Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Our Home In Each Season

Hello Everyone!
It's time for an event called Outdoor Wednesday.
It's by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.
Please visit her for a list of all the participants.
This is our home through the change of seasons.
This photo was taken in the spring of 06'.
The day our brand new landscaping was installed.
We had been living for a few months with nothing
but dirt and a few bushes since our home was new.
I was so excited to have this completed.
This is the summer of 08' and this day was a scorcher.
The landscaping had begun to mature.
Some trees had to be replaced for a heartier type.
It was a rainy fall day in 08' for this photo.
I had just purchased a fall swag for the front door.
I finished the look with bright red mums.
We had snow in the winter of 09'.
A few weeks ago we had a fair amount of it for
this part of coastal North Carolina. It was fun day!
Have a wonderful week!

86 comments:

Lynda said...

Melissa, your home is beautiful...no matter what season! I love your porch, and the landscaping looks very nice.

marty39 said...

Melissa, your landscaping has matured so nicely, and it is just beautiful. I love the red brick of your home with all the white trim and that gorgeous porch. It is just beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Susan said...

Melissa, Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos.

~Vanessa~ said...

It's always a pleasure to visit your blog :)

JyLnC said...

I love the curly cue shrubs you have by your front door and the duo pots with red flowers on the stairs creates a perfect balance.

Daphine said...

You truly have one of the most beautiful homes I've ever seen! Seriously! It's like just BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for sharing!

Nicole ~ said...

Melissa, how beautiful your home is! I really love how the front steps lead up to the door. I also love the snow picture, it looks so cozy.

Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Nicole~

Lori said...

I love your home. I love seeing all of the seasons. I am going to do this as well. I have to scan some pictures in and will post later.
Have a great day.

Cynthia said...

Hi Melissa,
You really do have a lovely home! I enjoyed seeing all the seasons but had to chuckle at that wee bit of snow. (coming from Wisc.) Thanks for sharing, Cindy

Bo said...

Hi Melissa...this was a great way to show your home...each season does bring a different look...it is a gorgeous home & your landscaping is so well done. ;-) Bo

Dawnie said...

great idea! when i saw the photo of the hot day I LONGED to be able to walk outside--smell the fresh cut grass and the smell of the sprinkler. I'm getting ready.

April said...

Melissa~
What a gorgeous home you have there...and that lawn...wow! You have done such a good job with everything, inside and out! Have a wonderful evening...I'm off to bed!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, you home is a real beauty in ALL seasons! And you are, too!

Happy OW!

XO,

Sheila :-)

~CC Catherine said...

Melissa, love the pics of your home! All of them were great~ Thanks for stopping by my place recently and leaving such sweet comments! ~CC Catherine ;)

mbkatc230 said...

I love the shots of your home in all the seasons. What a great idea for Outdoor Wednesday. You have a beautiful home (all year round) I love the red mums for fall, just beautiful. Your landscaping is so pretty. Thanks for sharing, hugs, Kathy

Nancy said...

Melissa, you have a beautiful home! Love the fall look! Are those topiaries on the porch real? I use to have two on my porch..but they were fake....I have thought about doing real ones..but just not sure. nancy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Melissa, what a beautiful home..all belong on the front of a postcard.. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.. hugs ~lynne~

Susan said...

Your porch is lovely and the landscaping amazing!

Connie said...

You have a lovely home and yard, Melissa. Is that the first picture of your place with snow ??

Always Pretty in Pink said...

I love your landscaping.
Your house is so beautiful, I love how classic it looks but without looking generic-ish.

Tealady said...

What a great idea to photograph your house in all seasons, and through the years. It's amazing to see how the landscaping matures. Great post!

Blessings, Lana

Kristens Creations said...

Great shots of your home!(thanks for mentioning me) Those red fall mums did look so pretty and your landscaping is so lush! It looks pretty with the snow too. Kristen

xinex said...

I love your house, Melissa. It's beautiful no matter what season it's in...Christine

Mama said...

