Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A few of my favorite things

Don't worry, I'm not here to belt out the song from Sound of Music. I'll leave that to the professionals.  Anyways, sorry I have been slow in posting lately.  We have had so much going on and little time to sit and share with you all.  Hopefully that will change in the next couple of weeks.
We have a couple projects we are hoping to get caught up with and I'm really excited to share them with you.  So, stay tuned!

Since a lot of my projects are half done, I thought I would just take some time to give you a little bit of a taste of some things that I have been crushing on lately.

Succulents!  If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I recently planted some succulents to add to our home.  I have been having a lot of fun with these and hope to add more to my collection soon.  My house has become a death row if you will for all other plant life.  I can't seem to keep anything alive, between my over/under watering them and my cats eating them.  (Sorry plants, I really do like you)  Crossing my fingers that I can keep these alive otherwise I'll have to stick to faux plants.  If that's the case, this faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Branch will be at the top of my list.

Aren't these 2 lovely! Not sure if the link is correct.
My next crush is plate walls.  There are so many different styles and configurations that you can use.  And, you can create one no matter what size wall you have.  You can go bold and bright or neutral and monochromatic or a mix of both.  These are a great way to add color and texture to your walls.  I have been slowly collecting some plates that I can use for the plate wall I am planning to put up someday.  Most of the plates I've found have been between $2-$5 each, which is super cheap for wall decor.

And for my last crush for today.  Wallpaper.  I know what you are going to say.  Believe me, my parent's house was covered in wallpaper.  Thankfully no matching curtains.  But, wallpaper has come a long way from 10-20 years ago.  It is making a big come back and I'm thrilled.  I always loved it when my mom came home with sample books that we got to look through.  Murals are also a big thing and I would love to incorporate one in my house someday.  Both can make a big impact in a big or small space.  They can be a bit pricier than what you may think, but don't let that hold you back.
Check out these awesome spaces.

LOVE this!

Well, there you have just a little taste of some of my favorite things. I could really add a dozen more things to this list, but I'll save some for another post. Spoiler alert: You may be seeing the plate wall and wallpaper on the blog again soon!  Do you have a favorite one from my list?  What are your current faves?  

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lighted Address Sign

I wanted to do a little highlight for you guys on one of the new features we installed on our house along with the new doors.  

So, picture this.  You’re driving to someone’s house for the first time, maybe it’s for a party, maybe to meet up to carpool, or delivery a pizza.  The road is dark and all the houses look the same.  Try as you might, you can’t find the house, the addresses are not visible or they are too small to see clearly.  Anyone with me?? I actually dread trying to find a new house in the dark.

This was the problem we were having.  Our house is one of many brick houses on our street, including the house next to us.  We really wanted to make our address stand out and be clearly visible to people.  I did a lot of research online and on Pinterest for a lighted address sign.  A couple different items caught my eye but we really like one item the best.  

If you know anything about my husband, you know that he is all about researching and reviewing anything before he buys it.  We loved that it was LED, which meant it wouldn't use up a lot of electricity.  They are weatherproof and the LEDs last up to 50,000 hours.  After reviewing their website we knew this was exactly what we were looking for!

We looked through the options and decided on which one we liked.  I loved that we could pick out the frame and background colors and choose what font we wanted our numbers to be.  We emailed them to request a preview of what our colors and font would look like. Once we got the proof, we went ahead and ordered it!  Within less than 2 weeks our sign came in.  We hired an electrician to install it for us along with a couple other projects.  The electrician was really interested in the sign as well, and had not seen it before.

We’ve had the sign up now for a couple weeks and love it.  It’s been fun coming home when it’s dark, seeing that address sign all lit up.  We keep ours on all the time but you could get a timer for it, so you don’t have the light on during the day.  The price of the sign was about $150 and you’ll want to remember to add in the cost for any installs.  This may seem like a lot but it us it was worth the money to have such a well made product that would last a very long time.

Doesn’t it look great!  I can’t stop saying how much I love it and how I love the that it’s a pretty unique product.  I’m sure the more people that see these, the more houses will have them.  No more straining to see addresses!

Pardon the really bad lighting.  I'm not a professional.

If you are interested in getting one for yourself and have questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you!

*I was not asked to write about our experience with AddressLED, I just loved the product.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

New Door Reveal

So, I left you guys hanging last week with the promise of showing off our new front door and side door.  The doors were installed on Tuesday and so far we are loving them.  In case you don't remember the front door, here is a little refresher.

Old, gross door
They side door has made big impact, as the old door had no windows.  We now have a half circle window in that door and we finally get light in the small area off the kitchen.  The front door is great as well.  The windows let in lots of natural light and yet still give us the privacy we want.

We also got a new screen door for the front.  I love having the front door open so I can get even more light and air flow into the house.  We went with a light grey/taupe color for this door and we will eventually be painting the rest of our trim to match this.  The blue door gives a nice fresh pop of color and the windows are gorgeous!  

We also removed the wall mounted mail box and put in a new mail box and post.  Our old mail box was small, dented and gross.  Since we get a lot of packages and we do not have a covering over the front door, we thought the least we could do was get a bigger mail box.  We also had an electrician come in and install a LED lighted address sign.  This is such a cool piece.  It stays on 24/7 and just plugs into an outlet.  No one should have a problem finding our house anymore!

While the electrician was working on a couple things, I spent the afternoon in the front planting some hostas.  We pulled out the bushes in the front a couple months ago and I've have the hostas just chilling outside until I had enough time to plant them.  Yesterday I added a couple of delphinium under the window for a little color and height.  

While it's not where I want things to be yet, we've made a lot of progress giving our house some needed curb appeal.
What do you think of the difference? I am still on the search to add a tree to the area next to the driveway.  We have some power lines that we need to stay away from so that limits me to the size of tree I can put there.  Any suggestions on a nice, flowering tree that would work in that space?

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Bondo and the doors

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post.  Sorry guys!  Things have been nuts-o around here.  I keep thinking all the stuff I have to do is going to slow down but it's been the opposite.  I'm home tonight feeling a little crumby and pretty tired, but hoping I can get plenty of rest tonight.

This is a really big week at our little house.  We are having new exterior doors installed, both front and side doors.  As well as getting a couple of electrical projects done.  I feel like tomorrow is Christmas, except I know what I'm getting and I'm the one buying it.

These doors have been on our to-do list from the day we closed on the house.  They are don't open and close well, they're drafty and just in all around bad condition.  And, if you can see from the picture, we have bondo on our door frame.  I'm sure bondo works well for cars and the like, but I really have hated that red patch on my door frame.

I really want my house to be warm and inviting and these doors do not show that.  These doors say, look at the abuse I've taken.  These doors look like they've gone through a lot.  With everything that this house has had to take, I really just want to love on it and bring it back to it's former glory.  I want it to look loved and cared for.  I want to erase the neglect and make it shine.  

So, tomorrow we will be saying good bye to these two doors and hello to a new look and new feel.  I hope you are excited to see the transformation!

Stay tuned.....

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