Patio Prep: Wall Planters & How To Make Your Own

Something I really wanted for the patio this season was to bring in more plants and greenery. While I had been working on the landscaping in the adjacent bed for a bit, the patio itself needed a splash of life. I remembered seeing a product called Woolly Pocket some time ago. It is a really neat product made from recycled plastic bottles that is meant to be hung on the wall and used as a planter. They come in several different sizes ranging in price from $18 for a mini to $150 for on that is 112″ and five pockets long. You can even buy an irrigation system for it. Unfortunately, for the scale that I wanted, they just were not in the budget. I decided to get resourceful and figure out how I could make something similar for I price I could handle.

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The New Window Color!

I have been working on restoring my first window for a bit now. It is hopefully the first of many as I plan to eventually restore them all. I recently had the project on hold for a bit, however, because I needed to decide what color to paint the outside sash and trim. This was a big decision as it will have a huge effect on the appearance and curb appeal of our house. You can see in the image below that the windows and trim (and all the limestone, yikes!) are painted white. While white is a classic choice I just don’t feel that it represents the direction that I want to go. I want a color that will be a sophisticated and modern take on a timeless look. Something that will differentiate the house from the rest of the homes on the street while still being aware and respectful of the context and history of the neighborhood.

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