• Friday Favorites – Farmer’s Market

    Friday Favorites – Farmer’s Market

    This morning was nice and sunny and crisp outside. We had some thunderstorms roll through yesterday and attempt to clear out the muggy, incredibly humid air that has been hanging around here all week. The fresh morning air reminded me of going to farmer’s markets in downtown Madison, WI on Saturday mornings with my mom. I love the clusters of people, the smells and of course, the produce. Though there isn’t any produce ripe for the picking thanks to this late start to spring & summer, here’s a few items I’ll pull from my closet when the time is right. Here’s to hoping you all have a good weekend and hopefully enjoy some seasonable weather!

    01 – This large Market Tote from Milkhaus Design would be perfect for carrying all your goodies back home. And, she’s a local Madison, WI artist!

    02 – I’ve had my original pair of Birkenstock sandals for going on 5 years now and they’re still amazing. I like this colorful option too!

    03 – Of course you have to have some shades! Although I’ve never purchased a pair of expensive sunglasses, I’d consider these from Tom’s because of the charity aspect, and I love the style.

    04 – Pair a simple t-shirt with a colorful striped scarf for a casual look that also helps keep you warm on chilly early mornings.

  • Landscaping Diary – Week 3

    Landscaping Diary – Week 3

    Progress is being made on the landscaping! My parents were a HUGE help this past weekend as we all worked to clear out almost all of the rock, bring in some more dirt, pull out half-dead bushes, plant a bunch of new plants and finally mulch all the way around the house!

    Alright – so let’s remind ourselves what the front of the house looked like a couple of weeks ago…

    Apart from nothing being leafed out yet, it is entirely depressing and lacks any type of personality. So, we got rid of all that pink rock, and it started taking shape.

    We removed those half-dead bushes (that the asian beetles really liked) and curved the bed out a little to round off the corner of the house. Much more organic & interesting looking, I think.

    Then, we brought in a load of dirt to bring the level of the beds up a little and have them slope away from the house. This is important to keep water running away from your foundation. No one likes a soggy basement! We also made a Menards trip and loaded up on some plants! Aren’t they cute?

    Then, some landscaping fabric went down and a nice fresh layer of dark brown mulch. Getting there!

    And here is what the front yard is looking like now! So much better!

    The red maple tree also got some lovin’ with a nice new bed underneath complete with hostas and blue bugleweed. Here’s the process. What a difference!

    So did the pine tree on the front corner of the lot. Here’s what it started out as…

    And this is after a little edging and some mulch. Now I don’t have to dance with those long, spiky limbs when I mow!

    The backyard before was full of weeds and it was impossible to mow properly because I had to get right up next to the house.

    So, we started laying the ground work for a larger bed that surrounded the porch and worked to rid the back bed of its resident thistles, dandelions, quack grass & moss.

    And here is the backyard now! Wow! That mulch is just amazing. Now, you can see just how many plants we actually had back there. We only planted a couple of small plants back here in addition to all the wonderful things that were already in place. I can’t wait for everything to bloom and grow!

    And, before I forget, we also got some cute little annuals to go in the front planter on the front stoop. I can’t wait to see how these grow and bloom, they will be such a nice accent to the front of the house!

    Alright, so now I have to finish painting the shutters and re-hang all of those and get a couple of planters planted to accent  the front & side doors. Oh, and we still have a little more rock along the driveway to figure out what to do with. Then, we’ll plant and mulch those beds for the final push to the finish of phase one. Then, it’s on to the patio!

    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, despite the kind of disheartening weather. More updates to come!

  • Friday Favorites – Gearing up for summer!

    Friday Favorites – Gearing up for summer!

    Switching it up a little this Friday with a chic and comfy summertime outfit! It’s been chilly, rainy and cloudy here for the past week or so, so I’m ready to celebrate the start of summer with some new seasonal pieces for my wardrobe. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! I’ll be back next week to update you all on the landscaping situation!

    01 – Just might have to go pick up this strapless colorblock dress from Old Navy this weekend. I love the color combination!

    02 – I love these Green Crystal Earrings from KimDulaney. I think that little touch of green is just what this outfit needs.

    03 – I think these strappy leather sandals from Madewell look like the perfect pairing of comfort and style.

    04 – Isn’t this hot pink wicker clutch from J.Crew just screaming summer pool party?

  • Landscaping Diary – Weeks 1 & 2

    Landscaping Diary – Weeks 1 & 2

    I think the overarching theme of these past couple of weeks of work outside has been “don’t stop until you drop”. Both Adam and I have put in many, many hours moving rock, then moving the rock that we already moved, then moving some more rock. It’s exhausting work, but we are finally seeing some results!

    Last week, I finally cleared out the left side of the front bed. It was so satisfying to finally get a nice clear patch of dirt! This past weekend, we both cleared out the right front bed and now we just have along the driveway to clear and a small section on the west side of the house still.

    I also removed all of the shutters and bought some exterior trim paint in a nice dark gray. We’ll see how the paint holds up on the vinyl shutters – I think I am breaking the rules by painting the previously white shutters a dark color, but I’m hoping the exterior paint will hold up.

    The front stoop area is also looking pretty sad. We’re planning on painting the concrete stoop, painting the metal railings dark gray to match the shutters, painting the door and potentially getting a new screen door. It’s hard to want to spend money on this front entryway as we seldom use it. Most people who come over come into the house on the east side, directly into the kitchen. So, hopefully by warming this front door up and making it look more presentable, it will be more approachable and welcoming to guests.

    My parents are coming up this weekend, so there will be lots of projects to post next week! Make way for new plants, mulch, and some painted shutters! I can’t wait!

  • Friday Favorites – Out in the Yard

    Friday Favorites – Out in the Yard

    I’ve been working like a dog out in my yard these past couple of weeks – more on that in an upcoming post! But, I’ve been scouring the web for some great planters and decorative items to give my yard some personality. Here’s a few items I’ve got my eye on!

    01 – These awesome Self-watering Cult pots from West Elm

    02 – I love this metal Sun Art for the side of the house. I would choose the painted copper finish as it’s going to go with my new house color scheme. More on that soon!

    03 – Aren’t these Owl Water Feeders awesome? I have the perfect spot picked out for these in front of the house!

    04 – And, you have to have a good pair of gardening gloves. A must!

  • Friday Favorites – Crazy Cat Lady

    Friday Favorites – Crazy Cat Lady

    I’ve been called a crazy cat lady a few times. OK. Many more than a few times.

    Our cat, Arnold, is pretty much the most awesome beast alive. So, I thought I’d round up a few feline-inspired items for this Friday. Meow!

    01 – Cute cat dish from Lauren Sumner Pottery

    02 – Darling Sterling Silver Necklace from Lunahoo

    03 – Absolutely adorable Kitty Coin Purse from oktak

    04 – Lovely geometric Cat Print from Gingiber