Parade of Homes Tour 2016

Parade of Homes Tour 2016

Parade of Homes 2016 Recap Can you guess how I spent last Saturday? If you follow me on social media you already know that B-Metro Magazine asked me to join them and “Blog Live” from Mt Laurel’s award winning Olmsted Model. If you know me at all, you know I love touring beautiful homes…

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DIY Dog House

DIY Dog House Here’s a quick recap about the DIY dog house build~ Our backyard was in terrible shape, with a few break-in’s in surrounding neighborhoods we felt compelled to build a fence for added security. So Greg got going one morning by renting an auger for digging the holes for…

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Fall Community Showcase 2015

Fall Comunity Showcase Grey Oaks

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Birmingham’s Fall Community Showcase 2015 is here! I am very excited to work with B-Metro Magazine to help shine a much deserved spotlight on this two-weekend event. I have already visited four of the thirteen communities that have opened their doors. After reading this I know you will want to get out…

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Project Update July 2015

Hey Friends! I can’t believe it’s already late July, it’s been really busy these last few weeks so this update will be quick. I attended a DIY Blogger Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, it was an amazing experience and full of informational classes and hands on sessions that I know will…

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Project Update May-June

Project Update May-June

Hey Friends! Having a new blog has been a learning experience to say the least. Not at any point in time did it occur to me to hire someone to build my website for me. From the layout, pictures, colors, font, I chose everything. I wanted you to have the…

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Home Tour Exclusive

A Home Tour Exclusive

This week I was fortunate to attend an exclusive tour of this beautiful Parade of Homes in the Glasscott neighborhood of Ross Bridge. The last time I shopped for a home, the amenities were not this extensive, I will highlight some of my favorite features and elements and urge you to take a look in person during the Parade of Homes this weekend.

Home Tour Exclusive Exterior

Having the opportunity to slowly tour this brand new 2015 home was perfect timing for me. I have so many decisions to make before finishing our basement remodel, a fresh look at what is current in design was needed and appreciated.

Foyer and Staircase

The first floor of the home has hardwood floors and tile throughout but with an added unique feature as they defined the foyer space with a herringbone pattern with the hardwood absolutely LOVE it! With most two story homes, the first thing you do is walk right into the staircase, but this staircase is situated off to the side with a beautiful paneled wall with a clean linear design, it caught my eye immediately. Home Tour Exclusive Foyer   Home Tour Exclusive Staircase

Great Room

The great family room boasts a floor to ceiling brick fireplace, flanked by built-in cabinetry and a vaulted beamed ceiling. Amazing how it is still a warm and cozy room.

Home Tour Exclusive Living Room

Home Tour Exclusive Living Room Ceiling

Home Tour Exclusive Kitchen Combo

Kitchen Features

Commercial Grade JennAir appliances, custom trey ceiling, oversized island with breakfast bar, walk-in pantry with adjoining butler’s pantry are just a few features that we didn’t see while house hunting 9 years ago, kitchens have become the heart of the home for sure.

Home Tour Exclusive Kitchen

Home Tour Exclusive Butlers-Pantry

Home Tour Exclusive Butlers-Pantry


What I thought would be a quick stop in the laundry room was anything but, it was a shock and awe/envy fest. Starting with it being conveniently located off of the main level garage, it had custom mudroom lockers, full sink, cabinets, closet for hanging clothes, on the opposing side of the room a wall to wall desk with more cabinets and storage for homework, bills, etc.  Craftsman window/door trim plus beautiful tile floors equals a laundry room you don’t mind hanging out in.

Home Tour Exclusive Mudroom Laundry Room

Home Tour Exclusive Mudroom

Home Tour Exclusive Custom Built Mudroom

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has a creative trey ceiling plus a custom sliding barn door made locally by King Built Company, LLC

Home Tour Exclusive Master Bedroom

Home Tour Exclusive Master Bedroom Barn Door

Home Tour Exclusive Master Bedroom Ceiling

Master Bath and Closet

The beveled diamond glass window in the master bath is stunning providing enhanced privacy while saving you the expense of  adding window coverings to your bathroom. With three different coordinating tiles in the dual head walk in shower, one of which is a perfect compliment to the diamond window glass, it’s clear that a great deal of thought was taken choosing every detail of this home.

Home Tour Exclusive Master Bath Tub

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Home Tour Exclusive Master Closet

Upstairs Features

Hallway flooring is a beautiful hardwood with plush carpet in the bedrooms and bonus rooms. Extensive crown molding throughout the entire floor is unlike most second stories where the millwork is very limited and hardwoods are seldom found.

Home Tour Exclusive Loft

Home Tour Exclusive bonus room

Home Tour Exclusive Upstairs Hallway

With three bedrooms with full baths upstairs, care was taken with matching craftsman door casings, window and mirror trim, pocket door in bathroom, individual tile patterns in each shower/tub enclosure.

 Outdoor Living

Stepping out onto the expansive porch it feels like another living space for your home. With tile flooring, warm wood ceiling, fireplace, flat screen t.v., built-in grill/kitchen and brick as far as the eye can see. They have added a stone water feature in the yard that I imagine will sound beautiful on a quiet evening.

Home Tour Exclusive Backyard

Home Tour Exclusive Exterior Grill

Home Tour Exclusive Backyard

My Favorite Ceiling Enhancements

Being a ceiling fanatic, I can’t help but highlight these creative ceilings giving each room it’s own personality.

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If you would like to achieve a similar look in your home, these are the companies that supplied the paint, appliances, lighting and staging for Murphy Home Builders, LLC.

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DIY Décor Project New on the Blog

Last summer, before I went head first into remodeling the basement on my own, I was shopping for accessories. Just slightly premature since we had concrete floors, no baseboards and only a fresh coat of paint in the bedroom… In any case, I found this awesome glass vessel/vase/jar at Southeastern…

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Craftsman Style Window Trim is complete!

I am so excited to share my latest project with you. This three day project went so smooth! Now the doors and window trim match in the basement living room. I am so happy I decided to build my own. Read all the details and view the pictures I took throughout the process. I also had so much video footage I was able to make two videos detailing the process as well as a supplemental video to show you how I cut the miter joints for the trim. The links to my videos on YouTube are below. Enjoy!

Find the detailed post here⇒ Craftsman Style Window Trim

YouTube Video Craftsman Style Window Trim Part 1

YouTube Video Craftsman Style Window Trim Part 2

YouTube Perfect Miter Joints for trim


DIYGirlCave Launches YouTube channel, first up DIY Door Casings

I took my husband’s advice to film a video during the making of my DIY Craftsman Style Door Casings. With my GoPro in hand, I was able to incorporate some great footage.  Keep in mind, it isn’t a traditional tutorial video. If you’re anything like me, I prefer the highlights and the rest I’ll figure out on my own. The video, combined with the detailed post already published will provide all of the necessary information needed to build these on your own.

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