Next on the List

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

First of all, thank you for all of the kind responses to our kitchen reveal - it’s always encouraging and exciting to know others enjoy the results as much as we do.

Now that we have finished the kitchen, the question we keep hearing is, “what’s next?”

Our next big project is making a built-in entertainment center in our living room, but it may be a month or two before we begin. Our living room has this one space that is perfect for adding a built-in. Plus, we really could use some storage space for DVDs, games, etc.  We are still working through the details of building the piece, but here are a few of our inspiration photos to give you an idea of what we’re thinking:

(Just for the record, the first built-in picture is my absolute favorite! Granted, ours would be much smaller and we don't have a recessed ceiling.)

source | Cindy Ray Interiors
source | Pinterest - can't find original source (if you know it, please let me know and I'll add it!)
 

Curb Appeal

Thursday, August 1, 2013

 

When we bought our house, we immediately tried to tackle various indoor projects. The only problem is that the landscaping in our front yard was pretty atrocious. In the fall, we finally started working outside. We removed almost all of the plants and started adding a stone border. We did leave five plants so the front wouldn't look completely empty (below). Be sure to note the blinds and the large glass window that needed to be replaced (we knew this when we bought the house).


Early this spring, we started planning out the front yard and the types of plants we wanted. First stop for plants: my grandma's yard. Mema has a beautiful yard could easily be seen in a magazine. She kindly split her striped monkey grass so we could have some. I also went plant shopping with my mom who also has a good eye for landscaping. Apparently it runs in the family!

 
Finally, we were ready to move forward with planting. We are very fortunate to have close friends that love working with landscaping and plants. Eric and Jess came over one Saturday and helped us transform the entire front yard. We removed the remaining plants and added lots of planting soil and mulch. The two of them definitely know what they're talking about when it comes to plants, which was really helpful!
 


A few months later and our front yard is thriving! Our plants have grown so much that we had to remove a few of them. I love driving up and seeing the front of our house! We definitely have come a long way from where we started. Besides the plants, we also replaced the glass and added interior shutters to the bay window.

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