Hey friends! I hope you’re having a great morning…with a taco in your future 😉 .
In that post, I answered everything from what color are our interior walls to the details about our new kitchen counters, info on our light fixtures, where we bought our barstools and so much more.
After that post, you ladies still had a few questions, so today, I’m answering them below!
If I could, I would invite you all in for coffee and a chat. xo
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Even though I grew up right outside of Dallas in Irving, TX, I love McKinney so much, and it would (of course) be my number one suggestion. That being said, if I were to name a second spot, without hesitation, I would say Southlake, TX which is where my parents moved twenty years ago…
…it’s the cutest little town right next to DFW Airport (so in a very central location) in between both Dallas and Fort Worth. They have the most fantastic town square and shopping center in all of Dallas/Fort Worth. Where our town is old and historic, their town is new, so it has a completely different vibe and feel than McKinney. That being said, just like McKinney, each year, they host a plethora of events, celebrations and festivals too. If we didn’t live in McKinney, I for sure think we would live there. They have wonderful neighborhoods, parks, trails and amazing schools too.
Probably but I don’t see it/notice it because they’re so small and don’t weigh very much that if they’re scratching it at all, it’s too tiny to tell.
We didn’t know anyone before we moved to McKinney. Since we moved here to open our business and only the two of us worked there, we didn’t meet any work friends either, so we joined a church and other community associations in order to meet people near us. I really do think we have the most amazing friends, but it did take effort on both of our parts to get out there and meet people. It was absolutely worth it though!
Having a hot tub (or not) was a big discussion when we were building as I have a weird phobia about hot tubs, so I didn’t want one. Andrew thinks I’m nuts and likes hot tubs, but not enough to care when I said I preferred we didn’t have one. (They gross me out…it’s like sitting in a bathtub with other people…all I can think about are the germs and dry skin floating around…I know, I’m weird…but seriously…ewww.) So, we don’t have one, and I honestly don’t think anyone has ever missed it, so it’s not something I can see us adding later.
If the cabinets are open, I would make that space “pretty” or put items up there you don’t reach for very often. If the cabinets are closed, I would again just put stuff up there that you don’t reach for a lot (seasonal items, holiday stuff, that bread maker you never pull out, etc). We have high cabinets above the fridge and Andrew puts things up there that he reaches for and I don’t…as he’s tall and I’m not 😉 .
We’re way too type-A to make big decisions like that on impulse. We talk, we plan, we set aside or save and then we do. We have been so excited about a big home project that was supposed to have started end of March/early April (something we’ve been planning on/saving for for three years now), but you know…#covid, but hopefully, it might start soon (maybe even this week?!). As soon as we get the ball rolling, I’ll show you pics…but for now, we wait.
They other two kids’ closets are pretty simple. They each have two rods and then some built in shelves. The little girls have the fun, big closet!
I was born and raised in Irving, TX (right outside of Dallas), went to The University of North Texas (in Denton, TX) and then have lived in McKinney for the last 14 years. Andrew grew up outside of Joplin, MO, went to Kansas State University and then has lived in Texas for 15 years. The first year we were married, we lived outside of Detroit, MI and the second year we were married, we lived back in Irving.
I do! I burn a Circle E Candle all day long and would guess I use about two a month. They’re my very favorite!!
Our porte-cochere? That’s the tunnel looking thing you drive through on our driveway.
Yes! I don’t think it will happen, but I liked the process and learned a lot doing it, so I would totally do it again.
Yes and yes!!
Ohhh…we’re very type-A. Andrew and I can’t stand when things aren’t neat and tidy, so yes, that’s good because my house is always picked up, but geez, it’s also something we need to work on because it can make us a little hard to live with…and sometimes, we’re too focused on picking up and not focused enough on other things.
It’s fenced all the way around.
Well, let’s be real, it helps that I don’t have a three and a five year old. Back in the day, when I did, there were toys all over my house (go back to older pics and you’ll see!). The older my kids get, the less of that stuff we have. I still have a basket of toys in my bedroom for Mades and then there are blocks she likes and a little coffee machine downstairs, but her other stuff is upstairs and she’ll bring it down, put it away as she plays. In our kitchen, we have one cabinet dedicated to some of her toys too (wooden paper dolls, puzzles, etc) and then a drawer filled with coloring books and markers. She pulls that stuff out every day and then puts it away. It really helps that she’s the youngest of the bunch…when I only had “little kids” at my house, there were way more toys all over the place.
