The Elusive Finish Line (Our New House)

Some projects seem as though they might go on forever. It can be difficult to visualize the end state when everything is complete, and as you originally planned it. My new house is such a project. We always knew there was a high probability that construction delays would occur, so we haven’t yet put our condo on the market or scheduled movers. Originally, we were told we’d be “in by July.” July became September, then September became October. And now here we are in November, on the cusp of the holiday season, without a solid move date. If I had a nickel for every time I heard “within the next three weeks” or “by the end of the month” in reference to a completion date, well, I’d have a whole lot of nickels.

Anyway, I’ve tried to remain optimistic and focused on the task at hand – making the “bones” of our house as awesome as they can be and taking the opportunity afforded by the extra time to tweak some things that I’m not 100% happy with. Progress does continue, and there are some exciting things going on.


Sub Zero RefrigeratorAppliances are in – sort of. They are not yet installed, but they are in the vicinity of the kitchen. I’m especially excited for a major refrigerator upgrade – behold our new 42″ wide Sub Zero!


Costa Esmeralda Countertop on Gray IslandThe countertops are installed in the kitchen, and on the bathroom vanities, as well as the laundry room. I love the Costa Esmeralda granite even more now that it’s in place. The raised bar on the island is wood and will be stained a medium-dark walnut.


Green Slate Fireplace SurroundThe fireplace surround in our family room is green slate. There will be an abundance of green (my favorite ‘neutral’ 🙂 ) in this part of the house – this room is completely open to the kitchen and informal dining area.


Foyer View Into Living RoomA view from our foyer into the living room. The dentil moulding was a “happy accident” – not what was originally planned/ordered but I absolutely love it, and it sets a very classical tone that totally suits my style. Not a great shot of anything, but I am really digging my foyer lighting from Visual Comfort, too – just doesn’t show very well in this picture.


Laundry RoomI’m probably the only one here who’s excited about the laundry room! It’s not terribly big, but it is an actual room, with cabinetry, a countertop, lots of adjustable open shelving and a big utility sink. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Well, I supposed I’d be more thrilled if I were using it right now.


Front Door Paint TestingLast weekend we tested my ‘finalist’ paint colors on the front door. I decided on the one on the lower left (obscured in shadows and blurrrr), which is Benjamin Moore Grape Juice. The main color of the house is Crownsville Gray, and trim is Linen White. I wanted an entrance with some pop to it – especially since it’s sitting under a second-story deck (and all those shadows!). Plus, now I’ll have an easy way to describe my house to first-time visitors – look for the purple front door!


I know I have to maintain a positive attitude, and I’m trying, really, I am. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and it will all be worth it when we’re finally in our “forever” home.



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Kelly Rogers


  1. BLogue on November 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Nice! Someday when we build a new house, you are hired! Emphasis on someday…
    Though you are hired even if we don’t build a new house, and that might be a closer someday.
    Can’t wait to visit!

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Thanks, Becky! Do you mean when you move to the Boston area? 😉 It’d be great if that were a closer someday. We have a great airport here that Chris can use called “Logan” with lots of direct flights. Of course, I’m always happy to travel to the Berkshires, too! We’re looking forward to your visit in the new year (so weird to say that now, but 2013 is around the corner).

  2. Karen on November 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    The house looks beautiful!

  3. cecilia on November 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    LOVE the purple front door and globe pendant in the foyer! It’s so exciting the final stages!!

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Thank you, Cecilia! I know, it is exciting, inspiring, stressful, nerve-wracking and patience-testing all at the same time :).

  4. Stacey on November 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Check out that super fine Sub-Zero! Nothing beats having beautiful and well-made appliances that last. Everything is looking really great, Kelly. I’m super excited for you. Your counters look so beautiful!!!

    As far as the laundry room goes… I’m right there with ya! The laundry is a never ending task at our house so having a designated place just for that is Ah-mazing!
    Not to mention a pretty place too.

    It’s all coming together beautifully. Love the sneak peeks!

    • Kelly R. - Interiors For Families on November 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Thanks, as always, Stacey for your sweet comments. I do think I might secretly be most excited about the appliances. 🙂

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