If you’ve been following along (hello if you’re new!), you know I’m business partners with Emily Walters (and Lisa Murie) of TheBlogGuild.com. Emily has been in the wedding industry for years, as a florist and accessories designer. She’s basically my secret weapon when it comes to all things floral (and she could be your’s too!)
What better thing to do than to share our talents with others? Emily invited me to attend her Wreath workshop, and on a not-too-cold night in December, I traveled to one of my favorite spots downtown and managed to connect a lot of wires together and create this black & white holiday wreath! Not to brag or anything, but I suck at these kind of things; I was pretty pleased that I hadn’t managed to completely mess up a craft (did you see my last attempt?) Either I’m just lucky, or Emily is just that great at teaching.
I didn’t really like the front porch of my last home. The porch itself was large enough to comfortably fit a chair and table. Of course, not if you wanted to open the storm door to let guests in. I don’t know why it took twelve years and a new home to realize I would’ve been much happier if I had simply not had a storm door. I can’t bring myself to put a storm door on this home! Storm doors are useful, but ugly for sure. Just say no to storm doors lol! After making a wreath at The Bloom Academy, I finished up the front porch holiday decorations with three mini-Christmas trees (with matching ribbon bows, no less) and tossed in a few new pillows (I won them on Instagram!) from cococozy.com; voila! a simple black & white holiday decor scheme that won’t have your neighbors seeing red (pun totally intended.)
Ignore the chandelier, that’s my next project to tackle. The biggest obstacle? Reaching the 30+ ft ceiling. Anyone have any scaffolding I could borrow? Pretty please with a a cherry on top?!
I wasn’t entirely on board when my realtor told me the front door would be painted black. Our new home had been neglected for too many years, and the first thing we were going to start with us was the exterior. Protect the home from the outer elements first seemed like a good priority. We had no idea what color to use – our last home had been freshly painted when we bought it, I loved the blue and white combination for the home, and so we just repainted in the same color five years later. And again five more years later. We drove through the neighborhood and picked a home whose exterior we loved the color of; our realtor called around and found out the paint color for us. It was a custom color, and I didn’t really see a problem with this. She explained that it’s so difficult to match a custom color, blah, blah, blah (okay, she didn’t actually use the word blah) and I let her do whatever. In her defense, the painter did put up a few test strokes on the garage door and eventually I chose the non-custom color because it wasn’t bad and to appease my realtor. I know, why on earth would I want to appease her? She works for me! So many things I would do differently now; hindsight is 20/20 isn’t it? If not, it needs to get some Lasik. lol Anyway – she was right about the black. Our last home had a white door, this home will be black. And I love the contrast! I still really want a colored door – something fun like red or bright blue (in fact, I have an entire front door pinterest board dedicated to it!)
Do I love the color? On sunny days. Yes. On cloudy overcast days? No. Paint is so tough and seeing as how I’m clearly not an expert, I defer to JulieBlanner.com, who has great taste when it comes to choosing exterior paint colors (no matter which architectural style your home is!)