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.
H O M E // Happy Sunday, babes!! Added some natural texture to my bedroom with these jute poufs and dried pampas grass!!🌾 Love how it’s brings warmth to the room and finishes the space! On stories I’m showing y’all how I keep my bedroom clean with an A-mazing cordless vacuum! Anyone else love to vacuum like moi?!🤣 Head over to the LTK app to shop this space!!🏠
C O Z Y // Living in loungewear like the rest of you babes😉 I’m here for this blush tie dye SET andddd my new faux fur bean bag (under$250!)!! If ya need me, I’ll be here alllll weekend long!💁🏼♀️ Linking my cozy setup over on the LTK app! Happy Saturday boos😘
H O M E // Guys, she’s painted!!!🖤 Swipe RIGHT for the before💩💩 Much betta!!👏🏻 I think I manifested a witch house and didn’t even realize it!🧙🏻♀️😂 My love for Halloween is realllll and now I pretty much am living it 24/7! More about this on my stories and a closer look at the freshly painted beaut! Next on the exterior agenda, fix this STONE!!😵 We are hopefully going to lime wash it to take out the browns/reds and make it lighter/grayer!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 it works!! Linked our new light fixtures on the LTK app!🖤
H A L L O W E E N // Getting a lil’ BOO-zy with my new festive BAR setup!!👻🖤💀 Muhahaha!! Added some new decor like the wooden skull banner and boo sign with some oldies: black roses, crows and candelabra!🖤 Sharing a sneak peek over on my story and talking about my witch house🧙🏻♀️🏠 All the deets coming to SBKliving.com next week and shop it now on the LTK app!!
F A S H I O N // My go-to fall look!! 💁🏼♀️ Paired my new pumpkin sweatshirt with bf denim, hiker booties, a neutral hat, matte black sunnies and the best Gucci crossbody!👏🏻 Showing y’all how it looks on moi over on the @liketoknow.it app!!💁🏼♀️ Did you know they launched VIDEO??💯 Sharing all my favorite FALL SWEATSHIRTS on today’s Friday finds - tune into stories!!
H O M E // Who’s ready for dinner??Affordable Fall tablescape posted on SBKLiving.com today!!🌾 Sharing my place setting and centerpiece items and how I styled them!💁🏼♀️ Showing y’all a closer look on today’s stories. Now I just need to start cooking all things FALL!! Hehe😁 First on the agenda, my bomb grain-free pumpkin bread!!👏🏻👏🏻 It’s def happening this weekend!! What are your fave festive foods??