Copy the Curb Appeal: Mobile, Alabama

These eye-catching Alabama houses from HGTV Magazine are loaded with inspiring ideas: porch accessories, paint shades and more.

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February 26, 2020


Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart


Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart


Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Stuart Tyson

About the House

“I updated the walkway and the landscaping, but there’s still lots of 1920s charm!" says homeowner Erin Henry. "The casement windows, arched door, and decorative vent are what make this house feel like a home.” The cottage’s stucco stands out among the typical wood siding in Mobile’s midtown district. “And there’s less maintenance,” says Erin.

In the yard, Erin went for easy-care picks. “The evergreen vines that curve around the door started out in two planters,” she says. “They really took off when I moved them into the ground.”

As for the trees, both were in place when Erin bought the house. “They’ve practically doubled in size,” she says. “The palm adds a tropical vibe. It reminds me how close I am to the beach!”

Built: 1929

Bought: 2016

Size: 1,335 sq. ft.

House Paint

Creamy Mushroom

Buy It: Behr

Trim Paint

Polar Bear

Buy It: Behr

Arched Front Door

“All the houses I’ve owned have had red doors — I’ve heard they bring good luck,” says Erin. Not to mention serious charm. (Classic-Craft Rustic CCR100R Arched Full-Plank fiberglass door)

Buy It: Therma-Tru (for stores), $1,103 and up

Front Door Paint

Stiletto Love

Buy It: Behr

Iron Door Knocker

Heart 6-3/4"-tall iron door knocker in black lacquer finish

Buy It: House of Antique Hardware, $99

House Numbers

3-1/4"-tall porcelain and steel house number set

Buy It: Rejuvenation, $86


Clovis 18" x 30" coir doormat in blue and green

Buy It: Burke Decor, $22

Terra-Cotta Planter

A terra-cotta planter is a great match for orangey flowers. These sunpatiens bloom spring through fall. (Heavy Rim 14"-tall terra-cotta planter)

Buy It: Lowe's, $42

About the House

“Our first impression of this cottage was that it was so plain—there was a white and gray exterior and no landscaping," say homeowners Michael and Jerry Keehn. "Then we noticed the heart pine porch and original shutters. This is the 12th house we’ve lived in, and it’s definitely our forever home.”

The yard was weeds and mud central before the couple came to the rescue. They planted matching beds of local blooms on both sides. Two crape myrtles frame the entrance.

Built: 1852

Bought: 2016

Size: 1,430 sq. ft.

Shutters Paint

Perfect Periwinkle

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

3-Lite Door Front Doors

Yes, there are two — back in the day, some Southern homes were built this way to boost ventilation. The couple painted the shutters a fun color to emphasize the symmetry. (36803 Craftsman 2-panel 3-lite wood door)

Buy It: Simpson Door (for stores), $1,000 and up

House Trim and Front Door Paint

Extra White

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Glass Wall Light

Kichler Barrington 13"-tall aluminum and seeded glass wall light in distressed black

Buy It: Lowe's, $80

Steel Mailbox

Adkinson 10-1/2"W x 4-1/2"D x 14-1/2"H stainless steel mailbox in oil-rubbed-bronze finish

Buy It: Rejuvenation, $80

Historic Crest

This plaque from the Mobile Historic Development Commission is given to old homes in the area.

Coir Doormat

Suzanne Kasler Greek Key Personalized 18" x 30" coir doormat in black

Buy It: Ballard Designs, $55

Wicker Chairs

Wicker chairs look sweet next to vintage side tables. “This is a true sit-on-your-porch neighborhood,” says Michael. “Dogs walking by always come up to greet us. We know all of their names.” (Casbah iron and polyethylene chair in white)

Buy It: Pier 1, $150

About the House

“We weren’t looking for a fixer-upper for our first house, but we fell for this one. It was dirty yellow and a tree hid the window," say homeowners Mae and Sam Dennis. "We took it down and brought out the house’s character with fresh paint and plants.”

Mae’s favorite feature is the little Tudor-style window next to the door. “It’s especially nice at night, lit up by the lamp I keep there,” says Mae.

“Our neighborhood has large oak trees that curve over the streets and full azalea bushes everywhere,” says Sam. “We wanted that same storybook look in our yard.” They scored it with lush ornamental grasses, boxwood left untrimmed and whimsical sky pencil holly.

Built: 1940

Bought: 2015

Size: 1,940 sq. ft.

House Paint

Natural White

Buy It: Glidden

Traditional Front Door

Mae inherited it from her parents when they renovated their 1950s home. “We get a lot of compliments on the color,” says Sam. “People say it reminds them of something from a fairy tale.” (7042 Traditional wood door)

Buy It: Simpson Door (for stores), $800 and up

Front Door Paint

Iced Violet

Buy It: Glidden

Resin Sconce

Minka Lavery Handforde Pointe 19"-tall resin sconce in oil-rubbed-bronze finish

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $135

House Numbers

Aurele 6"-tall brass house numbers in matte black

Buy It: CB2, $15 each

Postina Mailbox

Matt Carr 4-1/2"W x 14-1/2"D x 2-3/4"H stainless steel mailbox in matte black

Buy It: Umbra, $70

Coir Doormat

Entryways Williamsburg Georgian Geo 22" x 35" coir doormat

Buy It: Amazon, $58

Gray Bench

Fort Lauderdale 48-/12"-wide wood garden bench in dark slate gray

Buy It: AllModern, $460

Stainless Steel Planter

A pair at the foot of the steps holds a pretty mix of plants, with a burst of pink pentas. (Footed 16"-tall stainless steel planter in graphite)

Buy It: Grandin Road, $99

About the House

“This shotgun house has been in John’s family for four generations, and it sat empty for 25 years. The paint had blistered, there was termite damage — everything was in disrepair. A big reno and the airy blue color gave it life again," say homeowners John Baker and Rick McGowan. Tall columns (the one's here are 9 -1/2 feet) and hanging baskets help the narrow home seem more grand.

John and Rick’s yard echoes the lighthearted feel of their house. “We chose plants that are simple yet unexpected,” says John. Plus, peep that hitching post on the curb. John bought it at an antiques store in Mobile.

Built: 1868

Bought: 1995

Size: 1,960 sq. ft.

House Paint


Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Dove White

Buy It: Valspar

2-Panel Front Door

The couple had the original door stripped and repainted a golden yellow, which contrasts nicely with the eggshell blue siding. (Twin 1/2-view 2-panel steel door)

Buy It: Jeld-Wen, $390 and up

Front Door Paint


Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Coir Doormat

Planter 24" x 36" coir doormat

Buy It: Burke Décor, $37

Rocking Chairs

Tortuga Portside Plantation resin and powder-coated-steel rocking chairs

Buy It: Hayneedle, $578 (for a 3 piece set)

Patterned Pillows

Jordan Manufacturing 12" x 18" polyester pillows in faxon cavern

Buy It: Hayneedle, $40 (for a set of 2)

Side Table

Tortuga Portside Plantation resin and powder-coated-steel table

Buy It: Hayneedle, $116

Striped Rug

Safavieh Montauk 3' x 5' cotton rug in turquoise

Buy It: Home Depot, $27


White geometric ones (two with snake plants and two with dumb cane) give the old home’s porch a touch of modern flair. (Faceted Modern 21"-tall fiberstone planter in white)

Buy It: West Elm, $149