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Spring spruce up!

14 Apr

One of the quickest ways to spruce up the home this spring is a quick pressure wash (what fun!) and doing up a few planter pots for out front. Every time I commit to doing this my heart sings guaranteed when I walk in or out of the front door. I do this seasonally, and once you get into a rhythm it’s really quite fun and very rewarding. I like to use some perennials as well as some annuals to make them really sing and last. Here are my spring pots! They were super easy and I have reused the cascading perennial and twigs for several seasons.

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Living Teepee

18 Apr

I’ve definitely got garden on my mind. We are about to jump on our backyard with our friends @ Aloe Designs (if you don’t know them, click here! And Caitlin’s great blog too here!). We really want a fun space to play with the widget and for the Terrier to patrol (not like he doesn’t anyway, it’s what he does best). I’ve been struggling with making an actual “play zone” but the thought of staring at kid crap even once they are in bed makes my head hurt. I always loved to make forts etc when I was little and was obsessed with finding little “secret gardens” outside in the yard and great beyond. I want to have that in our yard! Alas, it is tres tricky here in the city. So…I’ve decided I would make my little lady a teepee for the backyard to play in. But why stop there? Why not make it a living teepee! This is just genius, and easy too. Runner beans will work just fine as they grow so quickly! She can play in her fort, Thomas the Westie gets his bean snacks 1 foot and below and mom gets her beans above:)

 

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Deck Awnings

25 Jan

I’ve got spring on my mind…I don’t know why;) And I have a deck/yard/exterior renovation to tackle now that the interior gut job is complete (pictures to follow I promise, I’ve been preoccupied with raising a new little human;)

If your deck is lucky enough to be anything like our new one it is south facing and very exposed to the elements…great for light and view but not so nice for blowing rain/winter bbq’ing/overheating the house in the summer. We really want some cover but not all the time. When we bought the house there was a very large corrugated vinyl fixed awning which made the house really dark and looked like…well you get the picture. What is the solution? I’m loving these custom made awnings that just roll out when you need them. Sure some of them happen to look like they should be attached to the ol’ fifth wheel but if you get one done up in custom colors to match your trim they really can look very reminiscent of a Parisian bistro in the summer months don’t you think? I’m going to put up some globe lights in the backyard to finish off the look;)

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Modern Shed

4 Aug

These little (some big) prefab sheds are a great addition to any backyard.  They come in varying sizes, some simply can be used as sheds, some as cabins or small homes!  They have really nice choices for ceilings, exteriors and flooring making these an amazing home office, yoga studio or pool house! The prices are pretty steep (ranging from approx. $11,000 to $81,000) but they can throw it up in no time.  Wham bang boom, you gotta room! www.modern-shed.com



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Lily of the Nile

16 Jul

I saw Lily of the Nile at the garden shop for the first time and picked it up.  It is beautiful with lots of bright green foliage and purple flowers that shoot up.  I was so excited to plant it but didn’t get the chance before we took off to San Francisco.  Then I immediately noticed it was planted EVERYWHERE there!  I swear it must be the most popular plant hands down.  I don’t know if it’s one of those things like when you buy a new car you realized that a billion other people own it too but either way I was just excited to look at it all day, everyday, and am excited for mine to bloom.  Yay!

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The modern fence

10 Jun

Thomas at the farm

We are putting in a nice new fence to keep that  darn cute West Highland Thomas in bounds;)

So…we have been wanting something relatively modern but not overly considering our house will be 100 yrs old shortly…and we were hoping to go a little french cottage on the landscaping.  We also wanted cedar but were swayed into pressure treated due to the fact I DESPISE painting fences…and the savings weren’t too bad either wink* wink*.  The posts were still okay but the fence panels that were there had definitely met their Westie match.  We are working off of this fence example by Peter A. Kirsch-Korff based in California.  Ours will be a little shorter due to the fact the posts were only 4.5 ft.

I will post “after” pics shortly…hopefully sooner than later;)

Modern Horizontal Cedar Fence - Los Angeles, CA

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