At Home Lawn and Garden Curb Appeal

At home lawn and garden curb appeal projects lead the way to impressive results with big returns that welcome style home.

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The Cottage Journal

Springtime weather along with in season sources lights, designs and perfects the walkway/pathway to maximum curb appeal satisfaction.

More than a tomayto, tomahto difference, walkway and pathway will b0th get you to where you’re going but here’s the difference according to The Spruce and Merriam-Webster.

Walkways serve a more utilitarian purpose as a passage or path for walking and/or connecting different areas of a building, garden path or park sections.

Pathway is defined as a meandering avenue of sorts, usually made from casual, vintage and/or rustic materials.

Bronze Path Light

Hinckley Hardwired Bronze Path Light

Achieving visually appealing curb appeal instantly and affordably is not a home maintenance myth.

Paint renews the old, spring sales give good return on your investment, a stone walkway leads to wow factor, and new exterior lighting fixture(s) deliver function and style.

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Cameron Design 

Rustic Canyon Sandstone Step Stone

Rustic Canyon 12 in. x 18 in. Natural Sandstone Step Stone

Landscape rocks dress up beds and edges. Mix and mingle larger faux rocks in with less expensive landscape rocks for depth and contrast.

Decorative Landscape Rock

Decorative Landscape Rock

At home lawn and garden curb appeal inspiration “springs” to mind reading the Yardzen 2023 Annual Outdoor Living Trend Report.


Bagged Wood Mulch

Home Depot is currently having a spring Black Friday sale, and the 5 bags for $10 deal on bagged wood mulch in color choice of red, black or brown affordably times sprucing up beds and killing dreaded weeds with at home lawn and garden curb appeal detail.

Honeycomb Half Circle RugHoneycomb Half Circle Rug


Honeycomb Half Circle Rug, Natural Coir Bee Welcome Mat


Majestic Animal Door Knocker

Victorian Plate Backset Lifetime Brass F Grip Entry Set Victorian Knob

Victorian Plate 2-3/8 in. Backset Lifetime Brass F Grip Entry Set Victorian Knob

Standout pieces announce style lives here.

Heritage-Finish-house-numbers Address Numerals in Heritage Finish



Frankel Design Build

Traditional, new trad, modern, contemporary and on-trend tastes are easily addressed through style and finish options.


5 in. Black Floating or Flush House Number

4 in. Satin Nickel Flush Mount Metal House Number

6 in. Antique Copper Aluminum Floating or Flat Modern House Number

5-1/2 in. Black Plastic House Number

The Leighton Address Plaque Personalized Etched Wall Slate Sign

Atlas Homewares Alhambra Address Number

Nora House Numbers

4 in. Satin Nickel Flush Mount Self-Adhesive House Number

4 in. Aged Bronze Flush Mount House Number


John Kraemer & Sons

Regional designs and decor accessories reflecting regional attributes impress a touch of home sweet home.


 At Home in Arkansas

Architectural accents and accessories with an instantly recognizable southern influence naturally come into play when selecting exterior lighting.


Wakeford Collection Antique Copper Outdoor Small Wall Lantern Light
Rue De Royal 1-Light Industrial Bronze Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce

Pink New Orleans Cottage

The Cottage Journal – Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele


John Kraemer & Sons


 Brandon Architects


Bardstown 1-Light Aged Verde Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce

Palermo Grove Antique Nickel Outdoor Wall Lantern

Anchorage Medium 2-Light Aged Zinc Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce

Weathered Zinc Outdoor Light Wall Sconce with Clear Seeded Ribbed Glass

Black LED Integrated Outdoor Sconce Lantern Light with Seeded Glass

1-Light Weathered Zinc Wall Sconce Outdoor Light with Clear Seeded Glass


Bevolo Six-Sided French Quarter® Canal Street Light

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John Kraemer & Sons


Antique Pewter Hardwired Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce with Seeded Glass

Black Outdoor Wall Cylinder for Outdoor Spaces with Up-Down Light Output

Matte Black Motion Sensing Dusk to Dawn Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce 

 2-Light Matte Black Transitional Outdoor Wall Lantern with Clear Beveled Glass

Brookside Collection Solid Copper Farmhouse Outdoor Small Wall Lantern Light

Manchester Collection 1-Light Aged Brass Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce


 Mindy Gayer


Solid Brass Heavy Sprung Georgian Letter Plate
Beaded Mail Slot


Copper darkens and gives way to the verdigris process over time, and my mailbox is a process in progress.



a bright bluish-green encrustation or patina formed on copper or brass by atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate.


Where some see it as unsightly others see it as patina perfection.


