Before: Salmon PaintHomeowner Jeff Tompkins extensively remodeled the inside of his classic Victorian row house (center), but was at a loss when it came to freshening up its curb appeal. One thing was certain: the drab salmon-colored paint had to go.
After: Neutral DesignDesigner Julie Weber kept the historic elements of the house while incorporating contemporary design cues. Julie showed Jeff four paint schemes, all featuring rich colors keeping with the time period of the house. Finally they decided on a two-tone neutral color scheme for the house and trim. Landscape designer Rob Bell selected plants to provide big impact in a small space, including a crepe myrtle to provide year-round color and interest.
Classic EntranceJulie advised Jeff on selecting a front door combining wood for historical accuracy along with some glass to add a modern touch. Weber selected complimentary door hardware in a lacquer finish for a clean, classic look.
Historical TouchesThe team made a small gargoyle to sit atop the doorway, a decoration from 20th century architecture that reflects the period when the house was built. A custom stained-glass window was made for the transom, using a Victorian pattern but with little colored glass to keep a modern feel.
Updated CourtyardCrumbling brick pillars and walkway were removed and replaced with a wrought-iron fence and a small flagstone courtyard.