Copy the Curb Appeal: Dallas, TX

HGTV Magazine found eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.
By: Jaimie Dalessio Clayton, Jennifer Berno DeCleene, and Laurel Benedum

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Photo By: Agnes Lopez

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About the House

Built in: 1925. Bought in: 2013. Size: 2,334 sq. ft. “We used to live three doors down and were lucky enough to get this home before it hit the market," say homeowners Amber and Kevin Edwards. "The sweet yellow exterior made it our favorite house on the block.”

Porch and Potted Plants

Although some of their neighbors have enclosed their arched porches, the Edwardses prefer the quaint original look and have kept theirs open. A local garden center helped the Edwardses fill the pots on the porch with a mash-up of coleus, sweet potato vine, celosia, and dusty miller.

Flower Beds

Red, pink, and white begonias, which thrive in the sunny front yard, bloom in beds on either side of the walkway. On the far left, a few leafy caladiums add texture and height.

Light Fixture

With its globe bulbs and finials on the top and bottom, this pendant looks like it could be original to the 1920s house. Trans Globe Lighting Rochefort 32"-tall 4-light hanging lantern in black, $150, bellacor.com

American Flag

Old Glory gets pride of place right by the home’s arched entry, mounted to the white wood trim. Signature 3' x 5' nylon American flag, $40, and 6' rotating flagpole holder in white, $40, both improvementscatalog.com

Address Plaque

A dark metal address plaque complements the black window trim. Whitehall Williamsburg 2-line personalized 10 1/4" x 14" address plaque in bronze/gold, $104, hayneedle.com

Chairs and Pillows

Rattan armchairs with a cool wingback shape look stylish on the front porch, especially when accented with patterned pillows. Storsele rattan high-back chair, $119, IKEA stores; Eva 20" x 20" pillow in yellow, $45, onekingslane.com

Paint Colors

House: Concord Buff by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: Dover White by Sherwin-Williams; Window trim: Black Swan by Sherwin-Williams

About the House

Built in: 1926. Bought in: 1969. Size: 2,800 sq. ft. “The front yard has changed the most over the years," say homeowners Donna and Mark Herbener. "What started as boring foundation plantings have grown into a garden with a life of its own."

Columns and Flowerpots

Narrow doric columns on either side of the front door support the portico without looking imposing or stuffy like larger ones might. The terra-cotta pots on and around the steps burst with cheerful red geraniums that match the crimson door.

Flower Beds

A mix of purple petunias, pink geraniums, and lamb’s ear give the garden an informal feel.

Front Door

After years painted an ordinary off-white, the door got a coat of rich red that pairs well with the blue shutters and shingles. Masonite 6-panel painted smooth fiberglass entry door in red bluff, $458.50, homedepot.com

Light Fixture

A simple pendant centered above the door emphasizes the house’s symmetry. Hinkley Freeport 14"-tall hanging light in black, $226, lampsplus.com

Doorbell

To ring this old-fashioned number, turn the handle like a key in a lock. Floral Design mechanical doorbell in solid brass, $95, houseofantiquehardware.com

Shutters

The multi-paned windows, framed by blue louvered shutters, are one of the Herbeners’ favorite things about the home’s exterior. Perfect Shutters custom vinyl louver shutters with double mullion in Bedford blue, from $45.50 for a pair, exteriorsolutions.com

Doormat

A geometric-print doormat puts a modern spin on the house’s classic color scheme. Kosas Home DM Madeline coir mat in navy/light blue, $35, allmodern.com

Garden Gnome

A small concrete gnome to the right of the walkway makes Donna smile “even when the weeds are growing faster than the flowers,” she says. Nichols Bros. Stoneworks cast-stone 15 3/4"-tall garden gnome statue, $59, homedepot.com

Birdbath

A gift from a neighbor, the concrete birdbath attracts cardinals, blue jays, doves, and mockingbirds. Bond Manufacturing Tortolla 25"H x 18"-diameter birdbath, $130, target.com

Paint Colors

House: Gosling by Pratt & Lambert; Trim: Pro White by Pratt & Lambert; Shutters & Shingles: Windsor Blue by Pratt & Lambert

About the House

Built in: 1930. Bought in: 2012. Size: 2,641 sq. ft. “We were originally drawn to this home’s fieldstone front, which stands out among the many brick ones in the area," say homeowners Erin and Kevin Galyean. "Then when we stepped on the porch, we were sold.”

Flower Beds and Walkway

In the flower beds surrounding the oak trees sprout a mix of vibrant blooms, including orange and yellow cosmos and red astilbe. Their colors play off the house’s warm hues. A gentle curve makes the path, which is bordered with monkey grass, look more picturesque.

Urns

Ornate urns on either side of the door are filled with jasmine. “When they flower, I can smell them every time I come and go through the door,” says Erin.

Paint Colors

Front door: Stolen Kiss by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: Casa Blanca by Sherwin-Williams; Window trim: Pure White by Sherwin-Williams

Light Fixture

Mounted above the door, an antique-looking sconce contributes to the home's cottage feel. Hinkley Lighting Trafalgar 10" x 6" sconce in museum black, $93, atgstores.com

Door Knocker

A weighty cast-iron knocker holds its own against the eye-catching front door. Door Knockers black cast-iron 7 1/2"-tall door knocker, $69, rensup.com

Decorative Finials

Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, so the Galyeans placed a concrete pair at the start of their walkway. Kenroy Home 18"H x 10"-diameter acanthus finial in roman white, $80, homeclick.com

Porch Swing

The sturdy wood swing is a favorite gathering spot, especially for the Galyeans’ 8-year-old daughter and her neighborhood friends. Coral Coast Pleasant Bay curved-back 48"W x 24"D x 23 1/2"H porch swing in natural, $160, hayneedle.com; Pillow Perfect 44"W x 19"D x 5"H loveseat cushion in red/gold stripe, $34.50, overstock.com

Front Door

The stained-glass panel on the Galyeans’ front door, which is original to the house, features a family crest. This similar door has a fixed speakeasy window with leaf detailing. MAI Doors A55-RT walnut door in saddle finish, $2,710, doors4home.com