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Simple Tips For Better Curb Appeal

Monday, June 25, 2018

Good Monday morning!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I'm excited to be participating in a curb appeal post with a few blogging friends today!  If you are new to these parts, welcome!  While I'm no expert at curb appeal, I'm happy to share what I "feel" like has worked for our home and homes that I'm always drawn to.


I've always said that homes don't have to be big & fancy - actually, sometimes less is more.  The key (at least for me) is to keep it simple.  We chose to stick with a green and white color combo in our front yard.  We met with a landscape designer who helped us come up with a plan and installed most of it ourselves.


I really love how our designer recommended creating a special "feature" garden in front of our sunroom window.  In it, we included dwarf English boxwood, hellebores, and Annabelle hydrangeas.  It's always a good idea to combine evergreen and deciduous plants in your landscape so that there is always something green any time of the year.



I've always been a sucker for window boxes!  I just love charm they add and they can be changed out with the seasons.  Sometimes I stuff mine with magnolia branches in the winter.



Front porch planters are a great place to add a splash of color, but keep in mind the color of your door.  Red doors and pink flowers may send a strong Valentines day vibe :).  This year I opted for pink geraniums and that's just enough color for me.  I'm a huge fan of vines for adding interest to a home.  This vine is clematis armandi - it's an evergreen that blooms white flowers in the spring.  It is attached to our house with poultry nails and wire.


Other details that elevate a home's curb appeal include copper flashing & downspouts (on my wishlist), good outdoor lighting (also on my wishlist), architectural shingles, and functional shutters with appropriate hardware.  I believe little details make all the difference!



Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to visit these blogs for more simple tips for better curb appeal.





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5 comments:

  1. Your home reminds me so much of the lovely homes I grew up around in the Midwest. The landscaping and details are so charming.

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  2. René, your home is so tasteful and elegant! I love the painted brick and and black accents. Great job. Thanks for lending us your advice.
    Mary Ann

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  3. CHARMING HOME................BRAVA!

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  4. René, your home and yard are gorgeous!! You and Rick get the gold in my book! ❤️

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  5. Your home and mine could be twins:) White paint....boxwoods....! Looks great:)

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