Tuesday, May 27, 2014

~Front Porch~

Happy Sunday, Everyone! I hope that you are having a great weekend! Today, I decided to share my front entry, since we are supposed to have rain for the next couple of days. 

The flowers are just beginning to "take off". The large urns are planted with sweet potato vines. They do really well for us every year; so, we tend to stick with what works. Behind the urns, on a couple of pedestals, are Boston ferns, to add a little Southern flair. The small urns up front are filled with vincas. They are very drought tolerant and will spill over the top, as they fill out.

The two vintage cast iron chairs, flanking the front door, belonged to my grandmother. My girls surprised me by bringing the set, from Louisiana, for Mother's Day. I had always wanted it; but, just never got around to getting it out of storage. I've always loved the grapevine motif and wanted to use these pieces at our home, somehow. There is something so romantic about these sets in white. 

(I forgot to take a 'before' pic; but the pieces were very dirty and rusty, and looked very much like this photo I found on the internet...except with a bit more rust. )

Since all of our outdoor furnishings are black, I took these out to an empty spot behind the house and gave them a good cleaning and a few coats of Rustoleum spray paint. These photos are after the first coat went on...

Remember these garden sets? My grandmother had hers sitting in the front yard, in front of her Snowball hydrangea bush. This furniture is extremely heavy; and you don't have to worry about it blowing over! They don't make outdoor furniture like this anymore!  This set is close to 100 years old.  Now, the chairs sit graciously at our entry. The matching loveseat is in the garden out back...

The flags are out for Memorial Day; and the hubby and I will be celebrating 24 years of marriage tomorrow!

On this Memorial Day weekend, let's remember and honor all of those who have served to protect us and our country. They have made the ultimate sacrifices on our behalf; and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families!

Have a great day!!
The Dedicated House

southern hospitality

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Monday, May 5, 2014

~Refreshing for Spring~

Happy Saturday, everyone! Hope you are enjoying these wonderful Spring days! The weather has been perfect for planting and freshening things up outside. I spent some time yesterday putting this wreath together for the front door. I actually had all of the components in my stash; so, it cost me nothing to make.

The colors have a very Tuscan feel...perfect for the decor of our home. I couldn't help but add my signature fleur de lis to the center. It pops against the black door.

I have also been working on the pots out front. I stopped at Lowe's, on a whim the other day, just to see what they had. As I walked through the gates, I noticed that the line was especially long and all of the carts were FULL of plants. Well, they had just put out a selection of plants on clearance! Anything with a yellow sticker that said $1.00 or $3.00, was now 25¢!!! Needless to say, I got a cart and grabbed the last of these quart-sized caladiums. They always do well on the covered front porch.

I was also able to get a flat of these quart-sized salvias at 25¢ each! Love this bright pop of red on the patio! I put some in pots and some on the wall in the window boxes.

I also potted up the large urns with green sweet potato vines and pink vincas. As the weather warms, these will fill out nicely. They have been our "go to" plants for the past couple of years.

They don't look like much now; but, in about a month, they will look more like this...

Can't wait to see everything on the front and back porches in full bloom! Due to the extreme drought here, we're on Stage 3 watering restrictions. We can only water the lawn twice a month. For us, it's the first and third Saturdays of the month. However, hand watering is allowed. So, we've been very selective with our planting this year...choosing many plants that are drought tolerant.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by!