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Changes Around Here and My Final Post

April 29, 2013

Satisfying Spaces has been a fun outlet for me over the last few years. I have really enjoyed meeting people from different parts of the country and even internationally. It is a wonderful forum for someone like me who is obsessed with interior design but, I don’t seem to have the same level of inspiration I’ve had in the past. I may change my mind one day but, for now, I am going to sail off into the sunset. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive with your sweet comments. Now, on to the good stuff.

My husband and I have built four homes and this is our third renovation project. We plan to stay in this house for a while so we have a list of things we want to do to make it feel more like our own. The last couple of months we were able to check off two major items on our to do list. Painting the exterior of the house and redoing all the pool coping, porches, and the backyard landscaping.

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We removed the shrubs and put in a patio.

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We also removed the two trees by the back porch. They dropped tons of berries and leaves which the dogs tracked into the house constantly and the pavers were always stained with red and black squashed berries. The columns are now gone as well. The back porch was carpet. We replaced the carpet with brick.

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You can’t tell in the pictures but, the concrete decking is scored in a criss cross pattern.Satisfying Spaces

Back porch during project after the carpet was ripped out.IMG_1524

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The shrubs we removed…

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The patio we added…I would love to add an espalier to soften all the hard space.

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The backyard before…IMG_1508

We added a Bocce Ball/horseshoe pit and planted a lot of hydrangea, azaleas, and knock out roses since they do so well here in the hot Texas summers as well as some other evergreen trees and shrubs.Satisfying Spaces

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Thank you again to everyone who followed and supported Satisfying Spaces!

Anticipation of Spring

March 19, 2013

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Three-Year Blog Anniversary!

February 25, 2013

Today is the three-year anniversary for Satisfying Spaces. I got into blogging so that I would have a place to save all the inspirational images I found for personal projects I was either working on at the time or thought I might work on in the future and wanted to share with others. Thank you so much for your support!

Here at the house we are getting ready to start a project that involves demoing the pool decking (pavers) and back porch (carpet glued to pavers). It should be a fun before/after to share with you in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I have looked for inspiration in any garden or patio image I can find for ideas. We will be adding some decorative pots with drip lines so I need to settle on a style and my good friend Janice said she needed some inspiration so here you go!

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The French Tangerine

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Tone on Tone

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Have a great week!

Anticipation of Spring

February 6, 2013

I am so excited for spring to arrive this year. We’ve had a mild winter here in Texas and I am not complaining. I am obsessively studying all patio, pool and landscape images I can get my hands on or find on the blogs and Pinterest. Here are some faves…

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I hope you are having a great week!

Daydreaming

February 1, 2013

I am daydreaming about warm nights and barbecues.

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Have a great weekend!

Capitol Hill Townhome

January 30, 2013

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For more information on this property designed by Barry Dixon go here.

Dining Room In Progress

January 24, 2013

I know there are a lot of people out there that don’t use their dining rooms and we aren’t one of those people. Even when it is just the three of us eating a Paul Newman frozen pizza you can find us in our dining room. Part of the reason could be that we have a tiny table and two chairs in our nook now but, come to think of it, we have always spent a lot of time in our previous dining rooms. When we bought this house the walls were brown and there was pink marble and carpet on the floors. As you can see in the image below there was also a polished brass chandeli

Satisfying SpacesWe had wood flooring installed, painted the walls and switched out the chandelier. When everything needs revamping in your house all at once you learn to use a lot of what you have to make due. Right now we only have four chairs so when we need to accommodate company we have to bring the only two chairs we have in the kitchen nook into the dining room. If there are more than six of us we have to spread out to the bar in the kitchen. I look forward to the day we are equipped to seat eight comfortably.

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Yesterday I scored the two bird prints and I absolutely love them!

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We have high ceilings so there is a lot of wall space to fill. The large mirror was a recent acquisition in attempt to fill that large wall space. I think we might need to add some sconces on either side or maybe we’ll leave it as is. Not sure yet.

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A view looking into the foyer and living room…

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It is definitely a more casual dining room. Maybe that is why we gravitate towards the room so much.

I hope you all are having a great week!

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