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Upgrade Your Front Yard for Curb Appeal and More

New project for a new year: Revamp lackluster landscaping for resale value, water savings and everyday enjoyment Full Story
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jdforney
We hired a landscape architect to come up with plans for our yard (front & back). Since we did the installation ourselves, we saved over $15,000. Our lot is only 4700 sf & the house footprint is on that, so we were working with a small area. Rocky soil meant hard digging. We bought good sized plants as we didn't want to wait 10 years for things to finally look well grown. We traded with neighbors, getting pachysandra for our compost.

Thankfully, we didn't have to do any major grading. We did have many yards of compost & mulch delivered. Moving that was hot work.

We removed all grass in the front & replaced with pachysandra, which will be complete groundcover in a couple more years. We added inkberry & red twig dogwood for height up to the front windows, then ferns, iris, day lilies, tulips, lady's mantle & anenome for lowered heights & seasonal blooming. We already had 2 huge oak & ash trees. We hope to plant a witch hazel tree this spring & add a big window box to the front. We keep a seasonal big pot on the front steps with annuals.
February 2, 2014 at 5:08AM     
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A Child's Playhouse Brings the Circus to Town

A grandfather set out to build a traditional caravan for his granddaughter to play in. Then his project took a whimsical turn Full Story
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laureljo
Absolutely lovely in conception and execution! Congratulations grandfather and Coco!
last Friday at 5:59AM     
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Diane G.
Whimsical, wonderful and well-worth the effort. It will truly be cherished!
(I hope my husband will love our first grandchild enough to do something like this! He DID build an awesome fort for our sons that everyone copied,)
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luckystar
What an amazing and precious family heirloom. It is so beautiful and no doubt will be treasured, loved and enjoyed by many generations to come.
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laureljo
Looks like an entirely different house on the outside. Bright and clean exterior but also inviting! Lots of work with the stair and railing change - lovely
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2014diane
Great job.
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Genevieve
Very nice work .
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laureljo
Another angle - pillows at least have color
last Thursday at 7:06AM   
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laureljo
Thanks you are right, I love turquoise, teal etc. couches came yesterday and I'll be adding those colors but not sure with what objects yet. I need much larger and more art certainly
last Thursday at 10:29AM   
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laureljo
Thanks Marlene M. I think curtain rings are an excellent idea and I like the photo that you sent. I had no curtains for many years and just added those because there are windows on 3 sides and at night in winter....this room is a black hole - 17 windows. It didn't bother me till all the kids were in college and people weren't here as often.
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laureljo
Hey Unwanted advice thank you for your kind words and your suggestions. I think the band on the bottom is a good idea! Maybe I'd try that before adding to the sides and see how it works. Long story on why the drapes got hung that way but the bottom band could solve length and color problems at once.
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laureljo
Barrowp thank you for the window compliment. There are a lot of shrubs in back but also back there a sidewalk and cul de sac - in winter it's nice feeling completely anonymous when the drape is closed - custom made drapes were very out of reach. They were bare for 8 years - I do get that aesthically bare is a more sophisticated look. Thanks for the feedback
last Thursday at 4:15PM   
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efarr99
I would change out the pillows. Add more color and maybe geometric design or ikat.
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barrowp
I can relate to the dilemma of how to treat the big beautiful windows because I have them as well! I am currently relying on the landscaping and enjoying the view. I like your rug and love your sofas. I would l pull it all in tighter as Marlene suggests and go with the teal. New pillows could make a huge difference.
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July 29, 2014 at 10:43PM     
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Michelle Scott for Ethan Allen - Laguna Niguel, CA
how about a background like this?
August 3, 2014 at 12:36PM     
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Michelle Scott for Ethan Allen - Laguna Niguel, CA
and succulents in the chicken feeder?
August 3, 2014 at 12:48PM     
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