Budding and Blooming Spring Curb Appeal

Budding and blooming spring curb appeal lawn and garden enthusiasts know the beauty and the value of curb appeal.  First impressions make lasting impressions.  Curb appeal traditionally is the topic of buying or selling a home conversation, but what about the value of curb appeal between the bookends?  I want the ooh and aah effect of gorgeous curb appeal to impress me, the homeowner, first and foremost.

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Spring motivates home improvement.  The first day of spring rollout makes it official, and by the look and buzz of things around the neighborhood everything’s coming up roses, azaleas, marigolds, verbena, zinnias, impatiens, begonias, sago palms and hanging baskets of fern. We’ve got this budding and blooming spring curb appeal covered.

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Consulting the buds and blooms bible aka the LSU Ag Center Bedding Plants for Louisiana Landscapes for plant this, grow that advice confirms we are a go for grow.

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Succulents make a lovely showing, and the decorative box Dave the Builder made for me a couple of years ago is the inspiration for a container garden.

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Color leads the way when orchestrating palette and planting.  The Barn Nursery’s Fool Proof Color Guide to Container Gardening gives color combination advice for creating beautiful color combos, height and size suggestions and recommendations for low-maintenance blooms.  You can download your free copy of the guide here.

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Speaking of budding and blooming spring curb appeal gorgeous DIY projects, here’s an idea for an address number wall planter from HGTV.

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Difficulty is the word that springs to mind when it comes to our efforts to plant and successfully grow hydrangeas.  A planting debate ensued over the recently purchased pink hydrangea.

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I suspected failure would follow if we prematurely planted the hydrangea under the assumption of the “we had no winter” temperatures of late. Last week the overnight temperatures dipped into the mid 30s.  I had a feeling.

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This Violet Hydrangea Oilcloth Fabric from Online Fabric Store is marked oh. my. gorgeous! for outdoor pillows.

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Gardening Tool Set in Copper Brass Finish.  So Chic!

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Parisian Entrance Urn in Aged Charcoal. Ooh la la factor at the front door! 

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Regardless if you are sprucing up your already in place exterior features or adding new, the budding and blooming spring curb appeal is rooted in the lawn and garden details.

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Painting the front door instantly adds a zip of spring spectacular color. Decorative stepping stones walk the garden path walk of function and curb appeal style.  Outdoor planters have come into their own, stylishly speaking.  The round copper patina cast stone pot and tan wash round rim clay planters from Home Depot deliver on all curb appeal fronts.

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Making the spring curb appeal gorgeous gotta have it list is the alligator door knocker by Michael Healy Designs.  Regional designs and decor accessories reflecting regional attributes impress a touch of home.

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Wind & Weather Fish Downspout Statue

Dress up gutter bottoms while steering rain water from the downspout to the lawn with a lawn and garden decorative downspout statue.

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Dave snapped a shot of the new recessed LED retrofit downlight with his cell phone.  The yard and beds show winter wear and are no where near spring ready,  but you get the idea. Looking at the house from the street/curb/sidewalk, the light is not as bright as it appears in the photo. It is a very pleasing choice of exterior accent lighting.

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Lamp(s) on a front porch create such an inviting ambiance.  Isn’t that the idea?

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From season to season, garden statues benefit from a quick cleaning, paint touch up or even a color change.

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Our side yard factors into the curb appeal equation. In fact, it gets more lawn and garden attention than the front yard.  It has quickly become a bird bathing-bird feeding-bird watching neighborhood attraction.  The DIY chandelier bird feeder sees plenty of visitors, and the fourth generation bird bath (that bird bath is older than I am) is quite the gathering place.  Mama Places In The Home tends to the bird bath water (from the looks of the above photo, somebody needs to get to get to filling it up).  The antics of our winged friends supplies us with hours of bird-watching entertainment.

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Budding and blooming spring curb appeal goes a long way in making the right first impression.  It announces style lives here.

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Curb Appeal Ideas

It’s time to consider curb appeal ideas to update, refresh and spring spruce up the look of your home’s exterior for the upcoming season.  Curb appeal goes a long way in making the right first impression- style lives here!  Refreshing existing paint colors or going with an entirely new palette guarantees instant update wow factor.  Feast your eyes upon these curb appeal ideas.

