renovations at the studio
Before & After
Cathy decided to change the entry into the studio for a more charming feel. This is not just a typical retail space, and she didn't want it to have a "typical" feel. So, these antique doors were added to the center of the building, and then stripped and painted. Here's a picture of the work in progress.
You can see the three doors here, along with the freshly painted exterior. We added two large planters to create a front-porch feel. And lavender of course to greet your sense of smell!
Above, you can see how the paint was hand scraped to create a vintage look. Our designer chose Benjamin Moore docks bury gray.
Lavender, popular with most, is a favorite of our designer, Cathy. It likes dry soil, smells fantastic, and it only needs attention after it blooms. (Trim it back to keep it healthy.)
Let's Talk Landscaping
This courtyard was screaming for a clean up, so we did just that - out with the leaves, in with fresh plants. We trimmed existing trees and shrubs, and added some go-to landscape staples like ferns, lavender, and sweetbroom.
We got all of our plants at the local Lowe's and kept our project practical and budget friendly.
If you're thinking about sprucing up your own landscaping, one go-to for Houston is sweetbroom. We mixed it in our beds with lavender; sweetbroom is notable for it's fragrant yellow blooms, and it's ability to withstand drought and spread quickly.
Above, you can see what an improvement it was just to remove the leaves, add a few new plants, and viola, green space for all to enjoy!
Below you'll see our new guinea impatiens, which are known for their bright colors - they like shade, so they were perfect for underneath our large oak tree.