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December 8, 2018

While my This or That Thursday posts have been lacking, we have been doing lots of "This or That" selections every single day as we start preparing for the finishes at the Belle Cote build. Building a spec means choosing design ideas that are both fresh and timeless, u...

November 8, 2018

Although we designed our Argyle, Texas home and selected all the finishes, we hired another contractor to build it since we were living a ways away and could not oversee the day to day construction ourselves. We came out once or twice a month to visit. We had to trust...

November 2, 2018

Foam insulation was installed this week at the Belle Cote project. Sheetrock will be started next week, along with exterior masonry. Which has us thinking about the finish on this family room fireplace.

The exterior masonry will include brick and Oklahoma stone, like th...

October 25, 2018

Last week I shared the poll results from our first 9 weeks of This or That Thursday. Today I'd like to share some of the decisions we have made for our Belle Cote project in Argyle. You'll be happy to know that there is a lot of overlap between what you selected and wh...

October 19, 2018

It's been so much fun to contemplate finishes for a spec home we are building in Argyle, Texas and ask for your input too. After 9 weeks of you diligently following along and letting me know your opinions, I thought you'd appreciate a recap.

Week 1: Lighting: Oil Rubbed...

October 12, 2018

Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines have made shiplap a household name. As they've gone in to renovate old homes and found the shiplap in behind the sheetrock and restored it, they've created a whole new look. And creating the demand for the look has also created a de...

October 5, 2018

OK, I might have to rename this column to "This or That Thursday or Whatever Day Following Thursday When I'm Not Sick and We Don't Have Football." It doesn't have the same ring to it, but it might be more truthful. LOL.

The important point is that we want you to be part...

September 28, 2018

When a friend invites you to spend the day with her at Magnolia Market in Waco on a Thursday, This or That Thursday gets bumped back to Friday. Can't blame me, right?

Our poll on This or That Thursday last week was 1) one combined range/oven unit or 2) separate stove to...

September 20, 2018

In the traditional stove/oven set up, the two are combined in one appliance. As kitchens grew and people wanted larger ovens, or two (!), separate wall ovens became popular. Often you'll see the double oven set up with the microwave stacked in there too. 

As "classic" o...

September 13, 2018

It's time to start thinking about cabinetry in our Argyle, TX spec home construction. Derek likes to design the layout before meeting with the cabinet makers. Having a game plan going in helps cut loads of time in revisions off the project. So the layout will be decide...

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