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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.

Arborist Wanted

May 17, 2013 — 3 Comments

The next installment of my thrift shops of Indianapolis series has dropped over on twentysomethingindy.com check it out here.

Alright guys, I have a tree problem. It isn’t interior design related but I need advise so please indulge me. I can’t really complain about the landscaping that I inherited when I bought this house. I have a few bushes and one tree in front. Thankfully, they are all very low maintenance, but the tree just bugs me.

Can you guess why it bugs me? You may be able to tell from the picture above that this tree looks dead. That is what it looks like for nine months of the year. Like a super dead tree. I think it looks dead because it has no twigs, it’s just branches, but then few weeks later, the leaves come out proving that it’s not actually dead. It is just one ugly son-of-a-gun.
Another few weeks later… It blooms more, but it still looks weird.

In the fourth grade we did a whole unit on identifying trees by their leaves. I was a goody-goody student but even I was like, “This will not be useful in my future life.” So I totally phoned-in my report. Well, I guess now is the time that I could have used that information. So what do you think? Have you ever seen a tree like this? One that looks totally dead all winter and then blooms strangely in mid-May? I do realize that most trees look dead in the winter, but this tree looks extra dead because of it’s lack of twigs

It still isn’t fully bloomed, it looks like the pictures above. Long naked branches with a little sprout of leaves at the tips. It’s so ugly!

I’ll leave you with my own personal theory: It. Is. A. Giant. Weed.

Exterior House Tour

April 19, 2013 — 1 Comment

I’ve showed a few pictures of the exterior of my home, most¬†notably¬†when I had the exterior painted, but not too many. So how about a little exterior tour?

For your reference this is what the house looked like when I first bought it:

I saw the potential but that ugly blue paint that was decades old really wasn’t helping. It may not show in this picture but the house was really dirty (side note: isn’t it weird that you don’t have to clean houses? I get my car washed once a month but I’ve never ‘cleaned’ the exterior of my house.). So when I finally saved up the money to paint it six months after I moved in I chose the paint colors in five minutes flat because I was so ready. The vision was long in coming, but having the house painted made a world of difference:

Soooooo much better! I called it my little blue shed before but now I call it a bungalow because the paint job makes it look like a respectable place to live.
Here is the right side of the house. Nothing fancy just the AC and a tree. It is a simple thing but I’m really happy I decided to have the foundation painted white. The painter said most people would just continue the siding color all the way to the foundation but I saw a house with a white foundation and really liked it so I’m glad I went with my gut on that. It looks a little dirty here, but after a good rain it is a nice crisp white.
The next three images are the view from the porch. It’s not much to look at but it’s my favorite place to sit. I want to screen it in soon so that I can sit out there all summer. I also want to get more seating and ‘decorate’ it. But I mostly took these pictures as a hate-letter to those bushes because I hate those dang bushes.
They are overgrown and big and ugly and unattractive. I can’t really describe how big they are but they are huge, like 4.5′ tall and between 5-8′ wide. Thankfully, there aren’t any weeds in the landscaping which is nice, but ugh, those bushes. Last summer I tried to trim them with clippers but I was no match for their size and strength.
As you can see they are so overgrown that they cover up my little sidewalk. This year I’m going to have to buy or borrow electric clippers to cut them back. My long term plan is to pull those suckers out and replant Forsythia there. I’m obsessed with forsythia. For your reference here is what forsythia looks like:
Magical, right? I nearly get in a wreck every time I see one because I am so enamored by the color. They don’t bloom for too long, but wouldn’t they look amazing in front my gray and white house??? Ah, someday.

Here is the left side of the house:

Yep, that is how close my house is to my neighbor. Gotta love city (alright, city adjacent) living! As you can see it is where I park the trash and recycling bins so not a whole lot else happens over here.
Here is my backyard:
If you can look past the fact that I really need to mow, it’s a pretty big backyard. I love having a fence despite the fact that it is barely standing in some places. Bob has used the decrepit state of the fence to his advantage… He popped out one of the posts so he can peek at my neighbors!
I think it’s hilarious – it’s like a doggie TV, he just watches the neighbor kids play for hours.
The back of the house is pretty plain. You can see from this angle how small the house really is. Only 950 square feet on the main level (there is about 700 more square feet in the basement).
This tree below is a beautiful redbud tree which unlike it’s name blooms a deep, bright pink. It hasn’t bloomed yet but when it does, it’s lovely (if you scroll up the first picture you can see it in bloom behind the house).
This little shed is nice to have. I store my lawnmower, weed-eater, and a few other lawn supplies in there. Also, there is a shopping cart in there. Yep, straight up, there is a random grocery shopping cart in there! I don’t know where it came from but I have no idea how to get rid of it so it’s just hanging out in there.
All of the sidewalks and paths at this house are in terrible shape but I doubt I’ll ever replace them. I don’t want to put more into this house than it’s worth, although it would like so nice if I did. I’m much more likely to replace the fence which is in crazy bad shape. My amazing friend came over when I first moved in and did a lot of little repairs to the fence so that Bob could play out there and not escape, but it will definitely need to be replaced at some point. I could pull the whole thing over with just my hands if I wanted to, it’s that wobbly!
At one point this house had alley access thus the old cement car park. Now there is no access from the back so I just randomly have a busted up cement pad in my back yard. Maybe some day I’ll remove it and plant grass but it isn’t even on my radar right now. I’d like to get a table and chairs and fire-pit at some point too. It is worth noting that those vines on the back fence are literally holding the fence together and bonus, they flower at some point in the year!

So that is my little house from the outside. Painting the outside made the biggest difference. The next thing on my list is to break out the mower and take care of the grass but after that I want to screen in the porch. Overall, the outside doesn’t require a lot of maintenance for which I’m grateful!