Our exterior spring home tour!

April 10, 2019

Hey hey! I had to take a break from the little kitchen projects I've been working on due to a pinched nerve in my neck. I was getting in odd positions to complete a project a few days ago and it resulted in a couple nearly numb fingers. Fun times!! 😲

Thankfully I'm almost back to normal. It's healing quicker than I thought, but it still feels like it takes forever! I don't mess with nerve stuff after my back/leg issues a couple years ago. 

I got some spring planting and basic clean up done outside before this happened, so I figured I'd share our spring exterior with you today! I took these photos on a sunny day, in the evening and on a cloudy day, so you'll get a variety. ;) 

I've been spring cleaning -- putting away chair covers, hanging stuff back up, sweeping the porches and cleaning the exterior lights. I also added flowers to our window boxes and the front planters. Our weather has been glorious so it's been so great to be outside!

The mulch was done this week and we've never had it freshened up this early -- I'm loving that the exterior is looking so nice this early! I'll start on the porch and move around a bit: 
DIY fluffy bunny Easter wreath

That fluffy bunny/Easter wreath is one of my favorites ever -- so dang cute!! It's held up well so far. 

I hung the welcome sign back up after taking it down for the fall and winter: 

Wood bench on porch

I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby last year and it didn't work anywhere inside -- so I hung it out here instead. It works with our house colors perfectly! 

The landscaping is just now starting to bloom. I just love this time of year! I'm excited to see the plants grow every year -- everything out here is still so new: 
Wood bench on porch with columns

I got the window boxes planted with yellow/orange, red and purple pansies: 
Board and batten and siding exterior

I love that combo with our dark siding color

I grabbed hanging containers with purple and yellow pansies and just plopped them into our planters on the porch: 
Craftsman style porch and doors with windows

The covers are off the chairs on the back porch and it's been wiped down and swept up -- we're ready for warm evenings out here: 
Covered back porch big windows

We love our modern Craftsman exterior so much -- it's one of my very favorite things about this house! The only thing missing is our American flag. I need to get a new one and get that up on the porch: 
Knight's Armor dark gray paint exterior

The grass is greening up nicely! The lawn is my husband's baby and he's thrilled it's a little more established. It took forever to green up last spring because it was put down pretty late in the fall the year before. 

I asked our builder to include as many boxwoods as possible (for green all year round) and tons of hydrangeas. They did a great job! The hydrangeas are just now starting to bloom: 
Modern Craftsman home exterior porch

I planted some knock out roses and a few peonies last year -- the roses did GREAT. The peonies not so much. They can be finicky if not planted just right so I'm crossing my fingers for this year!

I installed half of the landscape lighting a year ago:
Dary gray siding white trim

And then finished it up with some path lighting and a few more spots lights in early summer. This is a project I encourage you to try yourself -- it's NOT a difficult DIY, I promise! It's much easier than you'd think: 
Modern Craftsman front porch columns

Landscape lighting is one of those things that really elevates a home -- I think it's one of the easiest and biggest changes you can make to your exterior!

Obviously things aren't fully blooming just yet, but I'm so happy with the new mulch and flowers, I had to share a look at the house so far this year! You can see our home in full bloom in this exterior home tour from last year. 

Have you started planting yet? Any outdoor projects planned this year? I'm really hoping to get a garden started -- I'm SO excited to start growing food and herbs again! We'd also really like to get a patio started in the back yard, but we're not sure about pricing. If you know of any good concrete companies in Indy, please let me know! 

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  1. I get the numb fingers whenever I do a lot of painting. I’ve found that just pulling my head down towards the opposite shoulder and holding it for 20 seconds fixes it!

  2. Can I ask what colors you used for the exterior paint? Getting ready to paint our home and just love your color!

  3. Seriously you can do no wrong! Love it all. The bunny wreath is adorable and that Welcome sign is a home run!

  4. So encouraging to see green grass and flowers after the winter we’ve had in Wisconsin! You are inspiring me to install outside lightening! I especially love your back patio - looks so inviting!

  5. Everything I've seen you do is top notch and these photos are no exception! One thought though - do you think that ornamental tree is planted in an awkward position, eg too close to the house??

  6. I would love to start planting and doing outdoor work but we got a foot of snow yesterday (southern MN). Until it melts, I'm focused on indoor projects. I'm currently renovating my master bedroom - replacing the carpet with Pergo XP, replacing the 3 rotten windows, removing the popcorn ceiling, painting the walls and ceiling, replacing the 2-prong outlets with 3-prong, installing new trim and replacing the ugly light fixture with a ceiling fan. I would also like to install a new closet organizer. Next fall I'm planning on tackling the master bath (it's nasty). We (my parents and I) moved into our house last April and it's a fixer upper. We are focusing on one room at a time. Spent all of last year focusing on making the unfinished basement into a walk-out in-law suite (2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living room) so my parents can live down there. Now that my parents are comfortable living downstairs, it's time to focus on my area of the house starting with the master bedroom.

  7. SO beautiful!!! I started pansies and snapdragons from seed and I think they are ready to be planted out now...I just wish I knew what color they were so I could 'plan' my planters - oh well! More garden cleanup will happen tomorrow, I'll be wicked sore tomorrow night no doubt, sigh this getting old thing is tough.

  8. Hello,
    I love your beautiful home. Can you please tell me your exterior colors of your home. I love it!!!!!! Thanks in advance!!!

    1. Thank you! You can find all of the colors and details here! https://www.thriftydecorchick.com/2020/08/modern-craftsman-design-finishes.html

  9. Is this Night Gray Hardie siding??

    1. No, it is cement board painted Knight's Armor by PPG.

  10. Your home is beautiful! Can you tell me the name of the rock?


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