BUILDING OUR HOME: THE OVERWHELMING TRIP TO THE DESIGN CENTER

Reblogged from MeganFenno.com:
Ah, the trip to the design center. A test of your marriage, an immense feeling of being overwhelmed and hoping that what you decide on that long day will suit you for the rest of your time in your new home. 
Don’t get me wrong, it was also very exciting, but the choices. There were SO many.
MI_DESIGN_CENTERWell, we also had this going on. The first time we went just to take a look at the options one weekend before our official appointment. We made the mistake of bringing Myles. I get it, to a five year-old, this stuff can be kind of boring. Besides, if it were up to him, we’d have a rainbow-colored house. That could be cool, too.

Anyway, since we went out once to the design center before actually selecting our options, it helped us see what we were up against. And it’s true when they say you’ll be picking EVERYTHING. We chose our brick, floors, overall wall colors, knobs on cabinets, granite, siding, trim, doors … to even deciding the shelving in the master bath shower. It was intense. But with a little preparation beforehand and having John model the home out in his 3-D software, we were able to make the selections appointment a little less stressful.

Another thing that helped us immensely was browsing Pinterest to look at new home selections, model homes and color schemes. Because it’s one thing when you’re deciding paint colors — those can always be changed —  but you can’t just up and change an entire hardwood floor or large slab of granite.

But as said, with some careful planning and preparation, we made all of our selections in about five hours.

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For the kitchen, we chose to go with multi-colored granite. We had light-colored countertops in our old home, which stained easily. We’ve also experienced black granite at our last home downtown and it felt like the dark-colored countertops would show every little piece of dust or handprint. With that being said, we wanted something in the middle.

We chose to go with dark cabinets, only because we had white ones in our old home and they seemed to show every handprint or mark, which is never easy to clean when you have a kid opening cabinets just for the sake of opening cabinets. So, dark it was.

The hardwood selection was tricky, but we opted for something in the middle. Floors that are too light show everything, but so do floors that are too dark. Because again, we’ve had both. Picking a hardwood that would help disguise dust and compliment our other selections helped narrow down our options; leaving us choosing a medium colored flooring.

It sounds like I’m so worried about dirt showing, but seriously, no matter how much I cleaned light floors, dark countertops or vise-versa, it just never worked out. Maybe I was cleaning them the wrong way? Regardless, I am happy to say now that we love what we chose and it’s three months after we’ve moved in now.

I feel like we really focused on getting the colors and selecting the materials for the kitchen took priority, then it became easier to more or less ‘follow the theme’ and choose the rest of the house colors, brick, wall color, and everything else based on our initial kitchen selections.

As you can see from the image below, we stuck with a modern color palette, with various shades of browns, greys, and beige colors. Going with neutrals to start felt like a good idea until we can really start designing out the inside of the home.

Now that we’ve lived in the home for almost three months (where does time go?!), I can say we’re very happy with what we chose!

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**Megan Fenno is a Cincinnati blogger, an accessory designer and owner of FENNOfashion.com, a freelance writer, a Savannah College of Art & Design Alumni with a degree in fashion & accessory design, a wife to my high-school sweetheart,a girl that absolutely loves the city of Cincinnati, and a mother to a 5 year-old stud!  To read her full blog, visit her page today!

On to the next chapter: Building our new home!

Reblog:  We recently ran across this great post from MeganFenno.com about her families experience with purchasing a new home in Cincinnati, Ohio.  We absolutely love what she has shared with her readers that we wanted to share it with our customers as well!

On to the next chapter: Building our new home!

It doesn’t feel like it was too long ago when I wrote the blog post announcing our move downtown. But after an adventurous year and a half, we’re happy to announce our next chapter: building a new home!

The Fenno's Purchasing their New Home

We’ve been working on researching schools, the idea of buying property downtown, checking out different areas of Cincinnati and even looking into homes in Northern Kentucky. Considering everything from the school districts, being close to family and friends, plus having a sense of community, we looked further into new development on the west side.

We settled on the new subdivision Greenshire Commons and went with MI Homes as our builder. We’re so excited!

Below is a glimpse at our new neighborhood and some renderings John created so we can get a better idea of what the inside of the home will look like. We haven’t completed our trip to the design center yet to finalize all the small details, but we have settled on the model and the elevation of the home and our lot.

What’s even better — it’s our 7 year wedding anniversary today. And the day we finalized our plans, signed the papers and put down the deposit. Our expected time frame to move is in April of 2016. Let’s just say, it’ll be hard to top this anniversary present in the coming years! Here’s a little sneak peek:

To read more and see the full article about the Fenno’s new home and their move from Downtown Cincinnati to the suburbs visit MeganFenno.com

**Megan Fenno is an avid blogger, lover of fashion and accessories and is passionate about bringing creativity and inspiration to her followers through blogging, radio and TV. With a degree in fashion & accessory design from Savannah College of Art & Design, she founded FENNOfashion.com in 2007; an online boutique of vintage inspired accessories handmade in Cincinnati. Here you’ll find some of her favorite things in life from fashion, savvy shopping tips, being a mom to living in her absolute favorite city, Cincinnati.

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