Hi Mellisa, your home is stunning, winter, spring, summer and fall. the pop's of red on your porch are wonderful, Happy OW my friend and thank you for your sweet comments, you gave me a giggle about the shining, hugs, Kathy.

Claudie said...

Happy Outdoor Wed. Melissa
I'm catching up on all these seasons with you.
Beautiful home.
Love Claudie

Maryrose said...

Melissa, I love your home and how fun to see it in all four seasons. We are lacking a couple of seasons in California, so I can live vicariously through all these wonderful photos on Outdoor Wed. Thanks for sharing, Maryrose

Light and Voices said...

Melissa, Happy Outdoor Wednesday! I love how you posted photos of your home in each season.
Joyce

Diane said...

Great pictures Melissa! I need to take seasonal pictures too. I seeing the changes. ♥

Miss Janice said...

Love the seasonal shots Melissa! Your home is so pretty:-)

Wibeche og Rune said...

Melissa, You have a beautiful home:)

Wib.

Southern Lady said...

You have a gorgeous home, both inside and out. I love the little path you have from the street to your porch.

I appreciate your and your husband's sacrifices for our country.

I hope your "Outdoor Wednesday" is filled with sunshine.

Sincerely,

Janie

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Melissa,
What a lovely home - I take pictures of my home through the seasons too. I posted an O.W. post today about my yard and home last spring. I'm taking a vote for color schemes for my planter beds. Please stop by and vote. I can't believe the snow! Aren't you on the coast? We've had two snows so far. We are in the Charlotte area. See ya soon.
Alisa

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hello Melissa,
So nice to meet you, you have a beautiful home.Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Sue

squawmama said...

Hi Sweetie... Thanks for coming by to visit me... I just LOVE your home... It is exactly what I would love and the pictures of the different seasons are magnificent... Thanks for posting such great pictures...

(((HUGS & KISSES)))
Donna

JudyBug said...

What a beautiful home! Love your landscaping!

ann said...

That door arrangement is gorgeous.I know how proud you must've been getting your landscaping in.No more dirt strewn through he house,hmmm.I've got to where I cannot WAIT for your new post.I love to see your lovely home..Ann

Cam said...

Beautiful home and change of season photos (note - my three year old was looking over my shoulder and said "I like these photos and music" :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Melissa,

Thanks so much for visiting on Outdoor Wednesday! I'm happy I gave everyone a little chuckle because I have calmed down a little! :-)

Your home is beautiful...what a great idea to take pictures for each season. You should frame each four to display together~it will be so much fun to look back at as the years go on & everything changes!

I also took a peek at your tablescape~just one of the best ones I've seen, casual & elegant at the same time (with a touch of whimsy :-) I am going to have jot down some of the etsy shops as I blog.. There are so many I want to look at!!

Thanks again & stop by anytime!!

xoxo
Jane

Pug1 said...

You have a lovely home!!! CHEERS Michele

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

You know...I always look so forward to your visits...and you're always so faithful!!! You just make my day and always put a smile on my face, Sweetie!!!

Well my friend, you know that I just adore your beautiful home!!! Loved seeing all of these photos of the exterior throughout the different seasons!!! Your landscaping is fabulous!!! Your home is just one of the prettiest that I've ever seen!!! Truly!!!

Hope that you have a wonderful Wednesday, my friend...
Love ya,
Chari

Olive Rue said...

Hi Melissa. Thanks for the best congrats on marriage. From the looks of your avatar, you are a newlywed too.

Love the shots of your home. It's gorgeous and all the landscaping paid off too.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Melissa, your home is lovely in any seaon. Love the topiaries by the door.

char72 said...

Love all the pictures of your beautiful house. Thanks for sharing.
Charlotte

Envoy-ette said...

I remember when our landscaper gave us the bill for the sod. It was over 3K and I gasped! He looked at me and said: "Yeah, that much for grass, and you can't even smoke it!"

Paula said...

Your home is very lovely! You are soo lucky to get to have it. What a wonderful view to come home to :)

beth at aunties said...

