Friday, June 12, 2015

House Tour

Almost a year ago my husband and I got a wild hair one day to just stick a for sale sign in front of our previous home. Within four days of placing that sign in the yard we had sold our home. It was at that time panic set in wondering what in the world we were going to do. We had family land and we knew we wanted to build and raise our family there, but we had no idea what we wanted. As I said, this was family land..... so this would be our forever home. That night after signing the contract to sell our home my husband was going over scenarios....he was popping off ideas like building a garage with a mother in law suite and us living in that for a few years so that we could build our dream home later on and yada yada the meantime I was scrolling through websites that I had searched on google. I finally clicked on the Southern Living House Plans home page....typed in all criteria for what I was looking for and BOOM! The Sugarberry Cottage was the first thing to pop up on the screen. I saw it, I fell in love immediately, stopped my husband mid sentence and said, "This is it! This is our forever home!", before even looking at the floor plan. At first he thought I was joking. This house at 1679 heated sqft. was not any bigger than our home we had just sold and we were moving because we thought we needed more room. But it made sense. The home was beautiful, the floor plan was perfect, there is not a foot of wasted space in the whole plan. And because it was not a huge house we could actually afford to start building our dream home, our forever home right away.  My husband fell in love too....and from that moment on our dream began.

 We started construction the first week in October and after a very rainy and cold winter we wrapped up construction in mid-April. We have finally settled in enough that I thought I would share our home tour. It is still a work in progress....I  have lots of projects and honey-do's for my husband to finish, particularly in our bathrooms (so they will look a little bare) but that's what a home is. It's a constant work in progress. I will constantly be rearranging and redecorating because that's just who I am.

But anyways,

 We purchased the plans directly from Southern Living and we made absolutely no changes to the floor plan.

All of our paint are colors from Sherwin Williams. The exterior is painted in"Pure White". The shutters are "Tricorn Black" and the front and back doors are "Watery" .

The Front Porch.

The back porch.

The back porch enters into our laundry room/mudroom and it has actually become our main entrance because it's closer to the driveway than the front door.

The living area.

 The interior ceilings and trim are in  SW "Pure White". All interior walls besides the master suite were done in SW "Alabaster".

The Dining Area.

The light over the dining room table I found at Canton Trade Days. I believe it's made from an old duct vent probably found in an old warehouse. My husband built me the table and bench and the chairs I collected from random garage sales. The blue chairs are painted with ASCP "Duck Egg Blue" and the white were done in ASCP " Original".

The kitchen.

The kitchen, by far, is my favorite room in the house. And go figure....I don't even like to cook. It sure is pretty to look at though. The butcher block island is over 100 years old and came out of an old governor's mansion in Mississippi. 

We lucked into the stove. It's a Magic Chef brand, probably from the 1940's.  My husband's boss had actually just bought a rent house when we started building our home. He was in the process of renovating the kitchen and was just going to throw that vintage beauty out so we pounced on that sucker. It took some elbow grease to clean up the outside, but the oven and broiler seriously looked like they had never been used. It could use a little tune up and some new knobs, but I am totally smitten by her. 

This is the hallway off the living area that leads to the master suite and the laundry room. 

The master bedroom.

Our master suite is painted in SW "Eider White". 

The master bath.

We had a few communication errors with our being our shower which was suppose to have white subway tile with black grout to match the tile work done in the kitchen...but we ended up with white grout. I wish it had been done right, but I still think it's pretty. All of our cabinets were custom made. That's a question I receive a lot. But they are just a traditional shaker if you were curious as to what style they are. The mirrors I picked up from Hobby Lobby and I just adore them.

The laundry room.

The laundry room is another room that's pretty bare and I have lots of projects in mind for it. The first task will be adding a table top above the washer and dryer for folding. 

The powder room.

I found the wash stand at an antique store and we had it converted into a vanity for the powder room by adding the bowl sink.

Moving upstairs.

Bedroom 2.

Since our home is 3 bedrooms, the boys are currently sharing a bedroom so they have the spare room for all of their toys. The triangle decals on the wall are from Urban Walls. I will be doing a review on them soon in a separate post so stay tuned for that. 

They each have a built in desk on their side of the room to do their school work at when they get older. Whether they use it or not is yet to be told, but as of right now the idea of it is genius to me. 

The boys bathroom.

The playroom (bedroom 3).

At the top of the stairs is a little foyer area that joins the two rooms together. They had the perfect little nooks for built in desks and since the boys already had a work space in their bedroom I have turned this little area into my little craft area. 

And that's it! It's not a huge house, but it's home. I seriously have to pinch myself every morning because it's been such a dream. And I am so incredibly thankful. 

xo, Brittany


  1. Ahh your house is stunning! So glad you shared it!

  2. Oh it's so beautiful girl!! I love all the personal touches and just homey feel of the whole house! Ties together beautifully! Well done mama!!!

  3. Oh my goodness, your house is amazing, and I'm officially jealous!!! Everything flows so well together. Great job!!

    xo, Brittany

  4. Oh my gosh it is perfect! I would love this exact house at our family land in Nebraska! Amaazing

  5. So BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Every square inch of it! I literally could (and probably will...) pin every image!

    -Amber @

  6. wow! I would love to have something like that up north! would you share your bed source and your bathroom curtain? Sorry to be a pain, they're just great though! My fav is the kitchen as well!!!

