Front of the House Florals

Aaron and I both love outdoor projects so when Spring finally rolled around here in northern Kentucky, we were excited to get our hands on our front yard… mainly our front flower bed. We kept it simple this year with new babies at home (who are two months old today BTW!) so we created two beds with simple edging, mulched and planted both annuals and perennials. Oh, and hung a fern. Big ferns fix everything!

Front of the House Florals

 

The last time I shared the front of the house it was Fall and looked a little like (no wait, exactly like) this:

Not much had been done in the front bed pre-purchase, but it was a perfect jumping off point. We had several bushes (still don’t know what they are—any ideas?) and two rhododendron plants to work with. The rest were mums leftover from Fall, which we removed.

We picked a curvy shape to mimic the shape of the sidewalk. By embracing the curve, it also allowed us to sweep out further into the lawn to hide some bare grass patches. I love this shape!

Front of the House Florals

 

In our last house, we dug out a trench to act as the “border” for the bed, and while it was certainly the cheapest border method (free!), it took a lot of upkeep. I always thought the beds were losing shape, weeds were growing in the trenches and it just generally looked messy. So for this house, we bought simple plastic black edging to make the border more refined. We like this kind because it requires no digging. You just make your shape and use stakes to hold it in place.

As far as plants go, I kept it super simple at least for this year to keep costs down. We used several XL geraniums (perennials) and three annuals—two hydrangea bushes and one peony bush. I can’t wait to see what they look like next year.

From the street, it actually looks like we kind of have our act together!

Front of the House Florals

 

And a little closer…

 

Front of the House Florals

 

We’ll continue to build it up over the years, but I think it is a pretty good start. And at one point in the future, I would love to replace the sidewalk with something more this style:

A girl can dream, right!?

So that’s where we are with the front. Porch furniture, more plants and some flanking pots for the front door are on our list too. So many fun things to look forward to!

Now excuse me while I go hang out with my birthday babies.

xo,

emily

 

Dining Room Dreamin’

Keep reading for a $3 off coupon for Bona’s new Free and Simple Hardwood floor cleaner. Thanks for sponsoring this post, Bona! I can’t help but daydream about finishing our dining room. Everything in here is placeholder for now, and I’ve got a pretty good idea of how I want it to look. But until then, here is what it looks like currently. Dining Room Dreamin' It’s not great, but it’s a definite improvement over where we were over the holidays. Oy vey. I can’t believe I put that on the Internet. And I just did it again. No shame in my game lol. Anyways, this space is quite large and has great light streaming in from the 3 large windows. Dining Room Dreamin' Aaron and I went back and forth on what shape of table to put in this space, with the angled out wall and everything. At first we defaulted to the standard rectangle, but after seeing this circular table in here for the past few weeks, it’s clear to me that we need the in between! I think an oval pedestal table would be perfect for the space. I would of course love a 76″ oval Knoll table in here but at $5k that is a solid NO. Here are the dining room spaces that have caught my eye recently—all due to their super suave oval pedestal tables. So I’m officially on the hunt. Luckily it’s summer and it’s the season of outdoor flea markets and antique shows, so maybe I’ll find one of my own without breaking the bank. Anyone have any good sources? And since we’re on the topic of my dining room, can we talk the floors a little bit? I just wanted to give a little bit of sponsor love to Bona. My floors continue to look pretty darn good and it’s something I can quickly do when the boys are sleeping. Dining Room Dreamin' I just spotted their Free and Simple formula in stores and scooped it right up. I’m not shy about my love for Bona and this new product just sealed the deal. Aaron has terrible allergies and I’m a nervous first time mom, so having the peace of mind that this stuff is removing 93% of the allergens on our floors is just awesome. And I’m not just saying that! Dining Room Dreamin'   The bottle says that the new formula is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America… so fancy. And the best part? I think it cleans just as well as their original formula. I didn’t know a difference at all. Little Suge doesn’t seem to mind it either. Dining Room Dreamin'   To try out this formula and other Bona products, click here for a $3 off coupon. It will ask you to join their Bonafide Fanatics mailing list too. Now, off to search for that perfect oval table… xo, emily p/s: Thank you for all your patience with the sponsored posts lately. I hate that I did two back-to-back… it was due to some poor scheduling on my part and biting off way more than I could chew. This blog is taking a little bit of a break from the sponsored content to ensure it’s a little more spaced out! Trust me… it bothers me as much as it may bother you. Thanks again xoxo

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Guest Bedroom Progress

This post is sponsored by all free clear laundry detergent—the 100% hypoallergenic formula safe for babies and sensitive skin. I’ve posted about my love of this detergent before, so here’s round two.

To say we’ve had a lot of overnight guests in the past two months is an understatement. Our guest bedroom has been inhabited by grandparents, siblings and friends… and we are loving it! This is the first space that I tackled in the house, knowing that a place for visitors to rest their heads at night might be a smart thing to have.

Guest Bedroom Progress

I haven’t gone too crazy with the shopping in here yet. Most of what’s here are things I had on hand. The great thing about having a whole house palette at the old house is that most of my things all fit together, in any space.

Guest Bedroom Progress

The first thing I did to this space was paint the walls. And I of course had to install my favorite bamboo roller shades (Tuscan Bamboo Shades from Overstock… affiliate link!), which I had at the old house as well. I just can’t quit that orangey tone, plus it was a perfect match to the dresser.

Guest Bedroom Progress

The dresser top holds some of my favorite things—many of them leftovers from the old office. The little bristle brush foxes were a gift from a friend for the boys.

Guest Bedroom Progress

 

Because this is a guest bedroom, I focused most of my energy on the bed and the linens. I wanted it to be super comfortable and worry-free. Regarding the comfort…. we are still using the Sleep Innovations mattress in here and it’s been fantastic. Everyone says they sleep great in this bed… and we do too! The linens are all washed in the same detergent we use for everything else in the household: all free clear laundry detergent.

Guest Bedroom Progress

We love this stuff. All free clear detergent is affordable, it gets out stains, it’s 100% hypoallergenic and the #1 brand recommended by pediatricians. We have a lot of family members with allergies and sensitive skin, so it makes me feel good to know the bedding is washed with safe stuff. I’ve got enough things to worry about!

Guest Bedroom Progress

 

The bedding is so unlike what I would normally do… but I LOVE it. It’s super fun, bright and totally makes the room. It reminds me that I really do like color in my spaces… no matter how much I try to deny it. :) The people at Martha Stewart Living asked me to pick a few things from their Whim Collection at Macy’s and this is what I picked—the navy striped quilt and sham set, and the floral comforter set. These flamingo (!!) sheets are on my wish list. The throw pillow is from Pottery Barn.

Guest Bedroom Progress

 

I would call this room 50% done. It needs new lighting, some wall decor and a larger dresser (the scale is off… that wall needs something tall) but it’s inhabitable and I think our guests feel comfortable here. And that is good enough for now! That’s the fun part about this new house. We are only at the beginning of our decorating journey. I can’t wait to see where we end up.

A quick plug for all free clear… head on over to the all free clear Facebook page to keep up to date on new product news, tips and coupons!

xo,

emily

 p/s: It’s fun to look back at the original design plan I had for the guest bedroom. Pretty close! The biggest change is the dresser (which ended up in the boys’ room) and the curtains, which were cut up and sewed into crib skirts for the boys’ room. And yes, the nursery is next on my list to share!