Copy the Curb Appeal: Houston, Texas

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January 29, 2019

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The House

“The old mousy brown color of our home blended right into the hedges," say homeowners Kim and Cooper Etheridge. "Painting the brick bright white puts the spotlight on the house—and a can’t-miss-it-green door doesn’t hurt!”

Crisp white-and-gray-striped awnings give the classic cottage a modern edge. “Some awnings can skew too cutesy,” says Kim. “But this sleek style feels fresh.”

In the yard, the creeping fig covering the brick chimney is the only remaining part of the original landscaping. “Rows of tall shrubs and trees blocked the front, though the fig ivy’s charming,” says Kim. Now there’s a row of pruned Royal Purple smoke trees and boxwood to the left. Orange daisies in the porch planter by the ottoman cheerfully greet visitors.

  • Built: 1938
  • Bought: 2010
  • Size: 2,000 sq. ft.

House Paint

Snowbound

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Steps and Porch Paint

Flannel Gray

Buy It: Behr (for stores)

Front Door

“Because the house is all white, we went for a funky color on the door,” says Kim. Welcome, Granny Smith apple green! For polish, they painted the vintage screen door—transplanted from their former house—the same shade. (Traditional Series 2132 wood door)

Buy It: Rogue Valley Door, $1,031 and up

Front Door Paint

Laser

Buy It: Behr (for stores)

House Numbers

Architectural Mailboxes 5"-tall brass house numbers in satin nickel finish

Buy It: Houzz, $15 each

Light

Caboose 14 1/2"-tall aluminum and steel outdoor wall light in brushed nickel finish

Buy It: Shades of Light, $94

Doormat

Summer Geometric 18" x 30" doormat

Buy It: Home Depot, $35

Chairs

St. Croix polywood Adirondack chair in white

Buy It: Target, $200

Pillows

Zigzag pillows glam up timeless white Adirondack chairs. (Loloi 22" x 22" polyester pillow in blue and green)

Buy It: Houzz, $60

Ottoman

Used as a side table, this right-size ottoman fits perfectly between the low seats of the Adirondack chairs. (Zipcode Design Ayala 17"H x 21"-diameter polyester ottoman in lagoon blue)

Buy It: Wayfair, $88

The House

“When we first laid eyes on the house, it was a one-story cottage turned two-story stucco box with Frankenstein-like additions, like a triangular bay window on the second floor," say homeowners Annie and Andrew Ashcroft. "Twin gables, a new porch and portico, and shingled siding totally transformed it.”

Circular windows are a vintage touch, drawing attention to the peaks of the gables. Their roundness softens the house’s angles, as does the gently curved portico. In the yard, a pair of boxwood flanking the sidewalk say “Come on in!” Nestled among the shrubs by the porch, Graffiti Pink pentas pop—and serve as butterfly bait.

  • Built: 1938
  • Bought: 2014
  • Size: 3,700 sq. ft.

House Paint

Krypton

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams (for stores)

Front Door

“We have two puppies and a cat, which is why I love our Dutch door,” says Annie. “When pizza’s delivered I just open the top to sign for it, and no one can escape!” (Jeld-Wen 9 -lite Dutch door with primed auralast jamb and brickmold)

Buy It: Home Depot, $1,395 and up

Front Door Paint

Pure White

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams (for stores)

House Numbers

Numbers Deuce 6"-tall acrylic house numbers in black

Buy It: Drop Cap Studio, $28 each

Lights

Hinkley Lighting Sullivan 11 3/4"-tall aluminum and opal outdoor sconce in black

Buy It: Lumens, $249

Doormat

Natural Rope Knot coir doormat

Buy It: World Market, $30

Bench

“So many people walking by stop to ask us where we got our bench and wingback chairs,” says Annie. The traditional seats take a fun turn with bold striped pillows. (Ceylon 54 1/4"-wide eucalyptus love seat in whitewash)

Buy It: Ballard Designs, $675

Pillows

Majestic Home Goods Vertical Stripe 20" x 20" polyester outdoor pillow in black and white

Buy It: Overstock, $45

Table

Atlas 17 1/4"H x 13"-diameter glazed-ceramic side table

Buy It: Anthropologie, $198

Bamboo Grass

Tall blades add presence to the entry. Equally exciting: Since they’re faux, they’re no-maintenance. (Nearly Natural 58"-tall faux–bamboo grass in white ceramic planter)

Buy It: Overstock, $120

The House

“The only things we changed on our house were the front door and the color of the siding, which we made just a couple shades darker for more impact. Its charm-soaked bones were what sold us—they just needed dressing up!” say homeowners Katherine and Jason Tramonte Jr.

In the yard, canna lilies with bright orange blooms bring the drama to a small front yard; they can grow up to 8 feet tall. A crape myrtle tree on the right gets showy hot pink flowers. The strings of color hanging from the crape myrtle branches are Mardi Gras beads.

  • Built: 1935
  • Bought: 2003
  • Size: 1,899 sq. ft.

House Paint

Grey Tweed

Buy It: Glidden (for stores)

Front Door

“The old six-panel Colonial-style wood door didn’t look right on our Craftsman cottage,” says Jason. He and Katherine replaced it with this two-panel one with
a dentil shelf. Its juicy color plays off the canna lilies. (Traditional Series 4662 dentil shelf wood door)

Buy It: Uber Doors, $958 and up

Front Door Paint

Sunbaked Orange

Buy It: Glidden (for stores)

Light

Primo Lanterns Orleans 23"-tall copper, brass and aluminum outdoor wall ligh

Buy It: Build, $459

Doormat

Bungalow Rose Fessler coir doormat

Buy It: Wayfair, $27

Rocking Chair

Katherine and Jason wanted their porch to function as another room in the house, especially handy for their annual crawfish boil. Four rockers with pillows give the space a cozy vibe. (Beachcrest Home Palmyra wood rocking chair in white)

Buy It: Wayfair, $134

Pillows

Preppy Stripe 12" x 20" polyester outdoor pillows in orange and white

Buy It: Etsy: PillowCusionsOhMy, $50 (for a set of 2)

Pillows

Mistana Odion 16" x 16" acrylic outdoor pillow

Buy It: Wayfair, $23

Planter

The wild-looking pencil cactus to the right of the door loves hot, dry weather and needs watering only when its soil dries out. (Crescent Garden Madison 20"-tall resin planter in lemongrass)

Buy It: Target, $61