Brown Copper Metal Wall Mounted Mailbox

Hummingbird Cast Aluminum Mailbox, Antique Copper

MYOYAY Vintage Wall Mounted Mailbox Cast Aluminum Locking Mailbox

Marina Black Small Steel Wall Mount Mailbox

Embossed Tin Post Letter Box Red – 3R Studios

Locking Security Wall Mount Mailbox,Aluminum Bronze Vintage

Frank Lloyd Wright Collection Locking Wall Mount Mailbox

Annapolis Mailbox Post


Retro Cast Aluminum Mailbox Lockable Security Postal Letter

Edwards Black, Large, Steel, Post Mount Mailbox

Roxbury Rubbed Bronze Post Mailbox with Cast Knob and Champagne Flag

Balmoral White Mailbox

Hillsborough Copper, Large, Steel, Post Mount Mailbox with Silver Flag

Classic Bronze Post Mount Mailbox

Postal Pro Post-Mount Hampton Mailbox in Bronze with Gold Lettering

Retro Cast Aluminum Mailbox Lockable Security Postal Letter 


Sourcing gift ideas to show and tell in an upcoming Mother’s Day post brings me to include this lovely portrait and garden arbor.

Cozy dresses this focal point combination of curb appeal, spring, and Mother’s Day gift idea.

Green Metal Traditional Garden Arbor

Green Metal Traditional Garden Arbor

Color comes alive not only in the exterior paint choices applied to trim, shutters, doors, and columns, but in the landscaping details and accents selected to showcase entry, porch, lawn and garden.


Annuals color up planters, baskets, and beds for sure, but may not match with your curb appeal master plan.

Floral Doormat by Ashland®

Floral Doormat by Ashland®


Enter door wreaths, outdoor pillows, garden stools perched and porched, and doormats.



Outdoor wall decorations create a vignette designed to draw the eye (and in some cases cover or camouflage areas otherwise deemed an eyesore).


Additions and subtractions to my curb appeal equation continue- hence the ladder ready to go at a painter’s notice.


Aged to weathered perfection, I’m still happy with the copper wall fountain installed thirteen years ago although…

Sunnydaze Seaside Hanging Outdoor Wall Water Fountain with Lead Finish - 27-Inch

Sunnydaze Seaside Hanging Outdoor Wall Water Fountain with Lead Finish

Garden statues placed atop fence columns complete curb appeal finishing details.

Weathered Brown Artichoke Finial Statue

Weathered Brown Artichoke Finial Statue

Last fall before all hell broke loose with Dave’s health I walked the driveway and front sidewalks taking inventory of exterior projects to be addressed sooner than later.


Taking note of chippy shutters and gables along with faded columns and trim it suddenly became“paintfully” obvious curb appeal was lacking.

Painting the exterior gives new life and new look to existing features.


On the topic of creating curated details let me share with you a favorite faux feature we ran with when we remodeled.


Behind the shutters in the image above is a window from the original dining room design.

Dave boarded up existing windows fastening shutters to newly constructed frames. Dummy scroll shutter dogs serving strictly a cosmetic purpose were added to achieve the look  known around these parts.

Galvanized Iron Dummy Scroll Shutter Dogs With Beveled Edge

Springtime is the right time for enhancing curb appeal with first impressions make lasting impressions themed projects.





Our Had Tornado-Must Home Improve Show: Selecting Roofing Shingles

We have now come to the new roof portion of our had tornado-must home improve show selecting roofing shingles edition.

Scope sheets and roofing materials lead the conversation of late around Places In The Home.

Performance, color, texture, pattern, and climate figure into the roofing shingle selection equation.

Durability, protection and ability to hold up to normal Louisiana weather (I don’t even want to think about hurricane season) is the first thing to consider when selecting roofing shingles.

The next thing is to consider is the style aspect- the color, texture and pattern play.

Tricorn Black  ||  Afternoon  ||  High Reflective White 

The exterior colors are not due for a color palette change anytime soon.

Based on our preferences I doubt there will be a dramatic shift in color choice when we do repaint.

Louisiana sun and humidity work against the longevity of a shingle’s color.

Dave has to continually remind me to take this fact under consideration in the color selection process.

Scroll back up to the top of the page and look at the roofs.  See the streaked and darkening appearance of the shingles?

Humidity + Algae = Discoloration

Natural weathering comes with age and exposure to the elements, but our harsh weather conditions accelerate the appearance of aged wear.

I flipped over this Heirloom Brown (color) diamond (pattern) architectural shingle (texture).

GAF Sienna Heirloom Brown Value Collection Lifetime Shingles 

Budget should be a four-letter word.

I know it makes me swear I will stay within ours.

For just that reason, I am choosing several options with budget friendly price points.

Landmark Premium ~ Weathered Wood

Owens Corning Trudefinition Duration in Estate Gray

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GAF Royal Sovereign 3-Tab Shingles in Weathered Gray

Curb appeal is returning, slowly but surely.