Designing our new home with Drees

My family and I are building our dream home and we are thrilled to take you along on this journey with us!

We are so excited to be designing our new home with Drees and today I’m sharing all about our design center experience!

Designing our new home with Drees

First a little back story on why we picked Drees. When it comes to building homes, experience says a lot. Drees Homes has been family owned and operated since 1928. The company is getting ready to celebrate its 95th year in business!

My parents built a house with them 10 years ago and they truly build beautiful quality homes! You can read more about this dream of ours and how it came to life here!

We not only loved the customized options, but we loved how their build process worked. Especially the design center part! Their purpose: Enriching lives by making dream homes easy.

Sign us up! We got the perfect lot and fell in love with one of their floor plans that we knew was the one for us! (More on that to come!)

Designing our new home with Drees

Once we went under contract, the process of the design center fun began! One thing that we liked about this is that it was truly a “one stop shop” for everything we would need to pick out for our home. No running around from this flooring store to that one, this tile shop, etc. The Drees design center had it all!

Designing our new home with Drees

*This post is sponsored by Drees, however all opinions are my own. We set out to build our dream home and then later entered into a formal paid partnership with them.*

There are 2 main design selection appointments with a designer who is dedicated to helping you through the process, however we were able to go several Saturday’s leading up to those appointments to browse and begin to get ideas. Anthony and I took FULL advantage of those days and it was truly so beneficial and something I would highly recommend doing.

I was truly in my happy place on these Saturday’s spent at the design center!

I will say this though, even though decorating is my passion…designing a new home is a whole new world for me! Some things I knew right away the “look” I wanted, because of course I spent hours on Pinterest and had been dreaming of this for years!

Other things definitely had me a little stumped. To be able to match tile with flooring, with counters and backsplash…that is where I am SO thankful that Jen our designer came in to the picture. She was able to help guide us in those big decisions that didn’t come so easy to me. She was so knowledgeable and made the process smooth, easy and FUN! You can read more about Jen here!

One thing I loved was being able to physically see everything we were selecting for our house in one spot. I am such a visual person, so this really helped me visualize how things would look together in our home. We would play and mix and match until we found the perfect combo each time!

Read more about their one stop shop design center process here!

Here are some selections we landed on for a few different areas!

For me, the hardest decision was the backsplash in the kitchen. May sound silly, but I changed my mind at least 999 times. In the end, I ended up going with something classic and timeless. A long matte subway type tile. (Which I can’t wait to share what I’m doing with the pattern of it!) I feel SO good about this choice because of the guidance of Jen at the design center.

Designing our new home with Drees
Kitchen selections- hardwood floors, white main cabinets, gray island, white quartz counters, matte subway tile, black hardware and a wood hood!

Building a home can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. At Drees Homes, they understand that choosing a new home is one of the most important decisions homebuyers will ever make. They take the worry out of the process so homebuyers can concentrate on what matters most: seeing their dream of a Drees home come to life!

You can read more about the Drees Home story here!

We had such a great experience at the Drees design center and with our designer Jen. She went above and beyond to make sure we got everything we wanted and were happy with all of our selections! We were thrilled at our last appointment about our exterior selections and how those all came together. I’m getting my white brick house I’ve wanted for so long!

Designing our new home with Drees
Designing our new home with Drees
Are you ready to hear the best part?! Now that all of the big decisions have been made we can sit back and enjoy the process of watching our new home being built…a literal dream come true for my family!

We will be watching this dirt turn into a dream and we can’t wait for you to go along on this journey with us as we share our story of building our new home with Drees.

Designing our new home with Drees

Stay tuned, because I will be doing a FB Live from the Nashville based Drees Design Center on Wed. October 5th at 1pm CST showing you even more behind the scenes of how the process works, what we selected and how we made those decisions. Are you ready for the fun ahead?! We sure are and are so glad you’re here!

Until next time…
Stacey

*This post is sponsored by Drees, however all opinions are my own. We set out to build our dream home and then later entered into a formal paid partnership with them.*

100 Comments

  1. Jan Thomas

    Very excited for you!

    • Lori Perna

      Looks amazing and sounds like an awesome process! Can’t wait to see the progress!

      • Lorrie Deering

        Stacey, you are an inspiration to all. So excited for you and your family!! Can’t wait to see the final results and “move in day”!!

      • Pamela Mitchell

        Looks like you’ve made beautiful choices!!! 👏😀
        I’ve never had the pleasure of building an entire house (only additions and remodeling) so I’m excited that you are talking us along with you!

