Forgive the blogging lull around here… this week has been an excitedly crazy week full of surprises because this little one celebrated a birthday yesterday:
That cutie with a double chin is me at about six months old. A little Livy, right?
The last two days have been full of sweet events with family and friends – Kevin stole me away from a quiet evening home last night with tickets to our favorite local theatre for a play I’ve been dying to see, followed by dinner at my favorite gourmet pizza spot! I took a half day from work on my actual bday and… ran errands. But all by myself! It was just what I had wanted to do and it was glorious perusing stores and shelves as slowly as I cared. On Tuesday my girlfriends and I all met up for foot massages and an authentic dumpling dinner (not at the same place but both in SD’s version of Chinatown ), and I have to tell you nothing is better to a pregnant lady. I feel truly blessed and truly spoiled.
Anyhow, be back soon, promise.
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Remember how we started an outdoor landscape lighting project last week? Kevin and Rob (from Rob’s Electrical) finished up the installation and it looks so terrific! The house is a completely new house at night.
I couldn’t find Kevin’s keys to move his big ole’ truck! Of all the days…
Let’s start at the beginning though to get a better idea of where this yard began. Here’s our home five years ago just before we moved in, the only lighting outdoors included a lamp post (hidden there underneath that ivy bush in the front) and a front porch light in the alcove that leads up to the front door.
We eventually gave the yard a full makeover which included a retaining wall to get rid of a front yard slope, a flagstone walkway (right over the existing concrete path but with a few more curves), saltillo tile for the porch, and a curvy new lawn on each side of the path lined with LOTS of mediterranean-style plants (for low drought, San Diego-friendly landscaping).
I had always been itching to paint our Spanish home a more Spanish color, so last fall we painted the house!
A subtle change in the photos, but so drastic in person! That crazy weather doesn’t help the photos, does it?
Another phase of the yard transformation has been to install the 30 or so outdoor lights and transformer that we picked out from Lowe’s last summer (they’ve been waiting a while for installation day…). And now it’s so exciting that they are in! And working! Connected to electricity and welcoming us home each night.
Big thanks to our new outdoor electrician Rob whom we found through HomeAdvisor and who partnered up with Kevin (to save a little on the install costs) to finish the landscape lighting up. I highly recommend him for all of you local San Diegans.
A peek at the left side of the front yard during the day:
And at night (this angle shows how we added lights back through the deck area and side yard as well):
The right side of the yard during the day:
And at night:
Kevin wrapped a few uplights around the right side of the house as well.
Most of the lights are also LED, which means they’ll shine on for a loooong time and will save us dollars in the long run.
Wow, such a huge difference. She looks so resort-y now – kind of like she belongs on a tropical island somewhere serving mai tais with the little umbrellas in them. No? Just me? Clearly I’m still in the ooh-la-la mode now (and clearly ready for a vacation ).
This project was sponsored in part by HomeAdvisor who helped to compensate for some of the electrician’s time in exchange for a review of their services. See part 1 here and part 2 here, we’ve been very happy and I will definitely be using the great online resource (with so many reviews of all kinds) in the future. You can check out the website for home repair/service recommendations right here.
PS all curb appeal projects for this casa are sorted right here.
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It’s perfect weather for an outdoor picnic, no? Hopefully you’re experiencing this beautiful sunshine wherever you are, too! Eating outdoors is the best (especially on a big grassy lawn at some fun park) and now that the Outdoor Eating season is approaching here in Southern California, I think more picnics need to happen in our house. Or, outside our house. Maybe on the new outdoor table.
Liv and I were experimenting with painting (her new very favorite-ist thing to do in the whole wide world), and while Liv took to the bright colors, I played around with updating simple rattan chargers from Ikea with white paint.
Turned out pretty cool! I really dig the look with that blend of the soft rattan and the stark white finish. Actually, this is just dawning on me – they kind of remind me of these.
The application process was more than basic. I actually tried spray paint first thinking that that might be fast and easy, but couldn’t achieve that gradiated effect I was picturing, so went over the work with acrylic and a paint brush.
Brush, brush, blot, blot…
Lots of blotting later…
Navy and maroon might be a new favorite color combination – kind of perfect for July 4th, no?
These placemats were so simple to create and at a couple of bucks a pop, a great housewarming gift idea as a pack of four or six, or perhaps as something special for a special lady/friend/mother in your life? Or even better, package up in a picnic basket with a fun outdoor blanket and a bottle of wine as a wedding gift (it’s that season, too).
Sorry, enough photos. The lighting was perfect and I went a leeetle overboard.
More handmade gift ideas found right here.
Tags: Accessories, Before & After, Crafty Solutions, Decorating, DIY, Home, Parties & Entertaining, Tutorial, white
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