Wednesday, October 26, 2016


I have some super exciting news....we recently were able to lock down a contract on a lake house!  YES!  If you all could actually peak through your computer screen and see me right now - you would see me ecstatically jumping up and down, going completely crazy and laughing/crying uncontrollably - all in happiness.  A lake house of my own has been one of those far off - never going to touch - dreams of mine for almost as long as I can remember.  It's almost surreal to think of us actually buying it's been one of those dreams.  Here is a video I took this past weekend of Mike and Michael walking out on the dock for the first time together.  I was having some tech issues uploading, if it doesn't work - I will re-post:).


In true Mike/Shelby style - we were discussing this lake house, and Mike mentions he has a project for me.  I was all excited, saying 'ohh, ohh, what is it?!'  Mike says, 'your project is to see how little money you can spend while decorating and furnishing this house'.  Typically I might have then asserted my disappointed face, and tell him all about how expensive a pillow is, etc.  However, because I don't want anything to get in the way of us owning this lake house - I put a smile on my face, and said, 'absolutely babe!'.  But, because this is a second home, and a lake house - I actually do agree with Mike, and do want to see how little we can get away with spending, but still making some design decisions I have in mind.  I am all about projects and goals, and this is my new little (or big) project!  AND IT IS THE BEST PROJECT I HAVE EVER HAD!!!  lol

The first major project is going to be flooring.  The house was built in the 70's and all of the flooring is original to the home.  There is a bunch of shag carpet (that was probably pretty cool back in the day) that all needs to be replaced.  So - here comes the real point of this blog post - vinyl flooring.

I had always heard of vinyl flooring here and there, but never really gave it much thought.  I just brushed it off - thinking it was cheap and cheap looking.  Fast forward to the present - and I am all over this vinyl flooring trend - lol.  I am convinced it will be the most perfect flooring for this house.  The vinyl I am looking at is sold by the plank, and is waterproof and scratch resistant.  Ummm score for having wet kids and dogs running everywhere.  And the really cool thing is that you can grout vinyl tile!

Here are a few I have found that I have ordered samples.  I want to be able to do a pattern with our tiles, so all of these are the plank style - meaning it is not a roll of vinyl (or a flat sheet).  These will all be adhered using an adhesive.

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Here is a major inspiration image for me - not 100% sure if this is vinyl, but it's the pattern I am after here (ever since doing the herringbone in the bathroom, I have really wanted to use it more in an all over space) -

via Houzz
This is vinyl flooring - 

Another major inspiration photo for me -

via Pinterest
And another good example of vinyl flooring looking oh so good -


I can't wait to get these samples in, and share how they actually look and feel.



  1. Awesome! Absolutely ecstatic for you guys! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!



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