        • Stacey Collins

          Thanks for being here for it!

      • Debbie Wright

        I am so excited for you and your family! Love watching the progress and cant wait to see it completed. Love all your selections!

    • Shandra Reid

      Sounds like a great & pleasant experience!!! So happy for you!

    • Judy Lamar

      I love all your choices. It’s going to be beautiful.
      I’m more OCD I think.
      I would have to have the whole home consistent throughout. I would only have a different look maybe in the master bed and bath. Wish I were more creative like u.

    • Julie

      So very excited for you and your Family, on watching you build your dream home.

      • Ruth Cobb

        This is all so exciting. Congratulations on your new home. Thanks for bringing us along on your journey! We will be learning a lot from you through this process!

  2. Judy Cline

    Stacey, this is so wonderful. In 1987 my hubbyand I went through alot of what you are going through. We bought a parcel of land that we knew we wanted to put a house on. We found a builder that we trusted. And found a floor plan that we loved. Started building and we are still in our home today!! I’m excited to read all about your journey.

    • Stacey Collins

      LOVE THAT!! Thank you!

    • Janet Stinchcomb

      I love hearing about your new home experience and cannot wait to see everything come together!

  3. Marcia Bidwell

    So excited for you and your family!! Looking forward to following your progress! Thank you for sharing.

    • Linda

      So excited for you and your family. I can’t wait to continue watching you and your journey.

    • Ruth Cobb

      This is all so exciting. Congratulations on your new home. Thanks for bringing us along on your journey! We will be learning a lot from you through this process!

  4. Valerie

    Your house is going to be beautiful! Following you on your blog is exciting.

  5. Kellie

    So fun!! Can’t wait to see what you pick out!!

    • Stacey Collins

      Thanks girl!!

    • Laurie Smith

      House is beautiful

  6. Kimberly Baker

    Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  7. Jerri Kiser

    Stacey I love all your selections. Thank you for sharing your home building journey with us! I can’t wait to see the house once completed!

  8. Teresa McBrayer Sunderland

    Love the colors.Especially the kitchen and master bathroom. So excited for you all.

    • Stacey Collins

      Thanks!

    • Xochitl Lizardi

      Congratulations Stacy and family. I’m beyond excited that you are taking us with you on this journey with you. It is a blessing to have your dream come true. Enjoy every moment of it. I’m learning so much as I never knew of this process of who or where to go and this makes it interesting for me in wanting to learn more about this. I can’t wait to see you all on the moving in day. My heart will be following you through this journey 🙏🏻❤️ Be blessed and enjoy it all 🥰🤗🎉❤️🙏🏻

  9. Janice Heyman

    I’m soo excited for you and your family Stacey Yarbrough Collins! You guys have made some amazing choices for your new home. I’d never be able to pick one favorite choice you’ve made other than your choice of Drees Homes for starters! Can’t wait to follow your journey!

    • Stacey Collins

      You’re so sweet! thank you!!

  10. Debora

    Love the selections you made for your new home!

  11. Melissa Gaston

    LOVE it all!!! I’m a visual person too. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

    • Stacey Collins

      Yessss, girl! Thanks!

  12. Kay Wall

    Love the designs you chose. They will look awesome in your beautiful new house.

    • Debbie Vernor

      Thank you for sharing. All of your choices are sure to be beautiful. So happy and excited to see it all come together and the future progress of the build. Seeing the beams start to go up was so exciting.

  13. Linda Black

    Good things come to those who wait. You deserve it. I’m so excited for you and your family. Thank you for sharing all the things.

    • Stacey Collins

      Appreciate that so much!

  14. Beth Neal

    What a wonderful dream come true! It sounds like an amazing way to make all of these important decisions; especially if you aren’t a decorator.

    • Brenda Mosier

      Wow. Everything you picked out is beautiful. I love it. Can’t wait to see the completed house.

  15. Lou Roberg

    I don’t think there could be anything I didn’t like. I love the cupboards. The floor and especially the different tiles. I don’t think I could choose. It’s going to be beautiful Stacy. I’m so excited for the Collins family!!

    • Stacey Collins

      You’re so sweet..thanks!

  16. Kay Wall

    Great choices. I love the colors and designs you have chosen.

  17. Carol Starkie

    Stacey I am so excited for you and your family. I can’t wait to see all the pretty things come together for your beautiful home.

  18. Jessica

    I’m so excited to follow along on this journey with you. The Drees process looks streamlined and lots of fun. Best wishes on this new adventure!

