Friday, July 25, 2014

Homearama Cincinnati at Carriage Hill

I am a huge fan of Homearama, my mom and I have been going for years and years. My girls who are 11 and 13 have been going with us now for three years and they love it as well.

I wish I had more pictures to share or detailed pics of every single house, but I don't. I snapped a few pics of some of my favorites to share with you.

Favorite exterior was house #9 the bordeaux.

Favorite outdoor features

Some of my favorite rooms

The Frozen room

My favorite kids room was this outdoor themed room

Loved that one of the homes featured a craft/art room

The ceiling and light fixtures were beautiful.

Black built ins around television was very ME.

My mom and I loved the cute pillow on the bed...sea shells by the sea shore.

I love this light fixture.

More very cool ceilings.

Every year I always wish I had taken more photos, but it's difficult to take pictures while trying to look around and keep moving because there is always someone waiting behind you. Wish I could get a private tour...that would rock!

Have a great weekend!


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fencing in our backyard part 2

I am thrilled to share our newly fenced in backyard with you! It was a lot of work {really A LOT}, but so worth it! 

You can see in some of the pics our dog is already enjoying his new space!

In case you missed part one you can find it here along with the before photos! Our work crew consisted of my husband, our fifteen year old son, our thirteen year old daughter, and myself. Our youngest did help with some of the clean up. 

Fencing in our backyard was just the beginning we still have big plans for the yard. I need to stain the fence, paint our large shed and do lots of landscaping {especially around the pool where we removed the white fence}. My husband wants to build a fire pit area with built in benches and a covered area for lounging. 

For now I'm content with just having the fence done and next year we can start stage 2.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fencing in our backyard part 1

I hope you are all having a relaxing summer! 

Sorry I haven't been around in awhile, I took a little blogging break to spend quality time with my family and do some major relaxing of my own!

I haven't done much in the way of crafting or decorating this summer, but my family has been working on one major project...fencing in our backyard.

We already had a fence around our pool, but we wanted to take that down and fence in our entire backyard. Just having a fence around the pool broke up our yard and made it seem small. Plus we wanted a place for our dog and kids to run around and play. 

This is the back of our house before we started.

That's our beautiful  red shed (can't wait to paint that down the road). Our neighbors already had a privacy fence on one side so we only had to fence in three sides of our property.

My husband and I had been talking about this for awhile and we'd tossed around several different ideas about fence styles. 
We decided on a wood fence with zig zag pattern (not sure what to call it). My husband is a planner and designed everything on paper so we would know exactly how much wood was needed and if it would fit our budget.

Before we began we made sure to get a building permit through our city, get our property surveyed, and have all the lines marked (cable, gas, electric).

We ordered all the wood and had it delivered.

My husband measured and marked where each of the 44 posts would go. He rented a heavy duty auger to dig the post holes.

Each post had to be measured and leveled and then concrete was added. Did I mention this was a family project! My husband did most of the work with assistance from myself and our two teens.

Did I mention we had to install 44 posts?

Once all the posts were in we got to start on the fun part (well it was the fun part for about ten minutes)! We bought a heavy coated wire that we stretched and attached to each post before installing the wood boards.

My husband took off a week of work for this project and we worked our bottoms off! I underestimated how much work building a fence is especially doing all of the work by ourselves! 

I'll be sharing the completed project later this week. 

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