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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Want-To’s Are Back!!

When the sun comes out the Want-To’s come back!!! Yea!! Oh the promise that Spring brings is amazing to me.

I live in California and as you have probably heard on the news we had an unusual amount of rain the last couple of weeks.

I must admit I was having a hard time wanting to do anything. Now we are having glorious sunny days with temps in the 80s and my Want-To’s are back!!

The only problem with my Want-To’s is my mind spins from one idea to another. Do you do that? I just get so excited about the promise of Spring and all of the beauty it unfolds. I want-to do this, I want-to do that!

I need to organize my brain and my closets!!  When I look outside I see so many areas that need to be cleaned up and fluffed up. I can hardly contain myself from wanting to go and buy all the pretty pink and white flowers my heart desires, but I need to clean out before I bring in any new blooms.

Shall we go down a nice cool garden path into some images that are inspiring me to go to my local nursery and buy a new bunch of Spring blooms for my yard…………


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The use of cool colors of purples, blues and whites give this area such a wonderfully cool feeling. If they had used reds and yellows it would be cheerful but it would also have a warmer feel.


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In my own backyard I chose to use cooler colors by painting the back of my home a cool green and accenting it with cobalt blue. The front of my home is yellow so it is a bit unusual for most, but you can not see the front from the back.  I needed coolness in the back because our summers are so warm here in California.

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I use pinks and whites with pops of blue in the front of my home. It keeps the entrance welcoming to visitors.


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To keep it cool in the back I use greens and blues and my plantings are touches of pink with lots of white. I love pink with cobalt.



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By choosing the right plantings for your yard you can create any atmosphere that you like. I can hardly wait to go visit the nursery to get my Spring flowers.


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What colors do you put in your yard to create the atmosphere you like?

“Enjoy the Process” Of:

Creating a welcoming yard to enjoy  all spring and summer long.

Kathysue

15 comments:

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I have always thought your home was so very welcoming. You should have shared the beautiful fox-tail fern which I adore. Love how you have two sets of colors, one for the front and one for the back. It is done well andm makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing your beeeeutiful outdoor space with us. Luv u!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a great idea...I never thought of painting my house different colors, but it makes great sense. Quite cleaver!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

The exterior of your home is every bit as lovely as the interior. I'm looking forward to spending time outdoors in my backyard this summer.

The enchanted home said...

Your flowers and porch look beatiful! The colors of the flower add so much, so different painting the sides different colors....neat idea!! It does make sense when you think about it..enjoy your weekend. Stop by, doing a great giveaway..theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love your home Kathysue, you can tell you put alot of love in it, I use pink and white impatients mostly in the back of my house, the colors go great with the pool. The front is always hard for me I never know what flowers to go with since I get the afternoon sun then complete shade the rest of the day. I love spring too!

laxsupermom said...

Your home and gardens are beautiful! Both color schemes are so pretty! I've never considered painting my house different colors before. You're so creative! Thanks for sharing.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kathysue, I always love looking at your house. Your flowers and landscaping are so pretty and your front porch is so inviting. I love your backyard also. How is the ivy fence coming along? I can't wait to see what you add this year. Hope you are having a super weekend. Hugs, Marty

Tote said...

Kathysue, you have a lovely home, both inside and out. You put so much thought and love into it.
Sometimes my mind jumps from one thing to the next and it drives me crazy, especially at night because then I can't sleep!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Susan

Blooming Rose Musings said...

The exterior of your house is every bit as lovely as the interior. I love the idea of painting the front and back different colors. That is a great idea. Your gardens look so pretty. I am the same way, as soon as spring arrives my head spins with way too many ideas of what I'd like to do. I have lots of roses and tend to favor shades of pinks and whites in my garden.
I also loved your previous Kate Spade post. It is so good to be up and running with my blog again. I'm having a little giveaway to celebrate.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I just want your dark green manicured lawn, Kathysue. I have a thing for a manicured lawn and the weeds have taken over most of mine and it just makes me sick. Lots of work. I like pinks, whites, yellows, reds and purples usually in my yard. My purple verbena that I planted late last summer has gone nuts. That is the only thing doing real good.

Designs By Pinky said...

I want your lawn too!!!! Living in the woods is horrible for a gardener like myself! It is so depressing sometimes. But I plant LOTS of pots, on my deck and my front porch. I use warm colors; yellows, orange etc. because then it still looks pretty oput front for Fall!!!! Out back I use a mix of pinks, red, orange, salmon, white. LOTS of color! I will post it IF and WHEN our weather ever gets nice!!!! I am chomping at the bit to go get flowers and PLANT!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

quintessence said...

I love the vignette of your little sitting area - so charming!! Love the blue and green in the back - looks almost provencal!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

You're a real inspiration! I'll be doing good just to put some color in a few pots this year. I know whatever you do, it will be planned to perfection and executed beautifully!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Just a beautiful and welcoming house! Your small sitting area is so inviting, everything is, ad it's so charming...love the colors too! Thank you for sharing a visit to your house!
XO
FABBY

pretty pink tulips said...

Kathysue, everything at your home looks so beautiful and colorful. We are soooooo behind on the spring foliage. A daffodil here and there but otherwise, just waiting! I was late ordering my tulip bulbs this year (thought we would have already embarked on an upcoming renovation) so they will be a different pink color. Can't wait to see what nature brings!

xo Elizabeth