August 21, 2012

The Never Before Seen Front Yard

Moving right along with the “Never Before Seen” series, capturing spaces throughout our home that I’ve neglected to share. I know, boo me. Today we’re moving outside! Now, if you’ve been following along with us, you already know we’ve had our hands pretty full tackling project inside our new home. In fact, we planted some new flowers beds in the backyard just weeks after moving in and haven’t touched a single other area until this past week. We’ve been dying to get our hands dirty outside, but the reality of it is that the major projects are just going to have to wait until next spring. However, small quick changes are right up our alley 🙂

The first update we made recently was a little tree removal. We purchased our how with two moderately sized tree flanking each side of the driveway. We’re all about the greenery and the extra privacy is nice too, however, inevitably scratching my car on tree branches each time I back down the driveway and having to squint just to see the facade of the house? Not so nice. The trees had to go. Plus, we have several beautiful trees that are huge and the smaller ones really just seemed to take away from them. So, out came the chain saw. Bye, bye trees.

Seriously, I am in love with the transformation. I knew it would make a difference, but these pictures make it seem like we got an entirely new house! Love, love, love.

The only downfall? Now you can see the exterior of our house.. and all the changes we have planned just can’t come soon enough! I have to remind myself daily to be patient. My head is overflowing with ideas. What did we do with them all before Pinterest??

Update #2 – Project Replace Mailbox (10 points if you already caught a glimpse in previous pics)

This move may seem a little off since I haven’t clued you in on our future plans for the house’s exterior, so let’s touch base quickly. The house is brown. Brown on the roof, brown on the garage, brown on the shutters, brownish on the brick, and tan trim. We despise it. We’re hoping that this time next year it’ll all be gone. We’re still playing around with specific color schemes but they all include black and gray, the roof as well. Therefore, when we decided to replace the existing mailbox, we figured why not start moving in that new direction.

We grabbed a new mailbox and post from Lowes, a few new house numbers (blurred for internet purposes), and called it a day.

We’re in the process of deciding on some type of flower arrangement to surround it, but for now we’re loving the unfinished wood and black bellevue style box.

It makes getting the mail at least 10 times more fun for Zoey 🙂

3rd and Final Update: Upgrading the Garage Sconce Lights

About two months ago we accidentally broke one of the, already ugly, sconce lights next to the garage. What a shame. The real shame? That we spent the two following months staring at one ugly sconce and one bare bulb before finally getting around to switching them out. We took the industrial bare bulb fad to entirely new level.

Just as we did with the mailbox upgrade, we decided to take things in the direction of the new color scheme. We chose a sconce with an all black finish and in a slightly more modern style.

We’re thinking similar styles to update the post lamp and flush mount under the porch roof in the near future.

As for other upcoming plans, we’re currently working on a quick porch update post. It’ll cover one totally awesome DIY project and few other quick and inexpensive updates to instantly boost your curb appeal. Check back for that sometime next week 🙂

Up next this week? More “Never Before Seen” with Zoey and Lizzy’s rooms! Can’t wait to share one nearly finished reveal and one rockin’mood board!


11 thoughts on “The Never Before Seen Front Yard

  1. Staci

    Loving the “never before seen” series. Especially as a new follower, it helps me feel like I’m getting in at the ground level! Keep it up!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Glad to have you as a new follower. I was hoping this series might get everyone, new readers included, on the same page! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  2. Jenna Pitt

    Great updates! Taking out the trees really did make a huge difference. Funny how we live with little things… one of our garage sconces has been burned out for probably a year now. It would literally take five minutes to change it… But no, we just leave it. Crazy!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Haha, there are so many things we live with that are easy fixes. Like our bathroom door that sticks terribly when you close it… It would literally take 10 minutes to sand down. Someday!

  3. Emily Cornett

    It looks great! I know all we would have to do is take down our (gigantic) ugly awnings and our curb appeal would be instantly better, but I have no idea where to even start with that project. Have you ever taken down awnings?

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Emily,
      I don’t have any experience with awnings, but I’ll second that every time I see them on other houses I think the same thing to myself. Such an easy update!

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