So, this past summer Jeremy and I had the exterior of our home painted white (it was an orangish brown brick before). During that process, we had quite a few of our bushes removed. We spent a long time at the nursery one day looking at different options for bushes or plants for the front of our home. We didn't want to do bushes (except for a couple peony bushes, but they are highly seasonal and wouldn't look good all year round), so we finally decided to go with flower beds that we would rotate with seasonal flowers! We are still keeping some bushes on the sides of the home, but for the front this was an option I was much more excited about. I LOVE seasonal flowers!
A few months ago I got a quote to build brick flower beds, similar in size to what you see here. The quote was 'SPENSIVE, you guys. So we looked into DIY options and figured out we could cut the cost down from around 5k to around 1k (and these flower beds are BIG!). The best part is, it's a super simple building project. We'll share below what supplies we used and the basics of how we built it in case it's something you want to look into.
For months our house felt super incomplete because, even though it had its fresh coat of white paint, there were no plants of any kind along the front of the house.
Fun fact—I had a mini freak out the week before we painted our home and was like, "Jeremy! If we're paying all this money to get the house painted, shouldn't we paint it pink or something instead of just white?" You can guess what his answer was. Haha!
But now that I see it all coming together, with the fun door, the flowers and the changing decorations on the steps, I really think white was the right choice. I mean—obviously!
There's still so much I want to do next year including working on our grass "bald spots", trying to grow wildflowers from seeds, growing peony bushes for the first time, planting some bigger bushes (considering white hydrangeas, but still looking at options). And don't even let me get started on the backyard.
That said, it feels really good to get these first few steps completed. I didn't even think we'd get around to doing any outdoor projects in 2016, and we knocked out two really big ones. High fives!
I love that these flower beds are one part decoration, one part activity! #memories
Hope you are having a great great weekend! xx -Elsie
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.