Lately, I have been a Pinterest-ing fool.

While Andrew handles the actual building of the house, he expects me to make final decorating decisions. You know, carpet, tile, paint, shingles, stucco, landscaping, etc.

This puts a lot of pressure on me. What if I don't get it right? What if our house looks like a tacky, mismatched mess, and it's all my fault? I'm no trained decorator you know.

I'll often spend the day "researching," a.k.a. "spending hours on Pinterest" and then, when Andrew gets home at like, 10pm, I'll report my findings. We'll discuss, deliberate, and make decisions, but generally, I get the all too often: "Whatever you think babe. Looks good to me."

The control freak in me loves this response. However, the insecure, little girl in me is hyperventilating in panic. I don't know what I'm doing! And these decision deadlines are fast approaching.

1.) We just had the shingles ordered and delivered.
This is what we chose:

2.) By the end of today, I have to decide on the placement of two skylights. I'm thinking' the kitchen. These have been my skylight Pinterest inspiration:

Source: flickr.com via Rachel on Pinterest

One day, I'll do skylights in a patio like this:

Source: houzz.com via Rachel on Pinterest

3.) Within a week, I have to choose the stucco color! These are my ideas so far: (ignore that some of these have siding instead of stucco, and just look at the color)

Source: None via Rachel on Pinterest

Source: None via Rachel on Pinterest

I'm torn between light and dark colors. All input is welcome through this process. You can be my styling collaboration crew. Many of you have experience and insights that I don't have.

I may not take all suggestions...like my new, frilly, brightly-colored blouse for example, that Andrew hates, but I'm going to wear happily anyway. It can be nice to know others' perspectives, but sometimes, you just gotta do what makes you happy despite what others think, you know?

Anyway. Thanks for listening. Have a happy weekend, folks.


Spencer and Celeste said...

I like the second and fourth stucco colors (the greenish ones). Skylights in the kitchen would be amazing! It might be fun to have one in the master bedroom too, then you could look up at the stars while you're lying in bed.

Amelia Brame said...

Those kitchens are BEE-YEW-TI-FULL! Wow- I love all the natural lighting that the skylights would allow. I think it's a great idea to put a skylight in the kitchen. My favorite for the stucco are the first and last picture... I like the darker colors :)

debsfreckles said...

We just did our roof with similar shingles and love it. I would do skylights in the kitchen too. As for house color, I prefer light grey with black and/or white trim. But that is just me.

Andrea said...

I have always really liked your decorative style so I know whatever choice you make will look great.
Also I liked your last point. So true. I always like to hear what everyone else thinks but in the end it doesn't really matter.
So there you go! Wasn't that so helpful of me!!

Rachel Ashmore said...

Awww, I like this group of ladies. Thanks for your input! I appreciate you getting involved in my madness! =)

Linnie Sue said...

My sister just introduced me to your blog, and I'm super glad. My father in law is in the process of building our first house, and I've been freaking out over all of the decisions. I want it to be perfect but I'm thinking that isn't realistic. :) Oh, and we are way up here in North Idaho and that is why my sis thought I would find your blog interesting. Good luck and I'm looking forward to following your house building journey!

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