Knock, knock.

Classic Samuel Heath door knocker

Happy Friday!! It has been a busy week. (no surprise there) I had a little health scare this week that sort of stopped me in my tracks and made me assess my life a little. We would all love to slow down wouldn’t we? But who has time? I mean working out is something I do for myself and it also keeps me sane but half the time I’m flying to the gym just to squeeze in a 1/2 an hour run before I have to jet to grab my children at separate child care providers. Eek!! Blogging is actually somewhat an escape for me but there wasn’t five minutes for that this week. (hence no blog posts until this am). As it is my son’s school is closed today for teacher conferences so the poor guy is watching re-runs of the Flintstones. (Yes, I have the mother guilt thing going on too – I def. need to set aside some time to work on a little project or take him to lunch today). I love my job and clients etc…and don’t mind being a busy bee I do need to squeeze in a bit more zen time…

The good news is I was actually able to spend some time last Sunday purchasing and hanging a new front storm door for my house. Matty and I completed the task in three hours and were quite pleased with ourselves.

My plan is to paint my front door this weekend but I’m truly torn on the color. I’m actually leaning towards painting the door high gloss black and purchasing a fabulous door knocker instead. I would love to paint the door coral or some shade of aqua (above and below) but my fear is I won’t like it with the black storm door. I have no choice but to have a storm door year round in N.E. and I’m not painting that! It’s perfect right now and looks just like this one in the photo below. I’ll have to add color to the front of the house in some way. I’m also going to plant flowers and box woods along the front of the house..Now I need to decide what type of knocker to purchase. I do know it needs to make a statement, no small knockers on this house! (no pun intended) – Below are some inspiration shots and links to sites that sell pretty door knockers.

The bee is available here
How I hope the door turns out!

I live on the marsh and five minutes from the beach so something nautical is fitting. Foxes have long been my good luck symbol too. I think I’ve narrowed it down to one of those choices. I also love both nickel and brass! decisions…decisions…

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Thoughts on home – walkway

Matty (my bf) has been working on a walkway in front of my house. I haven’t had a chance to do a thing with the landscaping yet as most of my efforts have been on revamping the interior of the house but the outside of my home needs some serious love! We re-purposed granite cobblestones and slate pieces from both of our yards for the walkway. Here I’ve included some inspirational photos along with some actual progress shots below.

We are going to fill in between the slate pieces with pea stone similar to this.
Here is a progress shot. We mapped out the shape and Matty dug out the grass. Next I laid out the pattern of the existing slate that was already on the property. (below) We also ripped out three tired and dated looking bushes that were out front. I LOVE boxwood and plan to mix white flowers and boxwood into the new design. I don’t like that large bush but it is staying for now. I think if I shape it, fertilize it and trim it back it will look MUCH better. I’m a girl on a budget so I need to be pick and choose where I spend my money. I’ll share the final photos once I update the plantings and paint the facade.
This is just stunning!!
I have also decided I want to paint the front of my house white and repaint the shutters black I’ll add a little color (not sure which one yet) to the front door. Here are some black and white beauties. I intentionally included some smaller homes in this mix.

** thanks for all your hard work Matty G.**
Also, thank you for all the continued support from my wonderful readers!
xoxo

Think Spring

Spring, spring, spring! I have lots on my mind right now, but don’t we all? What really inspires me this time of year are visions of crocus buds, shopping with my daughter for a sweet Easter dress and the occasional 50 degree day when I can run outdoors.  Collecting pretty pictures on Pinterest when I have a free moment is also a form of escapism! Here’s a mood board of my recent outdoor inspired pins. I love the timelessness of classic landscaping and al fresco dining! Simple white blooms, neatly trimmed boxwood, metal furniture, zinc tables, and pea stones will all create this look.
Mix outdoor Chippendale style chairs with a zinc table via  (zinc weathers and takes on a beautiful patina)

contrasted neutrals for the modernist + traditionalist

A neutral color palette can soar when layered with touches of color, lots of textures and interesting objects. I recently came across two homes in Architectual Digest, each individual and quite contrasted in style. The first, a modern home located in the hills of California by designer Emily Summers, the second is Suzanne Kasler’s classic regency style home and property in Atlanta, Georgia. I am loving the quality of light and sculptural feel of the furniture in each of these homes. The landscaping, though very different, also beautifully and cohesively compliments the interiors (and vice versa).
This is an amazing little powder room.
The outdoor space is a beautiful extension of the indoors. I would live in this room!
I adore this yellow sofa and the dining light fixture!

I never tire of classic white kitchens!
Gorgeous!

The outdoor spaces and patio are STUNNING on the property of Suzanne Kasler’s home!!