We always talk in this column about decorating our home’s interior and how to make our outdoor spaces beautiful (coming soon), but with spring around the corner, I think we should pay a little attention to the sometimes overlooked curb appeal of our homes.
One of my favorite British sitcoms features in every episode, a home that has a broken mail box, a garden gate that falls off the hinges, car with a flat in the driveway, cracked sidewalk leading to the house, light fixtures hanging from wires, chipped stairs leading to the door. And when the homeowner greets guests, you see that the interior perfectly matches the exterior: a disaster.
I laugh at this show every week. And no, in all of my years as a Southwest Florida interior decorator, I have never encountered anything quite this dramatic while making my way to a client’s front door. Although I did once break the heal of my shoe because of pavers that were too far apart and I did have a client’s dog eat my shoes while I was on a ladder hanging artwork.
The fact is this: With a few good tips, we can improve the curb appeal of any home in a short time. If you are selling your home, it will attract a buyer and if not, you will feel much better every time you pull into your driveway. Try these tips for a quick (pretty) fix starting at the curb. It will say “welcome home” to you and your guests.
Before you get started, as with any decorating project, clean and declutter.
Spring is the perfect time to take care of your landscaping by trimming, weeding and pruning. Pressure wash roof and driveway. Clean out gutters. Now for the fun tips:
» Upgrade your mail box from the one that you have had since you moved into the house. If this is not possible because of homeowner rules, at least clean it out (cobwebs) and plant some colorful flowers around it.
» Repair pavers or cracks in the driveway or sidewalk.
» Freshen up the house numbers. Invest a few dollars in a customized decorative plaque with your numbers.
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