Makeovers

ranch, yard, path, front yard, makeoverFor this week’s Before & After I have a lovely front yard transformation that I found over at Foodie is the New Forty. This sweet little ranch house begged for a yard that would make its mid century-esque exterior sing, but the homeowners knew it was going to take a lot of hard work and a hefty budget, as well as the help of a landscaping crew. Optimista (which is the moniker she goes by on her blog) was tired of the weeds and general frump-factor radiating from the exterior of the house, so she decided it was finally time and enlisted the help of Dearen Landscapes. Read the full post

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Just a quick write up this week, but I think you’ll love the photos- I found this front yard update over at a blog called Farmhouse Life. The homeowners wanted to get rid of the overgrown cherry tree which was becoming a maintenance issue and also find a way to create a screen the view between their porch and driveway. Here is what they came up with… Read the full post

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Hey everyone! I hope all your landscapes are thriving with color and curiosity during this first week of summer! It’s been a beautiful June here in Wisconsin– lots of rain, but nothing a good rain jacket won’t take care of. The flowers are loving it and it’s been nice to just let the garden do its thing. Anyway, let’s get onto the featured post! You may remember seeing Jerry Galanti’s work on the blog from time to time in the past. This week’s Before & After features a makeover out of Los Angeles, California. Jerry sent a few photos along with a quick write up about the project, stating that the homeowners had slightly different desires for the space. The wife wanted a clean and minimal look, but the husband wanted to keep his prized roses and vegetable gardens…2 very different ideas if you ask me! Click ahead to see what Jerry came up with!

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Every time Drea and her husband Alex peered out of the window of their South Florida home, they were  met with nothing but this unsightly backyard view. But after what I can only assume was a lot of planning and time, things began to come together and soon they were greeted by a welcome view of a brand new backyard. Read the full post

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Hey everyone! I hope you haven’t missed the not-so-weekly weekly Before & After posts over the past half month. I’m hoping that the lull was only temporary and that we can be back to our regularly scheduled broadcast. Anyway, you might remember Penny’s fantastic backyard makeover that I posted sometime last fall….well, this woman has some serious drive and ambition because it looks like she’s come full circle with a brand new sideyard makeover! Check it out…

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Once upon a time, my shed/ chicken coop used to be cute.  But then I messed with it, and then I wrote a book and I ignored it, and now I have a big fat mess.

Here is what it used to look like:

rochelle greayer studio 'g' garden studio g digitalis foxglove daylilies orange door.I was into orange like crazy, the foxgloves were happy, and I hadn’t yet given up on the bloom-less wisteria (it was replaced with a climbing hydrangea that hasn’t gotten tall enough yet to train over the door).

Last year I decided to paint the door to freshen things up and try something new. I opted for green and I will be the first to admit my mistake – it just didn’t have the magic I was going for. Green isn’t really the most exciting backdrop for garden plants and if you want to make a splash, you have to be a bit more brave. (shall we all agree to ignore the out of control weeds that took over and choked out my foxgloves while I sat inside writing?)
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So over the weekend I thought I’d try something new. I had high hopes for this lavender raisin sort of color, but once I got it on, I was shocked to see that it had no contrast to the rest of the dark brown shed and really just looks like a washed out version of siding. Yuck!

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Back to the drawing board!!!  I am so grateful to Sherwin Williams and their online tool to try out colors on a photo that you upload.
I plan to re-stain the shed — to make it true Black (this is happening to our whole house too) and I used the tool to darken up the dark brown to look more black so I could get a good contrast.
I also thought that maybe if I added some of the white paint that I have on hand I could save a few dollars and lighten the color I just bought to something a little more lavender/grey. I think it is better (see the left)….but still not bold enough.

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I’ve been toying with the idea of blue, so I edited out the lavender to try light blue (on the right) and I think I am finally on to something. Would you agree? Blue is better?  Am I the only one who struggles with this?  I am really wondering why I messed with a good thing! 

Now I just need to spend a day ripping out bunch of creeping charlie and the gooseneck loosestrife that has taken over. The dwarf mounding weeper that I have hated since we moved in is going to meet an untimely death by chainsaw and I think I am going to replace it with a few more pretty blue hydrangeas (my existing one took quite a beating this last winter but survived – you can see I still need to cut down the dead canes in the foreground).
You can hardly tell, but there are a couple of baby aspen trees in there and the foxglove simply needs to be reintroduced – I love it – and I think I will try white this time. This is going to take a little effort (and time), but now that I have the backdrop sorted out I think we can start to move forward…unless you have a better idea for a door color….because I obviously haven’t tried everything….yet. ;)

Sherwin Williams paint is available at Lowes. 

Images by rochelle greayer

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes.  This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

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When Brittany from Life as the Mrs. noticed that her yard was in an unacceptable state of disarray, she couldn’t be bothered by it any more. So she did what I would love to be able to do sometimes and called a landscaper. Don’t get me wrong- I highly enjoy being out in my yard, but there are times when it would just be so nice to have something done! But anyway, click through to see what he came up with. Read the full post