well, it finally stopped spitting here in atlanta (not that i’m complaining…it had been forever since it rained so i was thankful to not have to water the plants for a short spell!) so i can show y’all the new and improved front stoop. yea!
here is where we started. kinda plain. definitely unloved. people may not live here.
the only adornment was a second hand rubber mat that my mom plopped down one day so we would have something for people to wipe their feet on.
actually, funny story about my mom and this image, particularly the sad looking bush to the left. the other day she said to me, “you need to water that azalea bush out front. it looks like it’s on its last leg.” i said, “we have an azalea bush?!!? where?!” [long stare...my mom, garden lover, is wondering if this is truly her child] ”um…right next to the house? and the front door? that you go in and out of every day?” ”oh, that’s what an azalea bush looks like. neat. never knew if that guy needed water or not.” [shakes head]
anyhow. brin’s due date
was saturday, august 27th. since that baby was mighty comfy and, well, she had thought she was going to be otherwise occupied, she didn’t have any plans and offered to come with me to find suitable planters as long as i agreed to slam on the brakes every now and again to help her go into labor (didn’t work). y’all – we went everywhere. world market, boxwoods
(which is a fabulous store and if you’re ever in atlanta you should definitely make your way there), homegoods, michael’s, pike nursery, and i think a few more that i’m forgetting. there were no planters anywhere! i guess they’re a summer item and they had been phased out already? pike did have a good selection, but none that i really loved. while we were there, i asked where we could find concrete planters. they said they didn’t have any, but recommended a place in sandy springs called four seasons pottery
. now what is great is that i grew up about two miles from this place and totally remember this joint. it’s in an old house in a semi-commercial area and the entire front yard is covered up with random concrete statues and, well, planters. kind of like those places you see on the side of country highways? except in the middle of a pretty lively area in a large city where you just don’t…see that very often. look here, there it is.
i always wondered who shopped here…turns out i do. so brin and i saunter up with our enormous bellies and start meandering around and then i SAW THEM! the perfect planters i had been envisioning in my head. they were a little more than i wanted to spend, but i figured i would keep them forever and then i thought about all the money i’d saved not having planters the first 31 years of my life…which made them a total and complete bargain. score!
so later that week, i took a little trip to pike nursery to fill the planters with some blooming things. the poor gentleman who helped me had no idea what he was getting himself into. after explaining to me what a perennial vs. annual plant is maybe three times and telling me that i could buy that…but i would have to plant it in the ground come october (whaaaat? why?)…he finally just threw his hands in the air and let me get whatever i wanted instead of trying to push mums and zinnias – which allegedly are better to plant this time of year. details!
so i walked out of there with russian sage, which is a beautiful purple color and smells amazing…
and creeping jenny too. i just loved the light color.
oh, and i received an explicit and detailed play-by-play on how to plant everything too. down to “you have to buy potting soil and then put it in the planter….” i mean, have i been out to lunch on this gardening business or what.
so then, we were down to just needing the doormat. a kind reader and friend, brooke, had suggested i try ballard designs…ah, fantastic idea!!! i scurried over to the ballard backroom
(which is half outlet, half real store) by my house to take a peek. right when i walked in the door, i saw the mat i ended up purchasing. it was the only one left and had a tag marked $12. that sounded pretty good for a doormat? then, after shopping alongside clark howard
(they truly do have some good deals there…i mean if clark shows up, it’s got to be good) and his wife, i paid for my mat and it rang up for just under $7 due to their labor day sale. um, ok?! feel like that’s highway robbery, but whatever!
it doesn’t really work all that well but i guess that’s what you get for a $7 mat.
and with that, my front stoop makeover was complete. i love it!
paquito likes it too.
and if that b*$(@ approves, you know you done good. and remember the whole reason
for the stoop makeover – rush’s 1st day of preschool pictures – he wouldn’t pose for one. oh well. two year olds. maybe next year!