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A picture of our front porch decorated for fall.

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2020 Fall Front Porch

Our front porch might be small, but it sure does look good dressed up for fall! See how to recreate the look below! It’s time to share our fall front porch! We’ve been working so hard on our yard these past two years. Last year, we focused all of our energy on the front yard, […]

Our front porch might be small, but it sure does look good dressed up for fall! See how to recreate the look below! It’s time to share our fall front porch! We’ve been working so hard on our yard these past two years. Last year, we focused all of our energy on the front yard, […]

A picture showing our new back patio.

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Our New Back Patio

Late last summer we had our back concrete patio replaced. It was such an exciting and house transforming project! We did all the demo ourselves and even though it was hard work, it was so fun to see that beat up, cracked and crumbling patio removed and replaced with a much better and larger concrete […]

Late last summer we had our back concrete patio replaced. It was such an exciting and house transforming project! We did all the demo ourselves and even though it was hard work, it was so fun to see that beat up, cracked and crumbling patio removed and replaced with a much better and larger concrete […]

A picture of the new garage doors.

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New Garage Doors

Our New Garage Doors are installed and our exterior is looking better than ever! If you remember back when I shared our 2020 project goal list, adding new garage doors was at the top of our list. We worked on the exterior of our home so much last summer, and we made really great progress […]

Our New Garage Doors are installed and our exterior is looking better than ever! If you remember back when I shared our 2020 project goal list, adding new garage doors was at the top of our list. We worked on the exterior of our home so much last summer, and we made really great progress […]

A picture of a front porch decorated for Halloween.

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Our Halloween Front Porch

Eeeek! I’m so excited to share our Halloween front porch with you! This is the first time I’ve ever really decorated for Halloween. I’m not into the gore, the blood or the scary, but bring on all the cute Halloween things! Now that we live in a subdivision, our neighbors have been warning us that […]

Eeeek! I’m so excited to share our Halloween front porch with you! This is the first time I’ve ever really decorated for Halloween. I’m not into the gore, the blood or the scary, but bring on all the cute Halloween things! Now that we live in a subdivision, our neighbors have been warning us that […]

A picture of wicker pumpkins and flowering kale in a white window box.

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Our Fall Front Window Box

Better late than never, right? Today I’m sharing our fall front window box, and honestly I was hoping to have this up on the blog a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we got a below average cold spell right after I bought some plants and I just couldn’t plant them only to have them die a […]

Better late than never, right? Today I’m sharing our fall front window box, and honestly I was hoping to have this up on the blog a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we got a below average cold spell right after I bought some plants and I just couldn’t plant them only to have them die a […]

Our Fall Front Porch by The Wood Gain Cottage

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2019 Fall Front Porch

What a happy day it is, when I get to share our fall front porch. I love decorating our porch. It’s one of my favorite ways to give our home an instant boost in curb appeal and it always gets my creativity rolling. Since I’ve never decorated the front porch of our Willow House, I […]

What a happy day it is, when I get to share our fall front porch. I love decorating our porch. It’s one of my favorite ways to give our home an instant boost in curb appeal and it always gets my creativity rolling. Since I’ve never decorated the front porch of our Willow House, I […]

Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

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Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

It’s that time of year again where we all start looking for new ways to decorate our home for fall. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some fall front porch decorating ideas! If you’ve followed me over the years, you know I love to switch out my porch decor and really embrace the […]

It’s that time of year again where we all start looking for new ways to decorate our home for fall. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some fall front porch decorating ideas! If you’ve followed me over the years, you know I love to switch out my porch decor and really embrace the […]

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Building Our Front Pergola

Adding character to our tri-level home was one of the first projects I wanted to tackle. In order to make the outside match our inside, I knew we’d need to get creative and break the mold with transforming our traditional 1970’s home. The idea of building our front pergola over the tri-level portion of the […]

Adding character to our tri-level home was one of the first projects I wanted to tackle. In order to make the outside match our inside, I knew we’d need to get creative and break the mold with transforming our traditional 1970’s home. The idea of building our front pergola over the tri-level portion of the […]

