Category: yards

Signs Of Autumn

September 13, 2015

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Hard to believe, but the calendar says Fall is coming. The leaves are starting to turn and my local farm stand has decorated their huts:

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I am not quite ready to let go of the Summer yet, but I do love looking at inspirational photos to get myself ready:

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Look how easy and cute this idea is for flowerboxes:

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Isn’t this basket beautiful?:

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This was my Fall decorated porch last year:

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I better start planning for this year. I have found that is the key for the best arrangements- planning it out first.

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This has been my number one pin this Autumn so far:

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If you would like to look at more Fall photos, visit my Pinterest board here. You do have to admit that Autumn is the prettiest Season of all:

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Happy Autumn My Decorating Friends!

Flower Tip I Learned Today

September 5, 2015

Are you still enjoying your outdoor summer garden? If you are looking to replace your tired-looking planters, like mine,  you can  find a few annuals and planters, (amongst the mums), that are still full and gorgeous by taking a trip to your local garden store: new petunias Each of these planters above, there are two, were originally priced at $35.00 each. The store sold them to me for only $10.00 each! They are practically giving them away if you are looking for a little late summer sunshine on your porch. Petunias are still going strong here in NH: petunias While I was at the garden store, the owner asked if I knew the correct way to deadhead petunias. Now I am not a master gardener, but I thought I knew the correct way to break off the dead flower: dead flower I always pinched it like this at the base of flower: base of flower Well, that answer is wrong. I learned the correct place to snap off the spent flower is at the base of the stem it is on. Like this: base of stem That way you do not end up with seed pods growing. Like this: seed pods I am sure some of you already knew this. But I received so many letters after I wrote about not throwing away those dead orchids here: orchid2 I was not the only one who did not know that flower fact! The orchids are again re-blooming and are beautiful! Hopefully I taught you a new trick with your petunias also. I hope you all had a chance to read my interview this week on Maria Killam’s blog, Color Me Happy here. It was so exciting for me to be featured. She is like a color superstar! :) Have a great Holiday weekend everyone! Kelly

Beautiful Backyard Retreats

July 19, 2015

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Are you spending as much time as possible outdoors this Summer? Soaking up that heat and sunshine?

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Do you have a special place in your backyard to rest and relax? I have been saving a few of my favorite backyard retreat photos:

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Just like indoors, it’s all in the details:

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I would love to retreat to any of these spaces! Which is your favorite? I hope you are enjoying your Summer!

Summer Outdoor Table Settings

June 27, 2015

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So gorgeous! And like I have said before, you too can make beautiful place settings if you PLAN.

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It’s all in the details:

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How can you not be inspired by this beautiful and simple table?:

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Love, love, love! I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos as much I as I did collecting them. Does this inspire you to set yourself a beautiful table?

5 Renovations That Offer the Biggest Return

March 30, 2015

A question I receive often is asking for ideas on how to improve their home’s value. Whether you are remodeling to bring your home up to date or plan on selling, here are a few interesting facts from an article I read and thought you might find useful:

1) A new front door. (Return on investment: 96.6%) Refresh your entryway and impress potential buyers with a new front door. If your current front door is in good condition, consider painting or staining to make it look as good as new.

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2) A wooden deck addition. ( Return on on investment: 87.4%) Improve the indoor/outdoor versatility of your home by adding a wooden deck.

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3) An attic bedroom. (Return of investment: 84.3%) Bedrooms are a versatile addition to a home. They can serve as a bedroom, a guest room or a home office. An attic bedroom makes use of this often underutilized space and adds value to the home.

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I found so many photos of beautiful attic bedrooms! I did not know so many people creatively used the space- genius!

4) A new garage door. (Return of investment: 83.7%) If your garage doors are old or dated, replacing them will add value to your home. If they’re still in good shape, paint them to enhance the look of your home.

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5. A minor kitchen remodel. (Return on investment: 82.7%) The kitchen is one of the most popular renovations that homeowners tackle. A minor remodel can update the space and entice potential buyers.

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While you may not be able to do anything about your home’s location or age, there are things that you can do to improve its size and condition and add value!

Source U.S. News and World Report

Stained Deck Project Before & After

November 4, 2014

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I just love when my online clients send me after photos to share. Thank you Marsha! I have worked with Marsha on many paint and decorating projects, interior and exterior, in her home the last couple of years. We did a project last year where I helped Marsha choose a new paint color for her front door and accessories for a beautiful new entry:

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Her latest project was fixing up the back and transforming the deck. She asked if I would help choose a stain color that would work well with the siding:

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At first, she asked for a brown color suggestion that you typically see on decks. But I told her I would try a paint color with a little more personality. I had given her a few sample colors to try and Martha and her husband decided Benjamin Moore Sparrow AF-720 was the winner! I also suggested using the Sparrow for the door and windows to bring it all together.

Here is the after:

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So pretty! Amazing transformation. Here was the deck in the beginning:

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During:

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And the completed deck project:

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What a huge difference! The deck looks more updated and the space they have now is amazing! Don’t you think they did a great job? Love it!

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Update: Connie asked about the stain and Marsha wrote this:

“I just read your blog. You did a wonderful presentation of our deck re-do! We are very happy with the paint color choice. You were spot on when you suggested the Sparrow. The Benjamin Moore product that we used is called:
ARBORCOAT Solid Deck and Siding Stain (640)

It is available in any BM color.

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.