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Our brick porch filled with pumpkin galore!

Hello!

Guys, it’s Fall! And ah I just LOVE this time of year!

I love stepping out on the front porch on fall crispy mornings, watching the colorful leaves drop from massive trees that line the streets with a hot cup of coffee, and of course wearing a favorite flannel:) This fall my hubby and I have a lot of fun things planned, like, a sunflower festival, going through a maze, apple picking, wagon rides, lots of campfires, and enjoying a warm apple cider donut, or maybe two…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This year I decorated a little different for our front porch! Instead of using both sides, I only did one side to allow more room and not feel or look too crowded. I was excited to find out our local greenhouse not only has a huge colorful selection in the summer, but they also sell fall items like pumpkins, mums and fall flowers! While I purchased a mum and a couple pumpkins from the local greenhouse, I also purchased a couple fun and unique pumpkins and a bushel of burgundy corn from the Country Barn, located within a couple miles away! Guys I just love how fall makes everything so cozy and inviting:)

 

I have been watching all your fun instagram posts about decorating your front porch, how exciting is it?! As you can see we don’t have a lot of room to play around with, but we are thankful we can still decorate it with a little bit of lovin. For right now we will enjoy the space we have, but we are looking forward to the future when we have a lot more space to decorate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Fall, and I look forward to see more posts, and fun things you guys also have in store for this season!

 

A $10 yardsale find!

I am so excited to share with you my $10 yard sale find! Spontaneously, I woke up, nudged my hubby and said “let’s go yard sailing!”, and so we did! I feel like when we go at unplanned times, is when we always find the goodies, and that’s totally ok!ย ย 

As soon as I spotted this cabinet, I knew it had to come home with us! It’s the perfect size, it’s MINT (mint is my all time FAV color!!!), and I love the rustic feel of this cabinet! Right before we purchased it, my husband turns and says, “Britt, do you know where you’re even putting this?”

“NOPE! But I will find a spot” (with a big smile on my face). AND, sure enough, after we got home, while I was putting some things away, I instantly thought of the perfect spot! After the cabinet was cleaned thoroughly, I placed it up in the hallway and it was meant to be! Not too big, and not too small for the space. I love the pop it gives against our “agreeable gray” wall color, and how the frames (that were already there) above add to the feel of the cabinet, it just all flows so well together! ๐Ÿ™‚

Before/After

We did have to move the frames a tad bit higher so that the basket wouldn’t get in the way of the lower picture…. But that was an easy fix!

Not the biggest deal, but I am trying to decide if I should paint the inside or get creative with some wallpaper?? I honestly am leaning towards not painting it, and I say that because how it is now, it just gives it so much character and so such feeling. I think painting it will take away the rustic/chippy from it, I for sure don’t want that! BUT I may wallpaper it, I will update you on that in the near future! There’s something about keeping at least one piece of furniture original and being ok with a lot of marking/wear&tear to add to the farmhouse style.ย  That being said……..

You know how after you place something in it’s spot and you just absolutely love it right away… and have such a good feeling about the space??? That’s what I am trying to explain, and I hope you can kinda feel that as you read this post.

On a side note…. I encourage you to go check out some nearby yard sales, and find something fun to add in your home! If you do find something cool, please share with me! I plan to do more yard sailing this year:)

DIY tips to Improve your Deck and/or Patio

Thank you for your patience, as my husband and I just got back from an amazing vacation to Hawaii. We are sad and happy to be back!

PS. If you get the chance and/or opportunity to go, you need to GO!!!!

So I would like to share with you a few simple things you can do to your outdoor space to easily make it look like a whole new space! For example here is what we did:

Repairs

  • Replace floorboards that aren’t sturdy or are old/rotting out (2).

Repaint

  • Deck
  • Spray Painted Tiki + Poles
  • Spray painted Flower planters/Shepard hooks
  • Metal arbor

I purchased the: Craftsman “paint and primer in one” to metal at Kmart for $6 each

Scrub a Dub Dub

  • Simply used soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose to clean out spots on the area rug
  • Spot cleaned chair cushions with soap+ water with a high pressure setting with hose

 

 

Added

 

  • New outdoor chair throw pillows ( from Homegoods)
  • Weather protected lantern ( from Homegoods)
  • A flower pot that perfectly adds with the new pillows ( from Marshalls)
  • Globe string lights ( click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor curtain rod (click here to purchase)
  • Outdoor water resistant curtain panels (click here to purchase)

Took away

  • Arbor Chandelier – One of the lights broke, and because the light has been dc’d we could not find a replacement. Instead we decided to add and weave string lights (that are attached) to the center of the arbor

Other things you can do as well

  • Add potted plants
  • Invest in patio furniture
  • Power wash patio
  • Eliminate weeds in patio cracks

Break down of the costs:

