I love my home to have a charming & comfortable feel at first glance, even from the street.

Bringing my style to the outside is important to me.

So I created this post to show some easy tips on how to make your home tastefully stand out among the other homes in the neighborhood. Here is a list of some of my own photos and ideas and a few others, too.


Remove Front Window Screens

I know this sounds like a pain but it makes such a huge difference.

This picture is from our home in Connecticut.

(photos taken on the same day)

Dark screens cover up part of the crisp white trim around the windows. By taking the screens off the trim looks thicker and brighter. If you have your house on the market - do this for sure!

We had full grid windows but so did our neighbors so I removed the bottom grids. Top grid only windows are a popular look with beach properties - which were only a mile away from this house.


Refresh the Entry Door with Color or
Add a New Door with Windows

New England Home Design Blog

desde my ventana


town and country living

This door was purchased from Home Depot for around $200. I stained and installed it myself. My hubby did the door handle (the hard part). (that is a lock box on the handle for the Realtors)

Town and Country Living

Between Naps on the Porch

Screen doors aren't too expensive and add so much character.


Unique House Numbers

Pinterest photo - no link

I hung an old distressed frame around the standard numbers our builder installed.


Decorate the Porch with
unexpected accessories outside as you would indoors.

The Old Painted Cottage

Laurianna's Vintage Home

How inviting!


Add a Trellis

Blue Roof Cabin
this post shows you how

Decorative Architectural Arbors

This doesn't look that easy but I bet it could be done in a weekend.


Garage Accents

Sally at Love of Homes found this hardware set for her garage doors.

(I have seen them for $20 at Home Depot)

By: Sally at Love of Homes

Gives standard garage doors a carriage house look - quick!

High Street Market


Add a Window Box or Two

Window boxes aren't expensive and pretty easy to make.

I invite the little birdies to my window with a feeder. The hook is hung from the shutter screw so I don't have to make new holes in my house. Adding the star to my greens makes it so I have to keep less flowers alive. A bird house is cute there, too.

Shabby Story

This photo is of a shed but how cute for the garage windows.


Update Shutters and Trim

Love of Homes

Sally made her own shutters.

The Handmade Home shows a tutorial on how they made these wooden shutters.
Be Creative with Your Wreaths and Pots

Simple Everyday Glamour

Froken Knopp

Decorate Above the Door with Iron or Garland

no link - found on Pinterest

Ballard Designs

Keeping mulch turned and grass mowed goes a long way, too.

Sometimes it is the little things that make a big impression.

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