It’s Parade Time…..

Spring along the Panhandle of FL and AL brings glorious weather and I think we all get a case of Spring Fever.  We all want to be outside and enjoying the wonderful weather.  It also gets our minds thinking about those DIY to do lists we seem to always be creating.  Spring also brings to our area the annual Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of West Florida.

This year the central parade site is located in the Stonechase subdivison, on Quintette Road in Santa Rosa County.  Homes in the parade will be open daily April 21 – April 29, 2012.

2012 Parade of Homes

Weekday Hours:  3:00p – 6:00p

Weekend Hours: 12:00p – 6:00P

KW Homes has homes open in Stonechase and Nature Trail.  Mark your calendars and come by to say hello.  They would love to meet you.

Make a point to tour Pebble Creek, open in Stonechase and in Nature Trail.  The Pebble Creek model in Nature Trail has taller ceilings heights and increased square footage.  Also open for tours in Nature Trail is a new plan, Hallow Creek Manor, I think you will enjoy the central courtyard.  Houses are open daily.

I hope you come by and say hello.

SOUTHERN LIVING Custom Builder Program

SOUTHERN LIVING Custom Builder Program

Have you heard about this program?

SOUTHERN LIVING carefully selects custom home builders that transcend the pages of the magazine into a dream home. Members are chosen for their extensive experience and knowledge, reputation in the marketplace, and focus on the discriminating customer who is looking to build a custom home.  I borrowed took  this straight from their web site.  I couldn’t think of a way to say it better.  You can learn more about this fantastic program here.

My husband is K W Homes.  Kevin Ward is K W Homes.  He builds custom homes on the Gulf Coast of FL and AL.  He has been a member of this exclusive program for 17 years.  Yes, you read that right, 17 years and still a trusted member.

We attended the SOUTHERN LIVING Custom Builder member conference weekend before last.  It was held at the WIld Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC.  If you ever have the chance to visit this fabulous resort, don’t hesitate.  This was the third time, we have been blessed to visit.  Coming from someone who lives on the Gulf Coast and has the most beautiful beaches in the world, you know this place is great too.  It has a different atmosphere than our beach, but still very relaxed and very family friendly. We also have some very good friends who own a home there, WOW.  It is gorgeous.  I’ll work on her to let me show it you.  If you are looking for a custom builder in the Columbia or Charleston, SC area they are your team.  You can find information about Bobby and Julia here.

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Thank you SOUTHERN LIVING for another fun weekend.  We learned about new products, met new people and caught up with old friends. Ada it was so good to see you again, and meet your Mr. Handsome, David.  Ada has this great new business, offering you instant (almost) curb appeal.  Check out Get More Curb Appeal, you will not be disappointed.  The fine folks at SOUTHERN LIVING end this fabulous weekend with a real Nashville Songwriters in the Round, and it was just as fabulous as always.  Thank you Rob Crosby.

I wish I had taken better and more photos.  I have a few pictures of food, and several of the back of people’s heads, sadly a photographer I am not.

Sunbrella, Sherwin Williams, Eldorado Stone, Belgard Hardscapes, Trex, James Hardie, Lennox and Chevrolet were in attendance with lots of information to share with us.

Contact me or Kevin and we can fill you in on everything new.

K W Homes, Model Home Preview

I have just completed working on a new Model Home for K W Homes.

K W Homes is the Gulf Coast member of the prestigious Southern Living Custom Builder Program.  They have been a member of this exclusive program for 18 years and counting.

You can get more information about K W Homes here and the Southern Living Custom Builder Program here.

This new home is located in Nature Trail, Pensacola, FL.  Nature Trail is a large gated community located just off Exit 5 on I10.  You can get more information here about Nature Trail.

The home is open Monday thru Friday, 11a to 5p. Sat and Sun 1p – 5p.

I hope you will come out to see us.  Here is sneak peek (please excuse the iPhone pictures, it’s the best I could do at the time.)

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Hope you make it out to see it.  It is a wonderful floor plan and was a joy to decorate.

Thank you very much to my very good friend, Rick Robitzsch for helping me stage this wonderful home.  He makes work seem like fun.  I love you man.  XOXO

If you need help creating your dream home, contact me.  I can make the process easier and perfect the first time.

