Monday, August 25, 2014

The Lichte's New Farmhouse Week 4

Hi everyone,

Since there was slim to no progress done on the new house this week I decided to also include some of my Seaside inspiration that I am trying to bring back to my Farmhouse.

This is our progress for week 4. I stand in the same spot (or close to the same spot) every week and snap a picture. Tonight we got some tile for basement drains and mid week we are supposed to be getting our basement walls... SO... next week I will have a lot more to update you on.

Every morning in Seaside I would wake up early, slip on my flip flops, run downstairs grab a cup of coffee and with my camera around my neck I would head into town. Walking through sandy back roads starring at beautiful homes thinking to myself "do people actually live like this?" I brought home ALOT of inspiration (cupolas and outdoor lighting) but my main focus down there was doors. 

This is the door to the house that we stayed in (Bella Vista).  I love the simplicity of it. 

transom's...transom's...transom's..... I love them. They are perfect. Sometime soon we meet with our window people, I am hoping to have some transom's on the back side of my house (eat in area and family room)

I love this color of wood. I am always drawn to very dark rich colors, but something about this is very clean and warm. 

perfect screen doors for a patio door

Notice how low the hardware is on this door. It's just such a small detail that makes it look custom.. Who am I kidding - this is a custom door. 

Might be a little too much going on for me - but it's still a beautiful color. 

Another low handle... another beautiful color of wood. 

I want my front door to be double doors. Not the giant estate looking ones, but ones just like this. Very narrow (the size of just one oversized door)...Maybe not white - our siding is white, so I want some wood to make it really pop. 

We currently have a screened in porch in our house plan, but the plan is to end up keeping it open. We want a great little place to grill - then I laid my eyes on this little beautiful porch and it may have saved the Lichte Family Screened in Porch. 

Hope you have all had a great summer and getting settled back into end of summer routines. I'll be back again (hopefully tomorrow) to finish my post on our vacation to Seaside...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Sign Says Nashville, TN

Most of you all know that we just got back from our week long family vacation in Seaside, Fl. It was also our honeymoon. That's right, my farmer and I honeymooned with 25 of my family members. With getting busy with harvest, building the new house, and having that trip and our Mexico trip last winter already in the books, that's all that was left for us. And let me tell you - that's okay by me. 

I am feeling blessed with everything and after discovering that Seaside is a little slice of heaven in America, I can see many many more trips there for my farmer and I. (I am already wanting to go during Christmas time)... To my farmer who is reading this - I promise, I don't mean this Christmas.

Back to the post... My farmer and I along with my brother and sister in law left for vacation a few days early and stopped in Nashville. None of us had ever been there, and we had a day and a half to explore the music city.

After a little bit of research I knew that we had to tour the Plantation Home of Andrew Jackson (Our 7th President)... It might have been a little nerdy thing to do in the City with live music and people that start drinking in the early afternoon, but I have to tell you that after I got the rest of the group on board - we all had a great time.

It was historic, it was informative, the weather was perfect and the scenery was just absolutely beautiful. Take a look for yourself at The Hermitage - The Home of President Andrew Jackson. 


I am into gold frames right now, I snapped a bunch of pictures of pictures just adoring the frames themselves. 

All of the slavery information was such a hard thing to really grasp, but this is an oil painting of Andrew Jackson's slaves, and I think it's a beautiful piece. 

beautiful manicured lawn....

The trees were all so tall and so beautiful 

I have always loved tree lined lanes - this one is no exception 

The lane headed to the house. 

The gardens of "The Hermitage"

My farmer and I 

I love this shot... 

Our Nashville travel partners... My little brother and his beautiful wife.. We had so much fun together on this trip - it's one I will never forget, lots of great memories. 

I am in love with this bed. 

Some of the slaves homes. 

On the other side of the property there is an Andrew Jackson Visitor's Center. People were setting up for a wedding. It was beautiful. Little log cabin tucked away in the woods with beautiful rustic wedding decor. Part of me wanted to pull a Vince Vaughn and crash that wedding. 

An old fashioned dinner bell - my in laws actually have one at their home place .

Cotton Field 

You could take horse drawn carriage tours... we opted for the on foot version so this didn't feel too much like "school" on our fun Nashville vacation. 

AND.... this is where they made me stop taking pictures. We toured the beautiful Southern Mansion where Andrew Jackson lived and then died, but no photos were allowed. Beautiful woodwork, beautiful 180 + year linen wallpaper, Beautiful canopied beds... It was all just so lovely, but you will have to head to Nashville, TN yourself to see it. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Lichte's New Farmhouse Week 2 and Week 3

Hello Everyone, 

My farmer and I have been home for about 18 hours. We spent a weekend in Nashville, Tennessee with my brother and sister in law then we met up with the rest of my family in Seaside, Florida. It was beautiful and I took over 1000 pictures, so I will post about those trips sometime this week.

Last night we were headed home and turned on our gravel road - there was no sand, just gravel dust... It was perfect.... And the ever popular (to me, not my farmer) Tim McGraw song popped in my head. 

Oh, I miss yeah a little dirt on the road I miss corn growin' in a row I miss being somebody Everybody knows there everybody knows everybody I miss those small town roots, Walkin' around in muddy boots The sound of rain on an old tin roof, It's time we head on back

 In the meantime, I am going to catch up (and myself) up on the progress of our new farmhouse... 

Due to the weather there wasn't a TON of progress on the new house. I wasn't completely bummed about that because I love being here (100 feet away) from all of the construction. 

A major part of Week 2 was concrete... It was often times tricky with the August rain that we have been getting. It's still good for our crops, but it's just not great on our basement... BUT as my farmer sweetly reminded me - crops are paying for the house - we need them to be good first. 

They built the footers and began pouring concrete in them. Below is part of the front porch area. 

This outside area is the whole front porch... It's big - but to me a farmhouse means a big front porch that becomes living area (fans, swings, plants, rockers, pillows) 

More footers.... This is the garage. 

Week 3... While we were strolling the brick streets of Seaside, Florida, the were bringing in gravel for the basement floor. 

This is the back porch.

My farmer is still smiling.... Not sure if he was just excited to wake up in his own bed, or the new house that's making him this happy.... Maybe it's both. 

While in Florida I got so much inspiration from all of the beautiful old fashioned homes there, I even plan on doing a post about nothing but big beautiful front doors... I can't wait for you to see it.

I am sure everyone is getting ready for school to start again, I just left the grocery store and they had mums out... MUMS... I can't believe it, but I must say I am excited for a beautiful fall.

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