Well, I guess this is Front Yard Week here at Addicted 2 Decorating. I know some of you are thinking, “What about the dining room?!” Trust me, I’m working on it. And I’ll show you my progress as soon as I have something exciting to share (Monday at the latest, but maybe even tomorrow).
In the meantime, after reading your comments throughout the day yesterday, I’ve been getting so unbelievably excited to tackle some projects in my front yard!! I mean, it took every ounce of self-control for me not to drop everything I was working on in the dining room and head to Lowe’s to pick up this mailbox post and install it yesterday. (That’s definitely the one I’m getting. It has great reviews, looks nice, and is priced right.) Every ounce of self-control, I tell you! And throughout the day, I’d take breaks from working in the dining room and tell Matt, “I’m gonna be out in the front yard for a while.” The first time I did that, he said, “Okay. What are you doing out there?” I said, “Dreaming.”
I’ll be the first to admit that house exteriors and landscaping really aren’t my strength. I don’t have the vision for house exteriors like some people have, and I know absolutely nothing about landscaping and plants. I remember when I was working with interior decorating clients, several of them would tell me things like, “I know what I like when I see it, but I have no idea how to make my room look like that.” When it comes to exteriors, that’s exactly how I feel. In fact, I’m almost certain that at some point, before I really lay down some big bucks for my front yard, I’m probably going to have to hire a landscape designer to at least draw out an overall plan for me that I can then implement myself as funds allow.
But in the meantime, I can’t stop looking and searching. I know what I like when I see it, and I know I want a very good mix of grass (not too much!), hardscaping, planter beds with mulch, flower pots, etc. I like a good mix of textures and layers. This is definitely my favorite that I’ve found so far…
I love the meandering look of that sidewalk, and how it splits off to go to the house, and then off to the left to the driveway. It takes up a lot of area in that yard, but because it’s paver stones and not solid concrete, it has such a charming look, without looking harsh. I also like the layered planter beds, although box hedges are probably not something I’d want in mine.
This overall look is way too contemporary for me, but I do really like the rock bed that has the huge planter in it.
That’s the type of layering of different textures that I definitely want in my yard.
Another thing I’d love to have is a seating area. I do enjoy sitting out in my front yard (generally on the front porch, but a bench would be much more comfortable) to chat with people when they come over and the weather is nice.
So I really like the idea of carving out an area where I can have some hardscaping for a bench and maybe some potted plants around.
Rather than a gravel area for seating, this is probably more my style, although the wall is a bit grand for my front yard.
So when I do get to the point of actually landscaping my front yard, this is the direction I’m headed. I have a feeling that the landscape designer I work with will have his or her hands quite full with me. Like I said, I know what I like, and what I don’t like, I just don’t know how to put it all together. I like a manicured look, but not TOO manicured that it looks harsh and uninviting. I like a little whimsy, but I don’t like too much whimsy. I like varying heights and raised planting beds, but I’m very picky about the colors of stones used to make those raised beds. I like color, but not too much. I love flowers, but I don’t like things like rose bushes.
See what I mean? This will be a really big learning curve for me. But thankfully I have plenty of time to dream and plan. In the meantime, I have plenty of quick, easy, low-cost projects I can tackle.
Oh, and by the way, if y’all happen to come across any more pictures that show a good blend of hardscaping, planting beds, varying heights, varying textures, manicured but not too stuffy, with some grass but not too much, please feel free to leave links in the comments! I’d love more inspiration. I’ve searched and searched on Houzz and Pinterest, and while I see lots of beautiful yards, I’m having a very hard time finding good examples of front yards that have a good mix of all of the things I’ve mentioned that I want.