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We had a minor setback this week with the installation of our windows. And really, it’s a good thing. Because you know what? Things were going all too well. I was starting to awaken in the middle of the night, suffocating in the well-ness of it all.

Indeed, it was time things went wrong. And wrong, they did.

It all started when we had the lovely folks at Anderson Windows install some breathtaking 100 Series windows last week. And they are gorgeous. And we love them. And that’s not at all what this post is about.

What this post is about? Siding.


Do you remember when I talked about our budget? The fact that we had it alllll figured out?

Well. There were a few projects we decided we’d put off until we could afford them. Such as the finishing of the basement (once the mold was removed, of course), landscaping…and the exterior siding of our home.

Sure, it lacked luster and needed replacing, but we thought it could certainly survive through another Winter of Doom here in the Midwest and we’d start the exterior renovations in the spring of 2011.

Except we failed to realize that the siding would need to be removed in that whole window installation process. It was was promptly shredded to bits and replaced with a tarp:

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So. The budget’s out the window (literally!), because I fear our neighbors will demote us from the party planning committee if they have to stare at our plastic tarp much longer. And it’s a good thing. Really. We’ll have beautiful siding, and who needs furniture, anyway?

In an effort to look on the bright side, I made a sweet little inspiration board for the look we’re going for. Want to see? Do you? Humor me.

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Beautiful, rustic and charming. A retreat indeed. Let’s hope we can make it that way with a few of the below products:

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I figured if we’re going to blow our budget, we might as well get some quality items, yes? Fiber cement siding is crazy expensive, but the quality is unbelievable, and the upkeep is non-existent (I’m exaggerating a little). And because we want the look of cedar (or bark siding, even!) without the lovely Indiana rot, we’ve got our hearts set on Build Direct’s Fiber Cement Siding in Colonial Pewter. I’m in loooooove.

Other items on my wish list? A hammock for two, yellow tulips (my favorite!) in a sweet planter box, and a modern-ish fountain. Throw in a few wooden Adirondack chairs to match our white trim and I’ll be one happy girl.

Wish us luck and I’ll keep you up to date on this little budgetary segue of ours. In the mean time, let’s focus on the bright side: We can use that hideous exterior tarp to craft a tee pee!


Design Inspiration

8 Responses

  1. CplusE says:

    Erin, where can I find that fantastic fountain? Thanks!

  2. erin / dfm says:

    Right here! It's lovely, yes?: http://www.uniquegardendecor.com/servlet/the-261/

    • CplusE says:

      What a great site — I'm bookmarking this one! So many attractive choices — thank you for providing the link!

  3. erin / dfm says:

    Right here! It's lovely, yes?:

  4. Samantha says:

    Although Andersen windows may be good, Pella windows are a better choice. We recently moved, had Andersen in our first house, and just replaced our new homes windows with Pella. We can certainly tell the difference.

    I love your inspiration board- great food for though!

  5. erin / dfm says:

    Thanks, Samantha! We're pretty happy with the 100 Series; they are BEAUTIFUL, super functional and the installation was smoother than I had ever thought possible. But thanks for the recommendation! :)

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