Oh, hey. We’re still building a house.

If it seems like it’s taking for-ev-er, well, it is.

We paused for a few months to wrap a few other projects. And then, of course, life kicked in with its major developments.

Brad and Nat bought and are completely renovating a historic house, as in, we spent New Years Day scrubbing antique heart of pine flooring with bleach water so that it could be reinstalled. Yeah. For real. I have pictures for you. I spent a Saturday on a 10ft ladder painting at Brooks and Ashley’s “new” historic home in East Nashville. Once they are settled I’ll show you the before and after of their kitchen—it’s crazy.

And we spent the day before Christmas Eve loading a moving truck, packing up some of my favorite people on our planet, the Killingsworths, who have up and moved to Colorado. I hate goodbyes.

Brad is just wrapping up two gorgeous—and I do mean gorgeous—new builds.

Now we’ve decided to pick up where we left off with Eastwood.

And we’re really close to done.

Really close. 

I think this is where I left off with the living room images.

We’ve been aiming for something a little less traditional with the interior. I wanted to create a clean and loft-like feel in the main living + dining area. We opted for no-frills trim work and exposed ceiling—all to be painted a crisp white. The windows. The windows make the difference. If you are renovating or building there’s one place I would urge you to splurge, or at least don’t skimp: windows.

Gather & Build: Eastwood Project, Living Room with Marvin Windows and Sherwin Williams Paint

Gather & Build: Eastwood Project, Living Room with Marvin Windows and Sherwin Williams PaintWhite walls and dark stained floors will always be a classic and beautiful look. Again, we are veering just slightly away from traditional with this project.

I tried a few samples and I really loved the Classic Gray stain. I wanted to pull the trigger on that but with so much hardwood square footage it felt like the wrong move as it is more of a color commitment. And, considering I’m not going to live here, I hate to stick someone else with gray. Weathered Oak has just enough gray/putty undertone without too much color. I’ve worked the classic gray into a wooden countertop. It’s beautiful!

The room fills up with light in such a soothing way. I feel really at ease in the space. I think that’s what we (Amy and Brad) are always striving for when we arrange a house. It’s gratifying when the house feels the way you hoped it would. We’ve moved slowly with this project but the house is better for it—made with love and without cutting corners. What’s that old saying? Time is money? If that’s the case this house is worth a lot. :)

Gather & Build: Eastwood Project, Living Room with Marvin Windows and Sherwin Williams Paint

Gather & Build: Eastwood Project, Living Room with Marvin Windows and Sherwin Williams Paint

Gather & Build: Eastwood Project, Living Room with Marvin Windows and Sherwin Williams Paint

 

And here’s the exposed ceiling. Love. Love. Love.
Gather & Build: Eastwood Project

So, there you have it. Our progress in the living room thus far. Not much left to do—just a little tile in the floor and a few light fixtures.

I hope you like it!

x,

amy