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My March Garden

Sedum


Yes, okay, it’s a few days late but I’m happy to share with you my 2nd ever March garden post, and for the record I did snap these photos on the 31st. This is only the second time of the six gardening seasons we’ve had that there have actually been plants popping out of the earth at the end of March. I know what I’m sharing isn’t amazingly beautiful or anything, but in comparison to my April post last year I have similar sized perennials 30 days early. That makes me hopeful that the plants will have a longer season this year, and if you’re a half-glass-full type like me, then essentially spring is coming early and everything is awesome.

I’m starting to see tiny leaves on the buds of many of our trees and after the next few days of rain albeit cold rain, things should start greening up!

 

Bleeding Hearts

 

Peonies


I’m so excited to see the peonies this year, last year a bunch of the tiny stalks got trampled during the fence installation and I didn’t get to see all these pretties. Plus, I planted two new peonies in my anniversary garden last spring, ‘Raspberry Charm’ and ‘Coral Charm’. They be real purty.

 

Lilies

 

Tulips


Look! Do you see ‘em?

 

Jacob’s Ladder

 

Brown Town

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Featured : Adore Home Magazine

Whazzup guys? I didn’t really plan on taking a week off, but then I guess I wasn’t really being realistic either. The kids are on spring break this week, plus I’ve been babysitting one of their little pals. I am ready for them all to be back in school, I swear they’re ganging up on me. It’s hard to believe I used to do this all-day-kid-watching-thing full time. I thought I could manage it all but it turns out there was just NO way productive posting was gonna happen this week.

I do have one pretty cool thing to share. I was featured in this months edition of Adore Home Magazine! Adore is an online magazine so you can all cruise over here to take a look, plus this month issue is all about the bloggers, there’s pages and pages of eye candy and links to good reads.

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5 Years in a 100 Year Old House

Hey guys! We’ve moved into our 5 years ago this month! That’s the longest I’ve ever lived in one place since moving out of my folks’ place – head’s up – that was 15 years ago! We love this house so much, like the most! We’ll be staying here for the long haul. We’ve/I’ve been busy the last few years really trying to make this house our own. I believe that making a home is one of those things that really happens over time, in layers. I couldn’t imagine making it all happen overnight like it does on TV. I don’t have the money, or natural instinct to do that.

I’ve spent the good part of a week working on a full house tour to share with you guys, which includes lots of pictures and some Before & Afters. More than anything it’s an excuse to pat myself on the back and remind myself how very awesome I am (I kid), but honestly, I do feel really proud of what this place has become. I know it will continue to change throughout our time here, and I think that’s what makes it ours.

So let me show you around.

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House
This is our master bedroom, if you’ve been following along you probably already know that it’s the most recent big project I’ve taken on. Not only did I have fun making it look pretty but I had even more fun doing all the hard stuff, like repairing the plaster walls and floor, searching for trim and baseboard replacements at our local salvage center, wallpapering and building custom shelving. That’s the stuff I really like to do, and I’m excited that there will be more of it in my future with the pending basement remodel.
We’ve never had a real grown up bedroom with a real bed frame and nightstands. This is big time for us! We’re really, really happy with how the space turned out, especially now that both the sunroom and the bedroom feel like the same space. It cliché for me to say, but the space is really peaceful now, and I love spending lazy times in bed. The only thing that could possibly make it any better would involve my kids learning how to sleep in on the weekends.

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House
The master bedroom makeover all started with the sunroom revamp last spring. The sunroom (aka sun porch, aka four-season-porch, aka coolest spot in the house) had been very neglected and overlooked. Five years ago it was the main reason we bought the house, but then life happened. We got busy, couldn’t find our decorating groove in the bedroom and the porch was forgotten for a little while. It became the place where random furniture came to rest. We tried to give it a cool vibe with lots of vintage decor, but it just wasn’t coming together.
Last spring I made a plan and we were determined to make this sunroom the awesome space we always knew it could be. It started with learning how to reupholster the mid-century sofa and followed up with adding floating shelving to solve the problem of the porches sloped floors. With a color palette of navy and coral I was able to pull the entire space together with a few key pieces and lots of plants. Now we spend lots of time hanging in the space, and I get to work in here almost daily.

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House

Deuce Cities Henhouse : 5 Year's in a 100 Year Old House
 
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Adding Color to the Boys’ Room

Color Blocking in the Boys room using Clark+Kensington Paint
Five years ago this month we moved into this house. The entire place was painted in a terrifyingly boring light brownish-yellowish color that was well past its prime, if there ever was any sort of prime for that brand of mediocrity. Bottom line: everything needed a fresh coat of paint. The first thing we did when we moved – like literally, before we unpacked a single bag – was tackle the bedroom of our then-20-month-old son, Finn. We painted his room a bright yellowy-green. There was no plan for this color, no design, no motive, no NOTHING, beyond our satisfaction that it was 100% not the bland death that existed before. The little baby that moved into that room 5 years ago is now nearly 7 and has a younger brother he now shares his bedroom with. Things have changed.

After we slapped that green paint up on the walls we didn’t gave it another thought for quite some time. Even 2 falls ago when the boys combined rooms and started sharing a bedroom, updating the paint color was the last thing on my to-do list. Fast forward to now, spring 2015 and I’m ready for a project. Lucky for me, my pals over at Ace gave me the inspiration to finally tackle those green walls and make this bedroom a space that is fun and happy for my boys.