Taking classes and studying…..

Told you yesterday I would give you more info on taking classes and finishing in June. I have worked in the homebuilding industry since 1986.  I have an uncompleted Marketing Degree from the University of West Florida, yes I am a college dropout.  Should have gone back, would have gone back, wish I had gone back…  the usual.  While, I still love marketing in general it doesn’t blow my skirt up like interior design.  So, I went back to school to finish up with a design degree.  I should finish in June, if all goes as planned. Adding the reading load and studying to my schedule was the hardest thing in the world to do for me.  I was always finding a reason to put it off, and you know what, it catches up to you and pulls the rug right out from under you.  I have had to play catch up for the last several weeks I mean months and it is killing me.  My middle name is procrastination.

But, I will finish.  And then I can call myself a Designer and not just a decorator or design consultant.  I know only words, but it makes feel good to acomplish a goal.  That’s what we teach our children to do, set and achieve goals.  Right?  Right!

Back to reading for me.  Check in with you tomorrow.

If you would like help designing your dream home, give me a call.  If you are looking for a dream home builder you can find him here.

What I have been doing…..

What have I been doing since August?  Have you missed me?  Does anyone even read this?

I wanted to start a blog to help keep my random thoughts and ideas together in one place. To help in the design or renovation of our new house.  To share ideas to help you, possible readers how to design your own dream homes.  I have always had a hard time keeping a journal.  I have good intentions but life always gets in the way.  Such as it has been since my last post, August of last year.  What better time to get back on track than the day after our bonus day in 2012.  Happy Leap Year People.

So now, I need something to say.  I stalk other blogs daily but never seem to write my own. I see great ideas out there and a plethora of information but what should I say?  I often sit here staring at the screen with so many thoughts running through my head, its hard to pick one thing to say.  So, I’ve been advised to just start writing, here I am writing.

We are building a new house.  Kevin says he works with construction sites everyday, he doesn’t want to spend the next 6 months to a year living in one too.  So, new house it is. We have purchased our lot and the plans are being finalized as I write.  Fingers crossed it will be ready first of next week.  I wanted to renovate, so to appease us both, we are building a new house that looks like an old one.  I will be glad to share it with you as soon as I can.  I don’t want to share too early and then have to eat my words.  I am new at this. A hint, think cottage from around 1930 – 1940.  I am excited about its potential.

So, what have I been doing since August?  I have several clients each building his or her or their dream home. We have been making selections to insure it is their dream home.  We have been selecting exterior finishes such as; stones, bricks, stucco colors, stucco finishes, roof colors, paint colors, pavers, eave metal, siding materials, garage doors, front doors, back doors, side doors and windows.  We have been working on interior finishes such as; door styles, trim styles, trim sizes, cabinet layouts, cabinet finishes, floor coverings, tiles, granites, marbles, solid surfaces, mirrors, light fixtures, plumbing, and paint colors.  I love paint colors.  I could play with colors all day and be happy.

Clients number 1 are a couple of empty nesters down sizing.  They knew what they liked and wanted and just really needed help staying on budget.  The thing about down sizing, you still like the things you used to have, you just get tired of keeping up with it all.  So, its hard to not want the same as I had before.  But, we did it and very successfully I might add.  She has a beautiful kitchen, she is a baker. He has two wonderful locations to watch his beloved football team.  We do live in the South, football reigns around here.  Their house is complete and they have moved in.  We will continue to tweak a few things bringing in some new furnishings and window coverings.  It will be a work in progress for a while.

Clients number 2 are a young family with two children building their family home. They have purchased at least one home in the past but it wasn’t built for them.  They have been a blast to work with.  They knew what they liked and what they didn’t.  I just held their hands and guided them in the right directions.  They kept a blog about their experience to share with family and friends living out-of-town.  The house turned out exactly the way wanted. They are pleased as punch about everything.

Clients number 3 have built several houses before.  They are moving back into our area and really only needed my guidance in locating reputable businesses to make their selections.  They petty much knew what they wanted.  I only tweaked a few things.  It has been a pleasure working with them.  If I get their permission I will share with you what we have done.  The house should be complete within the next few weeks and it is turning out just as expected, beautiful.

