A civic number is so much more than a way to identify a home, in a way you could say it’s a first impression or a handshake. Along with the decor and aesthetic of the outside of your home, it can also share a little bit of personality as well.
I did it again. I found something destined for trash/recycling and gave it new life. I was out for a drive during spring clean-up with a friend when I spotted this gem. I slammed on the brakes and said: "I think I need that piece of garbage!". I backed up and grabbed it - in its rusty glory, a former metal stand, likely used in a bathroom for towel storage or another purpose.
This ultimate before-project sat on my deck for a few weeks, before I got tired of looking at it.
If you've read my previous posts, I've shared that we were fortunate to purchase one of the show homes off of the lot at Stone's, in fact, a lot of you actually probably were in our house before we even saw it!
I loved that it meant that our home already had beautiful and coordinating colors - all I had to do was move in and decorate!
So, get your gloves on, put your earbuds in, and get to work! To make it a little easier for you we’ve come up with some tips to help you get started:
You know how you do a “Spring cleaning” inside your home? Well, it’s just as important to do it outside as well. Weeding out your gardens will not only help your plants grow better but it will also make your home stand-out. Rake up any dead leaves and twigs and cut down any branches that may have broken off to prevent them from falling and possibly causing damage. Prune bushes and shrubs to make them more shapely and to encourage new growth. Use your hose and spray down your patio furniture, decking, walkways, and siding to really make your home shine.
Give your lawn a new life by re-seeding any bare or dead patches that didn’t make it through the winter months. Start off by loosening the ground with a rake to remove any debris, this will help the new seed to penetrate properly. Then spread a mixture of seed and compost or fertilizer to give it a boost and be sure to keep it watered as needed. This will help bring your lawn back up to par and lusciously green.
Do a walk-about along your property and check to make sure your fences and/or any other structures you might own haven’t been damaged. Fix or replace any broken materials and give it a fresh coat of paint or stain to give it a newer look. Same goes for your decking. Staining it won’t only improve its appearance, it can also improve the longevity of your deck by protecting the wood.
A quick and easy way to spruce up your landscape and your gardens is to add a fresh layer of mulch. It will help make your yard pop and helps your flowerbeds fight off pesky weeds. Apply a 2 – to – 3-inch layer around the base of plants, shrubs, and trees to give your yard a fresh new look. You can also add a bit of fertilizer in the mixture to help increase the growth of your plants.
Shrubs and trees aren’t the only way you can add life to your landscape. Add some color by planting flowers such as geraniums, petunias, and pansies, which are all very easy to maintain. Plant them in pots and scatter them around your decks or plant a few in your flower beds. Try to pick colors that enhance your home's features and style. This will help make your house POP from the street and stand out from others in your neighborhood.
Adding some patio furniture can help make your home look more inviting and can create cozy little nooks for you and your family to enjoy. A pair of chairs to share your morning coffee, a table and chairs to host your guests on a summers evening, or lanterns strewn around your property will visually impact the look of your property and make your guest feel more welcoming. Also, potential buyers will better be able to picture themselves relaxing on the deck if it’s nicely furnished and has a welcoming impression.
By adding lighting to your landscape you can set moods, add drama and enhance your home’s architectural features. Pot lights around the perimeter of your roof, stake lighting along pathways, spotlights shining on certain features are easy ways you can bring your landscaping to life and you can enjoy the space longer without being in the dark.
Don’t forget to give your driveway some love! If your driveway is paved use a push broom to clear off rocks, dirt, and debris left behind from your vehicle’s tires and give it a good wash using a garden hose or a pressure washer if you have one. Consider re-sealing the driveway to really make it look fresh and new.
Dirty windows not only affect the view from inside out but also can make a difference in how the home looks from the street. Also, cleaning around all of the trim and sills where dirt and debris can gather can help with the longevity and operation of the windows.
Now that we’ve given you some ideas we hope it inspires you and your family to get started on the perfect oasis to hang out in during the summer months (or to help you get your home sold faster and for more money). And don’t stop there! These are just a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless, and it doesn’t have to be a lot of work… some say gardening can even be relaxing. So, get outside and get moving because the sooner you get it done the longer you can enjoy it.
With the recent trend of tidying up and purging unwanted goods, there’s one place I don’t touch: my fabric stash. Sometimes you see the right fabric, but you don’t know how you’ll use it, but when the right project comes along, you’ll be glad you have it (though tidying experts may beg to differ, but that will be our little secret).