  7. She's a stunner Britt! Perfect home!

  8. We meet with contractors next week, and I'm just gonna pull up your blog and hand them my phone. YES. Every last detail is perfection!

  9. Brittany, You can absolutely tell that home is where your heart is. I love your decor and spirit through out. We also dream about having a farmhouse one day so hopefully we can make that come true in the future. Beautiful post and thanks for sharing.


  10. I love it your home with inspiration of farm:) for my is an inspiration how I wish you were my house☺️ I love it all your photos instagram👌🏽 A greeting😉

  11. So are your floors polished concret?

  12. Brittany! Gorgeous! I follow you on Instagram and I am excited to find your blog for a more in-depth looks at your stunning home. Your kitchen, I can't. So so good. Congrats on your new house!!

  13. This is amazing!! My husband and I also fell in love with this plan when we first saw it! Ever since I have been changing things here and there, but the original plan is still perfect! We are a growing family and reading your post, I felt like you were telling our story. We have family land, and this too will be our forever home, so I want it exactly the way I want it. Thank you for sharing your house with us, it is beautiful. It just gives me so much hope of what ours will look like! Just curious, are the floors upstairs wood laminate?

  14. Your love for vintage clearly shows through your house! It sure looks like something featured in country home magazines. Thank you for letting us take a peek on your lovely home, Brittany!

    Devin Newton @ Indy Market Homes

  15. my husband and I have plans to build Sugarberry Cottage ~
    I have a question for you...
    we are wanting to make the screen porch a sunroom ...
    I want to put our farm table in this room, use it for our dining room. Of course we would have air/heat in this room.
    What do you think, would the screen porch/sunroom work as a dining room?

    Absolutely love your home��
    thank you for sharing with us!!


    1. Tina - We are currently in the process of building the Sugarberry Cottage. Just wanted to let you know that we are converting the screen porch into a dining porch. I have an antique farm table with chairs + an antique hoosier cabinet that will "live" out there. We are using an EzBreeze system to accomplish this. The "screens" can be adjusted for the seasons and weather. We will use a small heater for cold weather and a ceiling fan for warmer weather. The "flooring of the Dining Porch will be old brick.

  16. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures of your amazing house Brittany. I think we got to see just about every inch. You are truly living the dream. All you need is a little white picket fence and it is the classic house everyone dreams about growing up. That light green/blue color on the back door is really eye-catching too. Good luck!

    Lynn Williamson @ DAL Builders

  17. How long is the wall by your front door (the one with the white buffet)? I love this house plan, but we have a piano and I think we'd could do this plan if that wall is long enough for our piano and for the door to open. I am in love with your home. It is the perfect use of space. I have always wanted a farm house and I think this might just be the plan for us!

  18. Would anyone care to comment as to how much this house cost to build? I know it can be different for different areas. It's such a beautiful house and would love to build it as a future forever home.

  19. Please please tell me what kind of siding this is?

  20. What a beautiful home you have. Selling your home does not have to be stressful. We went through our local estate agents and they made the while process less painful. We also got a fantastic price that enabled us to buy the next home on the property ladder. I wish you huge success in selling your home.

    Elton Rousseau @ Hancock And Partners

  21. I just wanted to say congratulations on building your dream home. I was born and raised in the city, and I would love to build a home on my own land someday. It would be great spot to raise a family and eventually retire. I am not sure where I would have it located, but you have inspired me to work towards this goal later in life.

    Hayden Farley @ Malibu Real Estate Agents

  22. Anyone want to tell us how much it costs to build a Sugarberry cottage? Even a ballpark estimate?

  23. Anyone want to tell us how much it costs to build a Sugarberry cottage? Even a ballpark estimate?

  24. We are building one right now. 130 a square foot is possible let but difficult.

  25. We are building one right now. 130 a square foot is possible let but difficult.

  26. Wow! Did you make modifications? I'm surprised it's $130/sq.ft. Are your finishes more luxury? We were thinking $100/sq.ft. (Or less, lol)

  27. We are also very much loving this plan and I was trying to get an idea on cost to build. We have the lot and we are on the Mississippi gulf coast. 130/sq ft seems high to me also but 2 stories seem to cost more to build these days. I was trying to get an idea before blowing the money on the bid plans. 130 sq ft would be over budget for us. Has anyone built this plan for 100 sq ft?

  28. Just had a cost estimate done for this house. Came in at $175sq. ft. Seems really, really high.

  29. I'm in love wort this plan and your home. I was curious though, do you feel that you have enough storage for linens, coat closet? Also, is that upstairs foyer area large enough to place a small thin couch for a mini tv area? Thanks!

  30. Hi Brittany, beautiful home! I am building a very similar home based on the sugarberry in souther Louisiana. Just curious, what size are your front porch columns? They look perfect for the style.
    Thanks! Brad

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  32. Where did you get your beautiful front door? I love that style door and have been searching all over for it

  33. What color/type did you use for the roof/shingles?

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  35. beautify home! which color of the door in the back porch?

  36. Can you please tell me where you bought that fun barn door for the laundry/mudroom entrance? I want to purchase that for my farmhouse back entrance.

  37. No one seems willing to share how much it cost to build!!! I am eternally in love with the Sugarberry, but it would be nice to get a rough estimate...