Clients number 4 have worked in the construction industry and know a thing or two about building a home.  Funny thing about that, it’s always easier to do it for someone else.  They are moving to our area from the North, escaping the snow and excited to raise their new daughter in one of their favorite vacation spots.  This baby girl was the answer to many prayers and a testament to faith.  We are just beginning to get things going on their house. We have selected the exterior finishes and are starting on the inside now.  We will be designing the princess her very own castle.  Can’t wait to share the progress with you.

Clients number 5 are a young couple moving into our area from a big city.  They are building their dream home to host infinite dinner parties and pool parties.  They are keeping me feeling young.  We have just begun the process of selecting finishes for their new house.  We have a pretty good handle on what they think they want, but it changes as they see other and different things.  It has challenged me to keep them on track.  BUT, I needed a new challenge and they are just what the doctor ordered.  I love working with them, because they are fun.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Client number 6 among all the others have been ourselves…..  we have built 3 spec houses, and a model home.  2 of the specs have sold, 1 is still for sale and in the Pace area.  The model home finished last week and is now open daily.

And that my friends is what I have done and still doing since my last post.  WOW, seeing it all in  words makes feel less guilty about not posting.  But, I am working towards daily posts.  I have told you about my clients, so I will share with you the progress of each. Photos coming if I am allowed.  Oh, and I will finish classes in June, more on that later.

Until tomorrow, have a great day.

If you would like help designing your dream home, give me a call.  If you are looking for a dream home builder you can find him here.

Beach Chapter comes to a close……

My husband and I have lived the past year on Pensacola Beach, the most beautiful beach in the United States….. almost the world.  I would say the world, if our water were always this color, but alas it changes.  The photo above shows the view I woke up to every morning.  I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by.  Living on the beach has been a dream of my husband’s for quite some time.  Our son was in college and our daughter was finishing college and soon to be on her own, what better time to live our dream.  We packed everything up, sold the house and moved to the beach.  I wasn’t expecting to love it, but when you open your eyes and see this every morning, how can you not?

We loved living at Beach Club and recommend it to everyone.  The place is beautiful, the amenities amazing and the staff is the best I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  If you are looking for a place to vacation in FL, check out Beach Club on Pensacola Beach.  No, I did not receive any type of endorsement to make this recommendation.  It really is that great.

This beach chapter in our life has come to an end we are so glad to have had the opportunity to live on this beautiful island.  I would not trade it for anything in the world.   Life on the beach is another world, unlike any we have ever lived in before.  The atmosphere is welcoming and never in a hurry.  The water calls to you, come out and play, it is so calming.  Even arriving on the island is a treat, your troubles and stress from the work day seem to melt away as you cross each bridge, by the time you arrive home all seems right in the world and you wonder why you were stressed at all.  If you ever have the opportunity to live on a beach or waterfront, I highly recommend it, even only for a short time as we did.

We have moved and are preparing for our next adventure; it is still in the beginning stages.  We have rented and moved into an older home, built in 1938.  I have always wanted to live in an older home.  They are so full of charm and history and character.  Yes, they have their mishaps, but you go with the flow and  follow the tide so to speak.  I have learned to do this since living on the beach.  Now, to decide if we want to renovate (I do, he not so much) or build a new home (me, ok I guess, he, oh yes!).  We have always lived in new homes, being the wife of a custom homebuilder you do that a lot, and if that is our path then I want one that looks old and vintage with lots of character and charm.  It seems that is the direction we are headed and I find this to be a new and fun challenge for me.  I have been doing the interiors of our homes (personal and clients) for the past 20 years, while I have done parts and pieces of projects in a vintage style, I have not done and entire house.  Oh the fun it will be, finding old pieces and restoring them to place into a new home.  The list is endless, lighting, plumbing, doors, door hardware, floors, walls of wood, and linens, you get the point.  So, while it would be fun to restore an old house, you can see I am getting on board with the new house idea too.  And to think it could be “Green” too.

Enjoy your life every minute of every day.

If you need help creating your dream home, give me a call, or email me.