Copy the Curb Appeal: Phoenix, AZ

HGTV Magazine took a spin through Phoenix, Arizona, and found eye-catching houses worth a closer look.
By: Jaimie Dalessio Clayton

Photo By: Joe Schmelzer

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Photo By: Joe Schmelzer

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Photo By: Joe Schmelzer

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Photo By: Joe Schmelzer

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Homeowner

Carol Crockett bought this 1,900 sq. ft. home in 2000. The house with built in 1920. “When I bought this bungalow, the exterior was clad in manufactured rock, which I removed to reveal the original stucco. I think the home’s first owners would be proud.”

Front Door

Inspired by the bright doors on homes in Washington, D.C., where she used to live, Crockett painted hers a happy red hue. Simpson traditional shaker exterior door in Douglas fir, $550, simpsondoor.com; Paint: Pure Red by Behr

Paint Colors

Stucco: White by Dunn-Edwards; Trim: Black Forest Green by Benjamin Moore; Front door: Pure Red by Behr

Porch Light

The hammered-glass pendant hanging from the ceiling hints at the home’s 90-year history. Progress Lighting Coventry two-light 19 1/4"-tall hanging lantern in textured black, $149, lightingdirect.com

Columns and Hedges

Typical of the bungalow style, columns with chunky bases line the front and side porches. The pittosporum shrubs get trimmed every three months so they keep their neat, rectangular shape.

Planter

A wide concrete bowl with red vinca and a trailing succulent jazzes up the white railing. Arcadia Garden Products 4 1/2"H x 12"-diameter plastic garden bowl pot in dark charcoal, $19, wayfair.com

Foo Dogs

Instead of a pair of potted flowers, Crockett flanked the door with a set of foo dogs—very feng shui! 7"W x 11"D x 18"H bonded marble foo dogs, $299 for a set of 2, museumstorecompany.com

Chair and Pillow

Poppy-red pillows make the wrought iron chairs on the porch seem friendlier, says Crockett. Paragon Casual Edina Elon iron bistro chair, $256, wayfair.com; Long lumbar 9" x 22" outdoor pillow in red Sunbrella, $26, homedecorators.com

Brass Door Hardware

Polished metal gleams against the crimson door. Chelsea exterior handleset in polished brass, $97, hardwareworld.com; Schlage 6" x 3" door knocker in polished brass, $13, build.com

Homeowners

Jennifer and Brennan Watkins bought this 2,500 sq. ft. home in 2008. The house was built in 1960. “One of our favorite features of the house is the French doors. Open them up and you can relax in the fresh air even when you’re inside.” In the flower beds, different blooms add pops of color: Ruellia ‘Katie’ by the fence, an orange bells shrub to the right of the patio, and red hibiscus by the front door.

Garage Doors

Multi-paned windows make the two carriage-style doors look more house-like, less garage-like. Pella Carriage House 7' x 9' steel-insulated garage door with windows in white, $1,356, lowes.com

Outdoor Furniture

The Watkinses use the front patio year-round, so they outfitted it with cushioned seats and a wide umbrella for lots of shade. TropiShade Premium Market 11'-diameter umbrella in beige and dark wood, $125, overstock.com; Home Garden Honey wicker love seat with red orange cushions, $451, overstock.com

Brick Siding

Although durable fiber-cement siding covers most of the home, brick—laid in a pattern that matches the fence posts—runs halfway up its center.

Address Plaque

An aluminum plaque with an arched top has enough room for a street name. Arch Marker standard wall two-line address plaque in bronze/gold, $95, homedepot.com

Paint Colors

Siding: Solaria by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: Mistaya by ColorLife by Sherwin-Williams; Front door: Lava Cake by ColorLife by Sherwin-Williams

Outdoor Lanterns

Traditional beveled-glass wall lanterns with a black finish—placed on each side of the garage—lend a formal feel. Medium Fluted Trim 20 1/2"-tall cast-aluminum light in textured black, $129, shadesoflight.com

Urns

Urns filled with boxwood trimmed perfectly round mark the fence gate. Kenroy Home 21" x 21" plastic urn in garden bronze, $152.50, bellacor.com

Front Door

To let in light and air, the Watkinses open just the top of their Dutch door. Exterior Dutch 4644D door, $715, roguevalleydoor.com; Paint: Lava Cake by Colorlife by Sherwin-Williams

Homeowners

Robert Betnar and Thomas Vigil bought this 2,000 sq. ft. home in 1999. The house with built in 1935. “When we met this charming house, it was love at first sight. A storm damaged the front and roof in 2008, but we’ve brought them back to their former selves.” Envisioning an English country garden, they choose plants that have a slightly wild appearance, including orange flame, twisted myrtle, and two purple-leaf plum trees.

Front Door

Betnar and Vigil tried out more than 20 blue paints before landing on this pretty blue-gray shade. Arch top glass panel door in Spanish cedar, $2,799, vintagedoors.com; paint: Taliesin Blue by Dunn-Edwards

Potted Plants

Simple white pots set on the front stoop are filled with blue plumbago flowers to play off the color of the front door. Trossö 11 3/4"H x 14 1/4"-diameter plant pot with saucer in white, $40, ikea.com

Brick Trim and Roof Shingles

White brickwork around the front door and window emphasizes their arched shape. Original to the house, it is one of the architectural details that attracted Betnar and Vigil to the home. The 1930s roof needed replacing after a tree fell on the house in a 2008 storm. The homeowners chose cedar to replicate the original shingles.

Porch Light

A Tudor-style sconce with a canopy top delivers a quintessential cottage look. Wilson 12 1/2"-tall wall sconce in burnished antique, $390, rejuvenation.com

Paint Colors

Brick: Riverbed by Dunn-Edwards; Trim: Swiss Coffee by Dunn-Edwards; Front door: Taliesin Blue by Dunn-Edwards

Mail Slot

The mail slot’s matte finish blends in with the home’s muted exterior. Ives by Schlage solid brass magazine mail slot in satin nickel, $58.50, myknobs.com

Address Plaque

A plaque mounted to the right of the front door has a simpler, cleaner look than individual numbers. Home Decorator’s Collection one-line petite round 6"-diameter wall address plaque, $59, homedecorators.com