Lasting First Impressions: Create Curb Appeal

Interiors float my boat, but exteriors rate key in the overall design flow to create curb appeal.

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 Jennifer Barron Interiors

What is the first thing seen by neighbors, guests or potential buyers?

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Morning, afternoon, and evening- the back of the house may be the brains, but the front of the house curb appeal packs the decorative brawn.

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Mom’s Design Build

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House & Garden

SAFAVIEH Outdoor Living Karoo Beach House Blue Bench

SAFAVIEH Outdoor Living Karoo Beach House Blue Bench

Round Aged Ivory Cast Stone Large Floral Step Stone

18 in. Round Aged Ivory Cast Stone Floral Step Stone or Wall Plaque (set of 3)

Late last week we began the create curb appeal process with the removal of the large oak tree in our front yard.

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Springtime is the right time to spruce things up around the old homestead.

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Days tend to be comfortable, longer than those of late winter, and conducive to activities that promote seasonal beautification.

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We’re not quite at the point in the removal process to share photos, but thankfully we are at the point where when wind gusts of hurricane season blow we won’t be more frantic than usual.

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Future DIY project pieces.

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Let’s look at a few big impact, small investment ways to create curb appeal.

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Espalier is the art of growing a plant along a flat surface.

1 : a plant (such as a fruit tree) trained to grow flat against a support (such as a wall)

2 : a railing or trellis on which fruit trees or shrubs are trained to grow flat.

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Collins Interiors

Click here for a great diamond patterned trellis vine wall tutorial.

Train up a vine in the way you want it grow and when it thrives it will beautifully create curb appeal.

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 Brandon Architects

Front door fabulous is not difficult or expensive to achieve.

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 Mel Bean Interiors 

New door hardware, a decorative entry door kick plate, security door bell, and/or house numbers instantly attract the eye and welcome style home.

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 Alyssa Rosenheck

Lush and lovely.

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Southern Living – Photography by Laurey W. Glenn

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Princeton 2-Light Antique Brass Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce
St. Charles 2-light Aged Brass Outdoor Wall Mount Wall Lantern Sconce
Signature Hardware Griggs Solid Brass Keyed Entry Single Door Handleset
Spacious Brown Copper Metal Wall Mounted Mailbox
Darlene Door Knocker
Schlage Brass Kick Plate

Unique door knockers enhance the look of an exterior entry door.

Bronze door handle fist & ball door knocker

Bronze Door Handle Fist & Ball Door Knocker

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?

Theodore!

Theodore who?

Theodore knocker is beautiful!

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 Massucco Warner Miller

Fantastic lanterns!

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 Munger Interiors

Wonder what caught my eye with this door knocker?

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Darlene Door Knocker

Painting an existing front door is a sure way to create curb appeal as is the addition of a new or refreshed mailbox.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Sarah Berry – DecorPad

Outdoor planters add color to your front porch and walkways.

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Southern Living – Photography by Robbie Caponetto

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TEA2 Architects

Take the create curb appeal party from plain to front porch palette perfection with a can or three of spray paint in your favorite designer color.

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Curb appeal is not strictly a spring or summer consideration.

As seasons change, so do outdoor décor options.

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

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Ricco Style Interior Design

Color source of information Domino reports Yardzen’s 2022 Outdoor Living Trends report indicates searches for houses painted in shades of dark dusty blue jumped 200 percent year over one year.

Newburyport Blue HC-155

Newburyport Blue HC-155

Benjamin Moore’s Newburyport Blue is the leader in the color trend search.

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Hann Builders

Exterior lighting adds ambiance, direction, and safety to an entryway.

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Solar walkway lights, landscape lighting, hanging pendants, LED flush mount outdoor ceiling lights and wall mount lighting 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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We love the look of the LED flush mount ceiling light we installed a couple of years ago.

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Southern Living- Photography Laurey W. Glenn

Shutters and trim hardware frame windows resulting in a finished look. 

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First impressions make lasting impressions.

Investments to the front of the house create curb appeal interest and brings impressive results.

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