D*S Round-Up

Hey guys…guess what?  I am shocked and very excited to report that our exterior makeover made the Design Sponge Before and After Best Of: Outdoor Spaces round-up! Check it out here.

Minor detail, they called me Karen, but I can understand why…3 of the projects in the round up are hers…and I am a TAODS fan, so I’m flattered they could even consider confusing us.  Poor Karen.

Anyway, that’s made my day, so, thanks Kate/Grace and I”ll see you at the Nashville D*S book tour stop!


The house exterior is officially done.  The windows, foundation and garage door (until we figure that out) have all been painted, so now we can really start to focus on this hot mess of a yard.  It’s pretty humid here right now and the idea of tearing out rotten railroad ties isn’t appealing…at all.

Grey Paint on Foundation
Grey Paint on Foundation
Exterior Paint on Windows
Exterior Paint on Windows

ModFruGal v. Tree Rats – Finale

I WIN.  Tree rats can eat it…or at least eat something other than my house from now on.

It only went about a month over schedule…mainly due to Nashville Electric’s inability to communicate within its own departments…but it’s done.  What a difference!

We are better insulated, tree rat free and looking a helluva lot better to boot.  The final guttering etc.. was done while I was away so it was exciting to come home to the finished project.  There is one tiny piece of guttering to be fixed and some scraps of metal to be dropped off, but that will take 10 minutes, so in my book..it’s done.

Dale Portman and Barry Choate aka The Coupe did a really fantastic job and brought an awesome crew.  They understood what we were going for and did us proud.  They stayed on top of things, communicated everything clearly and that is hard to come by these days…Thanks guys!

Now that I have this nice siding…it’s time to paint the windows, foundation, garage door…find some affordable outdoor porch lights….get rid of that nasty lattice….rebuild/stain decking….start rolling change to save up for some serious landscaping..those old rotten steps are crumbling more and more every day…..phew….onward!

Tantalizingly Close

My life in the fishbowl is, thankfully, almost over.  Let’s be clear, I am not ungrateful for the hardworking men who have brought me this amazing transformation…but with no window treatments anywhere here and 12 people crawling all over your house at every window and door…it’s a bit unnerving after awhile.  I KNOW they don’t give a rats ass what I’m doing, but…you know…it can be creepy.

The panels are all up…now it’s just trim pieces, new gutters and a few soffits left to do so I’m hoping by the end of the week, we’re done.