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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Finishing Touches

Yesterday our crew made a BIG push to get most everything done as we had friends arriving from MN later in the day. The oven hood created some challenges but in the end everything was solved and it looks wonderful. The guest bathroom looks great with all the new fixtures in place. I love the paint. It's a sand color but the lighting creates an almost olive green hue. Very soft and soothing. We moved the bedroom furniture back into the guest bedroom since our Swedish shipment is scheduled to arrive next week. We are now using an air bed which was more comfortable than expected last night. 

But perhaps the PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE was the installation of the TV over the fireplace mantle. Admittedly, I was a little dubious about hanging it there, fearful that it would be too high. I was also a little disappointed about not having the mantle and wall as a place to decorate, but now that the TV is there, I must admit, it looks fabulous and is indeed the perfect spot for it. It also opens up one whole wall in the great room and we'll have fun deciding what to do with that spot. We're continuing to enjoy March Madness as evidenced by what is on the TV. Tanner's bracket is leading our pool. He really is a clever dog.

We've shared some meals around the table now with our friends and it's such a lovely spot for dining. I am enjoying the fresh basil from this gorgeous basil plant that I purchased at Trader Joe's for $3.99!

The rose bushes continue to dazzle with more blooms every day. 

And the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice from our trees was a delightful treat with breakfast. 

The house is basically finished now! There are little things to fix and adjust but overall, it's a fully livable space! It's fun to enjoy it and to share it with friends. 
Thanks for joining us on this journey. It's hard to believe that just 2 months ago we walked into this house and wondered what we had done! Living through the reno definitely provided some challenges. But our mantra was, "It will be worth it." And now...well, it is.