Copy the Curb Appeal: Boulder, Colorado

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March 22, 2019

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Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Philip Friedman

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: David Patterson

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: David Patterson

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

The House

“We’re within sight of beautiful mountains, so when we decided to redo our exterior, we went with natural materials—we just didn’t want it to be too woodsy. Two different tones of wood plus white limestone make our house look sophisticated," say homeowners, Courtney and Craig Lewis.

The home's natural stone has lots of texture is charmingly rustic. In bright white, it really pops against the warm wood siding.

Built: 1950

Bought: 2011

Size: 1,500 sq. ft.

Mahogany Front Door

The couple left the rich walnut wood as is but sealed it with a UV-protectant clear coat. As Courtney says, “The sun gets intense at 5,300 feet.” (Custom Milan 8-panel mahogany door)

Buy It: US Door and More Inc, $995 and up

Striped Doormat

Home & More Stripe 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Bed, Bath and Beyond, $32

Wall Lantern

Karly 14"-tall cast-aluminum and glass wall lantern

Buy It: Wayfair, $82

Steel Mailbox

Gibralter Mailboxes Woodlands steel mailbox

Buy It: Lowe's, $29

Wooden Bench

Kloven 54-1/2"-wide eucalyptus wood love seat

Buy It: IKEA, $140

Mid Century Modern Pillow

The bench’s thick slats play off the siding, while pillows in a cute hexagon pattern keep the look from skewing too linear. (Kay Cordingly Mid Century Modern 16" x 16" polyester pillow in brown, yellow and blue)

Buy It: Society 6, $28

White Planter

A low wide pot is the ideal shape for letting voluminous plants such as lavender and scaevola spill over and spread out. Both are heat- and drought-tolerant. (Crescent Garden Juno 16"-tall plastic planter in alpine white)

Buy It: Wayfair, $56

Bronze Medium Lantern

7"W x 7"D x 17"H lantern

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $119

Bronze Large Lantern

Malta 10"W x 10"D x 30"H iron lantern

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $49

Copy the Curb Appeal: Boulder, Colorado

“From the second we laid eyes on this place, with its giant wraparound porch, big windows, and slabs of Colorado red bluffstone leading up to the entry, it felt welcoming," say Amy and Andrew Larson, homeowners.

The standing seam metal roofing in gray gives the farmhouse-y exterior a modern jolt. "Standard shingles would have made the house seem too traditional,” says Andrew.

As for the greenery in the front yard, nothing says “Happy to see you!” like a leafy mix with a flash of color.

Built: 2005

Bought: 2006

Size: 5,850 sq. ft.

House Paint

Ultra Pure White by Behr

Buy It: Behr (for stores)

Front Door and Sidelites

Elongated lites and inset panels create just the right amount of detail. “It may be a simple style, but it still feels grand,” Andrew says. (Krosswood Doors Rustic Knotty Alder 1/2-lite V-Grooved wood door and sidelites)

Buy It: Home Depot, $1,687 and up

Watercolor Doormat

Watercolor Floral 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Fab Habitat, $29

House Numbers

Deltana Hardware 6"-tall brass house numbers in oil-rubbed-bronze finish

Buy It: My Knobs, $16 each

Adirondack Chair

Adirondack wood chair in navy

Buy It: Plow and Hearth, $160

Floral Pillow

Trott Surf Trip 16" x 16" polyester pillow

Buy It: Joss and Main, $26

The House

“Our house hadn’t been updated since the 1960s—it was a faded chocolate brown with a carport blocking the front. Scrapping that and adding a new entry totally made it cool, especially with all our new windows,” say Gina Clifford and Tony Longhurst, homeowners.

For even more edge, Tony and Gina surrounded the front door with a swath of grayed wood siding, made with boards salvaged from old Midwestern barns. Painting the rest of the house cream let the entry stand out even more.

As for the landscaping, to pump up the young yard’s height and lushness, Gina added petunias in a hanging basket on the left and a tall pot on the right. They require minimal care, so she enjoys bright, no-fuss blooms all summer long.

Built: 1954

Bought: 2014

Size: 2,763 sq. ft.

House Paint

North Star by Benjamin Moore

Buy It: Benjamin Moore (for stores)

Fiberglass Front Door

The old Craftsman-style door didn’t suit the redone mod exterior, so Gina and Tony swapped it for a flat-front kind with vertical lites. “We were excited to find one with rectangles that match our windows,” says Gina. Its pumpkin hue has mid-century cred. (Builder’s Choice 5-lite fiberglass door)

Buy It: Home Depot (for info), $424 and up

Front Door Paint

Fire Dance by Benjamin Moore

Buy It: Benjamin Moore (for stores)

Coir Doormat

Rubber-Cal Streaks Modern Cool 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: All Modern, $35

House Numbers

Modern 4"-tall aluminum house numbers in flat black finish

Buy It: Rejuvenation, $39 each

Shepherd’s Hook

In-Ground Single Hanger 36"-tall steel shepherd’s hook

Buy It: Plow and Hearth, $10

Navy Planter

Tidy flowers—no trailers here—show off the unique shape of the planter. These sun-lovers thrive on stoops and open porches. (Vondom Centro 7"-tall plastic planter in navy)

Buy It: Urbilis, $90

The House

“Our house was a spec build, but we bought it early enough to add special touches like a cool porch railing, a classic wood fence, and a brick pathway with a bend in it," say homeowners Melanie and CJ Gauss. "Add a yellow door and it’s one fun farmhouse!”

As for the front yard, Melanie and CJ’s low-maintenance picks include ultra-hardy roses that bloom every five to six weeks starting in spring, and boxwood that offer year-round green.

Built: 2016

Bought: 2016

Size: 4,300 sq. ft.

House Paint

Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore

Buy It: Benjamin Moore (for stores)

Trim Paint

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Buy It: Benjamin Moore (for stores)

Single-Panel Front Door

Its height (8 feet!) and single-panel style show off that zippy color. (6812 Craftsman 2-lite wood door)

Buy It: Simpson Door Company, $969 and up

Front Door Paint

Cheerful by Benjamin Moore

Buy It: Benjamin Moore (for stores)

Beehive Hose Holder

Beehive 17-1/4"H x 19"-diameter resin and iron hose holder

Buy It: Wisteria, $199

Iron Mailbox

Envelope iron mailbox in antique nickel finish

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $50

Stoneware Planter

One no-fail way to mix flowers: Pick a few with similar-size blooms all in the same shade. An extra-textured design makes a white planter anything but basic. (Drum 7-3/4"H x 11-3/4-diameter stoneware planter)

Buy It: CB2, $30

Wicker Chairs

Danya mahogany and resin wicker patio chairs

Buy It: Birch Lane, $440 (for a set of 2)

Steel Light

11"-tall steel light in oil-rubbed bronze finish

Buy It: Birch Lane, $65