As you view today's post, I will be boarding a cruise with my family and friends! We are so excited. We haven't done a cruise since 1994. We will be stopping in Grand Cayman and Havana, Cuba. I do plan to do a post on the trip.
I will have limited access while away, but plan to catch up on the 11 hour drive back home.
Today's tour is all about outdoor spaces! I'm going to be sharing a bit of a look around the grounds and both of our porches.
I'd like to give a big shout-out to my sweet blogging friend, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for organizing such a fun tour.
We absolutely adore everything about spring, summer and early fall. Those 3 seasons allow us to really enjoy our outdoor spaces.
If you are dropping by from Common Ground then welcome. I've been a big fan of Debra's home since I first started blogging in 2012. She is so talented and just adore her French Country style.
Let's get started with a look around our home.
We have officially been our home 15 years now. We built our home from a Southern Living house plan and love it to this day. We tried to find an old home to remodel, but it's hard to find in our school district. We decided to build a new home with historic characteristics on 7 acres. We adore living in the country, but are only 15 minutes away from the nearest town with conveniences. It's truly the best of both worlds.
We built a southern brick home with elements you would find in Charleston and Savannah.
In the last couple of years, we've painted the porch ceiling a haint blue.
Our home sits a ways off the road. Oak Leaf Hydrangea and other large flowering shrubs line the driveway and perimeter. It's definitely been a work in progress. We planted small plants and they've grown well through the years.
We have lots of flowering shrubs and have most beds underplanted with dwarf mondo. We did this because we didn't want to be a slave to seasonal munching. We still have a few beds that we mulch, but the overwhelming have ground cover which helps to drown out the weeds. Annuals are reserved for pots.
Azaleas are also around the perimeter.
Perennials are your friend!
I've been moving my herbs to this area. We also plant a few vegetables in this bed.
Lady Banks Roses are one of our favorite climbing roses. It grows fast and vigorous with no thorns.
This back terrace is still a major work in progress. It just hasn't quite found its way yet.
Here is a little nighttime view. The string lights have been amazing on the screened porch. They are about 9 years old!
Our oak leaf hydrangea are in bloom right now.
I recently cheated a bit by adding this pair of Faux Topiaries to the front porch. We absolutely love them!
We seriously live on our screened porch! Being in the south, mosquitoes are a big problem. We can really enjoy the outdoors without the bug issue. You can see more on this lemonade station HERE.
We eat dinners most nights at this table. Now, it's never this fancy! It's just bring your plate to the glass table! I will dress it up for company. Find details on this tablescape HERE.
It's fun to change the look for the seasons like this year's patriotic look.
If you haven't yet, be sure to plant some Knock-Out Roses. They are amazing. Lots of color and grow profusely! In a nutshell, we are big-time homebodies so we spend a lot of time making our house a home.