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What not to do while on vacation! | The Interior Frugalista

What not to do while on vacation!

Can you believe it's September already? Here in the Great White North we are getting our August in September.  I'm not complaining, it's pay back time for our awful July.  I'm especially enjoying this weather having just returned from vacation.

Are you like me, instead of returning home with your camera filled with pictures of the people, places, and sites you visited, it's filled with shots of architecture, landscapes and home exteriors? I know you consummate DIYers can relate to this! I thought I would share some of my inspirational shots with you today.

But first I'll share what not to do while on vacation...

vacation injury

vacation injury

Mr. Frugalista and I decided wouldn't it be fun to walk down to the beach at Ogden Point in Victoria, British Columbia after dusk to see the cruise ships leaving port. Sounds pretty harmless, right? What we didn't expect was total darkness as we carefully navigated down the concrete steps to the water's edge. We were doing great, despite each having consumed a couple of glasses of wine during dinner. As we took the final descent we were not expecting one additional step around the corner. Well, judging from the photos you can guess what happened next. These pictures were taken a week after the fall!

Lesson 1: Don't go exploring in unfamiliar territory after dark!
Lesson 2: Quit tugging up your Big Girl Panties while shouting "me do all by myself" - let Mr. Frugalista lead once in awhile!

Onto the inspiring images...
bird house trim

I fell in love with these birdhouses on the gable ends of this house. How adorable is that!

bird house trim

We are finally, after 16 years in this house, hoping to renovate the exterior next summer. Part of the plan is to install horizontal engineered wood siding. On the gable ends we will add scalloped siding on the upper half. Replicating this birdhouse detail on the transition board would definitely add a unique and interesting element!

English garden inspiration

How gorgeous is this!  I'm in love with English gardens and I just have to create a smaller version of this in our back yard. 
sun dial in English garden

I just love the idea of having a sundial as the focal point.

This water feature was on the patio of our favorite restaurant in Sicamous, British Columbia.  This is the upper portion of the water fountain.

water feature inspiration

...and this is the base.  The sound as the water trickled off the rocks into the pond below was spectacular!

water feature inspiration

Our sloped back yard is perfect for a smaller version of this.  Mr. Frugalista and I are totally capable of building one of these!

Here are a couple photos of the slope in our backyard.  This is the vantage point from the bottom of the yard.

and this is from the top.  Can you picture a similar but scaled down water feature here?

So what DIY inspiration did you find over the summer?  

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