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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Before & After

Curb Appeal – Part 1


We’ve been working on our front yard for several weeks now, and it has finally started to come together! (Note: The front yard was *supposed* to be on next summer’s project list, but when we found ourselves in the middle of another great plant sale, we just couldn’t help ourselves.)

Similar to our backyard, we bought all of our plants at a discount. In fact, everything – the trees, flowers, rose bushes, grass seed and mulch – came out to be less than $150! We were also lucky enough to get some free Hostas from our neighbors, and some ornamental grass and Caladium from my mom that we added to the mix.

As we were out there planting and watering, people passing by would say things like “Thank you for helping make our neighborhood beautiful,” or “It looks great – it’s one of the nicest yards on the block.” It was really encouraging to hear these kind words from strangers, and made us feel like we were helping our community.

Anyway… enough talk.

Here’s what our house looked like when we moved in:

Front Yard - Before

Here’s what it looks like now:

Front Yard 1

Front Yard 5

Front Yard 3     Front Yard 6


IMG_2216And one of the dog… just because.

BaciThe plants make a pretty big difference, right? We still have lots more to do, but we’re really happy we decided to get the ball rolling out here. On the list for the future:

1- Paint the front porch a different color
2- Replace our retaining wall
3- Replace/update our concrete walkway
4- Replace our old siding and change the color of our house

What do you think?Front Yard Before & After

PS – If you want to know more about our front door makeover, click here!

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  1. atkokosplace says:

    Your neighbors must love you two! Beautifying the neighborhood! Great job 😀

  2. Anna Morris Singletary says:

    It’s Beautiful!!! Reminiscent of Charleston, South Carolina..

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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