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Monday, May 23, 2011

Curb Appeal

Happy Monday -- how was your weekend? Ours was pretty soggy, but we had a few breaks in the clouds and were able to get outside. After the long Winter, our front porch was left looking pretty forlorn and uninviting. (I know those of you who live north of Oklahoma are scoffing at my idea of Winter.) We cleaned things up and brought back new life. These are Kimberly Queen ferns, which I'm loving because they stand so nice and tall. No one likes a frumpy, stocky fern. And according to my aunt, this breed doesn't shed either.

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The other necessary spruce-up was replacing the mat. Remember the poo Mr. Pumpkin King left behind? (That project series is the perfect example of blogger-insanity!)

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I found this great one at Ballard Designs. I decided against knocking it off like I did this Ballard project since the size was perfect, and they offered free monogramming!

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Some of the reviews online complain about the faded color, but I think it looks more natural that way. And it's really soft on your bare feet, unlike most coir mats.

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You can read about the doors and light fixture update from last Summer here.

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I think this is the first semi-wide-angle shot I've shown of our house. The bay window on the left is the Dining Room, and the one on the right is my Son's Room. I blurred the house numbers so you freaks don't come over and git yer freak on! The ferns and monogram give the porch a big ole Southern welcome feel.

front door

Much better, now I'm ready to properly welcome the pizza guy. Have you been sprucing up your outdoor spaces?

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26 comments:

  1. Looks great! My house needs some major curb appeal. You are inspiring me.

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  2. I'll be there tomorrow! Love the changes- and how great that the mat is soft! I love a monogram:)

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  3. I love double door entries. Love the ferns in the blue and white pots! Beautiful curb appeal.

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  4. So are you calling me a freakin stalker?? :)
    Love your new mat xo

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  5. Very inviting!! I think the mat looks perfect. :)

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  6. Love the new look! The blue and white pots are just lovely! Also think the mat is perfect...I need to update ours!

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  7. Beautiful! I kill every fern that has the misfortune to sit on my porch, so I'm always jealous of people with beautiful, thriving ones. Looks great!

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  8. I am feeling slightly offended that you don't want us all at the front door today! House looks beautiful. I love the pots the ferns are in as well. I have always wanted a red front door. Pretty pretty!

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  9. I love the blue and white pots you put the ferns in. Looks great!

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  10. I love your doors! Very pretty!

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  11. It's so cute and inviting! I've always loved your red door (:

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  12. Good call on the blurring your number, you never know when I might get the wild hair to come egg someone's house...(c: Those ferns are the perfect touch to the entry, you are right, that is some curb appeal!

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  13. I need a new welcome mat so bad, I think you just inspired me to finally go get a new one!

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  14. I LOVE the red door with the blue and white pots - gorgeous color combo - my favorite! I need some of those same ferns for my front door. Every time I get my "yard work" clothes on it starts pouring down rain, and I'm forced to sit on the couch with a glass of wine! It's a tough life but somebody has to live it ;)

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  15. You have wonderful curb appeal! Love those red doors and your new ferns. It's very inviting!

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  16. Hi! I love the color of the door to your house! Your blog is fantastic so I've nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award. When you have a moment, please visit my blog under the post of the same name for details. There is no rush, but I just wanted to let you know :)

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  17. Gorgeous! Your house is a beauty! My outdoor space currently leaves MUCH to be desired. Grrrr.

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  18. Love the blue and white pots Cassie! They really pop against your front doors. Love ferns too, good to know those don't shed as much.

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  19. I have a red front door too - love the red!

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  20. Oh wow! I just posted on my blog today that I'm looking for the perfect glossy red for my new front door (when we move in June). Do you recall the paint color of your door? I love it!

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  21. I love your door!! Our last house had a red door and I kinda miss it. The new monogrammed rug looks fab!

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  22. Loooving those red doors!! What an appearance!!

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  23. the ferns are fabulous!

    i love everything about your entry.

    now i need to unblur the numbers, and search "F" with your numbers. heh. just kidding!

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Your comments are like crack, or popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. xoxo, cass

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