The Dutch Door is Here!

Y‘all. Remodeling is a slow process. I know I’ve said that a time or two, right? ;). So instead of continuing to say it’s slow, today I can actually give you an update on one of the projects that is actually not in progress any longer!

Now, I am still going to do an official reveal of this hallway and Dutch door installation on a beautiful sunny day because I really want to do it justice. I will style the hall, hang up some art, take all the pretty pics, fancy angles and before and after shots and everything. :) I’ll put together all the details on the door and have answers for questions you might have.

But you have been so patient I thought you guys might like a preview of one of the first finished projects right now :).

Remember how many times and how long I dreamed about having a Dutch door? I can’t believe the day has arrived. We really have a Dutch door as our front door. :) She’s a beauty!

Remember what this hallway looked like before? I love its new look. You might remember we changed out our lighting, too, to these great lights from Barnlight Electric.

And yes, there is another Dutch door in our kitchen! EEEE!!! :) It’s so adorable. I can’t wait to show it to you, too. I won’t be giving a preview of that door though because I really want you to have the fun of seeing it with the finished kitchen. Soon. Very soon.

When you remodel, the last thing that usually happens is they go over a “punch list” with you. That’s the stage we are at. A punch list is just a list of everything that is left to complete. Every remodeling project will have a few last details that need to be finished or touched up near the end, not just mine :).

Sometimes there are still a few important installations you are waiting on (in our case, we are waiting on our custom round window trim, final details on our new archways, and still have to complete the thresholds in the doorways), and often it’s just little things like fixing a wobbly outlet or a misaligned door latch, adding some caulking or paint touch-ups.

When you hire a company to do your remodeling, you make sure each detail is finished before you send off the final check. But timing-wise, you are at the mercy of the contractors who are coordinating schedules and juggling projects, so sometimes it can take awhile to get each detail completely done.

I wish everyone was out of my house right now so I could just putter around in the kitchen, but today it’s like a party around here. I’ve had an electrician, a painter and two contractors hanging out with me. :) So like I’ve said, we really are so close, but still inching towards the finish line. I’m not just stalling or dragging my feet, I promise.

Hallway and door details:

  • The door color is Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore.
  • The hallway paint color is Swan White by Glidden (although the other white walls in my house are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore and we may eventually paint this hallway the same color).
  • Our door knob is Baldwin and the latch is Deltana.
  • If you missed it, see the rest of this hallway’s before/progress makeover here.

Hope you enjoyed the little peek at the front Dutch door today!

PS. I mentioned in my post yesterday that I was going to tell you guys a personal story of mine today about the background motivation that prompted me to want a healthy and chemical-free home, but I ended up deciding to share more than expected so I need a little more time to complete it. I’ll link to it when it’s done, though!For those of you who are interested (like I am) in creating a happy and healthy home and want to know how essential oils can support both your emotions and physical health, I am sharing a fun little five-day Instagram mini-series starting Friday that you are invited to! I hope you’ll follow along with us on Instagram at @pureandlovelyliving. You can also find the series on Facebook here starting tomorrow.

Winter Reset

Sometimes it can feel like everyone else must have it all together. They can somehow whip their whole house and life back into shape after Christmas by January 1. Not me. :) I need until at least February to feel ready for the new year. Ha! But in all seriousness, the month of January is a great time for a home reset! Don’t you think?

Now that it’s already mid-January, I’m finally feeling like I’m ready to get into a winter routine! Everyone else might be on to spring by the time I am ready, but that’s OK. The house is still in somewhat of a disarray from the remodeling projects, unfortunately, but it should be pretty easy to put back together again.

I was hoping they’d be done with the kitchen a few days ago, but there were a few important things we are still waiting on (like the trim piece for the round window), or took longer than expected (paint touch-ups), or even just went amiss and something needed to be taken care of. But rest assured, I’m super excited to share the reveal of my kitchen as soon as I possibly can!

The days of a house full of dust clouds and contractors will wind to a close very soon, I’m sure of that! I look forward to just flopping down on my daybed without contractors watching my every move, ha hahaha.

You can see by the photo above we are getting quite accustomed to working in and around the mess and contractors, though. Honestly I work much more efficiently when the house is empty, but you do what you gotta do. :)

While the project phase last year was really exciting for me (and we are so grateful that we had the opportunity) I am especially looking forward to the resulting nesting phase that will follow in this new year. We had projects on both the main floor (with the kitchen) and the lower level (the new floors and wall) for so much of last year that I’m super excited for all the settling in I will get to do this year!

Believe it or not, I can’t wait to get back into my regular cleaning routines! Yes, I’m looking forward to CLEANING! I actually dream about the day our entire rooms are dusted and put back together for good.

I actually love the little everyday routines, like puttering around the house, tidying up or rearranging this and that.

The dogs have been so good through this whole transitional season where we were moving in and having contractors in their home. I know they’ll be just as excited as I am to roam the house freely again!

It’s always the little things that matter the most, like having cozy rooms that can bring comfort and inspiration.

What are some ways you would like to reset your home for 2017? It’s therapeutic to say goodbye to what no longer serves your family or to simply rearrange spaces and breathe new life into where you live.

How are you resetting your home for the new year?

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