I have done some research for Italianate houses with shutters. Some windows have shutters, some do not. But I was hard pressed to find one with a tower and with shutters. Most all I saw had the cupola on top of a square house with shuttered windows.
Al this being said and considered, I am still up in the air on which choice. The kit had shutters, so that is why I originally planned for them. But, of course, the windows were plain. So the shutters dressed up the house quite a bit. I will live with it for a while before making a final decision.
I am working on "mortaring" the foundation (tinted joint compound). I have real mini mortar, but discovered in doing the chimneys, it dries too fast, and was very difficult to work with. I should have known to work with what I know (joint compound).
Thank you EVERYONE for the input and compliments! I really do appreciate them. As we all get, sometimes it is frustrating and you think, what you are working on does not look good. Our group of encouragers/enablers really helps!
Oh yes, on the interior, it is bare at the moment. There are only floors, no interior walls. I will make my decisions on that and put in the walls after I prime and start the wiring. Pictures will come on that soon!