Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Operation: Sow's Ear to Silk Purse - It Begins

Hi everyone!

We are gearing up for some serious front yard changes this spring, so I thought I'd share where we are starting from today.

We built our very simple, yet classic, saltbox style house 17 years ago. We've painted our shutters several times, changed out light fixtures, we even added a little front yard patio. All have served us well, but we always thought the front of our house could be so much more.

We started this weekend by replacing our badly faded shutters with fresh, new ones. The shutters on the right were the same color as those on the left at one time. Talk about an overdue project!

Mr. Bluebird owns many ladders, but for whatever reason, his favorite is this rickety, wooden deathtrap. Only the good die young...

Nice and fresh. Love a classic hunter green and white exterior combo.

I've chosen these oversized onion lights and can't wait until they are installed!

And now, the biggest change! This is the drawing from our landscaper. We are so excited for the new driveway and front entry redo. I am most excited about my red brick steps - I've pined for those for many years! It will be fun landscaping this straw and adding our personal touches.

So, phase one of Operation: Sow's ear to Silk Purse has begun! I will share our progress with you all along the way. Please feel free to give ideas of how to accessorize this "new" space!

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  1. Wow this is going to be fantastic! Love how the landscape is opened up and creating a courtyard. The curved wall is fantastic! I like the new light fixtures too. I’m visualizing all sorts of ideas to accessorize!

  2. Love the lights you chose and the new front is going to be fantastic!

  3. Jane, I love your new front entrance layout. Seems it will be easier to decorate and keep clean. Blessings to you and your family, xoxo, Susie

  4. Jane!!! What a great update this will be. You have the same green shutters we have and I have loved them for years---and still do! I really like the layout and that brick in front is going to be just awesome. Can't wait to see final pictures! xo Diana

  5. Oh...those lights! You are well on your way to a gorgeous front view!


  6. Oh Jane this is looking so great. The re love of your house in the front is going to be awesome. I already love the new shutters and the landscaping looks great too. I love the brick layout you are going to do. I cannot wait to see it finished.
    Happy Easter.

  7. It's all going to look so nice, very excited for you!

  8. Oh, I love the changes you're making! The entry with the brick steps is my favorite part. I wish I could do the same to my front since the layout is very similar, but my yard is way smaller than yours.

  9. Oh Jane, it is going to look fabulous! I love the design. The new shutters look great! Have a glorious Easter!

  10. That is going to look amazing! It's easy to understand your excitement.
    Hope you have a very lovely Easter.

  11. Hi Jane. I love your style of home. The shutters are gorgeous and it is amazing how certain colors fade over time. Don't you just hate when the "handyman" leans the ladder and steps on it. Mine does it all the time. I think I remember, when the ladder was new, a sticker stating that that was a no-no. Who knows better, right? It is going to be wonderful and I can't wait for the updates along the way..Have a wonderful, and safe, weekend..Judy