Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Write Them on Your Doorframes..."

We are so blessed. 
Blessed to have a home.  Blessed to be able to build an even bigger home.
Blessed to have little people to fill up its rooms with laughter.
But I don't think it ends there. 

We are blessed SO THAT we can be a blessing. 
Michael and I deserve none of this.  
Every single thing we've been given in this life is a sweet gift of abundance from our Heavenly Father.
So when we dream about this house we are building, we dream of how God can use it for His kingdom. 
If we build it just to have MORE, or bigger, or the next trendy thing, then we're missing it. 
We're falling so short of God's glory if we look at it as Pinterest come to life.
If that's the case, we'll never be satisfied and we'll come to love our treasures on this Earth so much that we forget entirely that we are here to make His name great-not ours!
THAT is what we were made for- THAT is something worth building.

So how do we do that? 
How do we make His name great with a house? 
That's exactly what we're praying about right now. 
But we do know this: it can't just be about us.  That's not an option.
Because STUFF? It always disappoints. 
Projects get old. 
Tile goes out of style and colors fade. 
The stuff we build always turns into junk.  But we know assuredly that what God builds lasts forever.

So we want to watch HIM build something great in us and through us.  
Maybe not great in the eyes of the world.  But we are asking Him to use our lives for eternal significance in whatever way He sees fit.
We can't find our contentment in this house or even in the people inside of it.  As much as I love my family, they will never ever satisfy.   
They weren't made to. It would be too small of a story- for them and for me. 
There has to be more. 

So while we wait to see how God uses this house and us to bless others, we pray.
And we build our home upon His word - literally.

"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."
Deuteronomy 11:18-21

The past few nights, we've dragged our two little ones out to the house to fill our walls with scripture.
And though it's been tough- watching a toddler out of the corner of our eyes and holding a 4 month old in one hand and a sharpie in the other - not the easiest of tasks. 
But it's worth it. 

I will forever love the fact that God's promises and His wisdom are resting behind our walls as we sleep, as we play, and even as we argue.  And I can't wait to tell Elle and Beckham what secret words are hiding in their rooms.  
Prayers and promises that we will speak over them their whole lives, I hope.

We spent many nights compiling specific verses for each room; but here are just a few glimpses of what we pray will be the foundation of our home and our family for many years to come:

I'm more excited than ever to move in now!
(Well you know - after we've got actual walls and electricity and stuff) 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Renovation Update: Framing

It's been an exciting week around the Knotts house!  I'm amazed at what 5 days of hard work by a crazy talented framing crew can do.

We went from this:

to this:

With a lot of hard work in the middle:

The framing crew put her to work!

Future side porch and mudroom entrance.

Second floor taking shape!

The moment it all became worth it: a breeze blowing in from the lake and our master bedroom view!

Two best buddies watching the crane (or "Danny the Dinosaur" as Elle calls him) put on the trusses.


Little Elle checking out her tree house view!

She's quickly become a construction zone expert.  
I think she'll be disappointed when we trade ladders for stairs.

There is still SO much to be done...but it's finally getting fun.
The pretty stuff is right around the corner - I can feel it!

That's our quick update for now.
Hope to have windows and doors to show you soon.

Monday, July 20, 2015

2015 Charlotte HomeArama Trends

It was eye candy overload at this year's HomeArama in Charlotte. 
The Cheval community is nestled in the quaint town of Mint Hill, North Carolina and boasts hundreds of acres of walking trails, parks, and equestrian facilities.
From the minute you drive through the gates, you forget you are just minutes from busy city life.
We enjoyed everything about our visit there on Friday for the opening of 2015 HomeArama: the architecture, the scenery, the design aesthetic; and the food and drinks were pretty great too!
I could have filled up my camera roll with pictures; but I was too distracted by soaking it all in, that I only snapped a few of my favorite moments.
And forgive the wobbly, out of focus iPhone pictures.  To be honest, I wasn't even planning to blog about this - I was just gathering ideas for our renovation.  It really is a bad idea to go look at million dollar homes when you're right smack dab in the middle of your own renovation.  It could blow a budget in NO time!
But these should suffice in showing you the trends that I fell in love with this year:

1. Gorgeous Trim work and Unique Coffered Ceilings

Loved the painted wood inside this coffered ceiling

I also like the look of the wall color cut to 50% for the coffered ceiling.

2. Unique Features
The weathered wood on this barrel ceiling is everything!

I'm afraid this dog's room might be nicer than our son's current nursery ;)

I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture of what was behind that door that Michael is about to walk through.  It's a SCULLERY, y'all! A kitchen behind a kitchen- complete with a warming oven, an extra refrigerator, a sink & prep station. OH and a desk as well!
And when those doors are closed, it looks like one complete cabinetry wall.  Guests will never know your catering staff is back there prepping food.

A well stocked bar in the entertainment room - always a good idea!

 3. Stunning tile and marble choices
Dreamy marble!

Wonderful tile choices for a boy's bathroom.

Leathered marble on a 10x10 island!  HUGE!

Hand painted tile in the master shower

Herringbone everywhere!

Gorgeous details.

Loved the ceramic subway tile with the extra glossy finish for the kids' bath.

My favorite shower by far!

Cheers to the talented designers and builders who made this year's HomeArama such a success!