, so they are mine now. Source.

Hardwood floors (lower left) are oak with a light to medium stain called Chestnut by DuraSeal. These will be installed in our kitchen, dining nook and foyer.

Tablecloth (lower center left) is linen with a small detailed stripe and fringe at the bottom from Anthropologie. I have not purchased this yet, but it is on my wish list (hint, hint).

Granite (lower center) for our kitchen and bathroom countertops will be black pearl.

Cabinets (lower center) for our kitchen and bathrooms will be the basic builder grade option.  Our choices were limited, so we selected clove as our color since we felt it would look best with the black granite.

Range (middle right) has not yet been purchased, but I am dreaming of one similar to what is pictured. I have been stalking the appliance outlets and floor samples for a while now.  We’ll see what we end up with for a range.

Curtain panels (lower right) were purchased at Homegoods. They are linen and have a lotus pattern in graphite and white.

Exterior Board

Exterior Board

Our elevation for our floor plan is exactly like this house pictured in the center. However ours is reversed so our front door will be to the right instead of the left.

For siding, we have chosen Mountain Sage as our color and white trim comes standard. The roof will be rustic cedar. Both are pictured on the right side of the board.

The front door will be the 15 lite version shown on the left. I am hoping to paint it a fun color like aqua to pair with the green. The houses in our neighborhood are all very colorful, so it should fit in nicely. You’ll see the house pictured here has a yellow door paired with iron gray siding. If we hate the aqua, we’ll just paint it black or white again, no big deal.

Materials selection

We are not custom building a home, just working with a local builder in a neighborhood that we love.  New construction was not really on our radar when we first started house shopping.  We made offers on several older homes in March & April 2013 that were unsuccessful.  The market was really competitive in the spring, so we decided to look at new construction because we were running out of options.

To my surprise, there were not as many selections to make with the builder in terms of finishes and materials.  Many items come standard and others have upgrade charges we did not see the value in paying. The decision-making process was much easier than I expected.

Selections to make:

  • Kitchen- countertop & cabinets
  • Flooring- carpet, tile and hardwood
  • Exterior- elevation, siding color and roof color

Countertops (kitchen & full baths)– granite comes standard (no upgrade charge) with our builder. We had a selection of eight granite options.  I have to admit that granite would not have been my first choice of countertop material. I just don’t like how busy the patterns can get. If I were custom building a home, I would pick something more uniform like soapstone or quartz or even butcher block.  But, I am thankful our builder uses granite and not laminate.  Here were the options, I zoned in on the middle two in the bottom row pretty quickly, as you might be able to tell by the way this photo is centered. The stones are Nara Brown and Black Pearl. Can you guess which one we went with?


Cabinets (kitchen & full baths)– we had a choice of three solid wood cabinet doors.  The powder rooms comes standard with a pedestal sink. I really wanted white cabinets, but those were an upgrade of $3,500 and their white option was more of a linen color (not a pure white) so we decided to pass. Here is a photo of our three cabinet options:


Hardwood floor (kitchen, dining & foyer)- our builder prefers to install unfinished hardwood floors and then stains and finishes them on-site. We could pick from any of the Duraseal hardwood floor colors and he put out some samples to show what it looks like on the floors. The lighter color stains were standard, while darker color stains had an upgrade charge.


Tile (bathroom floors)– There are only two color options for tile and I really hate them both. Below is a photo of our hardwood color up against the two tiles.   But it was such a small area of the house, that I am going to deal with it until we can upgrade our bathrooms the way that we would like down the road. We went with the darker tile called walnut.


Carpet (second floor & great room)– Our builder was kind enough to upgrade our carpet for free so we could have something a little more plush for the little one.


Siding– our entire neighborhood uses wood or James Hardie fiber cement siding. Here is the color options we had to choose from:

Siding Colors

Roof– and here are the coordinating roof options


I’ll be back later today to show you what we picked!


We have looked at appliances for the new house for a while (about 4 months).  I’ve poured over Consumer’s Report, visited the Sears Outlet website countless times and have waited patiently for that perfect deal to come along.

Today, I happened to stop at Lowe’s with my mom and Lucas because she needed to place an order for a sink in her lake house. Lucas was riding in one of his favorite racing shopping carts they have there for kids. I was having fun pushing him around the store while we waited for GiGi to finish up.  Naturally, we meandered over to the clearance appliances section that I check out almost every time I visit Lowe’s or Home Depot. And there it was:


A Samsung 4-door french door refrigerator with an external ice dispenser.  This is a grown up fridge, it could not possibly be in our price range. But it was.

Fridge Sticker

Thanks to being returned by a customer and undergoing a repair on the ice maker, it was back on the floor for sale at a 50% discount. So it had to come home with us! I’ll post a review of the Samsung fridge after we use it for about 6 months, so stay tuned.