These days the front door was use to greet your neighbors. Now a days people exit + enter their home through the garage. I tend to keep my garage door closed for this reason. I want my guest to be greeted at the front door. Not the garage! Insert stressed faced emoji. (Close your eyes and watch your step) I try to keep it presentable but I always have a project! Spring is officially here and I don’t know about you but I can’t keep my pretty little manicure out of the dirt.
We get a lot of questions about our landscaping. It’s a modern twist to the typical southern azalea and boxwood bush flowerbed. I wanted to incorporate rock, a water feature, and mostly evergreens. I wanted to create a porch at my home that was inviting to the neighbors who were out and about or just stopping by.
My landscapers and I started collaborating and throwing ideas back and forth with each other and he saw my vision instantly. He was so excited to do something out of the ordinary.
When we had the concrete poured we made sure there was enough room for the mondo (mini monkey grass) to be planted. If you decide to do this at some point or lay pavers be sure to allow 4 inches between for planting.
Azaleas are in full bloom on the front porch but I’m extra giddy about the line of gardenia bushes not being far behind. The back flower bed and side flower bed is a simple line of gardenia blushes. I enjoy their promise to stay green year round. When they bloom in the summer the smell is blissful! Almost as if a candle is burning all summer long on your back porch. Not to mention the continuous white blooms. NOTHING BETTER! Here is one of my big helpers. We may have had someone install it all but we enjoy the labor of love maintaining it ourselves as a family.
A swing in the spring screams come out and play!
As our front porch has been mainly for guest, while the back porch is mostly kept private. For those sweet mornings for coffee or cool off afternoons with a glass ice water or cocktail. Refreshments don’t have to be fancy to brighten up your outdoor space to make some memories.
SOURCES I’VE USED FOR OUTDOORS
SPRING AT THE SILOS
Since we are talking spring I’m letting you in on a little bit of our Spring Break trip to Spring at the Silos to MAGNOLIA MARKET. Waco, TX is just a 3 hour drive for us so it made it easy to make a quick trip. If your ever in the area be sure to make a quick stop. Its located just off I 35. The weather did not play in our favor and lines were long but still worth the trip. This is not a typical day though. This was their featured Spring Event with lots of vendors! Also sharing my favorite MAGNOLIA MARKET finds along with finds from vendor row.
Looking like a true tourist to capture these shots for you guys was an understatement. It was so crowded and we were there the minute it opened to avoid long lines with the boys. Although, it wasn’t entirely too bad. Jason and I grabbed a cup of coffee from one of the food trucks and waited the line out to venture through the market while the boys played on the lawn. May have been a total of a 20 min wait. I would exit the line and convince Jason to hold our spot to run off to sneak some pictures in.
I really do have a middle son but he quickly escaped for a bit of freedom so he’s barley captured in any shots. Promise he’s out there somewhere! Thank goodness the entire property is fenced in. Jason says he’s like a bad penny….he always comes back around.
SPRING AT THE SILOS FINDS
Wooden bowl, tassel tea towel, and white tulips all found at the Magnolia Market
The Aliz Earrings in Silver by Summer Ellis is from the line of jewelry Joanna Gaines loves to wear. Each piece in their Garden collection is handmade with gemstones, freshwater pearls, & sterling silver &/or 14 kt. gold filled metals. They are beautiful, clean, and classic. You can find more pieces at www.summerellis.com
I had previously purchased this letter board by Letterfolk and so glad I did. We’ve enjoyed leaving inspirational quotes and messages for each other. They were an attending vendor at the event. If I hadn’t had already purchased one recently I may have snatched up another board in a different size with the gray felt! Be sure to check them out on their Instagram page or their website! Its also the same letter board Joanna Gaines used in the Bakery at the Silos . Her is a sweet picture of business owner Joanna from Letterfolf with her board at the bakery! She’s a doll!
I’ve got my eyes on one soon. It was so good to see these fellow Instagram business owners in person finally!
My final find is a….well you decide. Its the perfect lightweight, high-quality Turkish towel with terry cloth lining for extra comfort by Suay Threads. Use for travel, shower, the pool, a throw, or the beach! Check them out at suaythreads.com
Thank you for stopping in and Happy Spring! Hope you enjoyed our little spring tour!