  19. Becky Nix

    I can’t wait to see it once it really gets going….thanks for taking us along on your journey. I know you & your family are so excited about this next chapter in your lives.

  20. Melanie

    Such an exciting time for your family. The design center sure is a convenience. Also, having a designer available to help with recommendations or suggestions is great! Can’t wait to follow your story.

  21. Lisa Giles

    Stacey I can’t wait to see all your beautiful choices turn into a gorgeous home!!! Thanks for allowing us to follow along on this great journey! Congratulations to you & your family with y’all’s dream home!!

    • Stacey Collins

      Thanks! Can’t wait!

  22. Wendy

    I love this so much, being able to see through your posts on the building of your new home for yourself and your family!! Love experiencing this along with you.

    • Stacey Collins

      You’re so sweet, thanks!

  23. Celina Salazar

    What an exciting time! We built a house 15 years ago and I would have loved to have had a one stop shopping place to choose everything! It would have been less overwhelming! Enjoy the process and I can’t wait to see the completed project!

    • Stacey Collins

      Yes, it truly helped save time and make it less stressful!

    • Amy Humphries

      How amazing! A dream come true for you and your family. So many beautiful choices made. I cannot wait to see it all come together. Congrats on building your dream home and having a great team to help with the process! ❤

  24. Patricia

    Building a home seems so exciting. Having a builder that really cares makes all the difference. I can’t wait to follow and watch as your dream home comes to life!

    • Stacey Collins

      So true! Thanks!

  25. Julie

    I love everything you’ve picked out. My favorite is the rustic plank flooring for your master bathroom and the tile for the guest bathroom, The blue is gorgeous and I’m not even a blue person. Being able to see and touch everything that will be in each room in the design center is a great idea and is so helpful. It would be hard for me to visualize every room and who has time to run store to store trying to find a sample of something. I cannot wait to see your dream come to life. I’m so excited for you and your family, thanks for taking us on the journey with you!!

    • Stacey Collins

      Yes, that was truly so helpful! And thank you SO much!

  26. Sue Murrell

    Thanks for taking us along on this journey with you. Very happy for your family. It’s going to be beautiful.

  27. Jerri Hines

    I can’t wait to see how it all pulls together. You’re going to make some lovely family memories in your beautiful new home. Excited for you and your family!

    • Stacey Collins

      Can’t wait to start making those memories!

  28. Bj Birmingham

    So excited for your family. The time will go by fast. I moved in my new home in 2007! It is so much fun seeing the progress. So glad you have a great team to work with!!

  29. Lori

    Excited to see this journey from being to end!

  30. Gwen Long

    Can’t wait to see more. It’s going to be beautiful!!

  31. Mary McClure

    Thanks for taking us along on your journey. So excited for all things to come together. Congrats!!!

  32. Jacque Lindsey

    Love everything you have chosen. Can’t wait to see everything come together. Can’t wait to continue this journey with you.

  33. Bonny Stotler

    Love all the things your picking. Can’t wait to see the finished house. Lots of great memories will be made there.

  34. Linda Schattinger

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see the finished project! I’m sure it will be gorgeous!!

  35. Christine Simeone

    My first home I built was with Drew’s in Cincinnati. I was very happy with my home for the many years I lived there. So excited for your family. When it is finished I expect you will have many years of enjoyment with quality work performed.

    • Stacey Collins

      So cool! Love it!

  36. Cathi Alexander

    Can’t wait to watch the progress and see the finished project!

  37. Rhonda Johnson

    This is so exciting! I’m happy for yall and hope yall enjoy every minute of all the planning and building and then have a blessed life in your new home 💗. Keep sharing! I’m loving getting to watch your dream come true.

    • Stacey Collins

      Thank you SO much!

  38. Michele Brown

    I love your selections! I can’t wait to see it all come together. So exciting!!

  39. Melissa Van Note

    Your decorating taste is so clean & elegant, I know you new home will continue to reflect you great style. Can’t wait to see the progress! Keep up the great job!

  40. Melissa

    I love that the products are large so u can really see what they would look like in your home. The homes look amazing.

  41. Donna Davison-Dmith

    So excited for you and your family, I’m certain it will be beyond beautiful!

  42. Trula Saeger

    Stacey, I am so happy for you and your family. It is wonderful to have people that guide you in choosing the colors, designs and materials. This can be so overwhelming. Glad that they made it easy for you. It will be fun to watch the progress.

