Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Dream Home Overlooking The Great Mississippi River | Iowa

Five years ago my husband and I packed up a twenty-six foot Penske truck and moved 1,000 miles from North Carolina to Iowa. It’s been an amazing adventure. We feel so blessed to raise our baby girl in such a beautiful area and with 164 years of family history surrounding us. We've loved fixing up the family home and sharing it with you on here, but today's post doesn't feature our 100-year-old farmhouse. Today, I get to treat you to a photo tour of a brand new home in NE Iowa.

Lucky for us (and for our baby girl), it wasn’t long after our move that my husband’s parents decided they also wanted to move back to Iowa! After lots of planning and looking ahead to retirement, they broke ground on their forever home last fall. Most of the final touches have been made, they’re officially moved in, and it is GORGEOUS! 

I'm so excited that I get to share this beautiful home with you on the blog. Sorry, not sorry, for the picture overload. I couldn't help myself!

I love the modern neutral color palette throughout, the spacious open floor plan, the wall of floor to ceiling windows and all of the thick white trim. I LOVE the kitchen cabinets, the show-stopper counter tops, the shiny new appliances and all of the champagne gold accents. The butler's pantry is pretty awesome and each of the three bedrooms are all king sized suites. The first floor master suite is absolute perfection, and the views of the Mississippi River and beyond are spectacular from every single room! This house is breathtaking, and Gima and Doc keep it pristine, even after a visit from their favorite two year old. 

Each detail is thoughtfully designed and showcases my mom-in-law's fabulous taste and talent.I'm going to let her help me with the photo captions so that she can acknowledge all of the amazing people and businesses who helped create their dream home. Just one more thing before I go... I’m sure she will humbly leave it out, so let me inform you that the exquisite interior design choices were all made by Dawn Herrmann herself. Dawn not only retired from being a fabulous organist, she also retired from nearly thirty years working as a showroom manager at High Point Furniture Market, the last several with Abigails. She has always had an eye for design, elegant taste, and had beautiful homes, but this one is my new favorite! Bravo, Mom (and Doc, too)! 

I'll take credit for the adorable little one who jumped into a few of the photos.   

So here goes -- (we) hope you enjoy this virtual tour and appreciate the notes about the many different design aspects, vendors, and decisions that went into creating this masterpiece on the bluffs of the Mississippi! Maybe it will inspire some ideas of your own. 

Builder -- Brandon Bries, Bries Construction
House design drawing and building materials -- John Finch, Meuser Lumber 
Cabinets -- Forever Cabinets by Kendrick, Jackie Oleson, Designer
Flooring -- Floor Show, Jeff Kuhle, Sales
Windows -- Andersen Windows
Plumbing and Heating -- S & R Heating, Cooling, Plumbing
Electrical -- Gregerson Electric
Plumbing Fixtures -- Gerhards, Angela Arensdorf, Manager
Kitchen countertops -- Surface Solutions, Mahala Else, Sales
Master shower and bathroom countertops -- Floor Show, Ellie Arensdorf, Designer 
Appliances -- Rockweiler Appliances, Beth Jones, Sales Associate
Beam Central Vac -- Sound Advice Vac & Video
Light Fixtures -- Wayfair, Birch Lane, Houzz, Joss & Main
Original Art -- JWebb Fine Art & Photography, Jillian Webb Herrmann

The Kitchen 
 Cabinet color and trim: Sherwin Williams "Dover White"
Island cabinet color: Sherwin Williams "Library Pewter"
Wall color throughout main floor: Sherwin Williams "Accessible Beige"
Black accents: Sherwin Williams "Black Magic"
Countertop: Zodiaq "Valente Pearl" 
Flooring throughout the main floor: Kentwood Maple "Armadillo"

The Bowling Alley Table
When our Tar Heel Lanes in High Point, NC, was being demolished, a lane was salvaged with the idea to make it into a dining table to enjoy casual meals while river gazing. Thanks to Cousin Pat Hopkins for his hard work in making it our sentimental conversation piece.

The Kitchen Island
The Sherwin Williams color match system did a great job in suggesting "Library Pewter" to match the Drexel Heritage sofa table that would be near the island. 
It's a funky greenish brownish gray.

With no kitchen overhead cabinets, the wide drawers offer plenty of reachable space for flatware, dinnerware, glassware, and cookware. 

Office Space and Printer Closet
A "tech" closet beside the floating desk and IKEA bench hide the router and printer. 

The Butler's Pantry
A prep kitchen to house pantry staples and small appliances keeps the main kitchen tidy.
The countertop is Silestone "Grey Expo".
We opted for a countertop microwave (less than $100) instead
of a built-in ($1,000+) since it isn't a heavily used appliance for us.

The Dining Room
Glassware, mercury glass, and Italian ceramics by Abigails are everywhere!

The Living Room
A J Webb abstract adds glimmer with its metallic hues.


Main Level Powder Room

Master Bedroom Suite

Having the laundry in the master suite is handy for empty nesters. 

The walk-in shower is groutless panels by Onyx, making it easy to clean.
Even with a wide doorway and zero entry, the water doesn't spray out of the shower.

 Stairway to Lower Level 
A mirrored pocket door conceals the stairs.

Lower Level
Two Guest King Suites with Den and Bar
The flooring throughout the lower level is Congoleum Triversa vinyl plank in Brown Glaze.

Lower Level Powder Room

First Guest Suite - king bed, full bathroom, and walk-in closet

Bar, Den, Entertainment

Second Guest Suite - king bedroom, full bathroom, walk-in closet with daybed

The Lower Level Den and Patio


This is truly a dream home overlooking The Great Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. I’m so pleased my in-laws let me share their beautiful home with you on the blog today. We hope you enjoyed the tour and possibly picked up some fun ideas for your own dream home! 

I am excited to also be working on a new painting for the gorgeous glass filled foyer! I'll update you when it's complete! 

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P.S. Welcome HOME, Gima and Doc! We're so happy to have you both in Iowa... especially your little punkin!

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