The Ashland House: An Update

It’s crunch time in terms of design. That’s one of the reasons you haven’t seen many updates from me this week. I’ve been to three tile stores so far and I don’t have much to show for it. Hmm. I have to keep looking.

Outstanding design items:

Pick tile for 3 1/2 baths

Figure out what design the new fence at the front of the house should be

Gutters – where can we place a rain chain and barrel? Can we fit one on either side of the house?

Design the doors to the home office and pick hardware

Interior paint colors

Pick out 6 more light fixtures

Finalize interior trim selection and order (I will select, our GC will order). The “bungalow-inspired” doors I picked were very simple in terms of design and yet 50% more expensive than what was budgeted for so now I have to figure out an inoffensive alternative. Boo. Hiss.


Did I mention I have to pick tile and design 3 1/2 baths? I did? Right.

I’m not complaining. I enjoy the process.

Here are more pictures:

New Front Porch Ceiling Part 2

New porch ceiling.  We still need gutters.  The lights for the ceiling have arrived and are patiently waiting to be installed.  This ceiling matches…

Back Porch Ceiling

…this cutie pie ceiling.

Finished (Pre-Stain) Porch West Elevation Part 2

Did I tell you the back porch and pergola are finished?!  

Finished Porch Landing

Here’s another picture for good measure.

This is what I found at the tile store yesterday:

Bathroom Tile Inspiration 1

I thought these were cool for in the kiddo’s shower (in white so there would be a more subtle contrast).  As much as I like them, I don’t think they’ll make the cut.

Jack and Jill Floor Tile Inspiration 1

Traditional-shaped tiles in a larger more modern size.  These are contenders for the floor in the full bath (Jack & Jill) on the first floor.

As always, thank you so much for reading and Have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

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    1. Chuck Foster

      Wow! Even though I can’t get down your alley, your pictures are a great help. The last time I swathe front porch ceiling, it looked like insulation. What a beautiful look.

      Wanda and I built a pergola like yours at our house in Hammond. Too bad you didn’t contract us:)

    2. Megan

      I would absolutely love to be in your position right now. Maybe minus the headache and stress, but the end result is always worth it. I love what you have done to the house so far and can’t wait to see the final outcome. This is our dream, either to build from the bottom up from our design or do what you’re doing and gut out an older home and redesign. I love all of your updates and I am sure the tile you pick out is great! I really like the third from left, on the top in the first tile picture…just sayin..;) Best wishes and best of luck on the finishing touches! 🙂

    3. Whitney Parchman Post author

      Hi Megan! Thanks for reading and commenting. The tile you are referring to is pretty cool (even better in person) but I asked the house and it said, “No thanks. I’m happy with the subway tile.” I’ve been experiencing what can only be the design version of writer’s block for the past week but I think I have over come it. If you are able to gut a house with some exterior charm and character I would highly recommend it. It would’ve been easier if we didn’t add square footage. My advice to you would be to get a place that has great space and make that existing space what you want. Save yourself from adding on… unless you are feeling gutsy. 😉 xo

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        OMG is right! I am still stunned every time I look at it. I’m glad you like it. You are invited for a refreshing beverage when you make it to our neck of the woods. xo Whitney