Our exterior spring home tour!

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Hey hey! I had to take a break from the little kitchen projects I’ve been working on due to a pinched nerve in my neck. I was getting in odd positions to complete a project a few days ago and it resulted in a couple nearly numb fingers. Fun times!! 😲
Thankfully I’m almost back to normal. It’s healing quicker than I thought, but it still feels like it takes forever! I don’t mess with nerve stuff after my back/leg issues a couple years ago. 
I got some spring planting and basic clean up done outside before this happened, so I figured I’d share our spring exterior with you today! I took these photos on a sunny day, in the evening and on a cloudy day, so you’ll get a variety. 😉 
I’ve been spring cleaning — putting away chair covers, hanging stuff back up, sweeping the porches and cleaning the exterior lights. I also added flowers to our window boxes and the front planters. Our weather has been glorious so it’s been so great to be outside!
The mulch was done this week and we’ve never had it freshened up this early — I’m loving that the exterior is looking so nice this early! I’ll start on the porch and move around a bit: 
DIY fluffy bunny Easter wreath
That fluffy bunny/Easter wreath is one of my favorites ever — so dang cute!! It’s held up well so far. 
I hung the welcome sign back up after taking it down for the fall and winter: 
Wood bench on porch
I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby last year and it didn’t work anywhere inside — so I hung it out here instead. It works with our house colors perfectly! 
The landscaping is just now starting to bloom. I just love this time of year! I’m excited to see the plants grow every year — everything out here is still so new: 
Wood bench on porch with columns
I got the window boxes planted with yellow/orange, red and purple pansies: 
Board and batten and siding exterior
I love that combo with our dark siding color
I grabbed hanging containers with purple and yellow pansies and just plopped them into our planters on the porch: 
Craftsman style porch and doors with windows
The covers are off the chairs on the back porch and it’s been wiped down and swept up — we’re ready for warm evenings out here: 
Covered back porch big windows
We love our modern Craftsman exterior so much — it’s one of my very favorite things about this house! The only thing missing is our American flag. I need to get a new one and get that up on the porch: 
Knight's Armor dark gray paint exterior
The grass is greening up nicely! The lawn is my husband’s baby and he’s thrilled it’s a little more established. It took forever to green up last spring because it was put down pretty late in the fall the year before. 
I asked our builder to include as many boxwoods as possible (for green all year round) and tons of hydrangeas. They did a great job! The hydrangeas are just now starting to bloom: 
Modern Craftsman home exterior porch

I planted some knock out roses and a few peonies last year — the roses did GREAT. The peonies not so much. They can be finicky if not planted just right so I’m crossing my fingers for this year!

I installed half of the landscape lighting a year ago:

Dary gray siding white trim
And then finished it up with some path lighting and a few more spots lights in early summer. This is a project I encourage you to try yourself — it’s NOT a difficult DIY, I promise! It’s much easier than you’d think: 
Modern Craftsman front porch columns
Landscape lighting is one of those things that really elevates a home — I think it’s one of the easiest and biggest changes you can make to your exterior!
Obviously things aren’t fully blooming just yet, but I’m so happy with the new mulch and flowers, I had to share a look at the house so far this year! You can see our home in full bloom in this exterior home tour from last year. 
Have you started planting yet? Any outdoor projects planned this year? I’m really hoping to get a garden started — I’m SO excited to start growing food and herbs again! We’d also really like to get a patio started in the back yard, but we’re not sure about pricing. If you know of any good concrete companies in Indy, please let me know! 
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Our exterior spring home tour!