Whew! This week has been a bit more trying.
With the world around us right now, we kind of have to go with the flow as far as making edits on the spot when there is either nowhere to get it, or it gets wiped out as soon as it comes in.
That’s okay. It will all work out and some things may come out better!
It is Week 2 of the One Room Challenge and you have to check out what everyone is working on! It will inspire you!
If you missed the first week of my project, be sure to check out my before photos in Week !.
Turning My Front Porch and Walkway into a Cozy, Hygge Welcome
I have big plans, much of which are in the works! With limited resources right now, some of the plans may change and some already have. But even if this crisis wasn’t going on, there are usually a few suprises anyway, lol.
A Meandering Walkway
We had our brick pavers removed and replaced with a curvy, concrete walkway for much less maintainance.
We laid out the garden beds to flank the walkway, dug out the grass, amended the soil, and started some of the plants.
There were a few perennials that I want that had to be ordered. I am hoping they come in this week so I can finish planting and add mulch to lock in some moisture as well as weed control.
Once that is in, we will hunt for some more lights to add to the solar lights we already purchased. We are outside the city and have VERY little light outside at night.
Corner Pergola is the New “Rocking Chair Porch”
Of course I couldn’t find any plans that existed for the style of pergola I had envisioned. With the help of Facetime and my dad many states away…and fingers-crossed…I think I devised a plan to create it. We got the support posts cemented in and we are going to finish building it this weekend. You will have to follow along in my !nstagram stories @michellelymanstudios.
I either want hanging chairs, porch swings, or if all else fails, rocking chairs under the pergola. I want this to be my go-to place for relaxing outside and movement is very calming for me.
A round concrete table to help push off and some poofs to either prop up feet or extra seating will complete the furnishings.
Between candlelight, the stars overhead, and some edison string lights, the glow will add to the hygge feel.
The Front Porch for the Final Touch
I am almost finished tiling over the brick and teracotta tile that has been there since the 1960’s. I will hopefully finish up grouting this week.
I have grouted and done some minor tilework before with little to no cutting. This was not the same!
Using large wood-look porcelain tile, I conquered a herringbone pattern on my porch floor with a bit of a rustic touch. I’m not perfect but it just adds to the quirkiness.
My two steps are different heights so I used this opportunity to add a patterned accent tile to one step that ties in the color of the shutters.
It is already such a huge difference that I totally love. The next porch project is to build some stair rails to bring in more wood accents and give a helping hand to my littles.