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Adding A Front Window Box

See how we added character to our home by adding a front window box! My love for this house update ranks high up on the list. Adding a front window box to our big living room window completely transformed the house. I couldn’t stop dreaming about adding a window box… I say that with all […]

See how we added character to our home by adding a front window box! My love for this house update ranks high up on the list. Adding a front window box to our big living room window completely transformed the house. I couldn’t stop dreaming about adding a window box… I say that with all […]

Our New Windows by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Our New Windows

When we bought our fixer upper house, we knew one of the first things we’d be replacing was the windows. They were old and in really rough shape… much like the condition of the rest of the house. Several of the metal window frames were bent, the screens were tore up or missing, and there […]

When we bought our fixer upper house, we knew one of the first things we’d be replacing was the windows. They were old and in really rough shape… much like the condition of the rest of the house. Several of the metal window frames were bent, the screens were tore up or missing, and there […]

Painting Our Exterior by The Wood Grain Cottage

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How We Painted Our Exterior

Admittedly, I’m late in sharing all the details on how we painted our exterior. When we bought the house almost a year ago, there were several areas with peeling paint, and for the purpose of our loan, we had to repaint those areas in order to close on the house. We both thought it would […]

Admittedly, I’m late in sharing all the details on how we painted our exterior. When we bought the house almost a year ago, there were several areas with peeling paint, and for the purpose of our loan, we had to repaint those areas in order to close on the house. We both thought it would […]

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Pumpkin Fall Front Porch

I think one of my favorite things about fall, is decorating the front porch. Not only does it make a lovely welcoming reception for guests, but it also gets to stay in place for a while! Plus, who doesn’t love pumpkins? My fall front porch this year was entirely inspired by my pumpkin patch. Early […]

I think one of my favorite things about fall, is decorating the front porch. Not only does it make a lovely welcoming reception for guests, but it also gets to stay in place for a while! Plus, who doesn’t love pumpkins? My fall front porch this year was entirely inspired by my pumpkin patch. Early […]

Christmas Front Porch by The Wood Grain Cottage

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2016 Christmas Front Porch

I’m finally getting around to sharing our Christmas front porch today! This year Anthony and I actually made time to hang up exterior lights, which seems to enhance all the Christmas spirit around our home. It’s been several years, like maybe 6 or so, since we’ve hung exterior Christmas lights and I forgot how much fun and magic […]

I’m finally getting around to sharing our Christmas front porch today! This year Anthony and I actually made time to hang up exterior lights, which seems to enhance all the Christmas spirit around our home. It’s been several years, like maybe 6 or so, since we’ve hung exterior Christmas lights and I forgot how much fun and magic […]

Fall Front Porch by The Wood Grain Cottage

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3 Fall Front Porch’s: Three Ways- Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our Three Fall Front Porch’s: Three Ways! I hope you’re enjoying the series! So far, you’ve seen my front porch decorated for fall, and our Day 2 front porch, which is the home of my BFF Chelsea! Today, I’m bringing you our third and final front porch, which is my parents house, […]

Welcome to Day 3 of our Three Fall Front Porch’s: Three Ways! I hope you’re enjoying the series! So far, you’ve seen my front porch decorated for fall, and our Day 2 front porch, which is the home of my BFF Chelsea! Today, I’m bringing you our third and final front porch, which is my parents house, […]

Fall Front Porch by The Wood Grain Cottage

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3 Fall Front Porch’s: Three Ways- Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of our Three Fall Front Porch’s: Three Ways! I hope you’re enjoying the series! You can see my front porch here, which kicked off the series earlier this week! Today, it’s all about Day 2, which is the largest front porch of the three… it also happens to be Chelsea’s home. You […]

Welcome to Day 2 of our Three Fall Front Porch’s: Three Ways! I hope you’re enjoying the series! You can see my front porch here, which kicked off the series earlier this week! Today, it’s all about Day 2, which is the largest front porch of the three… it also happens to be Chelsea’s home. You […]

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