My husband and I love nothing more than to load the kids up in the double stroller and get out and walk our neighborhood. On Sunday afternoon we walked up to WholeFoods to get some goodies for dinner and took our camera with us. We are trying to get ideas for what we might want to do to spruce up the exterior of our home.
Here it is in the real estate listing.
I have to say that since we moved in I’ve really not been a fan of the front of the house. This past weekend, though, I said to my husband that it was growing on me. He suspects it is because the leaves are returning to the trees and flowers are blooming again. So, there are signs of life. This was an interesting observation and makes me realize that perhaps good attention to all seasons when we landscape will go a long way in making me happy year round! The above photo was taken in the summer when the leaves were on the trees, etc.
In any case, I’ve mentioned that a circular drive is on the wish list and we are considering painting. Here are some photos we took on our walk that provided varying levels of inspiration.
In the above image, we noted the circular driveway. I would like to do something other than plain concrete. It is hard to see here but this driveway did add some stone to the concrete to make it a little more visually appealing than just plain concrete, while probably keeping it under control in the budget department.
In this one, I liked how their path to the house was stone….and that the entrance was a bit more substantial than a simple straight shot out to the sidewalk and street. With some decorative urns with flowers I think this could be quite an inviting look. My husband and I both love the look of stone.
I have been looking at everyone’s painted brick…wondering what color(s) would look best if we decide to paint. I am leaning towards grey with black shutters at the moment. But, my mind changes often. Interestingly, I’ve learned that previously (more than 2 owners previous) our house was painted. If you investigate closely on various places of our house….you can tell. It is like peeling an onion….and I do love the charm of our old house with its storied past.
In the image above, I also like the roof over the front door. Is that tin or copper? I don’t know but a lot of homes in our area have these. I was wondering what one would look like over our front porch? I love how they weather over time, gaining more character.
More painted brick above, probably a bit dark and brown for our home. But still looks nice.
I actually love the stone and shingles on this house. Probably not an option for ours….but I still took a photo. Kindof reminds me of the house in the movie “Father of the Bride.”
Ok, while the above house is not of particular inspiration, we snapped this photo because of the arches on the porch. One thing my husband and I want to do is create more arches inside our house to soften things up. I wondered if something like this would be nice for the front or back porches. My biggest concern is the whole light (or lack thereof) issue in the house. Something like the above may exacerbate this.
This last image….we’ll we just had to snap it. Who knew we were in Dallas and not the tropics? This home, not terribly far from ours is proof that you can do whatever fits your lifestyle! (Until you try to sell….)
And finally, to prove that the walk wasn’t all about houses….my husband snapped a photo of a WWII bomber that flew overhead. He had wanted to make it to an airshow on Sunday but the kids all but napped through it. At least he was able to get a small glimpse. I have to say it was pretty spectacular in person….
So, there you have it. Just a few inspirations from a short Sunday afternoon walk. On the drive to school Monday, Maddie asked me to tell her a story. I started my usual one about Glenda the good witch (she LOVES Wizard of Oz) coming down in her bubble to take her to the park. She promptly stopped me and said “No Mommy, the story about what color is that house.” Further proof that my almost 3 year old hears EVERYTHING Mommy and Daddy have to say!
What about you? Painted brick in general. Is it a yay or a ney?