Today’s Tuesday Tidbits is a little shorter than usual. It’s with good cause though, because tomorrow there will be another (much longer) blog post. While tomorrow’s post is a slightly different from our usual post, it will have loads of photos!

This week we are still working on the tile and just starting to select light fixtures (to be totally truthful I’ve been shopping for light fixtures for the past year). We are also preparing to put in all the fixtures, switches, main level flooring and fireplaces. In a very few short weeks, the house will look entirely different. We’ve learned that this rehab process has some very distinct steps. Demo, framing, drywall, flooring. Naturally everything is a step, but these are the ones that show the most change.

The marble floor in our main level bathroom is all cut and in (still needs grout). If you are considering marble, know this: it cuts like a dream!!! Trent could not get over how easy it was to cut with the saw (much different from good ol’ ceramic tile). The downside is that the stuff is not cheap…but it sure is pretty.

And just because I think it looks a little funny, here is a pic of the step just prior to having the tile done. After it’s all cut and set out in place, Trent moves it to another room (to put down the mortar and then set it all in place for a final time). Yes, we could simply cut it as you go…but this guarantees that everything will fit and look the way we want it to.

Last week our magnolia tree was in bloom. This week it’s the apple tree and the redbuds and I love all the blooms!

I have decided that the SW color Alabaster is the most perfect “almost white” color ever. It’s there and looks white until you look at something truly white. It’s so unassuming, which allows other things to be the center of attention in the room (um, hello ceiling). If you need a bright, non-color, non-white paint on your walls, I do recommend this one.

And while there are only a few done, we are just getting started putting in all the outlets, removing the construction light switches (for nice, new ones) and putting on the covers. It’s such a small thing, but feels SO nice to see it!

As always, thank you for following along! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow morning for many more house photos and a slightly different blog post. Have a wonderful week!


  • April 25, 2017 Reply

    Ralph Buchanan Pears

    The House and grounds look glorious!

  • April 25, 2017 Reply

    Deb Jordan

    So fun to see. Also love the Redbuds showing through the window. I miss those! Glad you’re enjoying that precious town.

  • April 25, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    I enjoy seeing your flowering trees, they are a nice addition to your property. The pre-layout of your tile is a good idea to make sure that everything fits before installation. Things are coming along nicely….

  • April 25, 2017 Reply

    Debra Thorpe Buchanan

    Always look forward to seeing your progress…’s so pretty and inspiring.

  • April 25, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    This becomes more and more amazing.
    PLEASE consider offering a tour. I would happily pay to tour your home.

  • January 12, 2019 Reply


    What color do you use for trim/doors with Alabaster walls?

    • January 12, 2019 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      I use SW Extra White for the ceiling and trim/doors/windows. It’s creates just enough of a contrast to make the Alabaster White look like a creamy ivory.

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