How to Speak Southern

Southern Curb Appeal

November 15, 2013

To me, there is nothing better than for a house to have a welcoming stoop. Something to say, Hello and Come in! to your visitors. My uncle also pointed out once that it’s good to have a covered one too because it’s rude to make your company stand in the rain potentially. Our porch ceiling is painted a grayish blue to stay within the muted tones of the house.

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I love our front door. This was another crafty find of Wilson’s. He found the door frame from our local Habitat ReStore and the actual door on Craigslist. The door is made from pine which is naturally a light wood, so we had the door stained to match the frame because I like the dark stain better. Look at the beveled glass — can you believe we got it off of Craigslist? Here’s the best part — the door was $300, and the frame was $200 — now that is a steal.

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A full post coming soon once I finally finish the front porch to my liking.

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These planters add some pretty color to the porch. The actual black planters are plastic — ha! — and were $15 each from Lowe’s. Eventually I will break down and buy some nice pottery ones, but they are very expensive — anywhere from $50 to $100 for ones this size — and I wasn’t ready to commit to that just yet. I also got the pansies from Lowe’s for $7 per pot. And the little tree? It is rosemary! Each tree was $13 and not only adds height to the pot, but also smells amazing and I can use it for cooking throughout the winter. Pansies are great winter flowers as is rosemary — I’m thinking the rosemary may die back a bit, but for $13, who cares? I love ordering my flowers from the #1 Deer Park florist.

A good rule of thumb to remember when planting a pot is that you need a hanger, a grower, and a shooter. This means to give your planter that made-for-a-magazine look, you need a plant that hangs, a plant that just grows regularly, and a plant that is tall and grows straight up. This adds depth and interest to the pot. In this one, the pansies serve as both my hanger and grower and the rosemary is my shooter.

On a separate note, I have been extremely touched by the amount of support and love I have received for officially launching this blog. Your kind words mean the world to me and I so so appreciate it. I have the best family, friends and husband… love to all!

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