New Nest House Tour – The Main Floor

Now that you’ve seen the plan and the outside of the house, it’s time to show you around the inside. These photos were taken right before we moved in. I thought I’d give you the “clean slate” tour.

Since our move in November we’ve added lots of love and chaos (and furniture, of course) and I’ll show you some updated shots in another post. We haven’t done much decorating yet as we’re just living in the space and trying to figure out how we want the space to flow and what we need/want for each space. That list is getting longer and more specific every day, and the boys are begging me to decorate their rooms, so I suspect I’ll be busy this fall with adding some touches to the house that will make it feel even more like home. And what better time than fall than to cozy up the house?!

Foyer from stairs

Foyer and Stairs

The powder room is behind the door pictured above.

Family Room and Coffered Ceiling

The coffered ceilings in the family room is definitely the best bang for our buck item we put in the new house. LOVE!

Kitchen View 2

As you saw in the plan post we decided on a very open floor plan, particularly because we like entertaining (and also for keeping an eye on the kiddos). Hopefully you can see in these photos that though it is quite open, the spaces have some distinct separations. Like how the kitchen can’t be seen from the front door, and the dining room is tucked in the corner of the house – close to the kitchen but out of the way for a little dining privacy.

Kitchen View 1

Kitchen View 3

Kitchen sink

quartz close up

cabinets close up

Kitchen and Family Room


Butler's Pantry

Dining Room

Most of our finishes were selected from our builder’s selections so I don’t have specific details on all the items in the house, like the floors or doors. But here are some of the big items:

Paint colour: Sherwin Williams Repose Grey

Kitchen countertops: Caesarstone Bianco Drift

Kitchen sink: Kohler

All the light fixtures except the dining room: Canarm

Dining room light fixture: The Bay – Renwil Perugia


Foyer consideration

I mentioned in a previous post that husbandman and I were making progress on lighting decisions for our foyer. And that is both true and false.

The FALSE: Our foyer still looks like this.

The TRUE: We found fixtures we liked online that we could order through a local retailer. Hooray for consensus! So, I called the shop and found out that the sconce and semi-flushmount options we chose were not regular stock items. That posed two problems. One problem was that we couldn’t stop by and see them in person just to be sure that we liked them. The other problem is that the salesperson told me that if we didn’t like them we’d be stuck with them since they are not regular stock items and they don’t accept returns on special orders. Cue the sad music.

And one last thing to convince us that special order was not the way to go was that the fixtures were rather pricey, and though we liked them based on the pictures online we didn’t want to be stuck with two expensive light fixtures that we didn’t like in real life.

We’ve now made four trips to big box stores specifically to find fixtures for the foyer (and a few other unrelated trips which resulted in a lighting department detour). The first trip was just reconnaissance. We got a sense of what is available and upon seeing what’s out there tried to narrow down our direction to an oil-rubbed bronze finish or go for something metallic like chrome or nickel.

Rona has an especially nice lighting selection and we found a promising option for the sconce spot but didn’t find anything equally moving for the ceiling fixture on our first trip there. Unfortunately we didn’t snap a pic of this awesome spotlight-y type light. And this is especially unfortunate because we were pretty excited about it and when we went back to see it again to see if we could decide on a complementary ceiling fixture we didn’t know which one we had originally fallen in love with. Are ya still with me? I think its a sign that it wasn’t meant to be. On the same return trip we did find a nice nickel spotlight-y type light but again couldn’t find a great ceiling fixture to relate to it.

We both really like the look and idea of a single spotlight. Like this.

This type of light is really well suited to shining down to highlight a beautiful piece of art. ¬†But, we’re not sure that we want to put a single piece of art in that spot. So even though we couldn’t find a good match for our spotlight friend on our second trip to Rona we would’ve left empty handed anyway. After much discussion we came to the conclusion that we really have to first decide what we want to put under the “sconce” before we can make any lighting decisions for the foyer.

We’re both on the same page when it comes to furniture. We’re thinking a slim console table would be well-suited for that spot. As for what to put above it we still haven’t decided. I’m liking the idea of a small gallery of photos and/or small art pieces. The “guest book” from our wedding was a framed photo with signatures and well wishes on the matting. I loved having it in our main hallway in our old house and we haven’t found a home for it yet in our new house. I think it would be nice to have it displayed in a prominent spot again. One thing we don’t think we’ll do is put a mirror above or leaning on a console, since right now we have mirrored closet doors in the space and we don’t really need any more places to check your reflection.

I’ve been looking around for console inspiration so here are some photos that caught my eye.

I like that this one has the stools underneath and layered frames above. I’d substitute the mirror for art or photograph. (Found here)

Simple and clean with art above. (Originally from here. PS: If you click the link check out the price on the console!)

I love the tray and painted candlesticks and the quirky art above. I also love the console itself but we’re going to opt for an open console so that we’ll have easy access to our central vac and the power outlet in that space. (Originally from here)

I think this one is my favourite. (Originally from here).

The debate about what to put on the wall in the foyer continues in our house. Lighting choices are stalled pending wall decor decision.

What do you think? Gallery wall? A large canvas? A print? We need help.