Before: The house was so dark and 70's-80's or whatever decade you want to pick when everything was unnatractive. You can see the massive amounts of ivy on the left side of the house. I literally spent an entire Summer pulling that mess up. You may not be able to tell, but it was at least 2 feet deep on the ground. What a nightmare! I had great arms that Summer though.
This is a closer look at the side of the house that used to be consumed in ivy. We mulched the entire flower bed once I cleared it out and lined it in flag stone. We also planted some small azaleas so that in a couple of years, there will be color over there to match the color to the right. You can also see my new house numbers and our swing that was painted white to match the trim. It is so charming now!