Window boxes, shutters, and some trim.

Summer time brings yard work, and I have a HUGE yard!
We moved to Washington State from Hawaii, where due to the cost of land, the yards are the size of bathrooms. 
When we purchased our house here we said, “Wow, that’s a big yard, and we aren’t really yard people, but what’s a little raking?”  We were so naive!
A huge yard in the summer is literally a part-time job!
We are hoping to sell our house this summer, so the pressure is on! It’s not a summer to let the weeds go, or let the grass brown early to save on work. 
This week I painted all the outside window frames. They needed some TLC in a big way, but it basically took ALL my free time….boring!

I filled and moved a few of our front window boxes to the back, where they could be seen better by people using the river walk that runs directly behind our house.  (I mainly used on-sale Geraniums and clippings from around my yard. You can see more about the how-to HERE). 

I also added shutters to a couple windows that didn’t have any yet,
and last (and possibly least, because I now think it really didn’t need to be done), I added trim to the bottom of all the windows! Crazy…I know, I need to be fixing holes in ceilings and I get distracted adding trim to the bottom of windows!

Since my windows are nothing really worthy of oohing and ahhing over, I added some pictures of incredible window boxes for eye candy. 
If I would have seen these before I did mine, I think I would have added more flowers! Guess I still can :)
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Hope your Mother’s Day weekend is going wonderfully!
–Katie
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  1. Great inspiration! Stopping by from the Sunday Blog Hop – following via GFC. Would love for you to stop by and visit!

    http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  2. Katie- These are beautiful images. I forwarded the link to your blog to my daughter. She has huge window boxes that are pretty bare.

    Good luck selling your house. I hope the market is better there than it is here. Happy Mother’s Day- xo Diana

  3. The window boxes are all stunning, but I think yours are too. Love the geraniums, and the ivy. They will fill out and be totally stunning. Happy Mother’s Day. Hugs, Marty

  4. I love your BLACK shutters! You have inspired me to get mine painted and put up sooner rather than later! Your flower basket is lovely as well! Good job Katie!!

  5. I love window boxes! Yours will fill in and the ivy will create the weeping affect. They’re so sweet!

  6. I love your shutters! Wow, that’s a lot of window box inspiration. In phase two of our front yard makeover this will really come in handy.

  7. I need to do that too! Yours looks great! Happy Mother’s Day to you. You’re amazing! You get more done in one day then I do in a week or more! LOL! Take care.

  8. The trim and flowers are perfect! I love the red pop of the geraniums!

  9. They are all so beautiful.

  10. completely lovely – window boxes get me EVERY TIME! thought you might enjoy our little mom print too – http://www.northerncottage.net/2012/05/home-is-where-your-mom-is.html

    xo

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  11. Those are all so beautiful!!! including yours :) :) xo Holly

  12. I think your window box is lovely. It will grow and be come stunning. You know all of the other pictures weren’t taken at the begining of the season. :)

  13. Love these ideas! Thanks!! Your window box looks great as well!! Nice job! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!!

  14. How beautiful and amazing…..every thing look so pleasant…like the shutters.

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  15. Oh my goodness these are all so beautiful. I have always wanted window boxes. Now I feel inspired. I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party? Hope to see you there!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

  16. I think your window boxes are beautiful (I’m partial to red so I love your geraniums). Good luck with the selling plans….lots of work but I’m sure you’ll find a buyer. Are you just looking for something with a smaller lot?

  17. Eye candy is right. Makes me want to go spend money i don’t have buying flowers that will probably die when the rain dies down and the summer heats up. And i just might. Thanks for sharing. I love what you did with your windows. I know it’s a lot of work, but I bet those details will make a difference to a buyer. One less thing they have to do and you did it probably way more beautifully than they would, right? :)

    Liz

  18. So many great ideas for inspiration! My window boxes are empty because I can’t decide. But this is just the motivation I need. ;)

  19. Your windows and flower box are lovely. Each year I fill several boxes around my house. This year I decided the expense was too great. That is until I saw those beautiful “eye candy” boxes. I am reconsidering….Thanks for sharing. Visiting from the Shabby Nest

  20. So pretty. Window boxes are such a beautiful house accessory.

  21. I’m inspired to put up some shutters and paint them black! Great ideas.

  22. Wow!! So beautiful! That pop of color makes a window so cheerful. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  23. Ok… it is official… I am headed to get some flowers today! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful window box and all of the fun inspiration with us this week! Best of luck selling the house!

    Take care,

    Trish

    • Thanks Trish! We still have so much so do before I put it on the market (or maybe I’m just a little too detail oriented and really I should just clean it up and put it on!) The hard part about being too decor minded! –Katie

  24. Beautiful photos and inspiration. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  25. The window box is just beautiful with all of the flowers. We are so glad you came to another week of our fun “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Please join us again! -The Sisters

  26. I love your window porn! LOL! Gorgeous! And I’m a tad envious of your own sweet windows and boxes! You’re featured!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/05/features_24.html

  27. Great job and awesome inspiration photos!

    Thanks for linking up with me at last week’s Drab to Fab! Hope you’ll come back this week and link up again. I love seeing what you’re up to!

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/05/drab-to-fab-link-up-features.html

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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