Copy the Curb Appeal: Rhinebeck, New York

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June 17, 2020

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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About the House

“My last house was a new build, the complete opposite of this 145-year-old home," says Beth Gershuny of her 2,000-square-foot house. "Because of its decorative trim, quaint shutters and dreamy yard, I now understand what character means.”

When Beth revamped her yard after purchasing the home in 2008, she planned it around the existing hydrangea bush and Japanese maple tree. “From the start, I loved the way they flank the house like pillars, welcoming everyone inside,” she says. Between them, she planted perennials and flowering bushes.

Decorative corbels are a classic element of Folk Victorian homes like this one. Beth painted the house a soft color to make these seem less formal.

House Paint

Soleil

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Trim Paint

Mascarpone

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Porch Floor Paint

Iron Ore

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Shutters Paint

Black of Night

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Classic Craft Door

It’s made from a fiberglass composite and stained to look like wood. “I like that it’s simpler than a typical Victorian-era door yet still fits the house,” Beth says.

Buy It: Therma-Tru Doors, $2,076

Pineapple Doormat

18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Bed Bath and Beyond, $20

House Numbers

Traditional 6-inch tall brass house numbers in burnished antique finish

Buy It: Rejuvenation, $60 each

Aluminum Light

Park Sienna 16-3/4-inch tall aluminum light

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $100

Envelope Mailbox

Envelope 16"W x 5"D x 11-1/2"H iron mailbox in antique bronze finish

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $69

Black Urns

Beth picked the planters for their curvy shape. Filled with bright yellow flowers, they create an inviting entry.

Buy It: Grandin Road, $103

About the House

“This place looked run down when I bought it [in 2012], with a collapsed porch and mismatched windows," says Donna D’Moch Warner of her 1,777 square-foot-home. "Adding new columns and new windows with grids brought it back to life.”

The house used to be covered in white aluminum siding. Donna had it removed to reveal the original pine boards, which were restored and painted. Plus, the yard was overgrown until Donna got her hands on it. She lined the house with classic vinca ground cover and porch-height boxwood. As for the pots by the door, they hold plants of differing heights and colors. “I change them every season,” Donna says. “In the fall, I put in branches and berries from my yard.”

House Paint

Rosemary

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Porch Floor Paint

Ocean Beach

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Porch Trim Paint

Wood Ash

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Decorative Front Door

It’s the original one, painted red to stand out against the green siding. The brass plaque recognizes the home as part of the Rhinebeck Village Historic District.

Buy It: Rouge Valley Door, $1,869

Front Door Paint

Cottage Red

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Steel Mailbox

Architectural Mailboxes Marina 7"W x 3-3/4"D x 10"H steel mailbox in black

Buy It: Home Depot, $17

Wicker Chair

“I got my wicker chair from my sister, who used to sell antiques,” Donna says. “The arms have hidden pockets where women stored their sewing in the old days. I use them for books and magazines.”

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $999

Pillow

Ombre Threads 20" x 20" polyester outdoor pillow in red

Buy It: Liora Manne (for info), $50

About the House

“At first the location was the only thing I liked about this house, which had mustard yellow siding and a neglected yard," says Serita Bradford of her 1943, 2,825-square-foot home. "I redid almost everything and added a porch. I’m always out here!”

When Serita brought the house in 2013, she knew she wanted an informal and low-maintenance yard. She hired a landscape architect to help her get the right blend, with good color and texture.

House Paint

Classic Gray

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Trim Paint

White Dove

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Front Door

A big reno meant a new front door. “It had to be blue, my favorite color,” Serita says. The deep shade livens up the neutral exterior.

Buy It: Simpson Door (for stores), $730 and up

Front Door Paint

Stiffkey Blue

Buy It: Farrow & Ball

Dog Doormat

Entryways Dog Silhouettes 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Chewy, $40

House Numbers

Asbury 3-1/2"-tall ceramic house numbers

Buy It: School House, $12 each

Resin Planters

Pink double knock out roses flourish in matching blue planters on the steps. (They’re hardier than many other varieties — ideal for areas with wide temperature ranges, like New York.)

Buy It: Lowes, $30

Chairs and Cushions

“When you’re relaxing on your porch,” Serita says, “you want comfy!” Rattan chairs with roomy seats, arched backs, and thick cushions fit the bill.

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $999

About the House

“Many elements of this home drew us in — the curved porch, the original shutters, and that pink! The color was so special we had to keep it," say homeowners Greg Messina and Patty Taveniere-Messina of their 1860, 2,234-square-foot home. "It’s fun being known as ‘the pink house.’ ”

When the couple bought it in 1999, giant bushes filled the beds along the house, hiding most of the porch. They swapped those out for neatly trimmed boxwood and pink and white flowers that match the home’s cheery color palette.

And that wraparound porch! “When we’ve had Rhinebeck Porchfest in September, we’re one of the houses invited to have a band play on our porch,” Patty says. “It’s been cool to be a neighborhood hangout.”

House Paint

Enamored

Buy It: Behr

Trim Paint

Nano White

Buy It: Behr

Porch Floor Paint

Whitewash Oak

Buy It: Behr

Shutter Paint

Mossy Cavern

Buy It: Behr

Floral Doormat

BD Home Kali Berry 24" x 36" coir doormat

Buy It: Burke Décor, $37

House Numbers

Everbilt 6-inch tall zinc house numbers

Buy It: Home Depot, $10

Aluminum Light

Maxim Coldwater 12-inch tall light

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $120

Aluminum Mailbox

Architectural Mailboxes Villa 18-3/4"W x 5"D x 11-1/4"H powder-coated-aluminum mailbox in white

Buy It: Home Depot, $70

Wicker Chair

“We wanted porch furniture with the same feel as the house,” Patty says. White wicker has an old-school vibe, while green-striped pillows add personality.

Buy It: Pier 1, $90

Striped Pillow

6" x 20" outdoor pillow in canopy striped kiwi and sand

Buy It: Ballard Designs, $39

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