Hello, and happy September (how did this happen?)! August was a fun-filled month with lots of family time for us (as over-documented by my instagram account ;)!). I had almost two weeks in Michigan, where most of my immediate family lives (parents, 5 of 6 siblings, 3 siblings-in-law, 10 nieces & nephews, not to mention precious extended family to see, and friends to visit!). My husband joined a few days in - his family is there as well - and we did our best to share time between families, vacation and rest. Then came the additional blessing of my mom & sister visiting us here just a few days after we returned. So many fun adventures squeezed into one month! (One of my sisters lives here, in case you're wondering about the third sister in the San Francisco "touristy" photos!)
Once back in town, it was time to get our front porch whipped into shape for Fall!
The rather depressing 'before' shot of this space. Just slightly in need of some TLC! Next week, I'll get into more of the projects we tackled here, but today it's all about the trellis.
In addition to freshening up the space in general, I really wanted some privacy between our porch and the one next door (which as you can see is quite close!), and to feel like you were entering our little refuge of coziness as you approach the front door - not such a stark difference between the inside and out. I knew I was going for a modern design to create an unexpected mix with the traditional style of our home. After researching DIY trellis tutorials, I decided on a straightforward design, found this one and followed their instructions with adjustments for the sizes and design I wanted.
Quick trip to Home Depot for supplies, with super helpful lumber experts who even checked every piece for warping, to ensure I had the flattest pieces possible before cutting them to size. (He may have picked up on my novice-level skills and felt bad for me! I'll take all the help I can get.)
A couple coats of paint, a hammer & nails and it was done. And, I put my family to work just a little! After we all decided on the brackets needed to secure the trellis in place, my (seven-month pregnant) sister - a whiz with power tools and really any and all DIY - did her thing.
Once it was installed, I did my thing and styled it up. Eventually, my vision includes climbing vines covering the trellis, but I'm also loving the planters for now.
Next week I'll share more about the plaid rugs, colorful DIY juju hat (which I'm using as a front door wreath) and lots more pretty pictures of the space!