Hope you’re week is going well so far.
The last two weeks have been a flurry of activity getting the yard to look good and “depersonalizing” the house to get ready to sell. You don’t realize just how messy your place is until you get ready to put it on the market. We all have so much unnecessary stuff in our homes!
The crazy thing is when all is cleaned out and the garden looks great, it kills me that we’re leaving this charming Virginia house. With the wrap around terraces it feels like living in the South of France or the hills of Malibu, not outside DC!
So I thought I would share our outdoor space, and some stuff we did to get it ready…
Matching pots and fresh entry carpets is the simplest fastest way to freshen up. I like these carpets with a wide black border from Pottery Barn for every entrance. I like defining entrances.
The deck got power washed. The little outdoor eating area outside the dining room got cleaned up.
All I can think of — why didn’t we eat here more often?
Thankfully the beautiful pink Knock Out roses started to bloom. Thank You Katia Goffin of KG Landscape for putting them in. That’s a genius idea! They bloom the entire summer, yes the ENTIRE summer. (Katia just launched her own company so if you live in DC and need your garden designed call her. She just won for best garden design Houzz)
They frame the little area perfectly.
And makes everyone smile when they see them.
I spray painted a pair of rusted lanterns high gloss black. Black always looks so elegant against greenery I think.
They sit on either side creating an “entry” in a few areas.
I like framing entries everywhere.
It always simply defines outdoor areas as “rooms”.
We are surrounded by forest in every direction.
And the entrance…
…to our home is a big lush Wisteria covered pergola.
I like these formal upstanding (what is their name?) ferns in all the planted pots. They look old world chic. Pretty obsessed with this plant. Do you use them?
I let them frame all the seating areas.
The outdoor Restoration Hardware furniture I recovered in Trina Turk fabric a couple of years ago.
The back of the house has a pool….
…and another pergola with Wisteria. And a great hill for sledding in the winter time.
Why don’t these bloom longer?
There is one screened in porch on the back of the house.
We styled it for a magazine shoot the other day.
It has a seating area facing the big green hill so I hung a mirror (Ballard Designs) a couple of years ago from the ceiling on the opposite wall. That way you can enjoy the lush view even when facing the wall.
At the front of our drive way….
..is a windy country road (really suburban road!) but it looks like country.
I’ll miss dropping Luke off at the school buy here every morning. But life has to change and move on right now. But I’m thankful for this place, and know whomever buys it will feel really lucky gets to live here.
Thanks for letting me share this space.