NEVER underestimate the magic of a coat of paint!

So, you’ve seen where we started.

The house was just stark white and sterile!

I chose a color palette that remind my husband and I of our respective childhood homes (he is from Jamaica, and I am from Hawaii).

home color palette

This color palette makes me want Shaved Ice and Musubi! Lol!

I had a coupon for buy one get one free at Sherwin WIlliams so I took advantage of that and I was able to find my palette colors in the HGTV HOME Coastal Cool Collection.

I  ended up choosing:





So when you see it on the wall in future project you know what it is and where to get it!

They also have a really nice line of wallpapers in this collection HOWEVER…. The wonderful and thoughtful builders decided to give me an awful wall-acne (or what I call wacne) that they call “Knockdown Texture”…. Lol! It is EVERYWHERE but in my Kitchen and Bathrooms. So skim-coating over it to hang wallpaper is simply out of the question. But I do have a solution and it is called WALL STENCILING…. Awwwww Shucky now!


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Work gathers, and now my blog begins….

You see, I would have started this blog LAST February when we actually closed on our beautiful newly constructed two-story brick traditional home here in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia, but what had happened was… Lol! Okay! You got me! There is no valid reason why we hadn’t. But late is better than never right? We have been so caught up with work, kids, and school that the last thing we had on our minds was starting the blog.

Napolitano Homes Culpepper Model 5 Bed/4 Bath
Napolitano Homes- Culpepper Model
5 Bed/4 Bath

When we purchased our home in February of 2014, we were it’s FIRST owners. It was already 80% completed when we saw it so we did not get to make all of the selections and change the floor plan like we wanted to, but we saw that the home had good bones. It had ZERO character. ZERO personality. ZERO style. What the home does have is nearly 4000 square feet of potential, and a half acre of yard. We moved in with big dreams and a tight budget.

When I say the home had ZERO everything, I mean ZERO! Builder’s grade bullcrap!

Formal Dining Room
Formal Dining Room