My parents and my nephew, Derek, came down this weekend to help me with the house. My dad was a HUGE help with getting all the new door hardware/locks changed out, getting appliances safely hooked up, and fixing sprinklers... just to name a few things. My mom was a HUGE help in helping me unpack and organize; and Derek was a HUGE help in painting my bedroom! Derek's not afraid of high ceilings, thank goodness! This little house has vaulted ceilings, and they're a little daunting to me. What would I do without all of their help?! I really am blessed to have such a supportive family.
I just had to show off my new house key-- it's pink, with a tiara and sequins! (Sorry about the glare, I forgot to turn off the flash.) I've always had a thing for tiaras, as my friends can attest. I realized a few years ago that you don't have to be a beauty queen to own a tiara. When you're in your thirties, you can BUY one-- and a good one at that! When do I wear it, you ask? Whenever I want. :) I've worn it when cleaning the house-- even when cleaning the toilet. You'd be surprised how a tiara can make even the most menial task a little more decadent. Anyway, I highly recommend buying a tiara! (Yes, YOU Marsha-- one with PINK sparkles!)
Back to the house... this is the front entrance to my new home. It's a courtyard! The front door is actually around the corner to the right, but you can't see it from here. This courtyard has so much potential! It was overgrown with vines, but we've got those under control now. I can't wait to make it cozy and inviting. I'd love to put a bistro table and chairs out here-- or maybe Adirondack chairs? I really want to change the exterior house paint to tan with white trim-- and maybe I'll go with a blue door. I want the colors to be cohesive and flow throughout the house.