Do you suffer with Insta envy? You know what I’m talking about! Some of the amazingly gorgeous mansions and ‘picture perfect’ homes with the perfect decor. I know our home will never look like that. But you know what?? That’s OK! Everyone’s house, everyone’s style and everyone’s situation is different! And so I love making the most of what we’ve been blessed with. And create things that I think will look nice in our home. Usually on a fairly tight budget .. (and with LOTS of colour!)
Talking about things not being perfect .. our front garden has been neglected somewhat recently. You can’t do it all, right?? Anyway, over the last few weeks I’ve been busy sprucing things up slightly. Are you ready? Here’s the before:
And so we’ve been painting. The door, the outside of the house, the guttering (which ideally needs replacing but you know, #corona and different priorities .. ) and yes, even the lantern got a lick of paint. It was in perfect working order so rather than buying a new one I decided to give it a make-over.
You can check out the difference below.
Not everyone in our house was a fan of the newly painted black doorstep (actually .. I was the only one who liked it .. ), but after I added the new doormat I think I’ve persuaded the rest of the family it can stay!
add some flowers!
But … flowers. Ahh .. flowers. Everything is just so much better with flowers and plants. Different colours just give a different feel to the garden altogether. And what is better than these gorgeous colours to welcome autumn? There’s no need to buy loads! Just some mums for some gorgeous oranges and yellows. As well as a few budget bedding plants to add some more colour.
And of course a few pumpkins thrown in for good measure. We picked the pumpkins ourselves on a pumpkin patch. We had a great day and you can catch some photos of the (very cold!!) day below.
Bargain decorating for your garden
You know how I love my Market Place bargains? This front garden has plenty of bargain finds over the years. The milk churn (in the left of the picture) I picked up many years ago. Some black paint and a vinyl “Welcome” decal sign just finishes it off.
I picked up two apple crates recently (again a Market Place bargain!). I stained them and used one of them to add a bit of fun and height to the garden. Not sure where I’m going to use the second one yet but I’m sure I’ll find a place.
The scarecrow sign is a reversible one that I made from some old Ikea bed slats. The other side is a snowman so I’m all set for when we’re decorating for Christmas too :). You can find out how you can make your own here.
We’re still in the middle of fixing the flower box under the window which needs a lick of paint and a bit of TLC so it’s not quite finished yet. But here’s how our front door looks now when you walk up the path. I just need to get rid of the blue tape on the roof .. a little left over from painting! (be honest now, did you spot it??!!) 😉
Let me know what you think of the pumpkins? Are you a fan of decorating your garden with them?
I’d love to see picture of your gardens for autumn, so don’t forget to tag me on any of the social media platforms!
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