There's light at the end of the tunnel

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

I'm feeling inspired! I have come across some great decorating blogs that have finally gotten me excited about the construction zone I've been living in for almost 3 years! I am very much a nester, and I have to tell y'all that this has been the most trying time of my life. Yes, I'm grateful for what we have, and I know the house will be just gorgeous, but it is so very difficult living with clutter, dust, and chaos.

However, since coming across some fantastic blogs like Cote de Texas, I'm once again inspired and not feeling quite so sorry for myself anymore. What can I say? My nest is one of the most important things in my life to me, and it has just been in such disarray for so long I haven't even been able to get excited about decorating, something I used to love to do. I guess it just all seems so overwhelming right now.

You see, when we moved out of our San Antonio house and to the farm, 90% of our stuff went into storage. There was absolutely no way all our stuff would fit into the old farmhouse we were moving into. Well, that was almost 5 years ago and pre-construction - Now I can't remember what all stuff I have! I guess it's been the true test that you really don't need all that stuff, being that I've been able to manage just fine without it all these years. However, now that the new part of the house will soon be ready to move into, I need to start going through all my old stuff and figure out where to place it in the new area or whether to even use it at all.

I get heart palpitations just thinking about it.

I wish some little fairies with pixie dust would just show up over here and with a few sprinkles my house will be clean and tidy, all the furnishings in place, paintings hung, etc...

Over time, I'm going to begin posting more pictures of the new construction and re-model and hope you can help me with ideas. It's funny, I'm finally living my dream - we're building the house I always wanted, and I don't know where to begin!

Our inspiration for the design of the house was from Louisiana architect A. Hays Town. My little sister turned me onto his style. Jack and I both loved it.




Our architect worked with the style of A. Hays Town in mind, but also focused on blending traditional Texas Hill Country architecture with his style.


The picture above is from one of Hays Town's homes. His style was commonly represented with Spanish courtyards, exterior french doors, plantation-style separate structures, and brick floors.




This picture below is of our courtyard, from a distance of course... I'm not quite ready to show the close ups, being that there's still a lot of work that needs to be done and construction junk sitting around everywhere.


So as you can see, we kept the courtyard theme of Hays Town, along with the concept of separate guest structures. You can't tell from the picture, but a guest bungalow to the left of the courtyard is actually a separate structure which will be tied to the house with landscaping. We also were able to get our hands on some old 1800's brick from an old Chicago firehouse which is what we used for the floor in the morning room just off the kitchen. To keep with traditional Hill Country style, we used a metal roof for the new addition - the original farmhouse also had a metal roof.
When I get the courage up, I will get some more pictures over to you that are a little more close up. I think my hesitance is that I'm one of those unfortunate perfectionist type people and want to have everything looking perfect before you see it.
But of course, I need ideas - SO PLEASE HELP ME!!!

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