Monday, March 8, 2010

Curb Appeal!

If you are at all like me this time of year, you long to get outside love on your Jewel Box Home from the outside!  But, alas, the weather in my part of the world does not allow me to do much.  We have had snow and ice and cold temperatures here for most of the winter.  But I dream of spring and those little loving touches that keep our homes looking tidy and fresh.

One thing we can do during the winters if the weather is not too inclement, is think about the curb appeal of our homes.  Oh sure, we can't get outside and plant new shrubberies or embark upon huge projects, but there are several projects that can be completed in a day of sunny weather with just a little foresight.

It is amazing what a little color can do to a front door!  Consider painting your door a vibrant blue or red like the one below.

Before

Photo Courtesy of Country Living 
After
 
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This family didn't do much-only replace their door and hang some new lights.  A few potted evergreens on the porch make such a difference!

One of the easiest things we can do for our entry way is decorative lighting!

  
Photo Courtesy of Country Living 


No one wants to walk up on an un-lit porch to visit a home.  Consider shopping the sale aisle at your local home improvement warehouse for new front porch lighting!  An easy fixer-upper!

  
Photo Courtesy of Country Living 

I love shutters!  They add another dimension of color and style to your home.  They can be operative or not and often are quite inexpensive and easy to hang.  

  
Photo Courtesy of Country Living 

Window boxes provide yet another simple way to improve your home's curb appeal!  The exterior of a home is complemented all season with fresh flowers or evergreens.  

Fresh paint and new porch railings make an inviting walkway in this front porch re-do.

Before
  
  
Photo Courtesy of Country Living 

After
  
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Your entry sets the tone for the rest of your home so we want our porches and walk-ways to be the first Welcome our guests see!

  
Photo Courtesy of Country Living 

Although it is not seasonally appropriate to think about greenery in my neck of the woods, a girl can dream!  In my head and in my Home Journal I am sketching simple arches with roses and pots of beautiful plants!  Well-tended greenery is such an inviting sight.

Adding a fence can transform your home's curb appeal while providing safety and privacy!
  


Photo Courtesy of Country Living 
 I long for days in the sun gardening and working outside.  But for now I will take some stolen time with a quick DIY project and consider that giving my home a Hug from the outside!

~Amber

4 comments:

Meghan said...

I adore the front porch re-do from Country Living. I love it so much that not only do I want that front porch, I am using that photo as inspiration for my wedding!

Genevieve Ferraro said...

Wow Meghan, what a compliment!

Genevieve Ferraro said...

Wow Meghan, what a compliment!

Anonymous said...

We painted our front door red and it totally changed the look of our house. I was so happy that just a small change like that could do so much for curb appeal.