I can’t believe I am writing a post about my back porch. After going to our always fun and exciting National Night out Tuesday, I realized how much our neighbors have kept a close eye on our corner bungalow over the years. After adding boulders and landscaping to the back yard, a new kitchen, garage siding (after finding out people would slide into our garage decades ago… the reason our stucco was falling off the alley side) ,a new roof, windows, exterior paint, putting in an extensive veggie garden in the front yard, and soon a new chimney (as our contractor calls it the leaning tower of Piesa). I know there have been many more updates I just can’t capture in words. All I can say is I am glad we are finally able to take a break and enjoy our neighborhood strolls while keeping an eye on all the additions and updates as our neighbors did with our home. I can lay down that ever deserving welcome mat at our back door family and friends call the threshold of our corner bungalow.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. For the past 2 years, our charming little corner bungalow has undergone enormous surgery’s, with the last one being a facelift. Most unexpected and dire needed updates had to occur to save our home and sanity.
We were eager to get our house painted mainly to seal the exterior. The Deep Smoke color added a dark rick allure to our home. Our garage also underwent a new re-siding job as it was not worth the labor to re-stucco (and most of it had already fallen off).
I can finally say, I feel at ease with all the needed changes and can relax and enjoy the summer sun and garden crop in the coming months.
Painting: Freeman Painting
Siding: Beissel Widow and Siding
Make Shift Before:
I had to move everything out of my room for the floor and ceiling repairs. Then got a phone call that there would be construction delays so this is what I have. Note to self, take pictures before you start moving things out.
Sewing Room: After
The floors look so amazing! I cannot belive how light and beautiful they are. After 86 years they needed a clean-up and wow do they look great. I can’t wait to start designing beautiful things in my new space. First thing on the list will be to find some cool piece of art or storage piece for the blank wall space.
Just a few more tie to go for the wedding. The beautiful sunflower wool is for the studly grooms tie! Then on to hairpiece’s for the gals. Stay tuned.
Can I capture this moment in time? I think our backyard looks the best it ever has. My parents are AWESOME!! After I mowed the grass with our old snapper and got mohawks…I think my parents felt a little pity on me. This past Sunday they came over with their shiny red mower, weed whipper, leaf blower, cutco clippers and smiles on their faces to help their daughter whip the backyard into this beautiful sight. After my parents left, I sat down in the middle of the yard and just admired all the lilac tree trimming, grass cutting (2 times, because it was so long), and edging. I cannot thank my parents enough for all they have done to make this happen!
Backyard After my parents and I got our hands on it! With all the rain I was able to dig up the “ditch lilies” and replace them with little black eye-ed Susan’s from my mom’s perennial garden.
We had a bonfire at 1pm to get rid of the old christmas tree and other un-stackable branches and organized the remaining wood into little neat piles.
I also added some blue shamrock squash in the front and rhubarb behind the beds. This corner of the yard is now called the ‘farm’. I can’t wait to post some yummy recipes during harvest time with my home-grown ingredients.
This weekend has been filled with lots of decisions and beautiful things. First I met our plumber and contractor on Friday to finalize our unexpected home renovation due to ice dams this past winter. The renovation could not come soon enough after the massive storms we had this weekend. Thankfully my mom came over to get our yard nice and beautiful and more importantly get me more relaxed.
First step was to dig up the hostas along our yard. I went through two cast-off wooden handle shovels. One from each of our dad’s they deems not good enough, but passed them onto us because we did not have lawn gear. Now I know why they did not want them. So I cruised over to the hardware store and bought myself a lifetime guaranteed titanium shovel. Take that hostas!
After the success of our first raised bed, or should I say over planted first bed, my dad built me a second bed to ensure our plants have enough room to breath and grow.
Bunny proofed and planted raised garden beds, complete with a bluebird of happiness perched on the edge.
We added garden bricks to separate the grass from the backyard garden.
Complete with a pot of flowers on the rock.
Best vitamin’s for plants come from compost.
Next step…fill the empty pots with pretty flowers and herbs
This was my first time going to the Bachman’s Idea House and it most definitely will not be the last! This beautiful bungalow home is converted each season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter with amazing floral arrangements and unique interior style. Here are a few pictures from the Spring 2011 Bachman’s Idea House.
Kitchen drawers converted to cute wall shelves to display essentials
Kitchen wire baskets to hold cookbooks
Heat grates turned into picture frames and wall art
Boy bedroom. I am pretty sure our little boys bedroom one day will look very similar…
Boy bedroom with map lamps
Lawn fence turned into scarf display
Old spools hold vintage necklaces
Craft Room display
A new take on baseball