For the last seven months, Josh & I have been house hunting in the greater Tampa area. After four offers falling through due to something on the sellers end, we finally found the house of our current dreams. :) We should be closing on the home within the first few weeks of September - fingers crossed. It is the perfect little house for us for right now. It is not too big like the last one we lived in and it is not too little for us to begin a family with in a couple of years (
scary terrifying thought). It is so crazy to me to know that I am of the age that is considered responsible enough to have babies.
Anyway, back to the house. The kitchen is amazing. It has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, double ovens (insert squeal here), maple cabinets, sliding drawers in each of the lower cabinets, lots of storage, kitchen island with sink and the list goes on and on. The bathrooms are both really nice in size. The guest bathroom is bigger than the one I grew up using and bigger than the one in our last house which is awesome for hospitality reasons. The master bathroom has a huge shower, garden tub, his and her sinks and a separate room for the commode which is great for obvious reasons. Both have granite counter tops and maple cabinets.
You are probably thinking, "Okay, what's the dilemma?" I am really having internal issues with the tile that is in the house. As far as interiors go, I am more of a gray kind of girl and all of the tiling is a safe taupey-beigey-tan color which will be great for when we need to resell the house because of the neutral tones, however it is really not my design aesthetic. My ideal kitchen is white cabinetry, dark gray/black counter tops, white subway tile back splash with dark hard wood flooring. Something like this:
Now my ideal bathroom is open, clean, light, crisp lines, hints of blue and gray and a stand alone tub. I think the most important thing is it giving the appearance that it is my own little sanctuary and retreat to get away. I always recommend to reserve the warm colors for the spa like my favorite one in Gainesville, Florida called [Cloud 9] which I am going to be going to on Monday - yes! Here is an example of my ideal bathroom:
Re-tiling is not up high on our home improvements list so I am going to have to play and deal with it. Now do you see my dilemma? What's a girl to do? Oye...