Copy the Curb Appeal: Charlotte, North Carolina

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About the House

Built in: 2012. Size: 3,877 sq. ft. “This house has so much character that you almost can’t tell it’s new construction,” say homeowners Brit and Zack Drozda. “It makes our day when people walking by compliment the porch and front door. We honestly wouldn’t change a thing.” 

Paint Colors

House: Oyster White by Sherwin-Williams; Shutters: Drizzle by Sherwin-Williams

Front Door

Seeded glass panels and an arched top make for a showstopping entry. “It adds historic appeal whether you look at it from the street or from inside the house,” says Brit. MAI A75G-RT Andean walnut door, $2,670, doors4home.com

Shutters

Board-and-batten shutters, secured in place with wrought iron shutter dogs, boost the home’s cottage-like charm. Classic Collection 30" x 18" composite board-and-batten shutters, $316 per pair, hooksandlattice.com; paint: Drizzle by Sherwin-Williams

Outdoor Fans

The couple can enjoy their porch even on steamy summer afternoons thanks to a ceiling fan on each side. Craftmade Chaparral metal 5-blade outdoor ceiling fan in aged bronze finish, $229, and Craftmade B552P-WB6 52"-wide wood blades in walnut finish, $16.50 for a set of 5, all build.com

Rocking Chairs

Classic wood rockers in white look like they were made for a Southern porch. Slat wood rocking chair in white, from $160, crackerbarrel.com

Roofline

The double-gable roof above the porch is a feature pulled from classic Craftsman architecture.

Light Fixtures

Their design reminds Zack of gas lanterns he’s seen on historic Charlotte homes. Livex Lighting Westover 12½"-tall brass outdoor wall light in bronze finish, $100, luxedecor.com

Potted Plants

The Drozdas bought orange hibiscus topiaries at a nursery, then planted them in pale blue pots to show off their striking braided stems. Foshan 14¼"H x 13¾"-diameter glazed ceramic planter in aqua green, from $50, borderconcepts.com for stores

Mailbox

The weathered copper mailbox features a ginkgo leaf. Copper wall mailbox, $310, expressions-ltd.com

About the House

Built in: 1936. Bought in: 2004. Size: 3,244 sq. ft. “With its multi-gable roof, two styles of siding, and pergola-topped porch, our house is interesting to look at from every angle,” say homeowners Michelle and Kelly Frenzel. “We’ve loved all its quirks from the start.” To keep the cedar pergola over the porch low fuss, the Frenzels left it plant-free. It still offers just a bit of shade.

Paint Colors

House: Heron Grey by Glidden; Scalloped siding: Grand Canyon Tan by Glidden; Trim: Antique White by Glidden; Front door: Candy Apple by Glidden

Front Door

4515 primed poplar-veneer door, from $606, roguevalleydoor.com for buying info; paint: Candy Apple by Glidden

Chair

The couple set up a seating area with teak chairs, a garden stool, and coordinating pillows. Veranda teak chair, $545, thosbaker.com

Stool

Fashion N You Artisan 20"H x 13"-diameter iron stool in red, $164, allmodern.com

Pillows

Solano Fiesta 20" x 20" Sunbrella acrylic outdoor pillow, $40, pillowdecor.com

Entryway

When the Frenzels moved in, the door was painted almost burgundy, and they decided to take it a few notches brighter. “This apple red is so inviting to me,” says Michelle. 

