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

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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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.

Curb Appeal Worthy: Unique Entry Doors

Unique entry doors design a visual curb appeal of first impressions distinction.

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Architectural Digest – Photo by David O. Marlow

Our design style individuality speaks to the personality of the home and homeowner alike.

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Unique entry doors perform the dual purpose of function and form.

Artistic license results in superior craftsmanship and prominent design detail.

 

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So much more than an architectural ornament or strictly a functional means of entry and exit, unique entry doors frame the character of a home’s exterior.

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Materials to work with include:

Studio Steinbomer unique-entry-doors

Studio Steinbomer

Forged iron.

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Alderson Construciton

Solid wood.

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.

Carved wood.

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Decorative glass elements.

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SV Design

One of the many design and decor advantages to house flipping is being able to practice and pursue the all things house that make a home passion decoristas love to indulge.

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Zillow on Pinterest

My design star shines bright in the selecting exterior color choices department, or at least that is what Dave the Builder and crew believe.

Most of the homes in our flip portfolio are early to mid-twentieth century Garden District properties.

When entry door color choice decision time rolled round, the only discussion needed was what shade of black or red semi-gloss oil paint would make the cut.

Heritage-red-benjamin-mooreBenjamin Moore Heritage Red PM – 18

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Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258

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Thompson Custom Homes

Unique entry doors and the vintage style hardware that beautifully adorns them effectively brings the past into the present with modification and imagination.

Door knob in Versailles

Flickr

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Stepping away from convention, tradition, and commonplace, especially in regards to design and decorating choices, is an indisputable reflection of individuality and personal style.

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Kristal Home Builders

Unique entry doors make a lasting style statement.

 

 

 

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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Heydt Designs

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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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Southern Patio Sonoma Urn Planter

Southern Patio Sonoma Urn Planter

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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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Michael Healy Designs

I’m adding these garden themed door knockers to the budding and blooming spring curb appeal gotta have it list.

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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.

Love your style!

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!

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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Refreshing existing paint colors or going with an entirely new palette guarantees instant update wow factor.

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.

Updated Refresh:

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It seems when we undertake one project it encourages the wheels of home improvement to turn and the ideas to flow.

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Freshly painted rockers begets freshly painted shutters, and freshly painted shutters means we might as well paint the trim.

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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.

Update:  It ended up better serving our decor needs as the dining room chandelier.

lantern-fixture-bronze-gold The hunt is now on for a new exterior light fixture.

Update: A new recessed LED retrofit downlight keeps the exterior porch light on.

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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!

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