I am so sorry that I haven't posted a blog in a couple of weeks! I've been recovering from strep, ear infections, sinus infections and POLLEN (my springtime nemesis)! Not to mention the incredible amount of work coming in!!
Seeing the yellow veil on everything started to get me a little excited though, because, with the big pollen drop comes the onslaught of spring! Even though EVERYTHING is covered in this mucky, sticky yellow dust, new life is emerging...Tulips, Daffodils, Bradford Pears, Dogwoods, and one of my personal spring favorites the wild Wisteria Vines are in full bloom.
With Springtime, comes the need to be outside. I love to sit on our front steps to watch Miss Georgia chase squirrels and throw sticks at my feet and I also LOVE to plant and tend gardens.
This week I wanted to share some of my design ideas that we are planning on using to get our yard and exterior in tip top shape over the course of a couple of years...(it's almost an acre, so it can be a little more than the two of us can handle for one season :))
Below are a couple of pictures of our yard before...
We have actually done a TON of re-painting and have taken out most of the overgrowth already. Stay tuned for more picture updates over the summer!
Landscape and Gardening Ideas
Thinking of hanging these on the back of the house and filling them with shade loving plants and a combination of herbs.
Metal window boxes to match the new entry we are working on later this spring.
I was intrigued by this image...I have a shed and it needs a new roof soon. Hmmmm.
Desperately needing to replace our pathway to the front door. Here is a gorgeous stone-stepped pathway. This image is from of Stephen R. Holt Architects.
Driveway paving stones. We are contemplating doing this to our driveway, path from driveway and our sidewalk. I love the color and texture in these slate paving stones.
Landscape lighting is also a must! We are going to try and light up the path to the front door and our driveway this year, in addition to the new sconces going on the front and back of the house!
The following pictures are some of the types of plants that we are going to be able to use because of the lack of sunlight in both the front and back yards...Peonies (My FAVORITE flower), Hostas, and Lillie of the Valley are some of the beauties that we can use in our forest!
Entryway Curb Appeal
This is the concept that we are working on so that we can have a covered entry. I LOVE the large columns and the heavy trim details. It fits perfectly with the traditional style of our home.
The lighting is one of the finishing touches. Here is the light fixture that we chose to go on either side of our new front door. It is the Cambridge Sconce from Restoration Hardware.