Last Saturday marked two years of living life on Linton. Reflecting back, I feel like we have accomplished so much – like rocking married life, owning a home, paying off our cars and student loans, and improving our green thumbs. When I look at our home, I am really proud of what it represents for us. The first year was very much working on the insides. Not unlike a butterfly, we hid under our old cocoon and only recently did the exterior really start to transform.
I joking call our home an old lady sometimes. But really. She is 61 years old. Sometimes things leak, creak, or need a little lift!
This Spring we replaced our water heater with a new Rinnai tankless version and updated our fencing. I added some new window treatments in our front living area. After we got started outside, the momentum really got going. I refreshed all the concrete with a fresh power washing and added some mulch to our back beds. We had the exterior siding and trim repaired/replaced and had everything painted. Most recently, we upgraded all of our exterior lights. Much like jewelry, it finished off our 2016 house updates!
We painted our siding in Sherwin Williams Eider White and our trim in Dovetail. My favorite part of the transformation was our doors. Indigo Batik was the perfect amount of navy but it still was bright enough to really show off the blue tone.
For our lanterns, I selected a transitional bronze set with clean, modern lines to complement the ornamental iron fence. The Minka Lavery Addison Park collection came in three sizes and I used the 12 inch on our driveway and the 10 inch on the front and back porch areas. I love the big scale on the garage! I found them on Lamps Plus and was even able to get them at a discount through their Open Box website. Less noticeable, but equally important at night, are the new flood lights. We went ahead and sprang for the more expensive, but bright natural daylight flood lights. It makes such a difference at night!
And if you love a good before and after, here it is!