I am notorious for seeking inspiration on blogs, stores and scrolling through Instagram and deciding that I won’t pay a high price for something that I think I make myself.
By the time you read this, I will already have watched the movie Home Alone 45 times. It is by far my favorite Christmas movie, and always gets me in the Christmas spirit (it may also have something to do with having Kenny and Dolly’s Christmas album on repeat in my car, but who knows). I channeled this holiday spirit into one of the easiest crafts ever. It’s inexpensive. It’s fun. It takes less than 5-minutes. It’s a hot chocolate bar stand! I think it mightactually take longer to read this blog than it does to make this.
Fall décor is out in full force, and this week I’m going to show you how to prepare your own pumpkin centre piece in minutes to bring some fall décor into your home and add that extra piece as you welcome guests to your table for Thanksgiving.
One of my favourite little touches I have in my guest rooms is ensuring that the Wi-fi password and connection is clear for guests to use.
Yes, you can easily tell someone your password, but if you’re like me and you haven’t changed it from the standard-issued one, it’s a ridiculous series of letters and numbers that you never remember anyway. I'm lucky I remember anyone's telephone number these days!
Home Alone is one of my favourite movies, and I know that everyone loves the house from the movie, though as adults, many of us are focused on how much their mortgage could possibly be, and what the power bill is. Sometimes adulting is hard, eh?
When we moved into our Stone’s Home, it was a blank slate. I couldn’t wait to get my craft on. One project in particular I got my craft on a little too hard, and the result was messy.
When I do my craft projects, I typically prefer something I can make quickly - patience is truly a virtue when it comes to letting things dry, or respecting the process to properly create something. With one exception.
I once decided to make a beautiful wreath for the upcoming holiday season. It was a simple craft: I purchased an MDF cutout of the letter ‘R’ with a circle around it, and several bags of teeny-tiny Styrofoam balls. The vision was to glue the teeny-tiny balls to the cutout and then spray paint it a beautiful cherry red. I sat at my kitchen table, burning my fingers on the glue gun, hunched over this cut out for hours. If you’ve worked with Styrofoam before, you may notice that it conducts static, so keeping the teeny-tiny balls in the work space, then placing them to glue them on was tedious, to say the least. Knowing how pretty it would look in the end kept me going. Finally, after many Christmas movies later it was done, and ready for the coat of paint.
I quickly began sweeping the paint across the wreath for what was intended to be an even coat, of beautiful, cherry red, just as I had pictured hanging on my front door. Then, a sound. A hissing sound.
Stopping, I look down and see that the spray paint was in fact melting each and every single one of the teeny tiny styrofoam balls that I had painstakingly glued onto the wreath. I can tell you that for approximately 1 second it was the beautiful cherry red, just as I had envisioned. But shortly after, it was a hot mess, literally.
You may be surprised to learn, as I was, that if you simply Google “Can you spray paint styrofoam” the top answer is essentially no, and that it will in fact melt your styrofoam. Who knew? (Other than Google).
So that one was a learning moment, and one of many in the DIY realm. Not all DIYs work, or turn out how you want them to, or maybe aren’t what you envisioned, but it’s all part of the process. It’s important to do a little research to ensure you’re using the proper tools, process, adhesives, techniques or learning from others mistakes (and triumphs!) as you embark on your next project.
If after an endeavour such as this you need a laugh (time has passed and I can now laugh at this) I encourage you to Google ‘Pinterest Fails’, and you’ll know that there are others out there, just like you. Happy Crafting!
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!
Despite the weather and temperature, it seems that Spring is here, and though you may not feel like it, spring-cleaning time is here as well! As a new homeowner, my partner and I are no strangers to top-bottom cleaning and painting, so I know how much work it entails. But I also know how worthwhile it is to stand back and look at an old room become like new again!
Last post we talked about how to stage your home for selling and assuming those tricks worked, now it’s time to pack! Where do you even start? How do you figure out what to take and what to sell?
I was helping someone unpack recently and I asked for her tips on moving. And her reply was, “Start 3 years in advance!” It’s easy to see the reasoning behind that when you are staring at 5, 10, 30 years worth of living that needs to be sorted out and packed up. It can be so overwhelming. If you’re planning on purging while you pack, then you need the time to go through everything well in advance of the moving trucks showing up. And no one else can really do the purging for you.
So, here are a few tips to get you started!