Sunday, October 17, 2010

Outside changes (Week 5)....

Bringing the outside of our home back to life sometimes feels like a slow process and then I remind myself we have only been here for 5 weeks.  We are still tackling weeds, I think we will be fighting them for a long time! Today, my mom and I spent a good 4 hours down by the pond weeding around the iris's. The pond is 3/4 of the way finished! Hurray!! The kids even put their water shoes on and went in up to their knees!

Today I want to share the outside of the house with you.  Let's rewind to Thursday, September 9th moving day, here is what she looked like....

The "to do" list includes:
Weed (done)
Paint Door Trim (done)
Paint Front and Side Door (done)
Landscaping (done)
Front Shutters (done)
Shutters for side of house
Close up Basement windows (done)
New Front Porch Columns
Window Boxes (ordered)
Brown Stone around Chimney
Brown Stone around Front Porch
Side Porch
Screen Porch under addition
Picket fence
It's a slow process, but each small step makes us smile.

Last week we had the privilege of meeting the original owner's grand-daughter. It was wonderful to walk the property with her and learn the history of the house and her grandparents.  I explained we were only able to save some Day Lily's and one hydrangea bush around the house. The two Rhododendron's planted in the front of the house are new. She went on to share, Rhododendron's are her Grandmother's favorite and are exactly where her Grandmother had them planted, too. We also planted two more hydrangea bushes and moved the bird bath, apparently we also planted them in the originally place, too. Well, it seems as if we might have a little help in our planning....what do you think?  Oh...and the porch we have planned is in the exact place it originally was. We didn't know this prior to the planning. Apparently it was Grand-ma and Grand-pa's favorite place to have morning coffee.  Sounds like a tradition we would love to keep going!!



Debbie said...

So sweet. You and your husband are doing a fantastic job. That house has a lot of history and will keep it going. So sweet the plants, the porch all in the same place as you are planning..that is neat!!~

Donnie said...

What a lovely home and I can see this is going to be a labor of love. It was a real gift to have someone who knew the history of the house tell you about it.

Suzy said...

Love what you've older house has so much more character!

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful house, it looks so lovely!

Porch Days said...

You are getting a lot done. Isn't it nice to know the history of the house? We moved the end of the summer and I still don't have all the windows and screens washed. So much work to do.

bj said...

OMGosh, girl...I can see why you are so dang proud of it. She's a beauty, for sure.

Sharlotte said...

Wow! Great changes! You are really getting a lot completed...I'm super impressed! Keep us posted!

D said...

Way to go on the changes. The biggest difference I see is the adding of the shutters.
But everything you did looks great. Keep posting pics.

Pondside said...

What a great house - just the kind of place you know would be a happy place for a family!

gena said...

It's looking just so welcoming and pretty !

thanks for sharing,

Karen said...

It looks beautiful, Wendy! You guys are all working hard and it really shows... I love your earns on the front porch with that beautiful wreath. Its all so home-y!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Wow! What a difference some shutters make. I can't wait to see what you do to the porch. That was amazing that you planted the same plants in the same spots as the original owners. Some one was guiding you. It's looking've accomplished a lot in a short time.

La said...


Your home is coming along nicely. The shudders make a huge impact.

Have a great day! La

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I sure have enjoyed following your truly is a labor of love...I'm sure your guest saw that love!!! Have a wonderful week!!!

dee dee said...

Wow, what a change to the front of your beautiful home! The shutters and the matching front door make the huge difference! It looks like a whole new house!
Dee Dee

joco said...

To me it looks like it has all been done. As neat as a pin.
Your visitor from the past must have been impressed.

Love the Decor! said...

so much better!! I love that there is great history to your new home too

lila Check said...

simply lovely! love what you done here and love your blog too!
gorgeous images!
will be back often for a visit to your blog!

Manuela@TPOH said...

It's looking good! How wonderful that you planted those bushes where the originals were!!


Beth @ Dirty Laundry said...

The landscaping and shutters make a world of difference in taking your sweet house and giving it life!

Jess said...

Love it! :) So pretty!

Pamela said...

Looks so inviting and warm Wendy! You have such a wonderful home!

stephanie said...

WOW, in 5 have done amazing work!! Must plan a Friday get together soon! Can't wait to see it in real life!!

Rene said...

What a sweet story. Your yard and porch are looking great! Having fun watching your projects.


Mary said...

What a beautiful home, and I can see how much love you have put into it in just a few short weeks... it looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing at MM. :)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Wow, your home is gorgeous, Wendy. Enjoy it each and every day, I;m sure you will!
Happy hugs for a lovely weekend xxxx

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