This is what the front of the house looked like when we first started working on it around October.
If this is your first time to visit, this is the house’s story.
Let me go all Reader’s Digest and explain.
This is the house I grew up in. This is the yard I did backbends in. These are the sidewalks I walked up when I got home from school and just to the left of the picture is the sidewalk where I first kissed my future husband wearing an add-a-bead necklace, a blue sweater vest with plaid bows and a prairie skirt.
I lived a lifetime in this house.
After my father passed away my mother had to sell it.
Last year without it ever going on the market, with a phone call to the wonderful family that lived here, with a move across the country, and with a lot of hopes and dreams and prayers…
….we bought it back.
And we’ve been transforming it ever since.
Here’s just a couple of pre-house notes:
1. The house was yellow.
2. There was only one light on the right side of the front entrance and a plaque on the other side.
3. The landscaping was a little overgrown.
4. There aren’t any decorations on the front porch.
5. See that pole to the right-hand side next to the tree? That’s the original hitching post for the house. I need to photograph it up close so you can see. My mother used to put a plaid bow on it every Christmas.
And here’s the house now.
The biggest change has probably been the color.
You helped me pick it and I’m forever grateful.
I love how the darker color makes the molding pop.
There are now two lights on either side of the door.
The mailbox has been moved from one of the columns to the front of the house.
These planters that my husband built are on either side of the door are filled with boxwoods.
You can find the DIY for those planters here.
The front steps have two sets of these galvanized lanterns.
I brought them with me from Kentucky.
You can see them on the front of the farmhouse (along with some fun fall door decorating ideas) here.
There are two galvanized metal planters on either side of the front porch.
I brought those with me from Kentucky as well.
They are filled with boxwoods, too.
There are two black outdoor benches now in front of the windows.
(total decorating aside: I thought about replacing those windows with french doors. I like the idea—but it may be too much.)
These pillows came from Wal-Mart for only $5.00.
We also just had all the landscaping beds all cleaned up and had metal edging installed.
There’s also an irrigation system now in all the beds to help the roots get established.
We only went with super basic green plants for now because it’s really too hot to plant anything else.
Mostly just rows of boxwoods and holly.
With yards and yards of mulch.
It’s like we are building a house and this is the foundation.
I can’t wait to fill it all in with a little color in the fall and next spring.
The best part of the landscaping is going to be that space on the right.
It’s totally shaded all day.
I’m going to be bold and try to plant hydrangea and hostas and elephant ears back there.
But that’s for another day when it’s not 102 degrees.
For now–I’ll be happy with my foundation.
And my boxwoods.
And my mulch.
And my Texas dirt.
And my new (old) house.
Here’s to celebrating your roots.
(So sorry—I just couldn’t resist. It was on the low-hanging joke branch.)