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Since it looks like the cold weather is behind us, I can finally start to focus on finishing up what I like to call “phase two” of our home renovation, the exterior.  When we purchased the house we  had to take out every single tree and shrub in the front, along the back fence and along the side of the driveway because they were all dead.  It was a little overwhelming to see the house completely “bare” but it means we have a clean slate when it comes to what trees and flowers we plant.  After seeing the entirely exposed house we also realized we wanted to re-side, add white trim and replace every window (we also had to replace the roof but that was something we expected).

I am in love with how the front exterior turned out, but along with spring planting we will also be focusing on replacing the rails on our two tier deck in the back, since they are brown, to match the new white trim in the front.  We are hoping to create a cozy lounge area under the covered lanai so we can spend evenings out there enjoying time with family and friends.  With that in mind, I have been searching all over the internet and in every store I can think of to find the perfect setup that won’t cost us an arm and a leg.

So far, this comfortable looking sectional from Joss & Main is total front runner and after seeing this rug on a picture I found on Pinterest, I was so excited when I found out it was out major sale on Anne Selke.  I have settled on the light blue and rustic wood color palette and I hope to have the same look and feel on the upper level of our deck where our BBQ is.  There,  we plan on putting a large outdoor dining table and maybe a few more chairs to lounge in.  I have been looking forward to finishing up this part of our renovation for awhile now and it is making me so excited for the warmer months ahead.  If anyone has any suggestions on easy to maintain outdoor plants send them my way I know nothing about flowers and trees, other than what I think looks pretty!

xo Ali

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