Light Fixture

Its delicately curved shape plays off the home’s scalloped siding. Frances II 18½"-tall 2-light outdoor pendant in oiled bronze finish, $139, lampsusa.com

Doormat

An intricate wrought iron-like design makes a rubber mat interesting. Momentum Mats Utopia doormat, $41, overstock.com

Door Handle

The dark bronze color holds its own against the rich red door. Addison brass non-turning handleset in aged bronze finish, from $144, schlage.com for stores

Flowerpots

The larger set of terra-cotta pots on the steps hold red geraniums. Michelle loves how the blooms are almost the same color as the door. Marchioro Cuenca 15½"H x 19¾"-diameter plastic planter pot in terra-cotta finish, $37, homedepot.com

Mailbox

Metallic block lettering and ornate trim pretty up this mail collector. Ecco Victorian aluminum mailbox in rust brown, $105, wayfair.com

About the House

Built in: 1938; Bought in: 1976; Size: 2,800 sq. ft. “We’re only the second owners of this corner-lot charmer, which we painted yellow shortly after moving in,” say homeowners Susie and Jerry Jernigan. “We especially love our non-gardener’s yard of easy-care plants.” Wrought iron embellishments decorate the chimneys. Susie believes they are S’s for the original owners’ last name.

Paint Colors

House: Crowne Hill Yellow by Benjamin Moore; Chimneys and trim: White Opulence by Benjamin Moore; Front door: Ravishing Coral by Sherwin-Williams

Front Door

With so much yellow siding, “the house needed a door that would stand out,” says Susie. She and Jerry liked this deep coral so much, they painted the storm door the same color. Encompass by Pella 6-panel steel door, from $321.50, pella.com for stores; paint: Ravishing Coral by Sherwin-Williams

Entryway

With so much yellow siding, “the house needed a door that would stand out,” says Susie. She and Jerry liked this deep coral so much, they painted the storm door the same color.

Bench

Styled like an Adirondack chair, this bench offers cozy seating for two. Shine Company Inc. Westport cedar love seat in white, $459, atgstores.com 

Pillows

Floral pillows tie together all the colors of the house and front yard. Margate Lily 18½" x 18½" polyester pillows, $60 for a set of 2, pillowperfect.com

Light Fixtures

Vintage-style sconces nod to the home’s 78-year history. Vaxcel Savannah 14¼"-tall steel outdoor wall-mounted light, $134, bellacor.com 

Pig Planter

Susie’s was a gift, and its playful presence has drawn countless compliments from passersby. Piggy 10" x 13" terra-cotta planter, $24, arizonapottery.com

House Numbers

Although they’re mounted low, it’s easy to spot the black digits against the vibrant storm door. Alno Creations 3"-tall zinc house numbers in matte black, $9 each, myknobs.com

About the House

Built in: 2013; Size 4,546 sq. ft. “Because we built our home in a historic neighborhood, we merged our contemporary tastes with traditional architecture,” say homeowners Heather McLarney and Christopher Kosa. “The result is a mash-up style we call modern Craftsman.”

Paint Colors

House: Foggy Day by Sherwin-Williams; Doors and trim: Knight’s Armor by PPG The Voice of Color; Trim: Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams

Double Front Doors

Positioned between two columns, a pair of doors makes the portico look grand and helps highlight the symmetry of the look-alike first-floor windows. Classic-Craft Canvas fiberglass doors, from $823 each, thermatru.com for stores; paint: Knight’s Armor by PPG The Voice of Color

Faux-Stone Accents

Veneers meant to look like white ledgestone add texture to the columns and the front steps. Romana 48"W x 1¾"D x 24"H polyurethane faux-stone panel in white, $78.50, anticoelements.com

Portico

The couple loves the steel roof’s look and durability. “Ours is rust-resistant and should last at least 60 years,” says Christopher.

Light Fixtures

Slim rectangular sconces mirror the narrow shape of the doors and the first-floor windows. Possini Euro Design 15½"-tall metal double-box light in chrome finish, $150, lampsplus.com

House Numbers

Their silvery finish complements the home’s gray color scheme. 7½"-tall cast-aluminum house numbers, $10 each, cb2.com

Mailbox

A sleek metal letter box with a shape inspired by an envelope speaks to the couple’s modern style. Postino stainless steel mailbox, $100, umbra.com

Potted Plants

The flowering vine mandevilla trails up small bamboo stakes in the blue pots that flank the steps. Allen + Roth React 14½"H x 16½"-diameter plastic planter in aqua, $25, lowes.com