She’ll tease you
She’ll unease you
Just to please you
She’s got Bette Davis eyes

We are back in our house. YEAH!!! We have been super busy unpacking and implementing all of the plans that we made sooooo many months ago.

I have to say, it is all coming together even better than I planned. As each room gets finished(-ish) I will give a full room tour. We are waiting on hanging artwork until absolute last. I’m not sure if I will be able to wait that long to share.

I want to give you a quick tease of a tour!











I’m Going Home

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Well, I’m going home, back to the place where I belong And where your love has always been enough for me I’m not running from, no, I think you got me all wrong I don’t regret this life I chose for me But these places and these faces are getting old So I’m going home, … Continue reading

The Final Countdown

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Ohh It’s the final countdown We’re leaving together The final countdown We’ll all miss her so It’s the final countdown (The final countdown) Ohh, it’s the final countdown Yea You know you were singing along. We are T-10 days from occupation of our “new” old house. Could not be more excited. Things are moving and … Continue reading

You Got Me

Yeah, you really got me now
You got me so I don’t know what Im doin, now
Oh yeah, you really got me now
You got me so I can’t sleep at night

You really got me
You really got me
You really got me

You know what really stinks, is that there aren’t more hours in a day. Things are moving so quickly and I have been so busy at my day job that I haven’t had any time to update you on what has been happening here at Casa de Chaos (©RBec Reeves).

First off, the winner of the kids sink race (if you can call it that) is…..

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest


with a plain white china top. Simple easy and will look great.

I’ve been working with the contractor on about a thousand different things. He and I spent some significant time in the master bathroom to come up with the optimum floor plan in the bathroom. The original plan that the architect had designed had a very small shower, and not for nothing, G and I are more shower people than bath people. We contemplated taking out the bathtub all together but know that is a resale mistake (no we’re not going anywhere, ever, but just in case). If you remember we added a window to the bathroom and that is what started the whole chain reaction. However the final plan is AWESOME!!!! The shower and tub are in the same place, but since we opted for a smaller tub (still a deep soak but it’s not a drop in and it’s only 6′) we could increase the size of the shower. We also switched the vanity and the toilet which allowed for us to put in a linen closet IN the bathroom. HOLLAR!!!

It’s hard to tell in these pictures because there are no walls… but here’s a few views of our bathroom:

Here’s the shower. On the right will be the double vanity and to the left the tub.

And here is the added window, plus the linen closet and where the toilet will be.

The rough plumbing has passed inspection, WOOT WOOT. And the electric is next up on the list. Once that is done then they can start the insulation. Then the dry wall goes up, then we’re on our way to the finish line

This means that I have been FREAKING out about floor plans and color schemes. But I am pretty sure I have some good ideas for D and E’s rooms. D’s definitely…. E’s I keep going back and forth on….. Stay Tuned!


You’re so vain-ity

Well, last time, we went over the tile situation. After hubs and I picked out the tiles, the next weekend we went vanity/fixture shopping. It was eye opening. I have always enjoyed looking at furniture and bathroom set ups. I go gaga over super modern spaces, especially in hotels and in magazines. However, I also don’t find these to be very practical and livable.

G and I have a similar aesthetic. We appreciate the super modern but want the traditional. I’ve discovered it’s called transitional. We headed to the lovely Lily at Kitchen & Bathworks in North Plainfield. She had been recommended to us by Maria at Garden State Tile as well as our contractor, architect, and neighbors. That’s pretty solid if you ask me. She let us wander the showroom for a bit then get down to it. I will be honest, as much research as I’d done. I had NO frame of reference for what these things cost.

We started with our bathroom vanity. G and I knew we wanted to try to get a double vanity in the space. We had about 60″ to work with. We walked in with some pictures as well, this was the one we liked the most so walked around looking to see something similar.

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We ended up with this awesome vanity from Vanico. It’s called Tradition. We might add the above toilet cabinet at some point but our builder and I reconfigured the bathroom so we’re going to have an awesome built-in linen closet. So happy!


We really wanted an Espresso wood, we thought it would play against the sand colored tile so nicely. Second most important was storage. Third was quality/price. This covered all three. Solidly manufactured and gorgeous wood, plenty of storage. WHEEEE And for the price, we got the vanity top and mirrors thrown in. Which covers value. NICE.

When it came to the faucets and shower head it had to be Moen… G kept quoting some Howard Stern call in or Larry David or something, I can’t remember but he just kept muttering “It’s Moen, bitch.” So of course now that’s all I can think of when I hear it. Cracks me up.

Source: moen.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: moen.com via Debbie on Pinterest


So that is our bathroom.



The kids bathroom is another story. We have their tub, and their faucets all set… the vanity is a whole other story.

The fixtures are all going to be chromed out. Which rocks. THEN we have some decisions to make for the vanity. We decided that we were going to just go Home Depot, nothing fancy, something that could get beat up because lets face it. They are 5 and 2 there is a lot of maturing that needs to happen before an expensive vanity goes in there. So we were originally going to get this:

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But then I was poking around online and didn’t love it as much.