Hooray for landcaping! The plain dirt just isn't any fun.
You did a great job in the planning and the planting because it looks beautiful! Your porch is so inviting. I can't say the snow is because I can't wait for it all to melt ....and be spring again:-)
Melissa, you have a gorgeous home and thanks for sharing!


Belinda said...

Your home is gorgeous...in any weather and at any time of the year. Its so elegant and stately...love it! And I adore the red chrysanthemums and spiral topiaries at the entry...really beautiful. :-)

PAT said...

Beautiful home in all seasons, Melissa!

"J" said...

I love love love the snow pic!!!!!!! Sooooooooooooo very pretty!!!!

Your house is sooooooooooooooooooo BIG...LOVE IT!!!!! Very pretty!!!!!

WOW!!!

Lisa said...

You have a gorgeous house. It sure is fun to see how it looks with the passing of time.

Ginger said...

I agree with everything Lynda said in the first comment...your home is beautiful no matter what season it is. The yard looks so manicured I am wondering if you have a gardner.
Are you still planning to move?
Ginger

Always Pretty in Pink said...

Even though you already recieved it, I left you something on my blog!

Kristen said...

Your home is so beautiful in all the seasons!

The stone walkway is so cute.

Kristen's creations are so beautiful.

lvroftiques said...

Melissa your home and yard are gorgeous!Do you or your hubby (or both) have the very green thumb? *winks* Vanna

prairiedog said...

Hi Melissa,beautiful pictures,the landscaping does look great.It looks good in every season.
Cyndi

A Hint of Home said...

You have a lovely home inside and out. We are getting warm weather here in SC. We weeded a little the other day and I changed my outside decor to spring things.

"J" said...

I tracked your swap box....
Looks like it should be there today?!?!

I hope so!!!!

I won't be back online till Monday - I hope you like your swap box - ENJOY!!!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Melissa! Your home is gorgeous in every season! I also have a new home...now 7 years old...and have enjoyed watching the trees mature. What's the word on your move? Still in the works? Have a great weekend...Debbie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Melissa, your home is beautiful. Thse pictures prove that your home is a classic-looks good no mater what surrounds it! laurie

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Your home is so pretty! My hubby was born in NC (fayetteville) He left when he was just a baby so he would like to visit NC someday to see the state he was born in. I would love to surprise him with a trip there for his birthday.

Your friend helped me with a blog button. Would you copy the code and paste it to your blog so I can see if it works?

Thanks much!!
Darlene

Chari said...

{{{{Melissa}}}}

Girlfriend...you'll never guess what my honey came carrying home with him last night...yep, you guessed it!!! My giveaway package arrived! Ohhhh...you should have seen me dancing all around and squealing...hehe!!! No joke!!! Russell thought I had lost my marbles...hehe!!!

Well...after taking photos of the box (I feel a blog post coming on)...I opened it and Ohhhhh myyyy goshhhh...I did another happy dance and squealed some more...hehe! When all the dust settled, I decided I would dig in and see all of my goodies! Girlfriend, you spoil me!!! I swear that my winning your giveaway was a "God thing"...you know, a crown I wanted so badly and then when I started to open all of the gifts...well, they are all soooo ME!!! Right down to the "Paris" stationery!!! It's like you went shopping specifically for ME! Okay...okay, I know that I'm just going on and on but as you can see, I'm a bit excited!!! Thank you so much, Sweetie...you just made my day, shoot...you just made my month!!!

Thank you so much...I love all of it!!!
Love ya,
Chari
PS...hope you don't mind me blogging about all of my fabulous gifts tomorrow!

KATHERINELLEN said...

Melissa,
Your home is beautiful...Love your porch and would love to sit there and enjoy your beautiful yard...WOW! Have a wonderful day...katherinllen

Kathleen Ellis said...

Beautiful home,Melissa! I'll bet you don't see snow very often!
Happy Valentine's Day, sweetie!
;-D

Happy To Be said...

