Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Quick Update

Hello friends! It's been awhile. 
I apologize for the ridiculously long break. This move to Texas has been more emotionally and physically tasking than I ever thought possible.  I needed to step back and take one thing off my plate for awhile, and unfortunately this was the one thing I could take a break from.
I will write more about our life here soon but for now I'm going to go back to the roots of what this blog was supposed to be about  in the first place, us creating a home..
In the last few months our house has gone from a pile of dirt to something that finally resembles a home and we couldn't be more thrilled. Today was our final walk through before the sheet rock goes up, so I snapped a few pictures on my phone for you....and for us.
Here is where we were about two weeks ago....
And here we are now:

So as you can see, things are moving along quickly.
The family room....don't mind the jacuzzi tub that's sitting in the middle of the living room.

The office...

The kitchen island...
 Master bedroom...and master bathroom in the back.....
The media room...
I snapped probably 50 pictures of every room in the house, but they all look pretty similar in this stage so I'll spare you all...That is where we are right now...A lot of dust, and a bathtub in the living room. 
On another note....
One of the reasons I started this blog was because I wanted to create a time capsule of sorts for myself. A place I could revert back to when I wanted to remember an exciting time in our life. I'm realizing lately that this is a very exciting time in our life, we are creating the home we will  one day raise a family in, and that's a big deal. That being said, I hope to be here more often, chronicling this new time in our life while we are building our dream home, so that I can come back years from now and remember this chapter in our lives. What this means for you is hopefully more posts, and more consistency in the next couple months....Hopefully...
See ya soon, and this time I mean it...Peace friends.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Life happenings...

So again I took a blogging break, but not necessarily by choice. In the last month, we moved to Dallas...that's right folks, we are officially Texans. We moved into the tiniest apartment in the world, and are waiting for our new house to be done...someday.  My laptop charger is MIA so I'm actually writing this post from my IPhone (meaning there are no pictures). In the interim, I've spent my days scoping out vintage stores, and checking out the city. Both fun and both could potentially bring out the blogger in me soon as I get a new charger.
Our small apartment is anything but inspiring so I wouldn't expect a lot from me over the next couple months, but once we get in our new house you can expect to be bombarded with new content. Seriously, prepare yourself. I will be back soon friends, you can follow our new adventure on my Instagram if you would like @thegrayhouseontheleft.
See ya soon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PNE Prize Home

As we tread on in the "trying to make the new build still work" phase, we are spending a lot of time packing and organizing these days. Things that we enjoy have taken the back burner...including this blog, unfortunately. Please bare with me readers...and sponsors.
In other news....Have you guys seen the PNE Prize Home yet? It's seriously gorgeous. Designed by former Bachelorette, and star of Love it or Leave It Vancouver, Jillian Harris, the house has a bit of a country style, something I generally don't gravitate towards, but it's more modern kitchen and flooring choices make this house a perfect eclectic mix.
When describing the house she said she wanted something casual and welcoming:
“I wanted to design a house that felt every day like a Sunday morning. And you know what? Every time I’ve walked into the home now that it is finished, that is exactly how I feel. I want to take off my shoes, sit down and enjoy. It’s modern, yet warm and welcoming.”

*I apologize for the lack of order in the pictures below...blogger and me were on the outs today.

I loved the openness of the whole house, but especially the dreamy living room. And those side tables...forget about it.
The kitchen is by far my favorite space in the house. A genius mix of finishings gives this kitchen such a great look, and the large island with beverage cooler gives it practicality and function. 

While the dining room definitely brings in a country vibe, the all white mixed with a more contemporary buffet gives it an eclectic look.
The whole house looks so light and airy. This is definitely a look I'm leaning more towards these days.

I love that she gave the porch different functions. There is a separate sitting area, eating area and cooking area.

 I can't get over this bathroom. The tile flowing from the floor up the wall is genius and don't even get me started about that's too dreamy.

What do you guys think? A dream house?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Great Gatsby

Anyone that knows me, knows that I watch movies for mainly one reason...the sets. Regardless of whether I genuinely enjoyed a flick, if I love a house in a movie (such as Something's Gotta Give or It's Complicated) I will watch it over and over. Luckily, when it came to The Great Gatsby, I loved the movie and the sets. 
Another thing many people know about me is I dream of being born in a different era. 
The 20s happen to be one of my favorites.
We'll start with Daisy's colonial style brick house.
The style screams old money and is a perfect portrayal of what I imagined her house to be when I first read the book years ago.
This was my favorite part of the movie, when the gorgeous white sheers were wrapped around those gorgeous chandeliers. 
The light and airiness of this space are not what you expect from a mansion in the 1920s. The gorgeous reds peek through a mostly neutral palette....and don't even get me started on those gorgeous wood floors.

 Here's a peak of the living room set from Architectural Digest.
I was also dearly in love with the charming cottage Nick lived in, in West Egg.
 Through a set photo, you can see the amazing woodwork that went into building his little beach cottage.

 The tiny and adorable kitchen, had me at hello.
 Then there's the gorgeous green rug and green tiled fireplace, that just adds to the charm.

Then of course there's Gatsby's castle, right next door:

 What I found amazing about his bedroom is that if I saw it on a movie set that took place today I wouldn't blink an eye. The art deco/modern style surprised me but also reminded me how some styles are classic.

 The famous round pool.

And because, it is exactly what I imagine a 1920s New York City apartment, I have to share Tom's secret city pad.

The vibrant colors just scream a 1920s party to me.
How about you guys? Any movies you love purely because of the glamorous sets? Do tell.