Let’s Take This Outside…

This post is going to be details about the exterior of my house. Oh, and I don’t know the names of plants. Sorry.

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The reason I’m basically posting these pictures again is because I got a new camera! I used to have a Sony DSLR but was not impressed by the quality of the photos and it was not very easy to use. I ended up getting a Canon Rebel T3i and LOVE it. Would you look at these photos? Ok, enough about the camera.

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(Yes, my house number is there)

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Here is the stoop and portico/ landing. My mom and I love the show Rehab Addict, so we hang an American flag out there as a little shout out to Nicole. My mom got the sconces a few years ago, which are ok, but we just picked up some new (to us) sconces at a salvage yard that I’m stoked about!

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Here is a shutter close up. Pretty self explanatory, they are black.

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And below is a door close up. No, that is not a Christmas wreath, I just like it. I think it balances the door and adds more dimensions. The color is something by Behr, but we can’t seem to remember the name. It’s just your classic red door!

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And as you can see from this detail shot below, the concrete ain’t looking too hot.

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Power-washing is in its future. This is a close up of one of the lights. It’s by no means repelling, but half of our neighbors have the same ones and I have more of a shaker, clean lined style while this is rather ornate.

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Awkward siding shot.

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Ah, the lamp post. The top kept falling off, so here is our classy solution:

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Duct tape.

 

Heres’ the garage.

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I love the side yard. We live on a corner (between two courts- our street is bone shaped as I like to say) so this and and angle of this front of the house is what we see when we drive up, so it has to be pretty, right?
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The windows supports window boxes that are in great need of a little love. And while I dream of being really handy and making something like this or this, I will probably never get around to it.

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As you can see above, a little pathway leads into the backyard where you can immediately see our sunroom.

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Since there’s so much green, it’s kinda hard to photograph.

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You may be wondering: Why do they have a dining set in their shrubbery? That’s a good question. Anyone in the DC area interested in it?

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As you can see, the other side yard has grown a lot since I last photographed it:

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Ahhh, so much greener.

 

 

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Here is a little basement entrance that kept the deck above it so small. Urgh.

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And then here are the stairs that lead to the deck.

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Ta-da! All done! Any questions?

Does anyone have any go-to plants that they like for a backyard? I love hydrangeas, but my black thumb is no good for something like that. :( Single tear.

A Place Never Before Seen…

…at least on this blog.

It’s my bathroom at my dad’s house.

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So here’s the story: the house was built in the early ’40s, it was fine, but not as up-to-date as the rest of the house. Also, the tile had some damage. And the faucet stinks. Not literally, but there was no pressure when I turned the water on and when it was on the hot water just dripped a teeny-tiny dribble. The rest was cold.

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Quintessential vintage bathroom, right? It is pretty adorable, but then you get a bit closer…

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It’s a wee bit damaged. And all of the gray is a bit… too much gray. As much as I love the color, it just doesn’t suit this bathroom.

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(Ah yes, the trash. Excuse that. I was too lazy to throw it out.)

The toilet is a fancy schmancy TOTO toto (haha I crack myself up) and it will stay. It is pretty dang comfortable if that isn’t too weird to say that.

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Years of wear and tear are pretty visible.

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So, we have decided to make it pretty modern (my step-mother even hired a professional interior designer, even though I would have been happy to design it myself) and here is the sample Miss-Suzanne-The-Interior-Designer came up with:

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(links of everything to come when the bathroom is finished)

Isn’t it lovely?? I would never have thought to pick out this, but I’m pretty excited to expand what I love.

I have made an (awful) rendition of what it may look like:

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That’s my dog, Wrigley. Ain’t she a cutie?

Graphic designer, I am not. But you get the point.

See ya later!