    • Stacey Collins

      Yes, it was so helpful! And thanks!

  43. Donna

    Stacey
    I am so excited for you. What an amazing adventure to be on. You guys have worked very hard to get where you are today. You deserve it. Thank you for sharing this with us. I’m looking forward to seeing the journey of this amazing home being built. Congratulations.

    • Stacey Collins

      You’re too kind! Thanks!

  44. Cathy Dexter

    Love the color selections. Excited to see each step of this project. Congratulations to you and your family

  45. Robin Corbin

    Oh Stacey, What beautiful selections yall have made, that Blue has got me thinking of some decorating changes LOL……So Excited for you all !!!…..it seems to be moving right along YAY YAY YAY !!!

    • Heather

      Your choices are beautiful and when completed will be a stunning home for your family

  46. Penny Fitzpatrick

    Stacey, this sounds so exciting and I love the “fun” quest bathroom color selection. Everything looks fantastic! What a cool idea of a one stop design center.

    • Stacey Collins

      yes! thank you!!

  47. Cynthia

    Love everything you picked out. It’s going to be a beautiful home, So happy for you and your family.

  48. Paula Webb

    Awesome post. I’m so excited for your journey and being able to follow it through Wilshire.
    Their houses are beautiful.

  49. Debbie Wright

    I am so excited for you and your family! Love watching the progress and cant wait to see it completed. Love all your selections!

  50. Sherrie

    I am so excited for you! Your home is going to be beautiful! You have made great selections I can’t wait to see the end result!

  51. Kristy McNamara

    I have always wanted to build my own house so it’s very exciting following along while you do yours. Very happy for you and glad to be able to watch your house come to life!

  52. Mitzi Davidson

    So very exciting. I’m looking forward to watching the progress and seeing it finished. So happy for you and your family. You are building memories before you even move in. I love it!!!

  53. Diane Pratt

    I love your choices in each room!! So hard to pick a favorite. I think my favorites are the master bath floor and EVERYTHING about the kitchen!!

  54. Cinda Norman

    Love your selections!! Especially love the fact that you aren’t using the exact same color scheme in each room. Your selections blend beautifully, but they’re different enough to create interest. My favorite so far is the guest bath flooring. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  55. Toni

    Stacey, first- thank you for taking us with you on this journey. How fun to feel the excitement and even the stress of making the right selections for your family. I love the pattern tile, the gold , and the kitchen selections. I too would have been there every Sat in addition to the 2 major design appointments. It sounds like Jen was a blessing. Ready for the next step! Dirt, then concrete, and now wood (lumber) never looked so good, has it? 😂

  56. Margaret

    Huge smile here as I can “read” the excitement you feel !! I love everything you chose to make your “HOME SWEET HOME”…I’ll keep the popcorn stocked and look forward to sharing your journey !!

  57. Karen

    It is such a fun process! Thank you for bringing us along for the ride. Love all of your selections and can’t wait to see that land transform into your beautiful home!

  58. Janis

    Awesome Choices. You have done a great job picking out everything and it is all going to be gorgeous.

  59. Janet Poley

    It is so exciting to follow you along this dream and journey of yours! I actually went to Drees website and my gosh the houses they build are amazing! If I ever moved to Tennessee and had a house built I would out question use this company. Besides the beautiful homes they build your endorsement for the company is enough for me.

  60. Kathy H.

    Congratulations! We just went through the same experience this past year…picked out all the finishings a year ago in August and finally moved in to our new home this past May. We went with white kitchen cabinets and a grey island too! We also used the grey in the bathrooms. It was a long process for us. I’m glad it’s all over and hope your experience goes faster than ours did. Thanks for sharing your process…can’t wait to see your end results!

  61. Valerie Arnett

    Excited to be along for the ride on your family’s journey from start to finish! It’s difficult to choose one favorite….but I do love the flooring and backsplash! Stacey, Anthony and you made beautiful choices for your dream home!

  62. Joy

    So so excited for y’all and this is something so special. So happy you are sharing this with us. I have never planned out and had a home built but your making the process look so exciting and fun and with your decorating it will be amazing can’t wait to see more.

  63. Christine Kline

    Going to be amazing, love your choices. Know you’ll add color and personality everywhere. I especially love the bold color choices for cabinets in the bathrooms and can’t wait to see it all come together.

  64. Carleen Arinello

    I love all your selections. I would love to build a home from the ground up. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I am so excited to see it built for not only us but for your family. I love the wood and white brick for the outside — truly classy. Just like you.