Copy the Curb Appeal: Louisville, Kentucky

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August 15, 2019

Photo By: Tim Furlong Jr.

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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Photo By: Tim Furlong Jr.

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Tim Furlong Jr.

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Tim Furlong Jr.

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

The House

“Our Italianate home has a stately look, with its tall windows and elegant dentil molding, but the fresh white color, wraparound porch, and brick-lined walkway make it inviting," say homeowners Kara and Matt Henderson.

Elongated second-floor windows appear even more impressive thanks to the ornate molding above them. The porch roofline has it too. And, to top it all off, the placement of the hanging baskets accentuates the porch’s curve. The couple alternated ferns with showy bright pink vincas that flower all summer long.

Built: 1890

Bought: 2014

Size: 2,800 sq. ft.

House Paint

White Dove

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Porch Ceiling Paint


Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Design-Pro Door

An arched window brings a bit of interest to an otherwise simple black door. “We’ve never considered painting it a different color,” says Matt. “It’s classic and the perfect match for our white siding.” (Design-Pro 1/2-View Camber-Top fir and fiberglass door)

Buy It: Jeld-Wen, $650 and up

Trim and Front Door Paint


Buy It: Behr

Floral Doormat

Floral Greeting 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Anthropologie, $48

House Numbers

Hillman 4"-tall aluminum house numbers in black

Buy It: Lowes, $2 each

Black Porch Swing

Darby Home Co. 64" plastic porch swing in black

Buy It: Wayfair, $395

Striped Pillows

Sunbrella Awning Stripe 18" x 18" acrylic pillow in black

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $40

Chairs and Side Table

Classic Patio acacia wood chat set in dark brown (Standard Contour 20" x 20" polyester chair cushions in warm multi stripe sold separately)

Buy It: Pier 1, $400

The House

“Because I live in a historic area, I haven’t done much to the face of my house, though I have filled the lawn with leafy plants so it’s welcoming," says homeowner Candy Parrack. "Once, I came home to a note from a neighbor saying my yard makes her happy—the best compliment!”

Built: 1900

Bought: 1992

Size: 2,074 sq. ft.

House Paint


Buy It: Valspar

Trim Paint

Pure White

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Glass Front Door

Installed by previous homeowners, the door is a win. “I love how much light the glass pane lets in, especially with the transom window on top,” says Candy. (4501 wood and glass French door)

Buy It: Rogue Valley Door, $489 and up

Front Door and Shutter Paint


Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Triangle Doormat

Entryways Triangle 17" x 28" coir doormat

Buy It: Hayneedle, $30

Wooden Bench

The cutie on the porch is an old church pew, courtesy of Candy’s parents. They bought it vintage, painted it gray, enjoyed it, then passed it on. (Dexter 60"-wide wood bench)

Buy It: West Elm, $399

Red Rocking Chair

Loon Peak Standish wood rocking chair in red

Buy It: Wayfair, $150

Plaid Pillow

The Plaid Maker Colorful Plaid 18" x 18" polyester pillow

Buy It: Society 6, $36

Mail Basket

Round Front 7-1/2"W x 4-1/2"D x 5"H wicker and leather mail basket

Buy It: Amish Baskets, $27

The House

“We like the symmetrical shape of our foursquare so much that we redid some landscaping so it’s symmetrical, too. Altogether it creates a peaceful place to come home to," say homeowners Melissa and Michael Tracy.

Two different styles of shutters means twice as much character! The outer sets are louvered, with cutouts of a moon on top; the smaller ones in the center each have a single flat panel with topiary shapes. As well, decorative corbels beneath the upper soffit give the home some extra architectural appeal. The wood’s dark color echoes the front door.

ln the yard, the dense row of ferns in front of the porch was in place when the Tracys moved in, helping to soften the sharp lines of the house. Low-maintenance hostas frame the walkway to the front door.

And how to work flowers into an already full yard? Think beyond the lawn. The Tracys lined their steps and topped the porch piers with pots featuring a mix of colorful annuals, along with heat-loving Chinese evergreen.

Built: 1908

Bought: 1983

Size: 3,000 sq. ft.

Shutters Paint

Roadster Blue

Buy It: Valspar

Trim Paint

Ivory Essence

Buy It: Valspar

Shaker Front Door

Back when it was white, the front door stuck out way too much. Michael stripped off the paint and did a rich walnut stain. “It’s a better fit for the house—it blends nicely with the brick,” he says. (760 Traditional Shaker wood door)

Buy It: Simpson Door, $849 and up

Printed Doormat

Purdie 22" x 35" coir doormat

Buy It: Cocomats 'n More, $59

Aluminum Mailbox

Sunburst 8-1/4" x 16" aluminum mailbox in rubbed bronze finish

Buy It: House of Antique Hardware, $70

Melody Stool

Melody 16"H x 12"-diameter ceramic garden stool

Buy It: Safavieh, $86

The House

“Our Victorian has the same cedar-shake siding from when Beverly’s grandpa moved in shortly after it was built, and the same blue-gray color Beverly’s parents painted it when they lived there. It’s timeless!" Beverly and Don Clark, homeowners. "We made the door red and added shutters for even more charm.”

Concrete Grecian urns near the top of the porch steps make the entrance appear more grand. Red geraniums go with the front door; vinca offer volume.

The old concrete path was functional but meh. Brick in varying shades of red gives historic cred—you’d never know it was new. And to bring even more brightness to the small lawn, Don and Beverly planted a round flower bed with bursts of purple and red (a favorite color). Lilyturf gives it texture. The brick border suits the home’s traditional style and nods to the brick of the path and steps.

Built: 1905

Bought: 1995

Size: 3,300 sq. ft.

House Paint

Bastille Blue

Buy It: Glidden

Shutter Paint

Teton Blue

Buy It: Behr

Trim Paint

Swiss Coffee

Buy It: Valspar

Paneled Front Door

To make the door, formerly white, pop against the gray siding, the couple painted it ruby red. Since London is one of the Clarks’ favorite places to visit, they chose a shade that reminded them of old British phone booths. (82 Traditional Panel wood door)

Buy It: Simpson Door, $800 and up

Front Door Paint

Show Stopper

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Lion Door Knocker

Lion’s Head 8-3/4" x 4-1/2" door knocker in antique brass finish

Buy It: Signature Hardware, $75

Welcome Doormat

Entryways Bootscraper Welcome with Border 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Wayfair, $34

Casbah Chair

Casbah polyethylene chair in white

Buy It: Pier 1, $150


Gibraltar Pedestal 18"-tall metal mailbox with post in black

Buy It: Lowes, $179

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