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Inexpensive exterior updates range from outdoor lighting-to decorative brass and copper accents-to simply painting the front door in a spring spectacular color.  Infuse new life into drab and winter beat flower beds with colored mulch, tired patios and walkways with stones and pavers.

Afternoons and rocking chairs go together so very well.  Dave the Builder refers to our front porch as his office.  The man makes his best plans out there.

Our front porch rocking chairs tend to be full most afternoons with the neighbor men of our street aka the neighborhood patrol.  Spring is for cleaning up and summer is for sprucing up!

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Freshening up  for the summer season begins with a Lowe’s run and a fresh coat of paint. My late father (pictured in the above image) utilized every opportunity to rock the hours of a spring and fall day away.

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We’re rockin’ the Valspar Maple Taffy.  It complements the colors in the brick and pops up against the shutters that shall forever remain painted in Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black.  It’s a go-to color choice!

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It never seems to fail when we start something that the wheels of home improvement begin to turn faster and faster. Freshly painted rockers begets freshly painted shutters, and freshly painted shutters means we might as well paint the trim. Trim color choices in the running are Sherwin-Williams Rice Grain and Sherwin-Williams Nacre.  Neutral with a splash of gray, brown, or green keeps the look just this side of vanilla.  Notice the lantern in the above image- it’s on the move to our kitchen, replacing the one in the image below. Turns out the perfect lantern for our breakfast area was hanging around our house the whole time.  The hunt is now on for a new exterior light fixture.

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One home improvement project does tend to lead to another, but the new and improved look makes it all worth it.  Now that’s better!

Ramsign House Number Sign Giveaway

Spring spruce up time is in full swing. From my kitchen window vantage point I can see hummingbirds visiting neighborhood feeders, hanging baskets full of blooming color, and curb appeal warriors working to the beat of  wind chimes and lawnmowers. What a perfectly inspiring lead-in to announce Giveaway Goodness is visiting Places In The Home once again!

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First impressions are often lasting impressions. Let’s look at the exterior of a house as the package that sells the product. If the exterior of a house (the gift wrap) offers the first impression, it is a stylish bet that exterior home decor accessories (the bow) of original designs, hand-crafted techniques, and classic enamel material can tie the look all together. Do I have a bow for you!

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Ramsign is a small Danish company specializing in the manufacturing of classic porcelain enamel house number signs. The style and color choices define a distinctly European style that is traditional as well as timeless.

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Ramsign prides itself on accurate attention to detail in the manufacturing of these classic signs. House sign pride, house sign style, Ramsign house number sign giveaway- the quality package.

RAMSIGN house number giveaway

 

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April Giveaway Goodness  is here! Ramsign is graciously awarding one winner their choice of a house number sign with 1-5 digits (not name signs or address plaques) from one of Ramsign’s  five design series – Metropolitan, Highlander, Arrowhead, Lighthouse or Engelhardt.

To enter the giveaway visit the Ramsign website (click on link) to see the design styles. Come back here to Places In The Home and leave a comment telling me which sign style you would love to adorn your home.

For a second chance to win like Ramsign on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so.

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I will choose one(1) winner. Winner will be notified by email within 24 hours after the giveaway ends, and will need to respond within 3 days of giveaway end to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. One entry per person.

Make sure to provide your email address otherwise, you can’t win. Giveaway begins Wednesday, April 3, 2013 and ends Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm PST.

Good luck!

 

***We Have A Winner!***

Congratulations,  ky2here!  You have been selected as the winner of the Ramsign Enamel House Number Sign giveaway.  Thank you to all of you who entered.  Stay tuned for more Summer Giveaway Goodness. I appreciate all of you so much!

 

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Street Cred & First Impressions: Create Curb Appeal

Interiors float my boat, but it is crucial to the overall design to create curb appeal.  What is the first thing seen by neighbors, guests or potential buyers?  The back of the house may be the brains, but the front is the decorative brawn.

