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Planning a (new) Circular Driveway

Planning a (new) Circular Driveway

I have so many amazing memories of pulling into my grandparents’ farmhouse in the Shenandoah Valley, my dad throwing the car in park, and us running out of the car (pausing only to let the dog out of the back) before feeling supremely welcomed by a hug from my grandparents, the smell of a homecooked...
Rock Wall in Front Yard

Rock Wall in Front Yard

We’ve done some more landscaping in the front yard! Just a reminder of what the front walkway started looking out like when we bought the house in 2013: We have done a LOT of ripping overgrown things out of the front yard (a lot of which has happened to be poison ivy/ poison oak/ poison...
Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

Complete Little Brick Outbuilding

EXCITING UPDATE! The floor in the little brick outbuilding is done and we’ve moved everything into David’s new office! I don’t know who’s more excited… David, for having a place he can work from home, or me, for having a place to put David’s crocodile head and Claymore sword.  (After we got married, we had...
Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

Tile Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

So when we left off, we had the heated subfloor installed in David’s office/ little brick outbuilding.  (Post here.) Since then, the tile has been laid!!! Check it out! I decided to do a tile from Home Depot reminiscent of bricks but a whole lot thinner (and cheaper, added bonus!) than bricks.  The main goal...
New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

New (Heated!) Floor in Little Brick Outbuilding

As you walk up the front walkway to our house, the two-story front porch greets you, and if you walk along the porch, there’s a beautiful (albeit a bit overgrown) brick walkway that leads to the sweetest little brick outbuilding. I love the picture above Claire Pieron took back before we moved in.  Sadly, since...
Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Landscaping the Front Garden Bed

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and check out how the front of the house used to look when we bought it: And how it is now: It was a little bit overgrown, huh? Walking up to the front door you used to brush aside the bushes and every morning would run into...
Yardwork

Yardwork

  Now that the weather’s warm, we’ve started doing some yardwork in our mess of a front yard. I can’t really garden in any of the existing overgrown garden beds because they have small touches of poison ivy throughout.  This is a huge disappointment to me because I gardened a lot in Alexandria and found...
Clearing Out the Driveway

Clearing Out the Driveway

  When we first moved in, as our photographer Claire Pieron so aptly captured, the growth along either side of our driveway was pretty thick: Lots of stuff going on, right?   We have since spent a LOT of time clearing out bushes, trees, and vines from this area.  We did a lot last fall...
Felling the Tree

Felling the Tree

The view of our house from the gravel driveway is very hidden to say the least.  The trees completely block the house with the exception of a tiny part peeking out.  While I love feeling “away from it all,” it is very secluded to me and almost too isolating. I had asked David if we...
Planting New Dawn Roses

Planting New Dawn Roses

On par with feeling the baby’s first kicks a few weeks ago, our wedding day was probably the happiest day of my life.  It was perfect– our closest friends and family together with us as we said our vows under a beautiful arch made by my cousin May. Is my cousin talented or what?!  I...
Home Spring Home

Home Spring Home

For this Thursday’s post about something that inspires me, I’ll cut right to the chase: the weather!  It’s finally springtime here in Charlottesville and I LOVE it!  We moved to Charlottesville in May of last year (and to our house in August) so I have no idea what will surface and bloom at home… and...
Thinning Out the Front Yard

Thinning Out the Front Yard

  Our front yard has not only become a dump for the contractors (see the above pic with remnants of the old roof– which got replaced last November– still in our yard) but it was just so overgrown that it was really starting to bother me.  I don’t mind the contractor stuff because I know...
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