Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sleeping With the Plants

It all started here.
Actually that's not entirely true (but it was a better picture to show up on google reader so there's always that to consider).   

In reality it started here, with OPERATION EYESORE.
Who does this upon vacating a residence? Who? Apparently my landlord, that's who.
In his defense, his wife was about 8.5 months pregnant when they left and I took over.
BUT STILL.
Who knew moving up 20 stairs could turn into a bad scene out of a dumpster?

And now the truly horrifying thing: aside from some light cleaning and debris removal, I did nothing with the space from last May until about 2 weeks ago when the above was taken. When was Mother's day? That's when I rolled into the floral place to get some treats for Chris's mom and instead left with a gangload of succulents for myself as seen in photo 1.  What can I say? It really is all about me, I guess. 

Cut to scene and there we were over the long weekend, eyeballs deep in Home Depot and a local nursery, trying to determine what to do with that glorious deck space.  
It always starts out so peacefully...and by the end of the day you look like you got sucked into
a wind tunnel and haven't showered in weeks. You know, like the hipsters do.
The great thing about Home Depot is they don't require combs. Ever.
And then there was that whole screen door ripping off the hinges due to high winds thing.

So even though I made it in and out of Ikea in under an hour that Friday of the long weekend, little did I know it was the last time things would go smoothly for the remainder of those days off. Unless you count the margaritas I consumed somewhere in there, and the giant pig I saw at a home store. One of those things definitely happened prior to the other. And yes I am eliminating further whiny details.
So much better, right? RIGHT? 

And it's gotten even better since then. In fact I think it was better prior to the end of that weekend, but I'm still weeding through pictures so I'll post as I locate. 

And to the person who emailed me: no, I have not given up. I'm just old and can't multi-task like I used to.

And because someone will want to know (cat lovers unite): Pink T-Shirt-Zoe Karssen (and here in sweatshirt), Shorts-Current/Elliott (similar or love these, too), Vanessa Mooney-Mocs (here's the bootie and it is damn good too, waiting in my closet to come out). Blazer up top is J.Crew Seersucker. Not sure if there are any left, but totally worth checking out if you're in seersucker mode this spring/summer. 

24 comments:

Courtney Erin said...

A) It looks amazing and

B) I just fell in love with your shirt

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

Katie said...

No one tells you how expensive gardening/plants/flowers/life is. Or no one told me. But it does make a world of difference!

Reyna @fashionmist♥ said...

I love these photos! xx

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

the sofa/bench is from Ikea?! Love it!

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

so beautiful! I want to garden and hang out there now.

Xo Megan

Fashion art and other fancies said...

I so love gardening. Adore the bench. Have a nice weekend;-)

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Trying hard not to click through on the tee.....oh well. Here I go....

Closet Fashionista said...

Woohooo!! It looks so much better!!! I'm the same way, it took me FOREVER to weed the TINY patch of grass in front of my house and plant some flowers....oyy...oh wells
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jen said...

Enjoy! Make it a spot you want to use everyday. It's like adding a room - get the basics in there so you can enjoy the space, then just acquire the rest over time. Looks terrific and that crystal blue sky is the perfect backdrop! And LOVE the cat shirt!

RosaLovesDC said...

Love the project! I can't wait to see more photos. Can Lola come and hang out there? You know, she needs to work on her tan, she's a little pale.
BTW, that blazer is awesome (I finally bought the chambray version as soon as it went on sale).

Kristin W said...

Well yes, I totally needs the deets on the cat shirt ;) And girl! That porch looks like somewhere I want to hang out with my margarita every single evening! It looks awesome!

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Taj Acosta said...

Looks really good!! xx

Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

Looks SO awesome Carrie! I always wanted a deck to lounge on. And you crack me up with your comb comments! Your hair looks good...clean/dirty/brushed or not!

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

The makeover is really nice. It looks like a much more zen space now. You look way more put together at Home Depot than I can ever seem to pull together!

*Erin

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Holy. Shit. It's gorgeous. And that blazer is now on my wishlist.

Polly said...

I just love the beautiful sunny space that you have created, it is so warm and inviting.

Kendall said...

Fantastic space! Jealous! And don't worry, I've walked into Home Depot looking downright scary!

Krystal said...

what an AWESOME spot!!! good work. and thanks for the congrats, crazy right???

Cara said...

looks amaze!

Josie said...

Loving that seersucker jacket, Carrie! And it looks soooo much better -- what a nice little space for summer to call your own... AKA perfect place for margaritas.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

blue roses said...

to be honest, i think home depot actually actively discourages the use of combs.... i think you get better deals the more disheveled you are. also if you have callouses.

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Elle Sees said...

This looks so much better! I want to hang out!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

good for you!!! I want an outdoor space like that. it has such potential and i love that you're seeing that. PS yes, I do love that I Love Cats shirt.

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