  • Behr Exterior flat paint- 1 gallon $28
  • Behr deck over paint- 1 gallon $35
  • Craftsman “paint and primer” to metalย  spray paint – $6 each
  • Throw pillows (2 to a pack) -$20 each
  • Flower pot – $6
  • Tabletop Lantern – $15

This simple refresh sure made for a new look! A look that we both have been wanting for a bit now. After time, paint fades, style changes, and you just need to add a little to change the feel, and make for a new look! After the application of 1 coat of exterior black paint, it instantly showed off the arbor! Previously, the grey color was so faded, you really didn’t know what the color was supposed to be, that goes along with the tiki torches. To match the arbor, and also allow the flowers to pop, I spray painted the flower planters, and I surely don’t regret it! I was so excited to add the globe string lights, because they add so much to the space! Especially at night, when they twinkle and the lights gleam down and bring out the lush green ferns. We knew we wanted to “enclose” our arbor space a little for more privacy, and it took a bit of time to figure out exactly what we wanted to do… But we decided to add the weathered outdoor curtain panels, and we love them!!!!!! We love the pop the curtains add to the arbor, and how cozy it made the space instantly.

Side note: We decided to not put any curtains on the side(s) because of safety reasons with the tiki’s and the grill, asย  well as some bushes being in the way. Not a problem at all, we love the main view where the curtains were placed.

While some of the top layering of wood was peeling, we decided to not worry about replacing until we completely redo the deck and add a patio down the road. Why spend $$$ now when we can just save it, and do it right when we want to add the patio? But honestly once the “deck over” was applied, because of the thickness it helped make it more settle and not be as apparent. It actually adds more of a rustic feel, which I don’t mind at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog, as much as I did writing it!

 

 

A low maintenance plant- Pansies!

Add some pops of color and joy to your front porch with care-free pansies.

  • You can choose from pre-planted pansy bowls that are ready to be placed on your front porch, deck and/or patio, or you can pick up some packs and create a planter yourself!
  • Get them off to a good start by planting them a few inches apart to allow more room, you can use a variety in hanging baskets or as a filler in planters.
  • Tip: to allow the roots to grow more stronger, spread the bottom of the plant before placing into the planter.ย 
  • Water lightly
  • Later on, You can get more, and place the pansies close together to allow a more fuller look (after they are off and growing), you can also add some greens like (leaf lettuce, kale etc.) as a border.
  • I do suggest, if freezing temps come, to bring them inside just to prevent from them from dying. (why not be better safe than sorry)
  • After pansy season, replace these beauties with summer loving annuals.

 

Ps. Sorry for the not so pretty brick, after we get back from our vacation, we plan to borrow my parents air compressor, and give this baby a good cleaning!

I am so excited to get my hands in the dirt and start planting more! This year I plan to plant many planters for our deck and plant a big variety of veggies, wildflowers, and sunflowers in our garden! Thanks for reading, have a nice weekend!

Our sweet small porch filled with fall love!

Hello Friends!

I love decorating our front porch, and especially for fall! So I am excited to share this with you!

Pumpkins and lanterns were my big inspiration this year. Driving on back country roads, I loved how people incorporated different types of pumpkins, whether it was big or small, nudgy or smooth, white, green, or off-white, and stack-able! Some mums, cornstalks and straw bales were common. So after much drive-byes of porches filled with pumpkins, I was really excited to get started on our own front porch! I went neutral this year, I added some whites, and greens. You may recognize since the last blog, we have a new accent rug! This rug was purchased at Walmart for a whole $8! I chose this grey rug as it complements our light grey siding with graphite trim. Layered on top is the hello mat in which I find so cozy. I also purchased the beautiful gold lantern for less than $10. I don’t regret purchasing it, as I think it adds a great pop of color against the neutral stacked pumpkins, and I can use it all year round in many spaces. As for the black one, I already had it, so that was easily included in this space.

The warty, green gourd is my FAVORITE! It gives so much character to the space. This gourd was actually bought at a small roadside stand, which if I haven’t told you…. Those are my favorite! Not only do you get deals, but they have a lot of fun stuff and some rockin homemade desserts too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The mums and pumpkins were gotten at one of my favorite places, the Country Barn located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When you visit the area, or live in the area and haven’t checked them out, please do so, you won’t regret it! Right now they have endless different pumpkins to choose from, gourds, mums, corn stalks, dried corn, crates, baskets, and inside they have a great selection of scrumptious baked goods, jellies etc.

P.S. I am giving you the real-life picture here! I’m sorry for the “not so pretty” bricks, we plan to power wash them this upcoming spring! And let me tell ya… I cannot wait! There are so many projects I want to get done like: power washing, scrubbing the siding, getting new outdoor lights, repainting the front door and the list goes on…. But , I have to keep telling myself that it’s fine and that it will take time!