Construction Update and a few "sneak peeks"

Can y'all relate to what being in "limbo" feels like?  The best way I can describe that feeling is being full of excitement, anticipation, but at the same time not being fully 100% "there."  If you've ever experienced this, you know it's a hurry up and wait game.  It's a time when things aren't quite finished, but you know you are so close.  

I think that's the season of life Josh and I are in right now.  We're so close to being finished with the venue, but we're not quite there.  Finishing touches are happening right now inside and outside.  Painting is happening, countertops are going in, vanities are being installed, lighting is being added, catering kitchen equipment is being added, the board and batten outside is being finished, and landscaping is about to start.  But, if you are a passerby to our building right now, you might wonder-are they leaving it brown?  What's the deal with the 4 stripes of white paint on the side?  What's the exterior landscaping going to look like?  When are they going to open?

To answer some of those questions, I thought I would give you an update on where we are and share some pictures.

Inspiration Pictures for the Exterior

Many of you have asked how long have we been planning this building?  Well, I can tell you many many years.  Even before we moved to Medina, with my background in event planning, I had always wondered what it would be like to own my own venue.  Never in a million years did I imagine it would actually happen.  Over the last several years, Josh and I have been gathering ideas and doing research.  I thought I'd share a few inspiration pictures as a visual guide to some of my design.  (We had to have inspiration pictures since this building was a unique design-there was no "plan" we worked could use.  Literally, through drawings and discussion, we made it happen).

 The white board and batten and black front door "speak" to me

The white board and batten and black front door "speak" to me

 Same concept here-white board and batten and black front door

Same concept here-white board and batten and black front door

 This Southern Living carriage house is beautiful.  I love the white exterior and the contrast with the gray doors.

This Southern Living carriage house is beautiful.  I love the white exterior and the contrast with the gray doors.

Exterior of "The Venue" Update

 The exterior with the 4 white stripes

The exterior with the 4 white stripes

  • We are painting the entire exterior a beautiful shade of white.  We decided to go with Chantilly Lace.  It was the purest white we found, and for those of you that have followed on Social Media, you know it wasn't an easy decision.  We looked at it in various parts of the day, we photographed it, and I even had a girl's night where all we did was look at the paint color samples.
  • The front doors and all porch doors are getting painted a stunning shade of black to contrast with the Chantilly Lace exterior.  Matching black gooseneck lights are going to be added.  I think they will pair well with the copper louver we had installed.  (It's already starting to develop a natural patina).
  • 2 large exterior barn doors are about to built on site!  Yes, they will be so big they will be too hard to transport, so they are getting built here in the next week.  They will flank each side of the entrance.
 These doors will be getting a final coat of black this week, as will the 6 doors off the main hall

These doors will be getting a final coat of black this week, as will the 6 doors off the main hall

  • The covered side porch just had rustic cedar columns added and they are about to get stained.
  • The porch ceiling is getting painted Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore.  I used inspiration from a recent Country Living article, as well as research I did online on to find the perfect "haint" blue.  If you don't know what that means, here's a link to an article about it: http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/color/a35500/update-your-porch-patio-with-paint/  (By the way, I'm not worried about haints.  But I have heard it keeps the bugs at bay!)
 Covered side porch overlooking courtyard (columns getting stained and ceiling getting painted)

Covered side porch overlooking courtyard (columns getting stained and ceiling getting painted)

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Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

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Inspiration Pictures for Interior

 This staircase was my inspiration for the interior.  I wanted the wood, the cable rods, and I love the dark gray wash.  My floors upstairs in both Bride's and Groom's suite will be very similar to these floors you see here.

This staircase was my inspiration for the interior.  I wanted the wood, the cable rods, and I love the dark gray wash.  My floors upstairs in both Bride's and Groom's suite will be very similar to these floors you see here.

 These doors were my inspiration for the doors that will hide The Tack Room (a hidden room to serve drinks, appetizers or late-night treats and favors to guests)

These doors were my inspiration for the doors that will hide The Tack Room (a hidden room to serve drinks, appetizers or late-night treats and favors to guests)

Interior of "The Venue" Update

  • The interior will be completely finished drywall.  It does have a "barn" exterior but that's where it stops! I wanted an interior that was a finished blank canvas for anyone who rents our venue.  The entryway and the main hall are being painted Chantilly Lace as well.  It ended up being our favorite "white" in the inside as well as the outside.

  • The trusses were stained last week.  I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal as my inspiration for the stain, and my builder, Joe Shearin from Fisher Construction, had a stain made to mimic that paint color.

Kendall Charcoal

 Trusses with Kendall Charcoal "Stain" (this image was taken before the walls were painted; you can still see paint samples on the wall)

Trusses with Kendall Charcoal "Stain" (this image was taken before the walls were painted; you can still see paint samples on the wall)

 Another view of the trusses in the main hall

Another view of the trusses in the main hall

 View looking from the main hall to our "Tack Room" and the 2nd level

View looking from the main hall to our "Tack Room" and the 2nd level

 Shiplap installed around the Tack Room walls and staircase being installed today

Shiplap installed around the Tack Room walls and staircase being installed today

 Staircase being built; it will be stained in a similar gray wash like the trusses and to match the floors upstairs.

Staircase being built; it will be stained in a similar gray wash like the trusses and to match the floors upstairs.

 Our crew hard at work!

Our crew hard at work!

 It takes a village to put this venue together, and I'm grateful for all of them!

It takes a village to put this venue together, and I'm grateful for all of them!

  • We also decided to keep the ceilings natural wood.  I had originally planned on painting them white.  But almost every single person who has entered The Venue over the last few months has made comments about the beautiful natural wood ceiling.  So, after much thought, I have decided to leave them rustic and natural.  I think it will pair well against all the "finished" features I'm adding.
  • The chandeliers in the main hall are getting installed this week.  I spent over half a year trying to pick out the perfect chandelier.  I bought these last summer, and they have been sitting in storage for almost a year!  There will be 4 of them in the main hall hanging from the wooden trusses.  They are even more stunning in person.
 Construction Zone-interior doors being painted, flooring being installed and shiplap in the entrance.  I can't wait for the 2 sconces to be installed in the next 2 weeks

Construction Zone-interior doors being painted, flooring being installed and shiplap in the entrance.  I can't wait for the 2 sconces to be installed in the next 2 weeks

 Women's restroom-Bianco Cascade quartz countertops

Women's restroom-Bianco Cascade quartz countertops

 I want these for my house!  I'm obsessed with the square drop-in sinks too.

I want these for my house!  I'm obsessed with the square drop-in sinks too.

 Sneak peek of the groom's suite upstairs.  I have been buying antiques for this room for over 18 months, and I can't wait to share what we're doing in here.  It may be hard to get the guys out of this room:)

Sneak peek of the groom's suite upstairs.  I have been buying antiques for this room for over 18 months, and I can't wait to share what we're doing in here.  It may be hard to get the guys out of this room:)

Thank y'all for watching our progress unfold!

Hang in there-I promise in just a few short weeks our place is going to be transformed!  The vision that Josh and I have had for so many years is about to come to fruition.  The hard work our builder, Fisher Construction, and their crew have put in to this building is almost done!  

We are so excited to share these updated pictures, and even more excited, when we get to reveal the final finished venue.  Our first event will The City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair August 17-19, 2017.  We have a few dates left for 2017, so if you're interested, give us a shout.  We'd love to hear from y'all.

XO-

~Steph