As many of you know I’m in the process of remodeling our home in Idaho… ya, it’s NO joke! Ok, ok… it’s pretty much a new build. We started with a decent remodel and now we basically took the house down to the studs, moved walls and added 1,000+ square feet. My husband would say we are building a new house 😉 It’s pretty wild how far we’ve come in the last 6 months. This home is a DREAM! I grew up with my parents building and remodeling numerous homes. My Dad’s been in Real Estate 40+ years and my Mother worked for Interior Designers growing up. I’ve lived in 14+ houses during my childhood, so you could say I’m used to this process. Trust me, the building and creating process is definitely in my genes. This is the first time I’m doing it for my family and let me tell you, it’s a blast!! BUT I do have some helpful tips I’ve learned along the way…
 Select a theme/design aesthetic for your house
You need to start somewhere as it can became very overwhelming with SO many decisions. From hardware on the doors to roof material, the design elements of the home are endless! I chose MODERN FARMHOUSE as my theme. It felt “right” in Idaho – rustic finishes such as reclaimed wood, cement tile floors paired with clean lines and a neutral color palette 🙂 Yes, it sounds SO simple but it has really helped me and my team stay on track when selecting not only exterior and interior finishes but furniture, windows, landscape materials and small details such as barn doors on the backside of the garage. Every decision about the house goes back to the theme. I’m always asking myself, “is it in-line with the MODERN FARMHOUSE theme?” I would suggest starting with a Pinterest board. Trust me, it’s been one of the tools I’ve used the most and reference in every single meeting I’ve had. See below for some of my starting inspiration. Check out my Idaho Pinterest board here!
Modern Farmhouse Interior Inspo
Modern Farmhouse Exterior Inspo
 Choose a GREAT team… get referrals!!
It always starts with the PEOPLE, amiright?! I had a referral for every single person that is helping with the remodel – contractor, architect, interior designer, draftsman, electrician, carpenter, etc. Since we are not physically living in Idaho now, it was very important to trust the team working on our home.
 Drive around and tour homes for inspiration.
What do you like and not like? I would suggest writing down notes and taking pictures. Not only does the Pinterest board help guide all of your subcontractors in the right direct but step 3 helps as well. Once you see things up close and personal it is useful in making decisions. For instance we needed to make the decision on the size of our exterior wood siding – 1’x8″ or 1’x6″. I saw it in pictures but really needed to SEE it. I found two house with the different siding sizes and once I saw it, I could make the decision immediately!
 Know the importance of a well designed floor plan…
This is especially important when doing a remodel – you don’t want your home to feel awkward. Like I mentioned above I’ve lived in many homes – some remodels and others new builds. When you are in a home that has been poorly remodeled, you can tell! Design is one if not THE most important thing I’ve come to find when building our home. Spending the money on a great architect that understand symmetry, layout and efficiency of space has been SO important.
 Create mock-up and renderings to see what finishes will look like.
I am very visual and actually seeing the materials I’ve chosen in real life and in renderings have helped me make fast decisions. For example if you follow along on my Instagram Story, I shared two versions of our great room ceiling – white wood vs. barn wood. It was great to see what each would look like in order to make a BIG decision. See below…
Modern Farmhouse Ceiling – White vs. Barn Wood
I’ll be sharing the construction and design process for the next year… Ya, it’s going to take that longggggg!! Stay tuned for more tips and a behind-the-scene look the our Idaho home from the ground up.
F A M // Morning, Insta fam!!👋🏻 I can’t believe Ford is 15 months this weekend!! Which means our new little one will be here in just about 11 weeks!!🤯 Soaking up all the quality time with FORD while I have it!! A lot will be changing come May... going into it with no expectations, open to all of the emotions that will surely come my way❤️ Thanks to all of you who support me, my work here and my growing family!! Appreciate each one of you!!😘 Can ya tell I’m feeling emo AF😝 Lovessssss❤️❤️❤️ Happy weekend!
H O M E // That morning sunshine✨✨ It always makes me SO happy!! Gave our breakfast sitting room nook a little refresh! Rearranged some items, added diff pillows, eucalyptus and more! Sharing a closer look on today’s story!🏠💁🏻♀️ Hope y’all have a great Friday! Shop this space on the LTK app - click the link in my bio!
H O M E // Nightstand styling✔️✔️ Paired fun books and a pretty lamp with new decor beads, crystals, a black candle and faux stems for a touch of greenery!!🌿 Sharing all the details of this setup and my entire master bedroom over on SBKliving.com🏠 What’s your fave bedside decor?! Sleep tight, boos!😴
H O M E // Morning!!✨ Do y’all have a laundry “day” in your house?🧺 I use to BUT now it’s an ongoing daily chore... between Ford and Luke’s winter gear it’s never ending🤣🤣 Y’all feel me?!! If you’re building and have a fam, I highly recommend putting in TWO washers and dryers!! GAME CHANGER!!💯 We did this in the fixer upper house and it’s legitttt👌🏻 I would show y’all a pic buttttt it’s just not pretty lol🤣 Instead we will look at my old modern farmhouse laundry room!😍 The tile work in the space was my fave - herringbone slate floors and mini hex backsplash👏🏻👏🏻 Time to go put Ford’s clothes in the wash... buhhhh bye!!👋🏻
B A B Y // Now that I’m in my third trimester the nesting has begun!!🤰🏻🍼 Figuring out all the things I need for bébé no 2 and luckily it’s not that much!!👏🏻 Since the boys will only be 18 mo apart I pretty much have everything and will reuse a bunch of newborn clothes. Thankfully I kept everything!!🤞🏻 NOW I just gotta organize!! Taking it back to Ford’s first mini black and white NURSERY space I designed!🖤🤍🖤🤍 Loved putting it together for baby boy! Brings back all the mems😭😭 Linking everything including our fave farmhouse CRIB on the LTK app - click the link in my bio! We have two matching cribs so the boys will be twining!!🖤🖤 Nighty night, y’all!😘
H O M E // Hello, Monday!!👋🏻 Working from my NEW office setup in my bedroom today! Loving the way it turned out😍 AND yes, that’s a mini kitchen behind it! Something I never thought I would want/need in our bedroom BUT it has been so nice with a little one... ya know bottles on bottles!🍼🍼 Now with another bébé on the way, I’m very happy we have this space! Def something I will design in our next home🏠 Sharing this room on LTK - click the link in my bio to shop!! Wishing y’all an amazing, productive week!👊🏻