So I found these couple:

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest



But then I also happened upon this one:

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest

Source: homedepot.com via Debbie on Pinterest


Clearly a completely different scheme. Now if you remember, the game plan for their bathroom was white on white and classic. Subway tiles in the tub area, hex tiles on the floor, wainscoting on the walls. I was trying to convince myself that the tempured glass would look fine with the white, but it wouldn’t. And I also tried to convince myself that the lines of the espresso vanity would look fine with the wainscoting, but I don’t think it will.

So now the question is do we go for modern or traditional?

Any thoughts???? Please feel free to share.

Our House

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Our house it has a crowd There’s always something happening And it’s usually quite loud Our mum she’s so house-proud Nothing ever slows her down And a mess is not allowed Our house, in the middle of our street Our house, in the middle of our … It has been WAY too long since I’ve … Continue reading

Brick by brick

I’m building a house where I can think
And have some balance and dignity
I’m building a house where no one can hurt me
I’m huilding a house where the weak are strong
I’m building a house with a real song
I’m using faith that is immortal
I’m building it with simplicity
and the way that we feel, you and me
I’m buidling it with what I believe in

It was so much fun driving by the house watching the roof and second floor disappear a little more each day. Out builders are doing an awesome job getting stuff done. G and I have also had a lot of fun picking out the tile and vanities and other fixtures for the bathrooms. After some initial sticker shock, and two weekends straight of shopping we figured out what we were doing.

I have to say Pinterest is truly the best invention of 2012. It is amazing to me how much information can be aggregated with a few keystrokes. Type in master bath and bam! you have pages and pages of ideas.

Houzz is another fantastic resource. Before our first meeting with the tile lady, I printed probably 20 pages of inspiration rooms to review with the hubs.

  • Sidebar: one of the things I absolutely love about my husband is how he and I make decisions. We are not hem and haw’ers. We might discuss/argue for a little about various points but once we come to a decision there is no second guessing, only moving forward. That’s how planning our wedding was, and that’s how tile shopping was.

We went through all the pictures, pulled out the ones we liked, which happened to be the same, and pretty much fell in love with the first thing we were shown. Not because it was the first thing, but because it was exactly what we were both picturing. It actually freaked all three of us out a little (me, g, and the sales lady). Being that both sets of our parents have trained us to triple bid everything, we took the knowledge that we gleaned from this first excursion and continued to two other tile stores.


The second store, which I had called ahead and made an appointment, was such a bad experience. I honestly couldn’t get out of the fast enough. The owner/sales person couldn’t be bothered to even show us his merchandise. He barely paid attention when we were talking about what we were looking for, instead he really must wanted to listen to euro-trash techno music and update his Facebook page. I honestly could have turned around and left right then, but hubby felt the need to try to engage the guy in any sort of salesman like behavior, ie asking the price of things and oh I don’t know it’s availability.

Then we headed to the big box tile store, Standard Tile. It was fine, but nothing blew us away and we didn’t see anything both price and look wise that compared to the first store.

Unfortunately our fantastic sales lady, Maria, was headed on vacation so we had to wait until last week to actually order anything. But order we did.

Our master bath is going to be so serene, the tile looks like sand! And we are going to have this really cool/modern 12 x 24 tiles in the shower area, 12×12 on the floor, and detail 2×2 throughout.

Here were some of our inspiration images:

This is what Maria showed us:



The kids bathroom is going to be timeless. All white tile, hex on the floor with white grout, and white subway tile in the bath/shower area. We will also be adding in a bit of glass tile detail above the tub.

Our inspiration:

Super classy. We’ll also have wainscoting in their bathroom. We also just picked out the colors, but that is another post. 😉



hex flooring with white grout


So that’s the tile… the following weekend we figured out the whole vanity situation. THAT
was fun, and that is a story for another time.


It’s clobbering time

The other day I came home at lunch to see the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. What do you think it was????


Lots and lots of wood

More wood


And as I peeked around the side of the house, what did I spy????

no more siding


So very excited!!!! The concrete asbestos had been on the house since it was built. I know that it is technically safe but with two little kids it always made me nervous. Especially since the inspector said it was find until it broke, and with both kids very into throwing things not so safe.

This was last week, and then TODAY when I came home for lunch. THIS is what I found….

Holy Roof… Literally!!!!


They tarped it up really good tonight, I’ll take some more pictures as the week continues and if you happen to be driving down my street please stop and snap a picture and send it to me.

Monday, Monday

Monday, monday (ba-da ba-da-da-da)
So good to me (ba-daba-da-da-da)
Monday mornin, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh monday mornin, monday mornin couldnt guarantee
That monday evenin you would still be here with me

So here’s hoping that the rain subsides and they are actually able to start on Monday as planned. We have the permit up in our window, and we have the entire house tarped and taped.

It is actually quite humorous, our house sorta looks like that scene at the end of ET when the scientists come and set up the clean room.

Scariest part of ET!!! I was terrified for weeks thinking he was in my closet.

G and I finished it up this weekend. It was a bit harder than I thought it would be but we finished and used up ALL the tarps!

The ghetto corner of the kitchen that couldn’t quite get the tarp to cover.

Kitchen fridge and oven all covered and taped up.

spare bedroom and hall linen closet

The dining room drapes… get it… drapes!

covering up the rest of the stuff in the basement

To say we’re excited really doesn’t encompass the emotions. I just really want to come home for lunch today and see a dumpster the driveway. Cross your fingers people, cross your fingers!