French Styled House

So back in October of 2013 my husband had an amazing job offer in Lloydminster and we were going to move there permanently.  Problem though was that the city was and is booming and we couldn't find a place to rent let alone a house to buy.  We looked and looked but couldn't find what we wanted in a forever home and then we came across a builder there that was building on a lot across the street from a state of the art school being built at the same time.  The school was the answer to all my worries about what was lacking for my girls education in Lloydminster, it has an observatory!  What school has an observatory!?!  We got a floor plan that we loved and our super awesome builder let us finish the house the way I wanted to even though it was a spec house.  What was even better was that my husband felt guilty for moving us all to a different city and so he let me have total design control and I stayed UNDER budget thank you very much (neither of which will likely happen again).
My biggest difficulty designing this house was that it had to appeal to the Lloydminster market just in case I would have to sell it (which now I have to do).  So I asked my friends on Facebook wether or not I should finish the kitchen with a French bistro or modern theme and French bistro won by a landslide!
Here are my pics from our Monday drive to see the house for the first time after completion.

 My girls want to live in this house forever for the chandelier alone.   Strangest thing, the glass didn't come with the cabinets, they were purchased later.


 Moen Vestige series faucet in chrome was my cost effective alternative to a bridged faucet.


Prettiest 'earrings' for the kitchen I found at Home Depot.


 These are the the tiles that I have been swooning over for months and found in Home Depot for 1/4 the cost of any tile place in Edmonton.  I had to drive around the city with two toddlers collecting batches of it, fun times.

A double shower so to recap the days events.   This faucet was for claw foot tub that I never got, but I settled this panel design (faucet from Home Hardware).

 Marble hexagon mosaic tiles for the shower floor that my builder didn't understand until completion.

 For those of you who remember my Beauty Junkie boutique days, I am keeping those Venetian mirrors for my girls.  (Ikea, no longer available).

Lastly this is the man cave washroom.  Modern and similar to our current house.

Thanks for reading!

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