In May 2017 we began the process of building our new home in Corpus Christi, TX. On this page you can find the various blog posts chronicling the construction process. As the house progresses along, I’ll also include sources to lighting, plumbing fixtures, paint colors, furniture, decor accents and more in the “Sources” section below. If you have any question about the building process, please feel free to reach out to me via email.


Listed Below in Chronological Order from Beginning to Current

New House Build | via

Announcement Post

(Features Floor Plan and More)

New House Build | via

Deciding Between a Chrome or Brass Kitchen

(Features Chrome and Brass Inspiration Boards)

New House Build | via

Choosing Finishes & Lighting for the Kitchen

New House Build | via

  Construction Progress Report

(Features Dining Room Lighting Inspiration)

 Why We Chose Black Interior Doors

 Affordable Lucite Cabinet Hardware Review

 Black Tray Ceilings & Doors

Our Affordable Tile Selections

Our Lighting Picks (And how we saved $1000!)




Kitchen Island Chandelier


  1. Unknown
    September 20, 2017 / 12:07 am

    Hi Monica, came across your blog on pinterest. Absolutely loving it! What app or program are you using to superimpose the furniture in your pics. I am in the process of a total homemakeover and can't find a program or app to help me in that area. Thanks, Elyssa

    • Monica Benavidez
      September 20, 2017 / 12:41 am

      Hi Elyssa! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I use Photoshop for all of my mock-ups and find it really helpful. 🙂

  2. Unknown
    October 12, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Hi there! I am obsessed with your kitchen countertops, can you share what they are? Thanks!!

    • Monica Benavidez
      October 12, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Hi! 🙂 Sure, my builder called them fantasy brown granite. Speaking to the fabricator, it's also called fantasy brown quartzite. Hope that helps! I love, love, love them and they've been easy to maintain thus far.

  3. Unknown
    October 12, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Hi Monica,I am obsessed with your kitchen counter tops, can you share what they are?Thanks!Stephanie

  4. Jess
    October 21, 2017 / 4:08 am

    I love your style! I'd like to see how you decorated your bathrooms!

  5. Anna Tillman
    November 4, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Monica,Love your new home, so happy for you,Daniel,and PeeWee.Everything is so beautiful but my two favorites of all the fantastic choices you made,are the chandelier over the island in the kitchen and the framed back-splash over the stove.Can't wait to see future progress of the decorating. Love your style!