Monday, July 30, 2012

our casa

I remember telling my students that we were moving.  As a curious group of second graders they asked if they could see a picture of our new house.  I pulled one up for my kiddos and I remember several of them saying "It is very old and orange Mrs. G!"  Ha!  Gotta love kids!  

We saw the potential.  Our neighborhood was built in the 60's which meant big trees and we liked that the schools were within walking distance for our beans.

Here is the work we have done so far to our exterior....

When we moved in, the front yard consisted of a maple tree and old yews that lined the front windows. I quickly ripped out the yews by hand and got to work on designing the front beds.  Our front yard garden has been a labor of love for me. 

To cut costs we painted the shutters, front door, and garage doors.  My hubby installed new exterior lights while I spray painted the mailbox and added new house numbers.

We have dreams of one day adding architectural details to the exterior of our house.  I recently came across a cool design site called  This site is geared towards homeowners who want to upgrade their exteriors by adding authentic period details that have been lost over the years.  They have great "green" options as well as a design studio that allows you to create samples for your home.  I am a SUCKER for bringing back the old!!!


Color trends for 2012

Just for funs!

via BHG and Pinterest

Thursday, July 26, 2012

changing it up

I keep this one in my back pocket.  What a good reminder to just rock it out when you are creating!!!

Last fall I started a dry stream bed.

I made some progress this summer but decided that it is the wrong fit for the far corner of the yard. 

Whenever I start a new design plan for myself or for anyone else I start with a good old fashioned sketch like this......

Here are some of the plants I plan on using..... 

  • Feather Reed grass or Switch grass
  • Black-Eyed Susan 
  • False Indigo 
  • Lady's Mantle 
  • Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Coral Bells
  • Lamium
  • Limelight Hydrangea 
  • Beauty Berry

Crazy Crazy BUT I think in time having something full in this nook will feel warm.  I still plan on incorporating the rocks throughout the design.  We will see how it shakes!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

some kitchen details...

 kitchen idea board....

Good old Pinterest!  

Kitchen and living room before...

 The process.......

shaker style cabinets

I went through many whites to find one that was "soft"with not to many blue undertones.  We went with Benjamin Moore's Simply White and I couldn't be happier with it!

The floors are a distressed hickory.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

the reno part 1....

We have been in love with this house ever since we bought it almost 6 years ago.  With the birth of our 2 sweet beans and one more on the way we needed to do some hard thinking!

Should we stay or go???

We thought and thought and thought about our options and though this corky little house is by no means the biggest or easiest of floor plans we just could not say good-bye to it!

So comes ripping out walls, floors, ceiling, and windows to update our 1967 split to fit our growing needs and fam!    

Typical floor room opens to dining room.  The space solution for upstairs...make one big open concept living space.

Old dining room with my paint swatch art  on the walls.

Little door that leads to kitchen.

Another view of living room and front hall...excuse the was just about demo day.

Stairs to upstairs and stairs leading to downstairs family room.

Our lower level family room.  

Our lower level family room...The space up the wall to the basement so that we can see the kids playing.  Next add a mini mud-room in the existing nook between the basement and bathroom doors because this level is our garage access.    

And so it begins....

First floor opened up!  Holy Cow!

This is our new kitchen space.

Wall opened to the basement play area.

Front hall getting a face lift....

To be continued......