You guys might not know it, but something really great happens in March. I know what you’re thinking, but no, it’s not the first day of spring, the snow melting, the sunshine, the college guys throwing the round orange sports ball at the netted circle… none of that. It’s actually the month of 31 Days of Color over at ThePaintStudio.com. For seriousness though, if you’re looking for color inspiration, that place is oozing it. All of us Ace bloggers are contributing by doing something special with a different Clark+Kensington color every day – so hop on over and see what some of my blogger pals are up to.

Color Blocking in the Boys room using Clark+Kensington Paint
I actually choose this bright, bright yellow OPI Color by Clark+Kensington color called ‘Need Sunglasses?’ It’s a super intense yellow, yes, but I wanted something that was bright, happy, fun and most importantly was a color the boys both actually liked. This bright yellow had to be an accent color in this space because it would’ve been too much to add that loud of a color to all four walls. It’s bright and intense, but it’s not scary – it’s perfect for pairing with cool-toned colors to create a fun and youthful vibe. We decided adding a geometric pattern to the walls and ceiling would be pretty cool, some sort of cool genius even planned it so that it would flank the bunk beds just perfectly.

Color Blocking in the Boys room using Clark+Kensington Paint
By the way guys, I painted these walls white first. I know everyone on the internetz is in search of the perfect white, and guess what you don’t have to look anymore, I think I’ve found it – I really like this one. I actually picked it really willy-nilly-like, and I lucked out. This is ‘Linen’ by Clark+Kensington and it is tyte. It errs on the warmer side and is just off-white enough to really set off crisp white trim and baseboards. It’ll be my go-to the next time I have the urge to paint something white.

After starting with a clean white slate I was able to throw up this colorful pattern on a Sunday afternoon and even had time to take a sandwich and beer break. Before I began mapping out the pattern and masking and painting, I took extra care to make sure that everything was level, square and plumb before I began. The first step was to outline the entire length of the pattern by dropping a chalk line. From there on, it was pretty straightforward and easy. I marked down the chalk line every 24″ and then started connecting the marks with a pencil and a ruler. See below for the measurements. Next I taped off sections using painters tape. This project required me painting in four different sections, and took 2-3 coats for every section (3 for the dark blue). All-in-all I was done in about 7 hours including snack break.

Geometrical Color Blocking Pattern

Color Blocking in the Boys room using Clark+Kensington Paint

Color Blocking in the Boys room using Clark+Kensington Paint
Not gonna lie, this color is bright but I really like it. I took the color palette of the entire house into consideration before moving ahead with this project. I wanted it to fit in with the vibe of the rest of the house while still feeling like a really cool boys’ bedroom. As recently as a few years ago yellow was a color found throughout accents in our entire house; it was a common thread and pulled everything together. Today you can find all those yellow accessories segregated in “the yellow room” – our spare bedroom. It just happens to contain a lot of items that aren’t as special to me as some of the newer decor we’ve brought into the house. It all really works in the yellow room though. Point is, there is yellow in our house. There is also blue, lots of blue and shades of turquoise. See, it all makes sense! I swear.

So guess what? Not only did Ace help me out with this project, but there’s a chance you could have them help you with a project too! Here’s the deal. If you’re interested in a color (today’s color or any of the other remaining days’ colors) Ace will be giving away free samples of the Color of the Day to the first 1,000 online entrants at ThePaintStudio.com. Here’s the big one though – enter the 31 Days of Color Sweepstakes daily for a chance to win a $10,000 paint makeover as well as daily $50 gift cards. I can’t even begin to imagine what a $10,000 paint makeover even looks like. If you win, you have to tell me.

Clark+Kensington 31 Days of Color

Color Blocking in the Boys room using Clark+Kensington Paint
Ace Hardware : 31 Days of Color

I’m excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided me with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project! All opinions are my own. Thanks a biznillion, Ace!
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Thinking About : The Garden

Astilbe
I’ve never grown Astible in the garden. Its flowers are so feathery and the foliage is reminiscent of ferns. It comes in array of colors and sizes and prefers the shade. I think it could look really stunning mixed in with the hostas on the shady side of the backyard garden.

This spring will mark the beginning of my sixth gardening season. All of the plants in the garden are mature now, and the garden and flower beds have really filled in. I can’t even tell you how much I love to watch the perennials grow and change every year – fer real, I’m kinda obsessed.

I was just starting to see peonies, sedum, and bleeding hearts push their way through the surface of the soil when as expected, March decided to totally diss the midwest. On sunday night it snowed and got really cold, it’s supposed to snow again tonight. Sometimes it’s really hard to live in such a wintery climate.

Trying to keep it poz-e (aka positive) though, so I’ve been doing a little garden dreaming and planning. I’ve spent a lot of time pouring over old garden posts highly anticipating what has to be right around the corner. The garden is mature now, most of the plants are very large and have filled in nicely. Some of them may even have to be split up this year or rearranged based on their size. This is where I can begin to play with layouts, heights, colors and start to fine tune, edit, and arrange the plants where they are happiest and look the prettiest. I’ve got my eye on a few perennials and bulbs that I am really hoping to add to the garden this summer. So here’ what I’m thinking:

Allium
Allium is a bulb and comes from the onion family most similarly related to chives or garlic. There are many many varieties of Allium varying in height, flower size, and color. I love the big purple poms sitting atop the straight narrow stems. These guys love partial sun and well drained soil, and I’m thinking these might have a chance out on the boulevard garden. The only downside is that they bloom in the spring and early summer – I need more late summer blooms on the boulevard – suggestion welcome.

Golden Japanese Forest Grass
Every time I see this ornamental grass I like it more and more. I really began noticing it last summer when I would take walks through a Japanese garden near our house. It loves shade and I think it could add a lot of texture and color mixed in with the hostas bed in the backyard, or as a mound on the boulevard too.
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