Well hello there friends! Remember me? I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last blog post. I really hope that I still have a few of you hanging around here because I am FINALLY getting back to regular blogging. I have so much content to share with you guys on the latest paint color trends, design ideas from my own projects and so much more. I have really missed our community here and have missed writing. Before I jump into personal updates (at the end of the post), I thought I would share my fall porch decor with you all that I just finished decorating.
I still can’t get over my exterior front porch transformation that I did a few years ago. Every time I drive up to my house, I think back to my dream for so many years to redesign the front of my home and I am still so blown away that it turned even better than I dreamed. It was always the plan from the beginning when we bought the house to completely change the exterior but I’m sure as you guys know, other projects were bigger priorities and there is only so much money.
Some of you may remember my exterior remodel project and what my home looked like BEFORE the remodel:
Compared to today
Isn’t that crazy?! It looks like a different house. The truth is that when I shared the reveal of my exterior remodel back then, my landscaping wasn’t done yet as you can see below.
Since we did the remodel, our landscaping has matured and we planted yellow lantana across the front.
I decided that I didn’t want traditional shrubs landscaped in front of my home but rather yellow lantana so when it bloomed in the fall it would look so natural and beautiful like it does today.
I live in East Texas where lantana is prolific. It’s like a weed here and it doubles in size every couple of weeks. I’m anxious to see how crazy and wild it looks at Halloween. I posted some videos of my porch/lantana on my Instagram page here and I had a lot of DM’s from people in different parts of the country who told me their lantana doesn’t grow this wild. That really surprises me.
As for the rest of my porch, I added beautiful pampas grass wreaths, yellow mums, pumpkins and some lanterns.
It feels so good to finally see the landscaping aspect of our exterior remodel mature and catch up to the point that I can say that we’re done. I am so happy with the transformation.
For those of you interested in what I have been up to in the last year since I went off the Blog grid, my design business is still going really strong and I have several new constructions projects about to break ground that I will be sharing updates along the way. I also still curate and work with Layered Home in Lufkin, Texas, which is a large beautiful home design center. I still do the home decor and furniture buying, curating and some styling for the store. I also still travel to parade homes around the country to see new home trends for the freelance writing side of my business. I’m still a contributing writer for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and you can see my latest articles here.
It’s been really hard for me to balance all of this and unfortunately, my blog has really suffered. However, I am back to blogging regularly and I have so much inspiration to share with you from the last year. I have thousands of images that I have to share as well with gorgeous paint colors, creative design ideas and new trends. If anyone is still listening at this point, I would LOVE to know what you guys would like to see me tackle in the coming weeks/months?
I missed you guys! I’m so glad that (hopefully) you’re still here!