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Porch Upgrades + Outdoor Benches

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Now that it’s March, spring is on its way and at this time of year I start thinking about sprucing up outdoors spaces. As you know, we bought a house in Las Vegas last year that we’re remodeling, it’s in an older subdivision neighborhood and it has a modest entry.

What was on the front porch before was oh so boring: a brown front door and plastic bench left by the previous owner. For months I left it as is but on my most recent visit, I gave it a mini makeover by painting the front door and swapping out the old bench for something more stately and stylish.

porch side view copy

Here’s a peek at the entry before, very blah and uninspiring.

front door before

Fresh paint, new bronze hardware on the door, a geometric print outdoor rug, and desert climate plants helped make it more welcoming.

painted front door black bench on porch

I painted the front door with exterior paint in a bluish green, it’s ‘Northern Green Mountain’ by Glidden in the Exterior formula, I shared the step by step on how to paint a front door here. The geometric indoor/outdoor rug is from Overstock.

northern green mountain paint

The front door handle/lock is the aged bronze Addison model by Schlage. All of the new doorknobs inside the home are oil rubbed bronze so we continued the look with the same dark hardware here.

northern green mountain paint front door

The bench on this porch is the Amalfi available at Grandinroad in several colors (and on sale). I love the curved detail in the back and the sophisticated black finish which complements the dark hardware on the door.

amalfi bench

If you’re thinking of a front entry sprucing of your own, consider one of these outdoor benches in shapely and colorful styles.

modern outdoor benches

rockpoint blue / white lattice / chippendale bench (multiple colors) / black curved back / red back slat / karoo gray / sunny yellow / eucalyptus

Hooray for spring, it’s almost here!

Watercolor Animal Prints

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

I was shopping for prints for a kid’s room art wall I’m working on and was introduced to some wonderful watercolor animal prints on Etsy, one of my go to sources for artwork. The popularity of watercolors is still going strong, surging in the past year as a big trend, but the medium has been used in the art world for hundreds of years. 

Animal prints are the perfect accent in nurseries or children’s spaces but also placed around the house as well, anywhere you’d like to add some color and personality like a bathroom, family room, or kitchen. Retailers like Restoration Hardware charge so much for a single stylized animal print, but you can get the look with less expensive animal prints from artists in these shops I discovered on Etsy.

I purchased two prints from Ink Sprouts, I love the use of negative space and the coordinated palettes in these prints. (Instant downloads available too.)

ink sprout etsy


Find storybook appeal in the whimsical prints at Lighthearted Dreamer.


lighthearted dreamer watercolors


Choose from modern silhouettes in colorful washes at Lemon Illustrations.

lemon illustrations watercolors


Critters with big personality appear in the prints at Water In My Paint.

waterinmypaint etsy



Find sweet simple portraits of baby animals at James River Studios.

james river art etsy


More charming characters can be found at Eastwitching.

eastwitching etsy animals

Below are some examples of collected art walls in children’s spaces. As kids grow up and produce their own art, it’s always fun to include some of their best work alongside the professional prints too.

kid's room art gallery wall

honestly wtf

animal prints above crib

style me pretty

kids bedroom art wall

land of nod

nursery wall gallery

project nursery

Playroom 2 of Purdy Devis Residence


I’ll share the kid’s room art wall I created when it’s complete in a few weeks.