When we first looked at our house, the front yard pretty much looked like this:
After we’d lived here for a year, it looked like this:
After two years of living here, it’s starting to look like this:
We’re definitely not landscapers by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a definite improvement. The beds are filling-in nicely and don’t look quite so devastated. Most of the plants in the beds have been purchased from Lowe’s on the clearance rack for between $1.00 and $3.00. The key is to find plants that are still healthy and strong at the bottom, even if the foliage and blooms look a little spent. I buy perennials so they will come back year after year. Not only do they come back, they get bigger every year and fill in the space quite nicely. This beauty was sort of sad looking when I bought it but, after the second year, it is super full and gorgeous.
We’ve also been mulching like crazy this year since it apparently hadn’t been done for who knows how long.
It’s amazing what a difference the mulch has made in making everything look more polished. It looks really nice from the street, too. Working on our house, both inside and out, has been a long, slow process, but we’re definitely making progress. We have a short list of things we’d like to do to the front of the house to complete phase 2 of operation “Make it Purty”.
1. Replace the hideously ugly white storm door with something much less obtrusive. It just sticks out like a sore thumb on the front of our house. Plus, it’s not in the best shape and only latches half the time. And, did I mention that it’s ugly, because it is UGLY. I think it’s becoming my Moby Dick. You can call me Ishmael.
2. Fix the front door that N broke by pushing on the glass repeatedly. We’re also going to paint it a different color, something that stands out a little from the street (but in a pleasant way – not the way the ugly white storm door stands out).
3. Replace the inappropriately paired coach light at the end of the drive with something more modern to blend in with our house.
4. Replace the house numbers with modern numbers. Not only will this improve the aesthetic of the numbers, the other ones are just old, rusty and faded, making them pretty ineffective for people looking for our house.
Phase 3 would ideally involve replacing the awning over the front step with something that actually goes with the house, but that’s probably an expensive undertaking that will have to wait for a while. If we can work on items 1-4 of phase 2, that will go a long way in helping to give our house some much-needed “curb appeal”. Like I said, this a long, slow process that’s hindered by both time and money. Ain’t that always the way.
I hope you get to enjoy some time off this Memorial Day weekend!