Just over a year ago, I made a discovery that changed my life (or at least my internet usage). While searching the web, looking for ideas for a baby shower I was co-hosting, I stumbled upon this wonderful and inspiring invention called The Decorating Blog!! I was immediately and forever hooked. Amazing sites like Miss Mustard Seed, Under the Table and Dreaming (the first blog I ever followed) and Emily A. Clark, were just a few of the blogs that made me look up from my iPad and wonder where three hours just went. I discovered a way to feed my decorating/home decor addiction that I never dreamed possible.
Fast forward to today, and I've finally decided to join their ranks. So here goes... this is for all those friends and family who've asked me "how'd you make that" or "what's your latest project". I get to share all my crazy ideas with all you even crazier people who choose to read about them. (Love you!)
So what does one make their first decorating blog post about? Well how 'bout I let you know why I chose my blog's name; The Concrete Cottage. It's very simple. In January of last year, my family moved into the house my lovely husband built for us (with much help from me, even if he won't admit it) made out of all concrete. ICF or Insulated Concrete Forms to be exact. Never heard of them? Well you're not alone.
Those white "walls" you see above are actually hollow styrofoam forms that get stacked up like Legos and filled with concrete.
The above picture shows the forms laying on their side. The concrete gets poured down the center where you see the black supports.
Anyway, it's uber "green" with all that insulation, etc., but more importantly, it's safe. Living in this tornado alley we call Kansas, it only made sense to build a house whose walls could stand up to the occasional rough weather. And when you're married to a man who's Mr Concrete himself (17 years with Beran Concrete)... was there ever any other choice?
Our Concrete Cottage is now finished...
I can't wait to have you all come inside and share my craziness as I attempt to turn this "tornado shelter" into a home!!