Happy Thursday, everyone. Can someone please tell me where the week has gone? I feel like time is just flying by. I just wanted to pop on the blog this morning to share a few photos from my week that made me feel happy. I’ve been working hard around the house to get the garden going for summer, Kyle and I have been setting up bedrooms, organizing spaces, and getting fixtures hung. I will be doing a room reveal as we go, but I thought I’d post some sneak peeks of the kitchen (even though we are going to be making changes in a few months.) There is no purpose to this post, other than to share photos. Flowers always have a way of brightening up my day, and I’m hoping mine can do the same for you!
Every single morning, I grab my cup of coffee and do a walk around the house. I love how flowers look as soon as the sun starts to peak its rays onto them. I’ll start deadheading or flipping the flowers that need it. It’s become my favorite part of the morning. A few mornings ago, we had a pretty crazy storm. We live on the river, and sometimes the fog overshadows our entire neighborhood. It was breathtaking, especially with the sun rising above it. The back of our house looked like someone turned the fog machine on. I can’t wait to get the furniture back there so I can sit and enjoy those views!
The sun rises in the backyard and sets in the front. This is why I decided to plant all of my hydrangea bushes back there. They get so much shade, which is great since the rest of my house has full sun. My goal is to have them grow wide and tall enough to see from the kitchen.
And here is a sneak peek of our kitchen! I posted more photos on the Cottage Story Instagram, where I’m documenting our modern cottage (what I like to call it.) It’s come along way in the past few days. We got new cabinet pulls, new light fixtures, our new fridge, and in a few months, we will be adding floating shelves and swapping out the backsplash for something with a bit more character.
Hydrangeas from the backyard 😊
We also had our two Arhaus couches delivered, and I love how they look in our living room! We spent so much time trying to shop for couches, and every single time we kept coming back to them. We finally decided to splurge a little and get them. They are the most comfortable things ever! I purchased the new living room rug, which should be here in a few days, but still looking for barstools. I know the right ones will jump out at me soon. I’ve seen a lot that I have loved, but I also refuse to pay $500 for a single barstool! Since when did they get so pricey? Lol, I have a feeling Homegoods is going to have the perfect set eventually.
Oh, and our creamy guest bedroom is coming along! Since it’s on the main floor, we are going to be sharing that one soon! We wanted to finish it first, especially for guests coming over.
I know I have ten rose bushes in my yard. Why? They make me happy! I get so excited when a new one blooms.
My dinner plate dahlias are started to open.
I have over twelve dwarf dahlias planted around my borders. I love how colorful they are! The sunrises will never get old. We are finally getting our backyard fence this weekend for the dogs! I had a few people ask if I was worried about ruing the view, but the cool this is that there is a HUGE drop off at the end of the yard. It’s about a 75-foot drop, so we won’t even see our fence. You can kind of see a bit of the fence in the corner of this photo, and that’s about all you’ll see when we bring it across. I will also be planting rhododendron, azaleas, and gardenia bushes along the edges.
The brightness of this house just makes me feel more productive and happier. That may sound crazy, but the old house was very cozy and dark, and it kind of made me less motivated. I think it’s true that natural daylight does have a significant effect on the body and energy levels.
Kyle hung my flower baskets yesterday, and I’m so happy with how they turned out! I bought the baskets on Amazon and filled them with petunias. It’s incredible what painting the door black, adding the fan, and light above the door added to the front porch. I have a rocking chair set from Wayfair arriving in a few weeks (boo for back order), and I can’t wait to have that up. I wanted a porch swing, but I think I’m going to put one in the back!
As for the brick around the house, I still want to whitewash it or paint it completely white. Although the red is starting to grow on me. But, I do keep leaning towards it being all white.
We got lucky with literally the sweetest neighbors. They brought us over some homemade rolls, and I think the dogs thought they were for them! 😊
Yesterday, I planted my four gardenia trees by the side windows and my new dahlias along the back porch. Right above them is where I want my porch swing to go 😊 I’ve been having so much fun with the exterior of the house. I know in a month it’s going to get so hot that being outside will be unbearable, so that’s when you’ll see me paying more attention to the interior 😊 Anyways, I know this post was so random, but thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the photos. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to around your house this week!
Questions for you!
- If you could grow any vegetables or fruit, what would they be?
- What kind of plants should I put in the metal pots by my door? I’m thinking of something green!
- What have you been doing around the house this week?
Let me know if you like these spontaneous blogs and I can pop on during the week!