Copy the Curb Appeal: Seattle, Washington

HGTV Magazine took a spin through Seattle to round up eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.

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The House

Built in: 1930. Bought in: 2016. Size: 2,900 sq. ft.

“This Cape Cod-style home is one of a kind in the neighborhood — and it couldn’t be more charming. It feels like you’re being welcomed right in when you walk by,” say homeowners Alexis and Donald Gill.

Cypress Trees

The Italian cypresses flanking the walkway need to be pruned only once a year to maintain their slender shape. 

Front Door

One of the Gills’ favorite details is the barn-style Dutch door with a divided window on top and a Z-brace on the bottom. They inherited this deep red color and still love it. Custom fir door, from $2,037, roguevalleydoor.com for stores; Paint: Red Tomato by Sherwin-Williams

Light Fixture

Chloe Lighting Transitional 12 ¾"-tall aluminum and glass outdoor wall lantern in black, $66, allmodern.com

Fence

When the original 1930s fence began to rot a few years ago, the previous owners had a new one built to match and painted it the color of the house. Suncast Grand View 14" x 21" resin fence panels, $9 each, amazon.com

Square Planter

Novelty Square 18"W x 18"D x 25"H plastic planter in terra cotta, $46, wayfair.com

Cement Planter

Umbria Etched 24"-tall fiberglass and cement planter, $189, potterybarn.com

Doormat

Home and More Monogram coir doormat, $32.50, wayfair.com

Paint Colors

House and Fence: Brilliant White by Benjamin Moore; Shutters: Black Forest Green by Benjamin Moore; Front door: Red Tomato by Sherwin-Williams

The House

Built in: 1922. Bought in: 2005. Size: 3,800 sq. ft. “This house was built almost a hundred years ago to mimic the Cotswold cottages of England. The biggest change we made was redoing the roof with cedar shingles bent to look like the originals," say homeowners Nick Agoff and Jean-François Godbout.

Bent-Cedar Roof

Houses of this style in England traditionally had thatched roofs made of reeds. The modern look-alike version: 18-inch-long cedar shingles that were heated and bent on-site.

Front Door

Jean-François and Nick believe the 42-inch-wide door is original to the house. They spruced it up with new strap hinges and a handleset, and they sand and varnish it every few years to keep it in shape. Bungalow 37228 Douglas fir door, from $900, simpsondoor.com for stores

Light Fixture

Hinkley Lighting 13"-tall aluminum and glass outdoor light in olde black finish, $125, destinationlighting.com

Hinged Door Straps

Acorn Warwick 24"-wide iron strap, $94.50, vandykes.com

Mailbox

Qual Arc Allux Top-Loading mailbox in red, $72, bellacor.com

Door Handleset

Baldwin Reserve Napa door handleset in Venetian bronze finish, $270, knobbery.com

Cement Planter

Low-maintenance Adam’s needle splaying out of cement pots by the door bloom from spring through fall. Brittany 14 ½"-tall cement planter, $89, potterybarn.com

Doormat

Coco Multi Stripes coir doormat, $29, overstock.com

Paint Colors

House: Cake Batter by Valspar; Trim: Labrador by Valspar; Window Trim: Brick Facade by Valspar

The House

Built in: 1920. Bought in: 2010. Size: 2,940 sq. ft. “We’re both from the East Coast, so we like that this home feels more Colonial than most in this area. The listing actually called the house ‘East Coast meets Seattle,’ which felt like a sign,” say homeowners Hillary Liss and Bill Brewster.

Architectural Details

The couple, who moved from a “totally uncharming” starter home a mile away, fell for all the stately touches on this one, like the columns, the spindle railing, and the arched window below the gable roof.

Front Door

The house was originally gray with a black door. “We needed to spice it up,” says Bill. Inspired by Hillary’s favorite color, orange, they chose burnt umber for the house and handsome navy for the door. Traditional Shaker 70720 Douglas fir door, from $600, simpsondoor.com for stores; Paint: Baritone by C2 Paint

Door Handle

Baldwin Glennon handleset in satin brass and black finish, $350, build.com

Corbels

These can be added easily to preexisting columns to amp up a home’s historic appeal. Ekena Millwork Richmond 4"W x 12"D x 16"H polyurethane corbel, $69.50, lowes.com

Doorbell

Craftmade Medallion 3"-diameter metal doorbell, $28, hayneedle.com

Ceramic Planter

Emissary Bullet 15½"-tall ceramic planter in mustard yellow, $132, atgstores.com

Doormat

Threshold Medallion coir doormat, $13, target.com

Paint Colors

House: Firefly by C2 Paint; Door and Shutters: Baritone by C2 Paint; Trim: Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

The House

Built in: 1932. Bought in: 2013. Size: 1,800 sq. ft. “With cedar shake siding and a Craftsman-style door, this home felt like the cozy beach cottage we left on nearby Bainbridge Island to move back to the city,”  say homeowners Octavia Chambliss and Jon Zulauf.

Bluestone Path

The durable walkway should last a lifetime. The couple had the mortar redone recently to keep it looking neat.

Front Door

“We had a pretty blue door at our old house, so I thought I wouldn’t like white,” says Octavia. “But after living with it for a while, I decided I love how it looks with all the white trim.” Steves & Sons Craftsman wood door, from $998, homedepot.com; Paint: Whitest White by Kelly-Moore

Light Fixture

Acclaim Lighting Austin 9 ¼"-tall powder-coated-steel and glass outdoor light in matte black finish, $74, bellacor.com

Clay Planter

Napa Home and Garden Gable clay planters, $86 for a mixed set of 3 (large is 13" tall), hayneedle.com

Outdoor Seating

Shine Company Rockport cedar Adirondack chair in Dutch blue, $135.50, amazon.com

Pillow

Pom Pom Play 18 ½" x 18 ½" polyester pillows in peachtini, $59.50 for a set of 2, pillowperfect.com

Doormat

Room Essentials Hello Cursive coir doormat, $13, target.com

Paint Colors

House: Indian Muslin by Kelly-Moore; Trim: Whitest White by Kelly-Moore