Copy the Curb Appeal: St. Louis, Missouri

HGTV Magazine took a spin through this Midwestern city to find eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.

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Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Photo By: Ashley Gieseking

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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About the House

Built in: 1910. Bought in: 2009. Size: 2,290 sq. ft. “We bought this gem from someone who had flipped it,” say homeowners Holly and Kory Kunze. “It’s an old house with an updated exterior, and, combined with its location in a cute, walkable neighborhood, we were sold on the spot.”

Paint Colors

House: Driftwood Grey by Glidden; Shutters: Deep Onyx by Glidden; Doors and trim: White on White by Glidden

Front Door and Sidelight

Instead of a traditional pair of sidelights, a single one to the left of the glass-panel door gives the entry an asymmetrical look that feels modern. Smooth-Pro pre-hung fiberglass door with sidelight, from $733, jeldwen.com for stores; paint: White on White by Glidden

Outdoor Seating

A pair of red chairs and a matching table, where Holly likes to drink coffee, add a pop of cheery color to the left side of the house. Metropolis metal chairs in red, $249 for a set of 4, overstock.com

Walkway

The red bricks in the curved path mirror the brick trim beneath each window.

Bench

A metal bench outside the front door is a great spot to drop shopping bags. Witt Industries 48"-wide powder-coated-steel bench, $599, twinsupply.com

Pillows

Lime green pillows give the bench more personality. Jacqueline Milton Vine Shadow 16" x 16" polyester outdoor pillow in lime, $39, kessinhouse.com

House Number

It’s a no-brainer to go big when you have a single-digit address. At 22 inches tall, the Kunzes’ red numeral is the focal point of their entry. 22"-tall powder-coated-aluminum house number in red, $153, moderndwellnumbers.com

About the House

Built in: 1869. Bought in: 2013. Size: 3,028 sq. ft. “This blue beauty has seen a lot! We love its historic Colonial style and the copper portico roof with its blue green patina,” say homeowners Kristen and Chris Hite. “We tried to play up the home’s simple yet dignified look in the landscaping.”

Paint Colors

House: Sharkfin by Valspar; Shutters: Quarry Pond by Valspar; Trim: Wave’s Crest by Valspar; Front door: Coffee Whip by Valspar

Front Door

The 12-lite door dates back to the 1950s or ’60s, and it’s been the same butterscotch shade for about a decade. “It’s the only color like it on the block,” says Kristen. MAI Doors A76G walnut door, from $1,490, doors4home.com; paint: Coffee Whip by Valspar

Shutters

Louvered shutters painted deep blue frame each window, calling attention to their multi-lite design. Louver vinyl shutters in Bedford blue, from $23 for a set of 2, exteriorsolutions.com 

Historic Plaques

Two signs to the left of the door speak to the home’s age: a century marker awarded by the town and an antique fire-protection plaque.

Light Fixture

The black lamppost, added by previous owners, has an antique look. “When I’m walking home, I love seeing it glow from all the way down the street,” says Kristen. Sea Gull Lighting 1-Light Outdoor Post 17 ¼"-tall aluminum lantern in forged iron finish, $79, target.com

Doormat

The blue trellis pattern on this coir mat mirrors the shades of blue paint on the house. Coastal doormat, $40, williams-sonoma.com

Mailbox

Although their door has a mail slot, the Hites prefer the black wall-mounted holder with its silver plate. Solar Group Carlton powder-coated-steel mailbox in silver on black, $37, truevalue.com

Planters

A pair of urns filled with dwarf Alberta spruces flank the steps. The evergreens have kept their cone shape for more than a year without any trimming. Georgian Fluted 19"H x 13 ½"-diameter resin urn, $90, improvements catalog.com

About the House

Built in: 1912. Bought in: 2003. Size: 2,900 sq. ft. “Our handsome house isn’t the biggest on the block, but it makes a statement thanks to its unique-for-the-neighborhood combo of stucco and cedar shakes,” say homeowners Pam and Peter Leritz. “We think it feels inviting and cozy.”

Paint Colors

House: Submarine Gray by Behr; House: Off White by Behr; Trim: Navajo White by Behr; Trim: Dusty Gold by Behr

Front Door

To give the home’s original door a personal touch, Peter removed the four wood panels at the bottom and replaced them with glass. Custom 6-lite, 4-panel Douglas fir door, from $930, roguevalleydoor.com

Retaining Walls

The stacked limestone borders along the flower beds were built decades ago. The hand-laid stones’ weathered look adds to the home’s sense of history. 

Light Fixture

An unobtrusive flush-mount ceiling fixture lets the front door and the hanging ferns shine better than a big flashy lantern would. Capital Lighting Preston 3-light 6"-tall metal outdoor ceiling light in Mediterranean bronze finish, $119, carolinarustica.com

House Numbers

A plaque outlined in shiny metal stands out against the painted cedar shakes. Montague Metal Products Ferris aluminum address sign in navy and gold, $50, wayfair.com

Mailbox

Letters are placed in a metal box marked poste. Its crimson hue complements the red brick steps and the stained wood door. NACH French Euro steel mailbox in red, $56, amazon.com

Step Mats

To prevent slipping and to break up all the red brick, the Leritzes topped each step with a thin rubber mat that has a wrought iron-inspired design. Imports Unlimited Fleur Di Lis 9" x 30" rubber mat, $13.50, hayneedle.com

Planters

The urns at the bottom of the steps look like heavy stone but are easy-to-move composite. Kenroy Home Roman 31"-tall resin planter, $171, homedepot.com

About the House

Built in: 2004. Bought in: 2015. Size: 3,900 sq. ft. “We’ve barely changed anything since moving in last spring,” say homeowners Lindsey and Justin Graves. “We adore how Southern the porch looks as well as the green front door, which is just the hit of color the house needs.”

Paint Colors

House: Pure White by Sherwin-Williams; Shutters: Black of Night by Sherwin-Williams; Front door: Independent Gold by Sherwin-Williams

Front Door

Chosen by the previous owners, the lichen green paint is a unique choice, especially paired with a traditional white-and-black color scheme. Reliabilt 6-panel steel primed pre-hung door, from $168, lowes.com; paint: Independent Gold by Sherwin-Williams

Rocking Chairs

White rockers accented with plump orange pillows make the porch feel extra homey. Shine Company Inc. Bruce hardwood rocking chair in white, $122, jossandmain.com

Pillows

Essentials 16" x 16" polyester outdoor pillow in tangerine, $15, dfohome.com

Walkway

Hosta plants and concrete retaining-wall blocks border the aggregate concrete path.

Light Fixtures

The hammered-metal lanterns have a classic look that suits the Colonial-style home. Berkshire Collection 18"-tall steel outdoor light in antique copper finish, $95, lampsplus.com

Doormat

A patterned coir mat pulls in the green from the plants and the orange from the pillows to amp up the porch. Multicolor Stripes doormat, $36, cocomatsnmore.com

House Numbers

Mounted to the porch’s awning, simple digits stand out. Gatehouse 5"-tall zinc house numbers in aged bronze finish, $5 each, lowes.com

Topiaries

The topiaries outside the door, which came with the house, are artificial and zero maintenance. “That’s what I love most about them,” says Lindsey. Cone Ball 3 ½'-tall artificial fir topiary in tin pot, $270, ecovara.com