Spring Front Porch

Thanks everyone for your kind comments on our new entryway. Guess what? Our entryway, isn't the only room that's been getting spruced up for Spring...come check out our new Spring front porch. 

You can always tell when the weather starts to warm up because our door mat curls at the edges - but I'm happy to deal with this tripping hazard in exchange for some outdoor time. All of a sudden the house seems twice the size and all our outdoor spaces seem to need attention at the same time. 

Starting small and keeping it simple on the front porch this Spring I've created a little seating spot with our thrifted bent-wood chair, wicker planter filled with a boston fern and the pineapple finial. Add in a bright pop of complimentary color in the throw cushion and I'm calling it a day. 

How about you - what outdoor spaces are you working on at the moment? This weekend we are tackling the screened-in porch. Can't wait!

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Christmas Outside 2012

Another mild, but grey and rainy weekend here. Temperatures are scheduled to drop at the end of the week, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for a white Christmas. Fortunately, all this mild weather has been great for tweaking our outdoor displays. 

See, wouldn't this picture of our house look so much better with a little snow on the ground? Yeah, I think so too. Soon, hopefully.

At least getting out the big ladder wasn't such a task this year, so we went ahead and hung wreaths in the windows and on the chimney breast. The last time we hosted, 4 years ago, we had wreaths in our windows and I've missed it since. So happy to have them up again. 

Taking inspiration from the last image in my inspiration post, I decided to pull out all the stops this year and do a bit of everthing. 
Garland - check

Sled - check

Tree - check

And, lights - of course, we have lights! Seeing the house all lit up at night is truly one of my favorite things of the holiday season. 

Happy to have the outside decorations complete. With everything going on this time of year, we're happy to have that checked off the list. I also tackled the Christmas cards this weekend (no, not sending ours out yet - still waiting to get them delivered!). And got a head start on the baking. 

How did you spend your weekend? Whatever you did, I hope you enjoyed. 

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A Fall Welcome {front porch}

First, I'd like to send out a heartfelt thanks to everyone for the super nice comments on our master bedroom reveal. Like I've said to most of you, that revamp really tested my patience, but we are thrilled with the results and even more thrilled to be moving onto different projects around the house!

So, as the plans for our dining room start taking shaping, I thought I'd share a quick update to our fall front porch. After all, following the keys debacle, I kind of left you {and me} hanging with an unfinished porch. 

Well, upon my mother's strong suggestion, I replaced the rattan plant stand with our existing white wicker stand. Of course, it didn't help that every time the wind blew the fern fell off the other stand. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Onward and upward...

I found these great purple grasses at a local grocery for a steal. They helped set the tone for the whole porch. Of course, you know how I love using purple for Fall anyway. But this year, because the cooler temperatures seem to be coming earlier and I'm not quite ready to give up the idea of warmer days, I decided to incorporate a bit of yellow. 

Yellow mums and purple sweet potato vine fill out the planter. I'm really loving the bright yellow paired with the darker purple - it's a fun combination that's working for this transitional season. 

Happy Fall ya'll!

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I'd planned a big reveal of our fall themed front porch today, but something got in the way. Life. It certainly doesn't always go according to plan. No, nothing monumental happened. I just locked myself out of the house.

Today was Miss T's first full day of Junior Kindergarten and in the hubbub of getting out the door with the two kids, rain coats, umbrellas, wellies, handbag, etc, I just closed the door while my keys hung helplessly inside. It happens. 

I borrowed the neighbors car, dropped her off at school, called a locksmith - an hour and a half later, Baby E and I were back inside. An expensive mistake that I will definitely learn from. Thank goodness for the kindness of good neighbors. 

I was so looking forward to my 2.5 hours of free time, which I had hoped to spend in search of a couple of finishing touches for my fall porch reveal, but alas they'll have to wait until later. 

So, today I'm sharing our porch with just a hint of fall - yellow mums nestled snuggly in a wooden apple crate. Life goes on even without the perfect porch :) Meanwhile, I'll be passing out spare keys. 

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Musical Chairs

"I thought of a new place for your chairs", my very excited Mom exclaimed when I picked up the phone a couple of days ago. 

I didn't even know I was looking for a new home for said chairs, but ok, I'm open to suggestions. Let's hear it. 

"In your bedroom, next to the bed", she says. 

Hmmm. Interesting. I do already have two chairs and a loveseat in my room, but I don't have anything next to the bed. And I do miss having that little spot to throw the 'I'm too lazy to put my clothes away at the end of the day' clothes. 

So, in one chair goes. Add a borrowed pillow from the loveseat...and we're giving it a try. 

Mr. DD walks in and says, "what's this doing in here?" His tone says, 'it looks ridiculous'. 

But, I kind of like it. A bit of an unexpected twist, which I really do believe every room needs. Otherwise, it just starts to look too designed. If you know what I mean. 

I also like how the chair acts like a mini divider from the bedroom and the dressing area. 

You guessed it - the chair is staying, at least for now. 
One never knows what the future will hold. 
Plus, with fall in the air, I've now got an excuse to update the front porch. Always love a good excuse. 

Thanks, Mom, for your chair brainstorm.

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