Everybody’s YARDworking for the Weekend

The weather is warm and we’re full of energy! Here’s a quick rundown of what we got done around the yard yesterday.

We busted up some remnants of an old fence…

Old Fence Woodpile

We dug out this drain that was covered in grass and dirt, then replaced with river rocks…

River Rock Drain

We tore up a dead bush…

Empty Corner

…and replaced it with some rhododendron…

Rhododendron

…and lava rocks and a hook for a hanging plant…in the future.

New Corner Garden

We planted some flowers (pansies and snapdragons) in another of our garden spaces…

NewGarden

We mulched the crap out of everything…

corner tree

We’ve had a fence door that has been giving us trouble since we moved in. It turns out ants were destroying the support piece of wood holding all of the slats together. We quickly destroyed them (not pictured) and replaced the wood. (also not pictured)

fence door on ground

That one bottom slat was broken pretty good and was only being held on by the ants’ rotten wood. First though, we replaced all of the nails and capped them with a little wood glue.

New Nails

This didn’t look great, so once the glue was dried we headed out to find a paint that would match for touch ups. With a little help from our friend in the paint department at Lowes we were able to color match pretty close. In this photo it hasn’t dried yet, but you get the idea.

Repaired Fence with Touch Up

Repaired Fence with Wood Putty

Even with the new wood in place this hinge was pretty busted up.

Busted Fence Hinge

After a little reshaping of the hinge and the addition of some new locking washers, its as good as new.

Fixed Hinge

In our humble opinions, the door now works better than ever before. No more getting stuck trying to get into or out of the backyard…

Fixed Fence

And now we’ll leave you with these random flowers that have sprouted up in the yard…

Yard Flowers

Bush Flowers

Christmas in the New Place

So with no new projects on the horizon (we’ve got some ideas, but haven’t started executing anything yet…we know, boring, lazy, not entertaining, etc.) and the holidays taking up all of our time, we figured we might share a quick post about what Christmas is like here in our new place!

As you know, I’m a big huge gigantic fan of Christmas. This is due, in part, to the fact that I was born on Christmas day. I know, ‘it’s amazing’, right? Joking aside, Christmas is super important to me. You can read all about my crazy obsession with Christmas tree ornaments here.

Now that we have so much more space, my Christmas decorating has been taken to a whole new level (of crazy)!

We have a bay window in the living room and a bow window in the kitchen now. These are two fantastic new places to add decorations that we couldn’t have otherwise accommodated in the past. I made a little pine, berry and candle/lantern display for the kitchen window:

DIY Christmas display, pine and berries DIY Christmas display in the kitchenI added my mom’s classic manger display to the bay window in the living room right next to the tree:

Christmas manger display

We also now have a mantle on our fake (it’s electric…boogie, woogie, woogie) fireplace, so of course I had to spruce this up with some lights, and some familiar old decorations that just didn’t really have a proper spot in the old place. I’ve got to admit, even though it’s a fake fireplace I am SO excited about this because we can actually hang our stockings by the chimney – with care, of course. 😉

As you saw in one of our previous new house/old house comparison posts (click here) we still have our coffee bar. However, there just so happens to be a very handy electrical outlet right above the mug rack, so I took full advantage of this by adding a little light display here too!

Coffee bar Christmas light display

Of course we still have our tree, but now with the added space and bay window, we thought this would be a great opportunity to make the tree even more of a focal point. In our old house, we really had no choice but to kind of stuff the tree in the corner next to our couch. Now, we have the tree right in the window for all to see. So this makes for a nice display looking in from the outside and also a way better setup for enjoying the tree on the inside of the house. Don’t mind my fun Instagram filters. :-)

Christmas tree (old house)Christmas tree (new house)

And of course, our outside display is still just as fun. We are thinking we will probably add to this as years go by, but this is a good start for our first year in the new place (pardon the low lighting in these quick cell phone snaps). We also have these fun bushes now that we spiraled some lights around!:

Outdoor Christmas light displayOutdoor Christmas light display

How do you use your space to decorate for the holidays? Head over to our Facebook page to let us know!

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This and That

Long time no post! Summer has been dragging us in many different directions; it’s wedding season, time to hit the beach and just so hectic in general. We can’t slow down! However, we have a few mini projects on the horizon around the house..

We have this delightful little corner at the end of our kitchen cabinets, right before the entryway to the house and around the bend is the hallway. The previous owner had a huge fish tank that fit perfectly in this space. Nothing against fish, but I was looking for a much better use of this little space!

I just have a quick after photo, but check out what we’ve done here:

DIY and home improvement style

  1. This shelf holds a bit of history for us (and some knickknacks of course). It was an ugly brown shelf once – in our old house – when our mantra was “down with brown”. We painted it white and then brought it with us to the new place.
  2. The stool was a quick Target purchase. We’re using it as a spot to place our bags, but it could easily double as a seat when entertaining several guests.
  3. The basket also came from Target (love that place)! You can never have too much storage, especially stylish storage!

I think all that’s missing from this little corner now is a few hooks. I could see a few specialty hooks right below the shelf. Even if they go unused, they would at least be artsy and fun to look at. We’ll see what we can find!

We also have a bit of a bedroom re-style going on. Here’s a snap of our old bedroom setup/style for reference:

Our remodeled bedroom

We know we want to re-do our “headboards” (not pictured above, but they are currently just plain black), get some new curtains and a new duvet + pillow cases. We started with the easy part – the new bedding. We loved our old bedding, but it just doesn’t go quite right with our beloved Wavescrest. So, we opted for a lighter-hued subtle print from West Elm:

West Elm BeddingMy thought process here is to keep everything light and airy. My plan for the curtains is similar and my idea for re-doing the headboards is to switch out the black that went with the old style, to something big, bright, bold and floral. I want to keep the patterns and colors within the bedding and curtains subtle so I can really play with the headboards, but I don’t want to go all drab either. We’ve been impulse buying tons of curtains, trying them out and returning them. I have a few on the way – hopefully one will be a winner!

Check back for my next post to see what we ended up with for our bedroom curtains!