Eh, it’s nothing fabulous. We put everything in big plastic bins in the attic. It’s kind of chaotic…but it’s what we do. I make sure and label each bin with exactly what’s inside as that helps when we’re pulling it down and putting it away. I wish I had tons of storage for that stuff, but it’s really just all in bins.
It depends on the time of year! In spring and summer, I love being in the backyard and on the patio…but in fall and winter, I love sitting on the barstools in my kitchen the most!
They do upstairs! This last summer, they went in and made it more of a “library” and organized their books, added art supplies and donated a lot of the toys they just don’t use/need any longer, but yes, they do!
Yes! When I opened my travel agency, we decided to get help cleaning the house to free up more time for me to work.
Not nearly enough! I do have some storage, but geez, it would be nice to have even more. I like things organized!!
No, we have chlorine in there.
We broke ground February 2013 and moved into our house Memorial Day weekend of 2014 (so about 15ish months).
No, they do not. I don’t know anyone who has a basement.
I don’t know if perhaps it’s like childbirth and you block out all the bad, but looking back six years later, I don’t remember thinking it was terrible. I mean, it’s stressful at times, and I do specifically remember the moment when I told Andrew that I do not want to make any more decisions. Ever. But really, it went very smoothly and we didn’t have many setbacks.
The older Andrew and I get, the more we think it’s not. I think we’ll be here a a long time, but one day, when the kids are gone, I see us downsizing here and then buying another small place somewhere else too. I’d love to live in New England one day part of the year, so we’ll see.
No…we only had two small kids when we built and my business was very small, it’s not exactly how life looks now.
I always like to go into people’s houses and see what makes them feel “cozy” and at home more than I like to go in and see what’s trendy. I would say that designers that inspire me are more Country French, so that would be what I always gravitate towards for my idea of home.
The end of May 2014…almost six years!
I think you’ve probably seen most of the quirky things…the little girls’ closet is pretty fun and so is our batting cage. You can always check my highlights on IG to see more about both of those spaces.
Yes! Gorilla Playsets!
They’re in the garage 😉 .
Well, I love me some Detroit!! I’m sure there are many ways to do this, but here are two: my parents have a tornado shelter that was placed in their house by a company and bolted down to the slab. (They didn’t add it, it was in there when they purchased the house.) So, that’s one way people in Texas get shelters (buy them from a company). Our architect and builder took an area inside our house and reenforced it for tornadoes. Inside of it, we have all of the emergency equipment you would need in the event of a tornado. I do not have pictures of this…but let me tell you, I hope we never have a tornado in December because it’s also where I store all of their Christmas presents…sigh.
We have normal brick on our house and then someone came in and “smeared” the mortar all over to give it that look. I will say my one tip on this is to make sure whomever is doing it, uses one person to do the entire project (verses multiple people) so that it is smeared evenly and consistently over the entire thing.
He does upstairs!
I’m all about functional. I like things to go where they will be used/enjoyed the most often.
More storage would be great, I could have a fireplace in every room, bigger windows would be nice…things like that come to mind first.
We have two garages and one is connected while the other is not.
Right now, it’s easy here in North Texas because the weather is nice, and we’ve had some rain. It gets harder as the heat builds up. Andrew waters, and we try to keep it looking nice, but at some point, there’s only so much you can do.
We do have a designated guest bedroom. The littles could have their own rooms right now, but they don’t ask for it/seem interested in the idea/etc, but one day, if they do, we’re open to that. All four of the kids sleep with one another, play in each other’s rooms, etc, so it really hasn’t been a big deal that they don’t have their own rooms. I’m sure we’ll cross that bridge at some point, but right now, everyone seems content all piling in together every night.
We let them “swim” all season long and don’t put them away until the summer is over. When summer is over, we just let out the air and fold them up in the garage.
Always! Maybe it’s because I grew up in the home of an interior designer, but one’s home is never “done”. It’s like a person, always changing, evolving, growing, adapting to that moment. We have little things we’re doing and then big things planned. Our house will always be, to some extent, a work in progress.
Well there you go!
That’s another little look inside our home. Thanks for stopping by today! xo