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 \ Currently pinning up a storm with inspo for the NEW HOUSE!! Y’all better believe I’m SO pumped to share the process!🏠 Last go around it all started with a Pinterest board, and here we are again... Check out stories for a link to my home board!! I learned so much on the last one - what to do and NOT do. Can’t wait to create a new spot for our kids to grow up in!😭 Now if baby no. 2 will get here already!!🤰🏻😂
Linking my modern farmhouse kitchen on the LTK app! Click the link in my bio💁🏻♀️
Counter tops - quartzite “Mont Blanc”
Island Paint - SW “Tricorn Black”
Floors - 8” White Oak
Hardware - Lew’s
Faucets - Newport Brass
B A B Y \ Yup... still pregnant!🤰🏻☺️ Coming up on 40 weeks and no sign of baby... yet! I’ve been doing ALL the things to get him moving along BUT I know he’s going to coming when he’s ready😝 I’m so glad I can entertain y’all on stories as I try to jump start his birth😂😂 Inverted poses, stretching, curb walking, squatting, ball bouncing, eating enormous amounts of pineapple, tea and more (y’all know😜). I’ve decided I need to chill the F out, relax and he will make his arrival soon🤍 The last few weeks of pregnancy feels like FOREVER!! I know you mamas understand this on EVERY LEVEL! Thank you for all the encouraging messages✨😘
Added a new “accessory” to our bedroom... yup, the birthing tub!! Luke wants to be very prepared this time😉 Ford came in 3.5 hours!!😳 Ready or not...
Shop my room by clicking the link in my bio!🙋🏻♀️ #sbkliving
M O M \ Thank you to this sweet boy for making me a mama🤍 The last year and a half has been such a gift. I’ve never experienced SO much love and joy! Soaking in these last few moments, just the two of us. Baby bro will be joining us soon✨ Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mamas out there including Ford’s amazing grandmas! Sending much love to y’all🤍🤍🤍
B A B Y \ Alright guys, I had a little chat with baby boy today... we’ve decided he’s coming VERY soon!😉👶🏼🤞🏻 Swipe right for today’s bump🤰🏻 Woahhhhhh!!😳 Just amazed at what the female body can do! Feeling strong and “ready” for birth!!👊🏻👊🏻 Thanks for all the sweet messages, prayers and good vibes for this bébé!!🙏🏻 Loves to my Insta fam!!😘xx
H O M E \ Spent about 5 hours outside with Ford today!☀️ Can you spy him!?👀 We are SO happy it’s finally spring around here AND that means it’s time for more exterior house projects!!🏠 I’m still looooooving the dark color we selected last year - @sherwinwilliams “Iron Ore”🖤 Next on the painting agenda, the stone!! The painter and I decided on a very dark color to almost match the exterior. This will make the reddish stone GO AWAY and we don’t have to spend a fortune on replacing it!👏🏻👏🏻 We hope to start this project in a few weeks! Stay tuned...
Swipe right for a sweet pic from today’s adventures. Shop my exterior lighting and Ford’s goods on the @liketoknow.it app - click the link in my bio!💁🏻♀️