1. PAINT- Add a fresh coat of paint to your shutters and trim for a pick me up. If you are looking for something more drastic, I am a huge fan of painted brick. Check out Southern Living’s favorite color combos for some exterior inspiration.
2.ADD TRIM- It is all in the details. Adding dentil molding provides instant character.
3.UPGRADE PORCH RAILS- Replace rusty iron railing with Chippendale railing to add southern charm.
4.NEW ROOF- This is a huge expense most homeowners dread. Luckily, replacing an aged roof not only boosts curb appeal, it adds value to your home.
5.FRONT DOOR MAKEOVER- Your front door is the perfect place to make a statement and show some personality.
6.ADD PLANTERS- A great way to incorporate color is with planters full of flowers. I love symmetrical box woods.
7.OUTDOOR LIGHTING- Solar powered path lights are budget friendly and no installation is required.
8.LANDSCAPING- Trimming the bushes and adding some fresh mulch to the mix takes a little effort goes a long way.
9.MAILBOX MAKEOVER- I am going to paint the wooden post and add new numbers. Also, create a small flower bed around it.
10.ADD GREENERY- I love the idea of ivy over the garage or window boxes of low maintenance flowers.
This might be the longest blog post I have ever written. Doug and I are using the holiday weekend to get some work done around our house. I made a list of all the things we needed to do. I am not a fan of yard work so I need all the motivation I can get.
A friendly reminder to all of you friends out there in the Triangle- the Wine, Cheese and $20 Please event is a WEEK AWAY! We’ve booked an amazing space (Spy Raleigh), secured delicious appetizers and desserts from local restaurants (including Humble Pie and Market Restaurant), have a live musician and amazing raffle prizes including a beautiful necklace fromHyla DeWitt. Buy your tickets today!
The thought of opening the windows, blasting some tunes and getting some spring cleaning done makes me feel giddy. Check out this handy checklist, courtesy of The Glitter Guide. Look for a major blog sale in the future. I need to get rid of some of the clutter that has taken over my guest bedroom.
Thanks to Alex, you will get to know 5 random things you do not know about me. It is kind of like a game of "tag, you are it" going around blog world. I think a great word to describe myself would be random, so here it goes...
I can ride a unicycle. I went to a weird elementary school that had no sports. Instead, everyone would get out of the car in the morning with his or her unicycle. Luckily, it did not kill my social life because everyone else was doing it.
I am embarrassed I have a blog. I am not naïve. I am fully aware that for every one person that likes your blog, there are 10 people who think you are an idiot. I did not tell anyone I had a blog for about 2 years (except close friends). Seriously yall, it is kind of dorky and you spend entirely too much time on the internet. I finally decided if I am going to put so much time into it, I am going to own up to it and be proud.
I hate sheets. I never had sheets until I was married. I get tangled up in the middle of the night. Extra step when making bed. I am over them. You can also add Tyra Banks, pumping gas and drying my hair to the list of things I despise.
I have a real job. Obviously, I am not making money from my current blogging situation. It is not that I do not consider blogging a job. If you are making a living from blogging, more power to you! I have never really got into the details on here. My job could not be more opposite from what you see on my blog. I work for Medicaid Disability and it is furthest thing from frivolous. I was planning on working for 2 years and then going back to get my masters in Social Work. I have been here 5 years.
I have a tattoo. The day I turned 18, I got a tattoo on my foot. I took a ton of my friends home with me , so my Mom would not physically injure me. I still do not think my Dad knows about it. Horrible, horrible decision.
I am having some major commitment issues. I usually have no problem picking paint but when it comes to the exterior of our house, I am kind of freaking out. It is going to be a drastic, expensive change and there is no going back.
I have pretty much decided to go with a white/off white body and light shutters. I am not very worried about shutters because they can easily be changed. Picking the body its he scary part.
We are going to add molding to give the house a little character and a pretty vine over the car port.
This has been one of my favorite color schemes so far! There are no links to paint sources.
This is our current situation. Not horrible, but it's not ideal. I have finally stopped applying for HGTV Curb Appeal and accepted the fact we are going to have to do something about it.
We are back from a week long, much needed vacation. We spent the week in Providenciales, which is in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We stayed in a cute VRBO with my husband's parents, my brother-in-law, and future sister-in-law. We ended up spending quite a bit of time at the Gansevoort, which as walking distance. If I ever made a trip back to the island I would 100% set up shop there.
One of my favorite spots was a local beach bar, off the beaten path called Da Conch Shack.
Another highlight of the trip was a sunset sailboat ride that turned into Spring Break 2013.
I had to steal most of the pictures from my future sister-in-law. Unfortunately, the last night while we were out to dinner someone came in our vacation rental and stocked up on electronics, including my cell phone, Kindle and camera. I have to say I felt safe the entire time we were there. Our house was located next to a public beach access and I think we were just unlucky. Thankfully, everyone was alright. I have to admit I am a little bummed they got all of my pictures from the weekend.