Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My house is naked!

If you follow me on twitter you would know that I had another little home project brewing while I was out of town this weekend. 

Ever since we moved into our house the front of it has been over taken by bushes! 

Here is a before:

I'm not sure why, but the previous homeowners let the greenery go a muck. The bushes were so large that they extended over 10 ft off of the house and covered about half of the front windows. So thanks to my lovely and generous parents when we got home it looked like this:

Me and Jon always had plans of removing them, but we never had the time to do it ourselves or the funds to hire someone out. My parents were itching to do something special for us so I mentioned the bushes and now it's EMPTY! 

I know it looks a bit naked now, but we have big plans. We have always loved wrap around porches on houses, but there are not many of them on Long Island. We decided we are going to do our own little take on them and give our house a small front porch on both sides with new steps in the middle and some flower boxes in the windows and a small seating area. 

Now we just need someone to fund this lovely project of ours! Mom? Dad? How about it? (Totally kidding)

Do you have any favorite front porches? We are looking for inspiration so send them our way. 




Blogger Ms. Bright said...

What an adorable house! It's amazing what a difference overgrown shrubs can make...what sweet parents you have!!

I can't wait to see what you're planning. I have some great pics at home. I'll have to look later and email them to you.

Whatever you do, it'll be amazing, I'm sure of it!

August 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Kerrisdale Design Inc said...

Camilla...I've never seen a pic of the outside of your house before.... it's absolutely adorable! Love love love! Can't wait to see how it evolves.


August 10, 2010 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Lynett said...

Seriously, that is the cutest house I have ever seen! OMG! It looks much better without the bushes!

August 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Eternally Fixated said...

Such a cute house!! Love!

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August 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Love your house! I bet you get a lot more sunlight in those front windows now that those bushes aren't covering them up!

August 10, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Averill said...

Ooh I love the idea of a wraparound porch! Perfect for summer (and for year-round decorating!).

August 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Teresa Hatfield said...

I think your house is adorable, and I think the porch idea is genius. Good luck!
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

August 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger The Brick Cottage said...

Your house is so cute and will only be made better with a front porch!

And since you asked for favorite porches, I have to share mine. We spent many months re-building our front porch and I think it turned out pretty cute, if I do say so my self. :)


August 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Shorely Chic said...

SUCH an adorable home - I can't wait to see the after shot of this! I'll go hunting and see what I can find...

August 10, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Your house looks like it came straight out of a story book! I'm already imagining the amazing touches you'll bring with fabulous outdoor fabric and fun accessories. Are you thinking rocking chairs and swing or a little cafe area with a table and chairs for morning coffee?

August 10, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Anna See said...

Great move! I, too, have bushes that are taking over the front of my house.

August 10, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Wanderings of a Wannabe said...

LOVE your house!! So cute :)

August 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Third Avenue Style said...

Your home is so cute - I love it...


August 10, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Classy Fab Sarah said...

I totally just did this a month ago... except we had to hire professionals because there was SO much overgrowth. It was a MESS!!

Don't you love a fresh start??

August 10, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Style Chronicle said...

You have the sweetest parents! Now you can actually see your darling abode!! We recently undertook a similar project. My husband pulled the overgrown shrubs out with a chain on the back of our SUV! I can't wait for fall to arrive so I can fill the empty space with beautiful boxwoods!!

August 10, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Amy R. said...

You have a perfect house, really lovely. I can send you a front porch pic.

August 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Kathysue said...

Your home is so charming. I love a cottage look and yours is perfect. How fun to pick out new plantings. I did a post on my porch re-do for spring and I have one coming up with fall flowers. here is the post on the porch if you want to take a peek. It is a Calif ranch but I too love a cottage look. Kathysue


August 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Simone - honeyandfizz said...

Omg, your house is gorgeous! Love your plans for a porch. So sweet of your parents to clear out the bushes for you.:)

August 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

It is amazing what pulling out old overgrown shrubs can do! I can't wait to see your porch, no matter who foots the bill :)

August 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Lavender and Lilies said...

Cute house! It is quite nude though. :) I am the absolute worst landscaper EVER so I will spare you my very poor advice. Happy digging!

August 10, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger alanna rose said...

Good luck! We did a similar project on our first home - the neighbors told us the bushes had been there for at least 50 years (!), and we popped them out with a pick up truck and chains (and a lot of sweat). Then my husband replaced the wrap around porch and, just as I was about to buy some fab porch furniture, we were transferred to another state :(
I never got to enjoy my porch - I'll live vicariously through you! :)

August 10, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Today Hilary... said...

Butterfly bushes are fun in a yard

August 10, 2010 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Lemondrop Marie said...

aren't vintage front porches the best? You'll find the perfect one for the house!
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August 10, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that idea! It'll be beautiful!

August 11, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger The mad woman behind the blog said...

yeah, yeah, you don't me from Eve. I can tell you I am a HUGE HGTV addict.
I know you're looking to add a porch to the front but would you consider a stone courtyard instead? Material costs would be similar.

I'm a bit of an architectural snob. Cape Cods don't traditionally have wrap around porches. Consider how much light would be blocked out of those front rooms when you add a porch roof.

Just some food for thought. (Curb appeal the block has done quite a few of these stone patios lately and they are gorgeous!)

August 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

I'll be doing a post on some homes in hilton head this weekend and most of them have gorgeous front porches - its one of my absolute favorite things in a homes exterior - I'm sure your home is going to look so cozy and welcoming after this!

August 11, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Taylor @ The Undomestic Momma said...

your house is gorgeous! Cant wait to see what you do with it! Love your blog!

August 11, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Wow!!! What a huge difference now you can really see your sweet home!

August 12, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger vignette design said...

Glad you got rid of the overgrown shrubs. Your house isn't so much naked now, but a clean slate. It is such a beautiful house. Can't wait to see what you do!

August 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

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