Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Mish Mash

Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a great week and weekend. Today’s post is a bit different than normal – lots of odds and ends (hence the title) – instead of just one topic. Things have been quite busy around here and I wanted to share a few of the smaller projects which have been happening at Red Door Home.

We took advantage of the perfect temperatures to replace the hydrangea bushes which were planted on either side of the boxwoods in the front of the house.  The super hot weather this summer did not sit well with them and they had become quite sickly looking. 

I don’t think they ever really liked this location as I can’t remember them blooming since the first summer they were planted.

So we dug up the old ones and relocated them to a more shady location and planted oak leaf hydrangeas in their place.  I love the oversized white blooms which are in keeping with the other hydrangeas we have planted along the back of the house.  

I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will like their new home.

Another outdoor project was the installation of a new mailbox.  Not too exciting but something which had to be done.  A few weeks ago we received a note saying our current mailbox (which has been in place for over 10 years) was now no longer tall enough. The postal carrier has switched to a truck instead of a car to deliver the mail so our old mailbox had to go.

The mailbox is from Walpole Woodworkers and is a nice improvement from the old cedar post one we used to have.  I ordered it online and because I had it delivered to a local distributor I did not have to pay shipping.  It came in two boxes and was easy to put together.

In other “plant” news, I finally found topiaries!  I have wanted to try my hand with these for so long and was thrilled to find two at a local nursery.  They are a bit small but hopefully by following Loi’s great tips they will grow to look like his beautiful topiaries.

Finally, I began a refinishing project which I have had it the works for quite some time.  The coffee table in the office needed a new look – much too shiny and orange looking.  I had plans for my normal stripping, sanding and then finishing but had a change of plans when I spoke with the sales associate at Lowes.  He shared a new to me way of refinishing wood pieces so I decided to give it a try.  I will share the details and let you know how it all turned out once the table is done.

That is all for now.  I hope to be back later this week with a finished coffee table and more updates on the bedroom sneak peek I shared earlier.


Laura from Top This Top That said...

Stacy, your home is beautiful! Good luck with the new hydrangeas. Here in georgia with our unpredictable heat they need lots of shade to do well.

Ron said...

What beautiful hydrangeas! And I cannot wait to see what becomes of the coffee table. Happy Week!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love your hydrangeas, Stacy! I just planted three this year myself at our new place because I missed the ones from our old house. I have had to water them almost every day what with the drought we've had this Summer, but I'm hoping it will pay off next year with blooms I can cut. They had blooms this year but they were kind of small. It sounds like you had a lot of little things going on around your house, but they have to be done. Those little things can pile up.

Henhurst Interiors said...

Hi Stacy, I also want to replace my mailbox and this is exactly what I want. You have given me the impetus to go ahead with it. And, wondering what color your house is painted because it looks just like mine - Ben Moore Stonington Grey with white trim. Lastly, my garden right now consists solely of boxwood and hydrangeas. We clearly have similar taste. ;-)
All best,

Paula said...

Your landscaping looks so pretty. I hope the hydrangeas are happy in their new home.

Can't wait to see more of your coffee table project!

designchic said...

Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine and they look beautiful in your landscape. Love your home and can't wait to see the coffee table when you are finished - happily following your blog! said...

I am a topiary lover -- keep us posted on their progress :)

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi, Stacy - Your hydrangeas are gorgeous :-) And I love your topiaries in their white ironstone bowls / tureens. Hope they are happy! Keep snipping and they will get fuller.

hello gorgeous said...

hey lovely, loving the stonework of the pathways/walls, really beautiful.

I have just added a hydrangea to our garden but am struck by your gorgeous white ones along the wall, they look like they are standard hydrangeas... did you buy them as a standard or did you train them like that yourself. If you self-trained, would love to know how you did it?

Have a great weekend ;o)


hello gorgeous xxx

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