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Cultivating Curb Appeal

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Photography by Mark Lohman/Styling by Fifi O’Neill
This home is featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Boho Style.

If you’ve shopped for a home recently or even just taken a stroll around the neighborhood, you know that curb appeal has tremendous impact on your first impression. If your home’s front façade is looking a little lackluster these days, don’t despair -- there are a few simple steps you can take to spruce up its exterior aesthetic:

1. Be tidy. Make sure landscaping is neatly shaped, your lawn is manicured, garden beds are relatively weed-free and containers are filled with thriving blooms. Reseal the driveway, if necessary. Touch up paint and repair or replace damaged items, such as wobbly railings or crumbling pavers.

2. Dress up the door. Though your home may have dozens of windows, it likely has but one entry door, so replacing or repainting it can go a long way toward enhancing the style of your home. For a quick fix, change up the color, and don’t worry about matching the shutters -- a front door can offer a bold contrast or subtle complement. When you pick the color, do think about what you like to display on the door and make sure your color choice will allow your favorite wreaths or other accents to stand out.

3. Look closely. Pay special attention to the area around the front door. Swap out that dingy doormat for something fresh (perhaps one that expresses a favorite sentiment or suits the season). Purchase new house numbers or a new mailbox if the current ones have seen better days.

4. Update hardware. Replace worn-out or tarnished hardware -- or even just polish your doorknob; something as simple as that can make a good impression and convey the sense of a well-cared-for home.

5. Light the way. Consider incorporating landscape lighting or spotlights to highlight your home’s exterior features and to enhance safety and security. Install a new overhead fixture on your porch or sconces alongside your door. If you already have some, make sure they are clean and functional.

6. Add some personality. The size of your front porch or stoop dictates what you can do, but try small groupings of furniture or accents that give the space added appeal and function as well as provide a welcome introduction to your home.

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Photography and styling by Gridley + Graves.
This home is featured in the July 2018 issue of Country Sampler.

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