It is very exciting indeed. I don't ask the builder anymore when I might move in because I have learned...he doesn't know! His last guess passed 3 weeks ago.
The marble bath counter top is one of several serendipitous decisions that have occurred during this building process. The material was supposed to be granite. I have been working with the woman at the local tile store for almost a year now and she knows my color scheme and sensibilities. When I went in to give the okay for the granite piece, she wanted me to look at this marble slab that was left over from someone else's project. I knew immediately that it would work much better than the granite piece. The vein of red in the marble is identical to the grouting color in the shower that is right next to the countertop. That red will also be repeated in the floor tile grout. The marble was also about half the price as the granite.
Aunt Bea, I am reminded of the 2 years, 7 months, 14 days and 7 hours my husband and I lived in an 8'x35' house trailer before we moved into our 3600 sq ft house in 1986. I am living in the same square footage, 280 sq ft, as that trailer and I am getting a bit cranky not being able to cook properly or have a place to eat meals. I'm going to cook and bake my little heart out when I get to move in. Cat, I will roast a chicken and some au gratin potatoes for my first meal there. Yikes, I'll be cooking in a brand new oven.. a Maytag gas range for those interested.
I haven't thought about naming the house, but a Blessing might fit.
Oh Cooking Goddess, I do not like to shop. It did turn out to be a bit of fun but mostly the fun is the drive down and back from Santa Fe. Coming back you are climbing a mountain and once over the top, the Rio Grande Gorge is displayed in front of you; that sight will always be breathtaking. I did get everything on my list and it all coordinates in color with the light fixtures and cabinet pulls, oiled bronze I think it is called.
I am very happy with the walls and arch. I was nervous about the color but I think it has turned out well. The house has a lot of natural light so the darkish walls look good. And it is not unusual to have this color for walls.
Thank you all in sharing my joy!