02 August 2017

The Very Most Recent, Up To Date State of Everything.

There's still a little ways to go with bringing pieces back from the US, making some fixes to doors and lights, and making a few more custom pieces, but right now the house feels pretty darn good! This is the latest tour of our house before I leave for home. Enjoy!


Take a seat! 

Come on in to the kitchen if you'd like...

Sit back, we'll cook you up somethin'! 

Bathroom's this way if you need it!

Just take in the view. :)

Thanks! Come again! 

And now I'm off for D.C...

Bye Rwanda!! I'll miss you. See you next time as a Mrs.! :):)


31 July 2017

All the Finishing Touches

In these last winding weeks until I leave my work-in-progress home to go to the US for a month to prep for our wedding and visit with friends and family, I felt the urge to get everything as completed as possible. This included painting our curtains in a mud cloth print...

Straight lines!

Paint shirt

Paint on fabric? Yes!

Dying!<3 p="">


There they are in the kitchen! (Hung the art too!)

Painting our cabinetry navy blue...

So good

Dry faster!

Making paint touch-ups on all the door and window frames to get straighter lines...

A thankless job. Incredibly tedious and difficult. Plus it ruined my manicure. ;)

And painting our boring doorway into such a cool archway that enhances the nice ceiling height. 

Not entirely sure about the cross. I may paint over it. What do you think?

Our house is so bright and colorful and getting more and more character. It is really exciting!! I can't believe my visualization boards are actually coming to life here! I had doubts that it would happen with thoughts of potential obstacles, but now it's full speed ahead. Next up, I'm headed to the US where I will get the light fixtures, rugs, and other things to add an extra layer of style and detail. And then I think I'm done! What to do next?!?!?!?


30 July 2017

Furniture's In!

I was extremely ecstatic to get our floors painted, and I cannot believe how good they look, and how unique our home now is. :) Once they were sufficiently dried, we were able to bring all of our stuff back in and set up our home! 

While we were gone waiting for the floors to dry with our things on the front deck and hoping for draught, the rest of our larger furniture also arrived from Kigali! ...and sat on our deck outside for a weekend... BUT! We got it! Here is how the house is looking...

Our Island! With the modern black metal stools! And shiny black floors! And Patrick using it just as intended :) 

Our extra long, extra deep, extra big sofa (at Patrick's request!) It does smell a bit like skunk maybe from being outside that whole time... Anyone know how to get that out? Anyone know if there are skunks in Rwanda? 

A few weeks prior Patrick and I went to Kigali to talk with Gervais, the carpenter who made our sofa, island, apothecary, and bathroom cabinet. We wanted to make sure he was understanding my drawings and everything was good. For the most part, it was! We mostly discussed couch cushions and the intricacies of the apothecary.  This is where he works. This place had hundreds of carpenters, all with their own space under a huge roof. 


Then later Jean Baptiste came over again to finish the last few items on our list. Including our third open shelf in the kitchen!

And there you have them!! 

It's really coming together! I'll leave you with a few cuddle shots of the dogs that live here in Rubengera. Enjoy! :)

Me + Keza 

Me + Eleanor 

Patrick + Eleanor

Me + Buster

Much Love,

29 July 2017

That bathroom again...

These are by NO means final pictures, BUT I've been getting requests to see how it has turned out! So right now this is the state of our bathroom which is a temple :)

We received the apothecary from Gervais! We're still waiting on label handles from the US :)

Really happy with how the floors turned out!!!

We have candles all over and take spa showers! 

That towel ladder is my #1 fav. Thank you again Jean Baptiste!

Still have to get the right light fixture moved to the left!! 

The retiled shower! We also have big plans to turn that partition wall into a live wall with plants growing down it! And there will be a chandelier from the US hanging right in the center. 

The bathroom is so close! It feels pretty done and luxurious already though. :) Just for old time's sake, let's check out how it used to look... (Or see it on this blog post, "Our Bathroom Is Like A Temple.")

Don't miss it!