"I'll tell you what really bugs me about your house", MaryAnne (my Landscape Architect) said to me one day.
What? I held my breath waiting for her reply. . .
"The two stovepipes that stick out of your roof!" (below)
Before (the day we took possession, that's my nephew)
I literally ran out of my studio that morning, to the front of the house and said "OMG you're right. They look terrible. And I have never registered them before in my brain. I have been so busy looking at the truly ugly landscape prior to our renovation, I never noticed them."
In actual fact, they should have a box built around them clad with bricks so they look like a real chimney instead of just a stovepipe sticking out of the roof.
I laughed and said "Well, they never bothered me before, but they bother me now! Thanks for that gift MaryAnne".
So here's the thing. That might have happened to you when you read this blog. You might have had some harmless pink beige carpet in your house, sitting there, minding it's own business, doing the job it's intended for and then you read this post and think "Ugh, I think I have this very colour in my home."
Ignorance is bliss in this case.
And you just need to understand that the professional will always notice something that you will not. That's a big reason to hire one by the way. Otherwise, you might find yourself going down the wrong dusty trail in your renovation. There is no way my landscape would look like it does without MaryAnne!
I'm sure I would have eventually noticed my stovepipes, however I had bigger, more ugly areas of my house that I cringed at every, single day before the demolition.
I still haven't bought shutters, so I'm showing you this side of the house today.
During the flagstone installation
The Silhouettes I ordered were installed last week and the huge bonus I wasn't expecting was how much street appeal they added to the front of the house. Now the windows don't look like black holes anymore.
We planted Thyme and Alyssum in between the flagstone. While the Thyme appears practically dead and looks like it's just barely hanging on, the Alyssum is so happy. I don't think I'll plant Alyssum on the actual pathway next year because when people come over they look like they are tip toeing along the pathway to get to the front door, haha.
I do love the scent when I walk to the house from the driveway. Isn't my new column so much better than what was there before? What a difference.
Remember back in the Spring when I planted the Succulents beside my front door? Well I thought you might like to see what they look like now.
You can see I have already replaced the petunias in the smaller pot with Fall Mums.
Here's another before again:
After (Try not to look at the stovepipes okay?)
Love the Cosmos daisies but deadheading them certainly is a full-time job! I planted the ones in front of the living room window a little later so that's why they look more full on the left side in front of the dining room windows.
Here's this angle again:
Looks so much better with the new gutters and the downspout moved against the house from where it was before along the post, before it became a column.
By the way, I found a fabulous urn at a local supplier but I am going to wait until the fall to install it in front of the living room window, otherwise the daisies will get trampled by the time it's in place – concrete is heavy!
Hope you enjoyed the update!
Why Pink Beige should be Banished Forever!
Cloverdale Paint Party on Elizabeth Avenue
How to Choose the Colour of your Flagstone: Before & After
Smart Light Control for my Living Room from Urban Aesthetics
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