The Whys, Whats, and Hows of Landscape Lighting

The Whys, Whats, and Hows of Landscape Lighting

I’ve been sharing oodles of front yard and landscape posts (get ‘em all here) and the icing on the landscape cake is always lighting. I installed the lights only a couple of weeks ago and it’s amazing how much the space has transformed in the evenings. In typical fashion, I thought long and hard about lighting, so here’s the full scoop on making our front yard garden just as pretty at night as it is during the day.

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The Goals for My Front Yard Garden - For the Love of Water, Food, Bees, and Flowers

The Goals for My Front Yard Garden - For the Love of Water, Food, Bees, and Flowers

I have lots of front yard gardening posts to share with you so I’m breaking them up into a few pieces. In this one, I want to share with you the goals for our front yard landscape. A a serial over-thinker, you can bet that I had multiple goals that I thought long and hard about when planning what to plant to replace our pathetic front yard. From trying to save the planet to wanting to enjoy all the pretty things, here are my garden goals.

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Repairing the Stucco on the Outside of the House

Repairing the Stucco on the Outside of the House

It’s about time I share more about our landscaping project that I’ve been teasing about for awhile. I last left off sharing how I saved thousands of dollars and saved foliage from the landfill when trying to clear out our front yard to make way for new plantings.

Once we removed the existing plantings and regraded our dirt pile, it became obvious that there was some stucco repair to be done. I’m here to share what I did, how I did it, and give you some satisfying before and afters to enjoy.

Now, I realize this isn’t a DIY project that most people need to do. But I want to share this post to keep you updated on the work that went into the restoration of my home and demonstrate the power of a determined DIYing woman (me). If you have the privilege of time, energy, physical ability, and money, you can do nearly any home improvement project - even the unglamorous ones. Plus, I took a bunch of photos, so I need to publish them on the internet - If I don’t prove I did it, did the project didn’t even happen??

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How to Train Vines to Climb a Fence + A Video

How to Train Vines to Climb a Fence + A Video

A couple of weeks ago I shared how I refreshed a tired fence, and now I’m back to tell you how I covered up the refinished fence with vines and flowers. I love foliage and will happily plant a tree or bush or shrub or vine anywhere and everywhere outside. So, while I covered up my freshly stained fence, I’m v pleased with my wall of leaves and flowers.

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We Got a New Roof! A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Want To Know About The Process

We Got a New Roof! A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Want To Know About The Process

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we had a thrilling week with the addition of a new roof and the removal of FIVE layers of roofing material. This project was a long time coming and has been the topic of many discussions in our household. So, I’m here to give you all the details from picking a color, finding a contractor, and the cost. Hold on to your seats - roofing is very exciting.

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My Favorite Gardening and Landscaping Tools

My Favorite Gardening and Landscaping Tools

If you live somewhere with seasons, you probably find it odd that I’m sharing a gardening post in October. You’re probably bundled up preparing for cold weather and barren (yet gorgeous) snow-covered landscapes. However, fall is planting season in San Diego. The temps are still in the 80s here, but once it gets chillier, all of us wide-brimmed-straw-hat-wearing-folk are going to be out in the front yard enjoying one of the prettiest seasons. Here are my favorite gardening and landscape maintenance tools!

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Cutting the Cord (Literally) on the Landline Phone For Improved Curb Appeal

Cutting the Cord (Literally) on the Landline Phone For Improved Curb Appeal

Over the years, our house gained a few additions in the technology department. It has always had electricity, but then it got a phone line, and then a cable line, then another phone line, then satellite, then another cable line to route to another room, and so on. By her 100th birthday, our house had wires, conduit, and cables on every side of her. Naturally, I wanted all of this visual clutter gone. Here’s what I did!

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