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This is the exterior and entryway of my house as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

In previous ‘trend spotting’ posts (here and here) I went with less obvious trends, but this trend is pretty easy to spot. Brightly colored front doors are nothing new but bright orange doors have been popping up everywhere these days. And I have to say, I’m a big fan! All images via my ‘Outdoor Spaces’ board on Pinterest here.

It is very possible that I love this trend so much because I can’t paint my front door. I know what you are thinking, why can’t you paint your front door? It is because I live in a historical home in a historical neighborhood and we are strongly encouraged to leave any original exterior elements as is. My front door is lovely so I shouldn’t complain…

but wouldn’t my door looks so nice painted a bright orange??? I think it would look amazing, but alas it is not meant to be. So for now I will just dream of orange doors and encourage others to go big and bold with their exterior paint colors.

I’ve already pontificated on how much I hate the bushes in front of my house, but since it isn’t in my budget to replace them, the least I can do is make them look better. Their current state as of the other day was pretty rough.

Here is what they looked like all winter:

Here is what they looked like last week:
I guess they actually don’t look that bad, but in person they looked very overgrown and in need of a trim (in some places they were nearly as tall as me!). Last year I used basic garden pruning shears to trim them down but it was a lot of work (I have shears similar to these). So this year I invested in something a little more heavy duty to speed up the process. I should have done more research before I went but these days I am just trying to get everything done so when I saw a Menards and I had 20 minutes to spare I just went in.
First of all, electric hedge trimmers are freaking expensive. I had a choice between a 6″ blade for $54.99 or a 22″ blade for the same price… ???? Such a confusing choice!
Most people would probably go with the bigger blade since it was the same price, but that blade was just so big that I wasn’t sure I could really maneuver it. The way I thought of it, the 6″ blade could probably cut off my finger, but the 22″ in blade could cut off my head so I went for the little blade because I am accident prone and I like my head. And man is the trimmer really little. I didn’t take any pictures of myself using it because no one looks good doing yard work, but it’s barely the length of my forearm.  But it worked.
It definitely got the job done but it wasn’t much faster than using the shears. Although it was significantly less hard. So I’m on the fence about this tool for $54.99. It was definitely too expensive, but I’ve already used it and returning stuff is a pain, plus it does work it just isn’t very powerful. Even though the 6″ blade is too small I’m glad I didn’t get the 22″ blade because that thing was scary, but seriously though why isn’t there an in-between option? Like a reasonable 15-18″ blade? Someone get on that.
For now though, I was able to knock something off of my to-do list and make my house look a little less abandoned. Some day I’ll replace those ugly buggers but for now I’ll do my best with what I’ve got.

Last night I did a sort of juvenile thing. I wrapped my front door with Christmas wrapping paper. Yes, it is a bit of dorm room look but I’m all about low cost decorating around here.

mylittlehousedesign.com Christmas paper wrapped front door
I chose plaid wrapping paper and I’m very happy with how it looks. Is it wrinkly? Yes. Does it looks a little childish? Yes. But I’m okay with that. I can’t afford a fancy Christmas wreath and I’m waaaaay to impatient to hang Christmas lights (plus I have no electrical outlets on the outside of my house) so this was a low cost way for me to bring a little Christmas cheer to my front porch. I timed the project and it took me just over 30 minutes and cost me around $3 for a roll of wrapping paper (which I still have half of so technically I only used about $1.50 of the roll).
 Bob was thoroughly convinced this was the day I was just going to let him free into the world to explore and sniff to his heart’s content. Not today Bob.

I started by putting tape rolls all over the door.

The bottom piece was easy but since I have this little half round window I had to get a little more measure-y. Turns out the paper was thin enough that if I pressed down with my fingernail I got a line that I could cut. Easy!
mylittlehousedesign.com Christmas paper wrapped front door I’m very happy with this project considering it only took 30 minutes and a $1.50… what do you think? Too dorm room-y or is it just retro enough to be cool?