Here we go…

September 22, 2009

Now for some pics.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 1:44 pm

Before Exterior


Go ahead and say it.  It is not exactly screaming out CURB APPEAL!!!  Let me be honest.  I have never loved this house.  This girl cant lie!  Kyle’s mom and I have had multiple conversations about “what are we gonna do with that house??”  I always thought it was so boring and really just could not even imagine it being cute.  That’s okay!  Ranch houses were never meant to be precious/adorable/cute.  They are designed to be understated/quiet/clean/modest.  Enough said.  I’m over cutesy.  It was sad to break away from that but I think I got the idea!  Think funky floral anthropologie hobo purse vs a square camel michael kors bag.  There is beauty in both 🙂

After doing a lot of research I discovered that your technique for “designing” the exterior and even the landscape should be very much influenced by the home style, and by doing that, this house will gain a lot of sophistication.  The cottagy style that I am used will no longer fly.  Super casual flower beds that were just a random mix of everything from bananas to geraniums and ferns were adorable by the other house but this one needs a little more of a clean approach.  That is the same with the exterior paint colors.  Cool grays are what the house is screaming out for.  Of course, I am considering bringing the blue door from the old house!  What do you think?

Simple hedges (i love hydrangeas the most!), stainless house numbers, exterior sconce, and mail box will finish off this look!

After Exterior

After (excuse the amateur photoshopping!  it will be a theme around here.)


Chiasso “Ilum Outdoor Light”


Chiasso “Stainless Envelope Mailbox”


Chiasso “Sausalito House Numbers”



  1. My first thought at looking at the picture was definitely some paint on that brick! Next I thought some azaleas (or some other blooming hedge-like plant) to cover up the brick wall portion of the carport. I am thinking if you hide that wall maybe it won’t look so much like a ranch house b/c the house won’t “appear” to be as wide (since the low brick wall in it’s current state, is basically extending the length of the house)???

    That being said, I am a virologist, which is about as far from being a designer as I think you can get!! haha. 🙂

    Comment by mindy — September 22, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  2. thanks for your comments!!! i really think we want to go about embracing the ranch style rather than trying to hide it. so many neighborhoods are these “faked” acadian houses which really people just kind of patched all over a ranch home and watered down the significance of it as a style- hence it being named the red headed stepchild of residential architecture in Louisiana! In the midwest and west coast it is much more embraced b/c they dont have the strong acadian vernacular that we have here- dormers, etc. i cant tell you how many ranch style home have fake dormers slapped on the top. you know what i mean? so, anyway, that being said- the low wall that is part of the carport is supposed to actually lengthen the house. does that make sense? i love this stuff 🙂 i’d be an awful virologist! haha.

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — September 22, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  3. i’m thinking sweet olive tree on the far left side of the low wall! i love that smell… reminds me of campus in fall 🙂

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — September 22, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

  4. I must have been sucked in by the picture and missed the point about keeping it a ranch. sorry! 🙂

    but yeah, go with the paint. that grey is very soothing.

    Comment by mindy — September 22, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  5. between audubon and ag admin buildings, i think. it’s my favorite quiet spot on campus. best smell ever!

    Comment by mindy — September 22, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  6. Loving the photoshopped ideas you have so far! Good luck with your new project. I know it will turn out amazing and y’all will love it.

    Comment by Christina — September 25, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  7. FUN FUN FUN!!! I now have a new home decor blog to read! I can’t wait to watch you transform this house…..I KNOW it will be AWESOME!!! Bring on the pics!

    Comment by Lisa Causey — September 25, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

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