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Making the outside of our home beautiful and creating curb appeal is very important to me. My love for flowers and landscaping comes from my parents. They had a beautiful yard and my Mom was a florist for 40 years.

This is our second Summer in our home, and last year, we never got around to working on the outside. So, this year, we were determined to get it done.

I’m sharing our step-by-step process with you, hoping I’ll inspire you to create your own curb appeal.

One of the things I love about our home, are the Window Boxes. We knew we wanted to paint, do the landscaping, the planters and window boxes. We have been working for several weeks on the landscaping and painting (well, actually Doug has been doing most of it), and we had some great before pictures. Then I got a new computer, and thought the old computer would last long enough for me to pull all the pictures off, but..well, it didn’t. So we will just have to use what pictures I have.

The front porch and steps were in desperate need of painting, they were a pale pink color. We also wanted the trim to stand out more, so we painted it also. The window boxes got painted the same color as the trim. And we painted the railing black.

We wanted the window boxes to match the style of our home, and not distract from the new painting, so we chose plants that are muted colors, with just a pop of color here and there.

After completing most of the painting, we added some planters and did a few projects.

My little wagon is my favorite, the house numbers were really simple too!

While visiting my Father-in-law several weeks ago, and rummaging around in the barns, (remember, my Chicken Feeder?) Doug found this really cool tricycle.

Isn’t it just darling? Now I just need a little basket in front!

I added my very favorite, Antique Watering Cans filled with impatiens, on the steps.

And Doug created this awesome planter by the door.

And tucked under our Smoke Tree, an old ladder with some of the Birdhouses that my Dad made.

How do you decorate your yard? 

I’m linking to…Celebrating Summer PartySaturday Night Special, Before and After Party

Comments

  1. says

    Love that little bike with the training wheels!! I can remember when our son was learning to ride- he was thrilled when he finally got to take them off and ride “big boy” style. Your house looks comfy, cozy, and very well taken care of. Like the little wagon and all of your accessorizing. I’m “borrowing” the idea of the little step ladder to feature my birdhouses. Thanks for the idea!!
    :-) Sue
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  2. Inez Scheideman says

    Oh my gosh! I want to come visit you and your basement and your sheds! How lucky are you! I just found your site yesterday and LOVE it. I have spent a WONDERFUL morning going through all your pics, editorials, decorating ideas, etc. and just wanted to THANK YOU for starting my day off so great.

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