Melissa yur home is as beautiful as you are girl..thanks for sharing...hope you are doing well and thanks for coming by...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Melissa, sorry I'm so late in getting around. It's been a long day.. another run to the doctor with Mr. P. Thanks so much for swinging in to see the toile tablescape. I'm glad you like it.. I hope you grabbed yourself a rose... Happy Valentines Day!
hugs ~lynne~

Chari said...

Good Mornin' Girlfriend...

Just wanted to let you know that I posted your fabulous "Royal Giveaway" gift! I just had so much fun opening that box and I simply adore each and every gift!!! Thank you again, Sweetie...I just love it!!!

Have a fabulous Friday...and I'm sending you my very best wishes for the most memorable Valentines Day ever to you & Alex!

Love ya,
Chari

Lori said...

Melissa,
I just came from Chari's place, and wanted to tell you what a wonderful give-away you had. I'm glad it went to Chari, she is such a sweet lady, and so are you! All of the gifts were wonderful.

Well my friend have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Melissa....hey I have a kind of urgent question/request (ie:my daughter moving back down to NC) I was hoping you could email me so I could ask you something...
keedesign@aol.com
thanks!

Sweetie said...

You have a lovely home. Your landscaping is beautiful. I love the plants on your bottom steps in the Fall 08 photo. Could you share their name with me?
Hugs,
Sweetie

Jules said...

Melissa, your home is simply beautiful. So classic and well manicured.

tardevil said...

That is amazing...you're almost to the beach, and I'm not far from the mountains & you got snow & we pretty much didn't. That's crazy, huh? I liked the fall view the best, but they're all pretty!

Happy To Be said...

Melissa..girl I am sure you send that box to Chari by mistake ha ha!! girl that was so kind of you and just had to tell you...hope you and honey have a great VD...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

jenjen said...

What a great idea and wonderful pictures. Your home is so lovely!!! Everything you do is beautiful!

XOXOXOXO
Jen

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Melissa. Happy Valentine's Day my friend!!
hugs ~lynne~

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Melissa~ Your home is gorgeous inside and out through all seasons.

I like the rich red colors in your Rooster tablescape. I'm a little partial to red, that's one of my kitchen colors, gold as well.

Okay, my two favorites....pie crust then add brownies topped off with caramel and ice cream...DIVINE! I gotta try this one.
Come by I have a recipe for you.

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Melissa your home is majestic and welcoming at the same time. Loved your pics of the seasons!

Jo said...

Love the looks of different season. Do you have live plants in your urns on the front porch? I want to do something like that but I'm not sure if live would work here on the East Coast.

I must admit that I'm itching for spring ~ most of our snow has melted and I'd like to keep it that way! :)

Have a great weekend,
Jo

Rue said...

Good morning Melissa :)

You're home is beautiful and reminds me a lot of the one we are trying to sell. You did a beautiful job on the landscaping!

I hope you and your sweet husband have a wonderful Valentine's Day :)
hugs,
rue

Shelia said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Melissa!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Momovthree said...

Just wanted to come by and say Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have a great day.
~Michelle

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Melissa! Hope it's as special and full of love as you are...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Melissa, had to run over and tell you I am drooling with envy over the lovely box CHari received!! You outdid yourself but she deserved it!

Happy Valentines day!

Oh almost forgot, your home looks lovely with it's coat of snow on!

blessings
mary

marty39 said...

Melissa just wanted to wish you and your DH a very Happy Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for your visits and as always such gracious comments. Hugs, Marty

Susan said...

Melissa

Stop by my blog..I have a special something for you!

Susan

Mama said...

Hi Melissa, hope you had a wonderful Valentines. Your Royal give-away gift is beautiful, Chari is a very lucky lady and you are a very sweet thoughtful person. hugs, Kathy.

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Just spending a leisurely Sunday afternoon visiting with all of my friends and wanted to stop by to say Hello! How are you doing today, Sweetie? Just have to tell you...I'm still "riding high" from your gift to me!!! Hehe!!!

Well my friend, I hope that you & Alex are having a super Sunday!
Love ya,
Chari