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Our Starter Lawn and Entryway and then a Garden Party

It is hard to believe that we are already on the fag end of 2016 summer. With all I know, August will pass in a flash and schools would re-open and we would be celebrating yet another Halloween. While all these seem routine, for us everything is new. It has just been two weeks in this new home of ours, and here I am celebrating a Garden Party already :-)

Please join me on this fabulous party hosted by Ursula of Home Made By Carmona and be inspired with some outstanding outdoor spaces.


Now, a very hearty welcome to all those who are new over here. I am Anima, formerly a software engineer with no clue on what was going on around me - turned mother, home maker and a design enthusiast and student. I live in Aldie, Virginia with my small family in a sub-urban builder spec home. We moved just a couple of weeks ago and this is a story of our newly laid out starter garden.

Well, I am not really sure if we can call our lawn, a garden yet, because it is still in its initial days, with a number of patches yet to turn green. Have you ever imagined the amount of work it takes to build those lush green lawns in the neighborhood homes? I never really thought about it until we were thrown an almost golden lawn at our faces and asked to water it, nurture it and turn it into green. It is scary for a black thumbed one like me. .

As of now, we are advised to water it, given the temperature twice a day. Early mornings are the best time to water, so we start around 6 and it goes on until 8 and evening we do it around the time of sunset. Ours is a fairly large backyard that is open to neighbors and while we are not allowed to dig or build on it for initial months when it is under warranty period, all I could do to feel at home was to set up a few plants in the front entry. And that is what I did. A little curb appeal doesn't hurt anyone right? How do you add a little pretty when there is no much budget or time? Let us find out.

This Design Journal 2016 summer garden tour

This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden


The front Door - As I said earlier - there are limitations on me as how far I can play with the things around here - so anything I add must be cosmetic. What better way to decorate your front door than a cutie wreath?

DIY Wreath with Home Goods and Michael Stores

Easy and Frugal DIY Wreath

I made this pretty and functional planter with the help of a tutorial from Home Depot. If you are not aware, they conduct weekly workshops for small DIYs which I have found to be very useful. This was supposed to be house number display plate, but since I do have house numbers displayed prominently on a number of spots, I just turned it to be a welcome message board. More on that in another post - that is when I figure out how to put that up on our vinyl siding ( Couldn't find a suitable hook - and drilling is a non-starter with my husband.) Any help there from you would be highly appreciated.

DIY Welcome sign with Planter with Home Depot

Here are some of different angles of the yard and some close-up shots for your entertainment. :-)

This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden


This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden

This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden

This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden


Here is a glimpse of the street.

This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden

And some pinwheels - must have for summer right? Even though they magically disappear when ever my little one is out and about :-)

This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden

This Design Journal 2016 summer tour of Front Garden

With that we conclude this impromptu garden tour. Please do come back to enjoy some of my easy, frugal tweaks to get this builder spec home into one with charm, personality and character and lots of love and happiness.

And before you go, do check out all these wonderful spaces.


Enviable Entryways

We moved in to our new home last week and after the gigantic task of arranging all those most essential stuff, I am finally back here. I haven't discussed our new home here much because I was waiting for this right moment, right post all this while - which I wasn't sure when and how. But anyways, settlement is done, we moved and all is well and I can finally share the news here. I loved our rental home for past 5 years a ton even though it wasn't ours - so it is a given that this one will be loved and cherished every single moment. Do stay tuned for more and more painful details and boatload of pictures.

While we are settling down, I am thinking of our foyer and those around the internet that inspire me . I am still trying to figure out what exactly makes some homes instantly inviting. But I am pretty sure of what I want anyone entering our home feel from the very first moment that they step inside - warm, happy, loved and cherished - with an anticipation of meaningful conversations, laughter, stories and memories. Those are the exact vibes some of these foyers that I have saved in my Pinterest feed over time sent out.














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What do you think? Do you have a formal foyer ? What are the functions and emotions that you want your foyer to convey ? I would love to hear your thoughts and that inspire you :-)

P.S : Please do pin from original sources :-)