Front Door Colors

Blue Shotgun House

Two-story Blue (a.k.a- our besties house across the street) is getting a new exterior door color! It’s currently a purple-y shade of brown: The question is: which one? Cherry: Cranberry: Fuchsia: Grass Green: Dark Lime: Bright Lime: Sage: Yellow: Charcoal: Gray: Select your favorite option on the poll below, and thanks in advance for your […]

3 Fall Favorites


#1- This stuff: Fluffy cotton tufts, dotting rows of spindly sticks, can be seen by the field-full all over Alabama each Fall. And to make matters even more marvelous-looking, runaway puffs gather up into pillowy clumps in the ditches, so taking the scenic route is an absolute must around here. We flew past that field […]

Our Front Porch


I walked out the front door yesterday and it hit me. I haven’t blogged about one of my favorite parts of this house yet- the front porch! From it, we can see the lake at the end of our street, and I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of looking in that direction. We only […]

House Colors – Part Two


We ventured out just after sun-up on Saturday, as the fog was lifting off the lake. It was the perfect morning to ride bike, and check out some of our new surroundings and colors. Blues and greens ranged from dark & dusty to bright & brilliant… I’ve always favored blue and green… …especially when there’s a […]

House Colors

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Upon first glance, Kev and I both felt like one of the things we’d (eventually) like to change about our new house are the exterior paint colors. Or should I say- color. Right now, the whole thing is pretty much completely covered in one single shade of tan. The body, the trim, the underskirt, the railings, the doors…heck, […]

It Had To Be Done


We hired a couple fellas to cut down a dead tree in our backyard the other day. It wasn’t the most fun home improvement money we’ve ever spent, but apparently home owners insurance doesn’t cover damage caused by dead trees, so it had to be done. I didn’t want to be all up in their […]

True Value DIY Blog Squad 2011


Happy 4th of July! Hope you and yours are having a fabulous, firework-filled weekend! We’re teaming up with True Value again this summer and fall, and we thought we’d share a True Value-related update about the outside of our house today. Here’s what it looked like last week… And here’s where we’re at with it […]

Home SWEAT Home


3 days at the beach with my bride = Totally. Awesome. Coming home to a backed up/leaking sewer pipe underneath our house= Totally. Stinky! I felt really bad for the guy who had to go under there and unclog everything. Those old holes in our house (we haven’t got around to fixing yet) actually came in handy […]

Curb Appeal The Plot


When we bought our 3-acre plot, and the funky little fixer that sat on it, there wasn’t a whole lot of landscaping goin’ on… We’ve spent the past few years mainly working on the inside of the house, but my master gardener Mom has helped us add a few touches of color here and there… […]

A Door with a View

Door with a view

We’ve wanted to replace our heavy, old front door for the looooongest time. The front side of it was pretty outdated-looking and the inside of it reminded Kevin of one you’d see in a cabin in the woods in a scary movie. Remember these photos of it that were taken right after we moved in? […]

Front Yard Photos

Well, I think I’ve ALMOST fully recouperated. The arthritis in my hands is still hurting a bit…mostly when I first wake up. But I have to say, it was worth it! My Mom, bless her heart, did most of the work, so I shouldn’t complain too much. (Love you Mom!) Check out these photos I […]

Exterior Motives

So here it is. Our house… It’s made out of cinderblocks. Yep, that’s right- I said cinderblocks. Not the most “cottage-y” of exteriors, eh? My husband didn’t think so either. Fortunately, I was able to cloud his judgment with the repeated use of phrases like, “clad it with some kind of cottage-style siding”, and “paint […]