Life and a Kitchen Remodel

How many of you love learning more about a business or the people behind the business? I know I do. Lately I’ve come to think MAYBE people would like to know more about the people behind this Phillips Tile & Stone operation. One of these days, I’d like to share how this company came about…but that is for a different blog post. Today, I wanted to introduce ourselves quickly and take you on a speedy tour of our kitchen renovation.

My name is Michelle Phillips. I married that cute boy from 7th grade homeroom and we have been married for 8 years. In that 8 years we have started this business, I completed my Master’s in Teaching degree, we’ve had four children, we bought our first and only home we’ve ever known; we have grown in so many ways, as a couple and individually. Whew. That was a quick introduction that could have so many layers if I allowed it, but I’d like to stay on course and get to show you this kitchen remodel.

A little bit about our house. My husband proposed in this house and we closed on it three days before our wedding. The house wasn’t in good condition when we bought it. We were very fresh 25 year olds and starry-eyed about life in general. At least I was. I can’t speak for Trevor.  Here is what our kitchen looked like the day we moved in. kitchen

Yes. This was what we, as newly weds moved into directly after our honeymoon. Thank the Lord for friends and family who came in during our honeymoon and cleaned to make it useable. Talk about an adventure. My in-laws gave us their old refrigerator and bought us a white microwave and dishwasher as a wedding present. I wish there was a picture of the other side of the kitchen, but there isn’t. Mainly because we were overwhelmed with working on a house to make it livable WHILE living there. Have any of you ever tried that? Yes, we could have lived in an apartment and forgone home-owning at the age of 25. However, if you know my husband, you know that he thinks about things like apartment fires and safety, and apartment living wasn’t for him. Trevor is one of a kind. That’s why I married him.

I digress…

The first two years of marriage were a blur, Trevor started his business after the first year of marriage and I started grad school, taking a totally different career path from the Interior Design path I was on. Does anyone remember the market crash in 2008? Yeah, that hurt us all. We also found out during this time we were expecting our first baby! Here was my mother’s day present that year! floor

Now, almost every wife will experience some kind of work perk from their husband. Some get paid work trips, some get clothes, some get coffee. I get the construction labor done for free! 🙂 Underneath the pink and green tiles were three more layers of vinyl, durock, and underlayment. My husband worked hard to make this floor right and isn’t it so pretty!? It’s called a Versailles tile pattern and it is the design inspiration in our logo.

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I know, I’ve taken you on so many rabbit trails to get to our kitchen remodel, but as in everything my whole married life. It comes in stages, just like this blog post. 🙂

Trevor and I live by a cash only philosophy. We have added many small updates to this kitchen over the years and during our Christmas break we decided to go for a larger remodel. In two weeks, with all our family in town and a while taking a break from homeschooling we did a backsplash, drywall, trim and paint update. Here is what our kitchen looks like now!

 

It’s come a long way, baby! I love it. It’s pieced together with love and commitment. We are already looking forward to counter-tops and a stainless steel microwave to complete the existing appliances, but that trusty microwave has been there for us since day one in this house. So, excuse us if we use it until it burns out.

Until next time,

Michelle Phillips

2017

We are just 2 days away from ringing in 2018. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. It’s exciting to think of the possibilities a brand new year can hold. Call me a dreamer, but the thought of another year to chase after dreams and goals has always made me giddy. Our planners have been ordered (the nerd in me geeks out a bit over a nice planner), and we are busy looking forward.

2017 for us was a year of growth. Our business and our family grew. We had our fourth child and have had so much joy watching our first daughter grow and develop. Her brothers adore her and they are so protective of her.

We’ve also expanded our out reach with builders and hope to continue meeting more people around our Omaha area. As far as projects go for 2017, residential projects in the form of remodels and new construction were the biggest base for the Phillips this year. We did add a Salvation Army Camp to our repertoire and had the privilege of being apart of a church’s remodel.

 

One goal of ours in 2018 is to pick up direct commercial work. We are hoping the quality work we do and growing network will help us in getting the Phillips Tile & Stone name out.

Along with working on other’s spaces we continue to chip away on our own home. Our days are filled to the brim with kids, homeschooling, work, church, family and home improvement. Our Master Bath is coming along. The previous homeowners took out the master shower and put a small closet in it’s place. So Trevor has been hard at work putting a shower back in and making that tiny space a bit larger for us; it’s SO close to being done and I cannot wait! I will post before-during-after pictures as soon as it’s completed!

Thank you to everyone who has crossed paths with us in 2017! We deeply appreciate all our clients and we hope you all have a very blessed 2018.

Love,

Trevor and Michelle Phillips

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Cleaning Your Tile Investment

A simple cleaning tip from Phillips Tile & Stone::

Shut the door and run the hot water for a few minutes to steam up the bathroom and loosen dirt. Wipe down the tub and all tile with a scrub brush and some Simple Green (our favorite cleaner). If your grout is stained, rub in some baking soda using a dry grout brush, then rinse.

We know you want to protect your pretty tile. Let us know how this simple cleaning tip worked for you!

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G I V E A W A Y

Head over to our FB page to enter this giveaway!

https://www.facebook.com/PhillipsTileAndStone/giveaway

 

-G I V E A W A Y-
In honor of our first giveaway and upcoming 8 year wedding anniversary we thought we’d have two prizes!

To enter. Like this post. Share this post. Comment with an area of your home or business that could use a remodel!
*For an extra entry tag the person you’d bring along if you won one of the prizes!

What are the prizes? Glad you asked.

P R I Z E #1
Phillips Tile & Stone soft V-neck T-shirt
$25 Chipotle gift card

P R I Z E #2
Phillips Tile & Stone soft V-neck T- shirt
$25 Fandango movie theater gift card

Our two winners will be announced on our anniversary 10/10/2017 right here on our FB page.

Love the space you’re in,
Trevor and Michelle Phillips

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