Painting Attic Exterior in Chicago

We painted the exterior of this home’s attic last month to match the siding with the rest of the brick.  In the process, we also installed a window to allow lots of natural light into the space.  Call us for a free painting consultation!  We specialize in exterior and interior painting for both residential and commercial spaces.  We have worked with all types of finishes and techniques and can bring a unique or traditional look to any living space.  Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and we would be happy to hear what you want for your space, make some recommendations and put together a plan that works within your budget.  Give us a call today!

Front Yard Landscape Design in Evanston

This month, we had the pleasure of designing and installing a front yard landscape in Evanston, transforming their front yard into an inviting salutation of color and evergreens that will compliment their home with natural beauty year round.  We were able to work with some of their existing shrubs, simply trimming and planting a few more plants around them to fill in the space, saving them money in the process.  Some features to note are the pavers we laid leading to the side door, the Yellow Spruce we installed towards the back by the fence and the dark purple butterfly bush in front of the windows.  We are looking forward to hopefully revisiting this garden in the future when the plants grow and fill the space in a little more.  Give us a call if you’d like a little color added to your front or back landscape!

Small Front Landscape Design in Mt. Prospect

We spruced up this front landscape with just a few shrubs and low-growing plants, but even just these small additions did a lot to enhance the forefront of this suburban home.  Even a few shrubs in a small space can add considerable beauty and character to your home.  Give us a call for a free consultation!  We are happy to work with spaces (and budgets) of all sizes.

Condo Landscaping in Chicago

For this condominium front entry landscaping job, we were able to give them a more economical and budget-friendly contract by simply moving around many of their existing plants to areas where they would thrive better, flowering and bringing their intended beauty to the exterior of the building.  After also installing a few new plants of our own, we love the lush greens and colors that fill the entryway and perimeter of this large condo building.  Leave a comment or give us a call to schedule a free consultation!  We can work with budgets of all sizes to provide a landscape that will brighten your home’s (or condo’s) exterior.

Container Gardens

Container gardens are a quick and versatile way to add beauty to your lawn and home, especially if you don’t have a lot of room.  You can use them to adorn your front porch or walkway, or spruce up your back deck or small backyard.  Take a look at some pictures from a container garden we finished for a client!

 

Garden Clean-Up

If you don’t need a new landscape design or new plantings for your yard, but wish it was cleaner and less cluttered, we can help tidy up your yard so that the beauty of your plants, shrubbery and trees can take centerstage and beautify your home as they were intended.  Take a look at these pictures from a garden clean-up we recently did in a client’s front yard and don’t hesitate to give us a call!

 

Kitchen Renovations

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” ~Louis Parrish

If that’s true, what better place to start highlighting renovations than in the kitchen?  Below are some snapshots of a few kitchen renovations we had the privilege of working on.

 

We love how the bright green inside of these open cabinets brings a pop of color and brings a fun element of design to this kitchen.  Check out the before picture to see how repainting your cabinets can completely change the look of your kitchen!

 Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Semi-Gloss Elephant Gray

 

Sanding and repainting these cabinets give this kitchen a clean, polished feel.

The wood cabinets, muted green walls and tile backsplash all come together to make this kitchen feel warm and welcoming.

Check us out on Facebook for more kitchen designs that we’ve found and love!  We’ll be posting throughout the day as we highlight “the heart of everyone’s home” – the kitchen!

More Tips for Winter Lawn & Garden Care

It’s snowing!  Here are a few tips to take care of your lawn, trees and other outdoor plants when it snows.

  • Be careful to avoid spreading salt near shrubs or other plants.  Sand or sawdust are more environmentally-friendly options for curing those slick walkways, providing friction without the addition of chemicals into the ground.
  • If it does snow a lot, try to brush the snow off of any evergreen branches in your yard as the weight of the snow or ice may cause serious damage to your tree.
  • Make sure to brush the snow off of evergreen trees as soon as possible after a big snowstorm as the accumulating snow can cause serious damage to the branches. This can be done easily with a broom.

We hope that these little suggestions will help make taking care of your outdoors a little easier this winter.  Let us know if you have any questions and we’d be happy to help!

Wisteria Sprout Update

Look at my growing wisteria!  Not even two weeks ago today, I posted this about sprouting a wisteria from a seed and look at how quickly it’s growing already.  Sprouting seeds in the winter months is a great way to fend off winter woes and since Mr. Punxsutawney saw his shadow this year, we may have to stay indoors a little longer this year.  (Though today is beautifully sunny, I must say!)

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up your home and your day during the cold winter months, I really recommend getting some seeds and trying this out!  Then when the warm spring months do come (I promise, they will!), you’ll be ready with some beautiful sprouted flowers to put in your backyard.  Look at this wisteria – just over two weeks old!

If you’re wondering what types of flowers/plants are best for you, leave a comment and I’d be happy to give you a few ideas!

Tips for Winter Lawn & Garden Care

The past few days have not felt much like winter here in Chicago, but for as much as we’d like spring to be here soon, we still have some time to go.  With the snow melted and warmer temperatures, it might be a good time for you to do a few of the tasks you may have put off or forgotten about.

Move your garden decorations, such as urns or other containers, into the garage or basement to protect them from damage from the cold.  If they’re too large/heavy, turn them upside down to prevent water collection or cover them with a bag.

To preserve the wood on the handles of your garden tools, paint them a variety of colors.  Using bright colors like red or orange and avoiding greens and browns will also make it easier to locate them when you’re gardening and set them down in the grass.

Start a record of which plants do and do not do well in your garden.  If you’re just getting into gardening, save it for the spring and summer months and jot down your observations.  If you can remember your garden from last year, take some time to jot down your notes.  This will help as you plan your garden for the coming spring and summer.

Finally, don’t wait too late to order your seeds!  Many of the more common varieties can sell out quickly.

Happy gardening!