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Summer seems as good as time as any to spruce things up around the old homestead.  Let’s look at a few big impact, small investment ways to create curb appeal around the old homestead.

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Shut the front door fabulous is not difficult or expensive to achieve. Painting an existing front door is a sure way to create curb appeal.  Color guarantees instant paintifcation will come knocking.

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A decorative entry door kick plate, door bell, house number display, and door hardware

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The Pineapple is widely regarded as a sign of hospitality.  Let welcome ring!

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Knock, Knock!  Who’s there?  Theodore!  Theodore who?  Theodore knocker is beautiful!  A door knocker is a great way to enhance the look of an exterior entry door.

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A new or refreshed mailbox will garner street cred aka curb worthy attention.  Spray paint is the power tool to keep stocked in your DIY home projects toolkit.  It has the power to affordably transform items into stylish home decor. There are at least 50 shades of flat, gloss or metallic gray and other colors that can invite a pop of color to the street party.

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Sarah Berry – DecorPad

I want to share two inexpensive outdoor planter ideas that will add color and unique individuality to your front porch and walkways.  First up- clay pots painted with spray paint.  Bright pops of color go so well with your annuals, perennials, herbs or ferns.

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Your favorites will stand out against the backdrop of a clay pot painted with chalkboard spray paint, flat, hammered, gloss or metallic spray paint.

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Curb appeal is not strictly a spring or summer consideration.  As seasons change, so do outdoor decor options.  I like to suggest items that make the transition from season to season while sparing the pocketbook.

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Bright colors with a whimsical twist take to a summer color palette, but they also keep beautiful company with the deep, rich tones of fall outdoor accessories.

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Creslow Outdoor Throw Pillow

Toss an outdoor throw pillow in seasonal colors here and plant a full of fall color croton there, and you’ll effectively and affordably warm up the place without missing a beat.

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Exterior lighting adds ambiance, direction, and safety to an entryway. Solar walkway lights, landscape lighting, hanging lanterns, and sidelights can be found at home improvement and discount retail stores in a large variety of finishes to coordinate with the style flow you are trying to achieve.

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Shutters and trim hardware frame windows in additional exterior wow factor.   

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Love the look of board-and-batten shutters trimmed out with forged iron shutter dogs!

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There’s no better time than curb appeal o’clock to put a fresh coat of paint on the brick, soffit, fascia, shakes and shutters.  Weekend paint party, anyone?

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First impressions are lasting impressions.  Small investments to the front of the house that create curb appeal will bring impressive results and big returns.

Unique Entry Doors: Open It Up And Say Welcome To Fabulous!

If the package sells the product, your front door is the bow on the top of that very inviting package.

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Design individuality speaks to the personality of the homeowner.

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Unique entry doors are often custom works of decorative art.

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So much more than a means to enter and exit your abode, entry doors frame the welcome and character of the exterior.

 Art Deco Doors

Forged iron, solid wood and beveled glass are top selections offered, but the possibilities to work with are endless.

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Two of my go to choices are a red or black painted entry door using a semi-gloss oil paint.  With that being said, let me share a decor idea changing moment I had the wonderful fortune to admire.

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Dave the Builder and I love a weekend getaway. Our every other year favorite destination is Natchez, Mississippi.  Years ago we stayed at the historical 1800’s home Twin Oaks, and enjoyed it so much we felt a return visit was in order.

The ownership is currently in the hospitable and gracious hands of a wonderful family who greet you with a smile, a beverage, and a tour of the main home.  I am an antique dealer, and although we love them, sometimes it’s a busman’s holiday.  The one design element that impressed us the most was the front entry door of the main house.  Design friends of the owner painted the entry door with dual colors, resulting in a faux finish that gives the appearance of leather.  The finished product is stunning, and adds a current look to the historical home.

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Antique architectural doors and the hardware that beautifully adorns them effectively brings the past into the present with modification and imagination.

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Stepping away from conventional design and rejecting the expected is exciting, especially when it works so well.

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Put out your “welcome family, friends and design first impressions” mat. Swing the door wide open and welcome them all to the house of fabulous!