Copy the Curb Appeal: Chevy Chase, Maryland

These eye-catching colonial houses from HGTV Magazine are loaded with inspiring ideas.

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November 04, 2019

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

The House

“Many houses in our neighborhood are white. We wanted ours to stand out, except we couldn’t go too wild — it’s a Colonial, after all! Dusty blue siding makes it special but still classic," say homeowners Michael and Emily Kimberly. A row of thick corbels beneath the eaves adds flair and gives the new house old-school cred.

In the yard, Michael and Emily went for a symmetrical look to match the balanced elements of their home. They planted Steeds upright holly on the far ends of each side, along with two camellia shrubs on either side of the porch steps that get pretty pink blooms in late fall. Dainty Franklin’s Gem Korean boxwood fill the beds at the end of the walkway.

Built: 2016

Bought: 2016

Size: 4,500 sq. ft.

Trim Paint


Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

House Paint


Buy It: Behr

Shaker Fir Door

Glossy black paint and satin nickel hardware dress it up. To make it even more of a street-view standout, the Kimberlys put in sidelites, a transom and a sunburst pediment above. (744 Traditional Shaker fir door)

Buy It: Simpson Door, $800

Door and Shutters Paint

Tricorn Black

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Door Knocker

Traditional 8-1/2" x 4 -1/4" brass door knocker in satin nickel finish

Buy It: House of Antique Hardware, $34

Floral Doormat

Entryways Forget-Me-Nots 17" x 28" coir doormat

Buy It: Amazon, $26

Black Mailbox

Locking Wall Mounted 15"W x 8"D x 14 -1/2"H aluminum mailbox in black and silver

Buy It: Joss and Main, $187

Outdoor Pendant

The curve of the arched portico's 10-1/2-foot-high ceiling is emphasized by a hanging pendant. Lining it with stained cypress wood is an elegant touch. (Feiss Collection Londontowne 3 17-1/4"-tall Stonestrong pendant in weathered chestnut)

Buy It: Clarkson Lighting, $226

Resin Planter

Pretty and simple: petunias in three shades, plus creeping jenny. (Suncast Seneca 14"-tall resin planter in blue and brown)

Buy It: Ace Hardware, $26

The House

“Our house wasn’t this cute when we bought it — think dingy white paint, a flat front, and bare landscaping," explain homeowners Deborah and Michael Borkowski. "Once we added new siding in gray and shutters in blue, had a portico built, and filled out the beds, it looked so friendly!”

The portico's triangular pediment is classic Colonial Revival. “We appreciate the protection from the elements when we’re hunting for the key,” says Deborah. The couple put in a pair of 7-foot-wide window boxes, one on each side, to give their place an extra shot of color. Doing them on just the first floor makes upkeep simpler. They’re filled with a voluminous mix of annuals, including bacopa and calibrachoa.

As for the pathway to the front door, Deborah and Michael didn’t change anything. Red brick and a whimsical curve — what’s not to love?

Built: 1928

Bought: 2005

Size: 3,028 sq. ft.

House Paint

Rockport Gray

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Trim Paint

Glacier White

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

6-Panel Door

“We wanted to paint our new one a color that looked good in every season,” says Deborah. Denim blue is a cheery “hello!” in summer and even more so in winter, when the yard and skies are gray. (Jeld-Wen 6-Panel Primed Premium steel front door slab)

Buy It: Home Depot, $118 and up

Doors and Shutters Paint

Blue Note

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Geometric Doormat

Sturbridge Summer Geometric 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: AllModern, $40

House Numbers

Baldwin 4-3/4"-tall brass house numbers in oil-rubbed-bronze finish

Buy It: Lowe's, $18 each

Contemporary Light

Contemporary Ridged 10"-tall metal light in black

Buy It: Shades of Light, $98

Garden Bench

48-1/2"W x 24"D x 35-1/4"H all-weather polyethylene garden bench in white

Buy It: L.L. Bean, $469

Resin Planter

The couple chose to fill their planters with Zinnias, which are low-maintenance and bloom-rich. (Southern Patio Westbourne Flange 10-1/2"-tall resin planter in lightening)

Buy It: Home Depot, $22

The House

“We couldn’t resist the wide porch and balcony of our Colonial Revival," say homeowners Melissa and John Pflieger. "They used to be blocked by big crape myrtles, but we switched them out for shorter greenery. Now you can see all of the wonderful details.”

As for the balcony, six ball-top newel posts make it downright regal. For the holidays, Melissa adds swags of greenery and red bows along the railing. On the roof, a set of three dormers perks up the roofline and brings plenty of light into the third-floor living space.

Built: 1997

Bought: 2013

Size: 4,800 sq. ft.

House Paint

Sky High

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Pure White

Buy It: HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

Two-Panel Shutters

Their raised two-panel style is a Colonial hallmark. Painted deep forest green, they match the paneled front door and coordinate well with the yard’s lush plantings. (Vantage Raised Panel 59" x 14" vinyl shutters in white)

Buy It: Lowe's, $40 (for a set of 2)

Door and Shutters Paint

Peacock House

Buy It: Valspar

Welcome Doormat

Flourished 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Anthropologie, $48

Aluminum Light

Hinkley Lighting Jaymes 24"-tall aluminum sconce in oil-rubbed-bronze finish

Buy It: Build, $369

Iron Planters

The planters on the steps have a lush mix of bacopa, whose tiny white flowers add contrast, plus trailing ivy and dahlias, which bloom in summer. (Grayson 12"-tall iron planter in zinc finish)

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $59

Resin Planters

For the planters closest to the door, Melissa picked shade-tolerant boxwood. The pots at the base of the steps have low-maintenance hinoki cypress. (Garden Treasures 12-3/4"-tall resin planter in sand)

Buy It: Lowe's, $25