So I mentioned in yesterday's post that the boys and I have moved to a home built in 1867.  It's an all brick, Italianate style duplex.  These homes were originally built as housing for the factory workers in town.  There are several groupings of them up and down my street and I'm sure over time some of them have been torn down and filled in with the newer structures that I see mixed in.  I'm a sucker for an old home with good bones and loads of character.  This home has been updated on the interior throughout the years, but enough of the original details were left untouched to help me fall in love with it the first time I saw it.  It's a little less than 1400 sq ft, but it's the perfect size for the boys and I.  I've always loved small homes and feel like they're much more cozy.  I've done a few things to make the house more "me" over the last several months, but I still have a lot of projects on my list (hence the #littlehousebigplans hashtag).  I was able to finish the front porch updates over the weekend, just in time to put up a few simple Christmas decorations.

Updates: new deck paint, mailbox, front door color & porch light

Updates: new deck paint, mailbox, front door color & porch light

I was able to paint the decking at the beginning of the fall, but didn't finish the other updates until this past weekend. 

Sources:  decking - Behr Deck Over Boot Hill Gray,  front door color - Sherwin Williams Tricorn Blackvintage brass mailbox,  Moravian Star porch light, Ikea striped doormatfresh garland - Home Depot(no online link), boxwood wreath

Up close and personal.  And yes, that haint blue porch ceiling was there when I moved in.  I know...lucky me!  I love a haint blue porch ceiling.  If you're wondering what on earth I'm talking about, no worries, you can read this little article.  It's definitely more of a Southern thing, but I've noticed on my many walks around town that there are plenty of haint blue porch ceilings around here.

And here's how it looked when I moved in.

The only thing missing in this picture is the jumbo, overgrown bush that covered the entire front of the porch.  One of the first things I did when I moved in was have my Dad help me tear that out and planted a few small shrubs and flowers.  I'm hoping to up my gardening game next spring, but this works in the meantime.  Notice the red deck paint, red door and red mailbox.  Lots of red going on.  It wasn't bad, but the black is definitely more my style - simple + classic.

Here's a look down the street.

So, that's the outside.  Next up is an indoor tour along with the projects I have planned.  Stay tuned.