Sunday, March 10, 2013

Our "New" Home

The past month has been a huge one for our house. While there were a lot of changes we'd planned on waiting on, we finally decided that we should just go for it,  so over President's weekend, we bit the bullet and decided to say goodbye to our grass. This was (and still is) a bit of a bittersweet decision. We love the look of grass. But, we are also very aware that we live in the desert. And having grass just didn't make sense, especially since we had to redo all of our irrigation and the planter box. 

After three full days of work, this is what we had:

Granted, it still looks a bit bare, as our plants need to grow in, but we're very happy with the end result, especially our pathway! We were able to use flagstone that we already had from the side of the house, and river rock we also already had. Once our tree and agaves grow in, it will look amazing.

We also fixed up our planters in the back, putting in some small gravel to make things look nicer. 

Again, when the plants grow in, it'll look great!

We were also so thrilled to take out this ugly planter that really messed up the flow of our backyard.

A few nights ago, I looked back at the pictures from our house hunting trip, and the thing I keep coming back to is that none of the houses can even hold a candle to this one. 

Especially with the weather we've been having (and will be having even more often), it's pretty idyllic. 

We also had some big changes inside. After wishing for it since before we even moved in, we finally decided to go ahead and paint. And we couldn't be even more thrilled. Finally, we no longer have a million colors downstairs!

It's amazing how much less light we need now, that our room is so much brighter. 

Our home now feels cohesive, and so much more like us. 

In just two months, we'll have owned our home for a year, believe it or not. It's so fun to think about all the changes we've made for our home. 


  1. Wow what a difference in your family room, it looks fantastic!

  2. Your house looks beautiful! I love the colors you chose. It looks amazing!