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The Art of Entering - welcoming exteriors to start off right
Wide, deep covered porches are one of my favorite features in an exterior. Too many houses these days are cold and sterile-looking from the curb. Adding an additional roofline and some pretty support columns changes the aesthetic without breaking the bank!
The open courtyards in Italian and Spanish architecture are absolutely stunning, especially when they are filled with plants, stairways, and fountains. Unfortunately, I also love the traditional all-american architecture. Maybe with a little entry veranda this could be a good hybrid...
This house makes me feel as if I terribly handsome rancher husband is going to come home any minute to have some fresh-baked break. Yummy thought... I really love American architecture and wide-open spaces (although I do need some trees.)
This glass door makes me feel welcome, instead of feeling that I'm not allowed to see inside the house. The bright colors and fun accessories on the door themselves against all the white is very refreshing and fun! This house would make me feel confident each time I left or returned home!
Landscaping (including walkways and other structures) makes a home feel very planned and deliberate, instead of letting it do what it does without thought to composition (which is what most of us do, I'm afraid).
If you love a color, just use it! There is no reason every house on the planet has to be neutral. This blue is personalized and vibrant.
The excellent part about a no-lawn entry is there is no need for a mower (unless there is grass in the backyard). You wouldn't need to do a lot of weeding either.
Shutters are quaint and appealing, and can be easily finished in whatever color desired! An easy way to give your house a facelift is to spray the shutters a different color! (make sure you take them off the house first!)
This home is modern and spacious, but the mature trees make it feel snug and established. The dual-balcony is great, especially when it's in the shade!
This space is absolutely gorgeous! The lawn is fairly small, but the plethora of plantlife make for a feeling of abundance and luxury! Several outbuildings and garden structures make this feel planned and nurtured over a long period. The pool is a fun addition, but a hot tub would be even better!
The subtle colors and high-contrast white trim gives this house great curb appeal. The hammock is great, too!
The little pond you cross to get to the front door is really cool!
This is a really great way to decorate for halloween!!!
A beautiful spot to build a home.
THis reminds me of a well-loved farmhouse in Edwardian Enland. I would put some stone on it!
A lovely farm!
A warm, cozy modern entry.