Copy the Curb Appeal: Sacramento, California

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

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October 13, 2020

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Kevin Fiscus

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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About the House

“Everyone thinks our house has been here for 100 years — exactly what we were going for when we built it (in 2016)," say homeowners Emily and Micah Baginski of their 2,956-square-foot house. "The standing seam metal roof and cedar-stained Douglas fir beams remind us of old California farmhouses, while the smooth stucco column bases give a modern touch.”

“Most of our yard is under the cover of a Japanese zelkova tree,” says Micah, “so I spent a lot of time scrolling through Pinterest for shade-tolerant plants.” He landed on patches of shaggy Japanese forest grass and spiky foxtail fern. Fortnight lilies border the concrete path and bloom ivory flowers from spring through fall.

House Paint

Ultra Pure White

Buy It: Behr

Fir Front Door

Emily and Micah designed this extra-wide (40 inches, to be exact) Douglas fir beauty to fit with the rest of the home’s architecture. The triple-pane window and dentil molding emphasize the Craftsman style.

Buy It: Doors4Home, $1,110

Patterned Doormat

Tossed Dash Semi-Circle 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: West Elm, $30

House Numbers

Modern 6"-tall acrylic house numbers in black

Buy It: Etsy: PicaHouseNumbers, $9 each

Metal Light

The Original Warehouse Gooseneck 24"-diameter metal light in galvanized finish

Buy It: Barn Light, $393

Steel Light

Progress Lighting Globe 8"-diameter pendant in black

Buy It: Build, $127

Adirondack Chairs

Wood Adirondack chair in natural stain

Buy It: Plow and Hearth, $160

Tribal Pillow Cover

Adirondack chairs are especially inviting with funky striped pillows. “It’s where we sit and watch the kids on the swing,” says Micah.

Buy It: Williams Sonoma, $129

Tree Swing

Oak and cotton Scandinavian rope tree swing

Buy It: Etsy: OhhDarlingDesigns, $117

About the House

“Our 1931 Georgian Colonial looked kind of plain at first, though we loved the symmetry," say homeowners Janet and Jim Cassie of their 3,200-square-foot house. "We leaned into its traditional style by adding a portico, painting it yellow and replacing the louvered shutters with paneled ones.”

“We wanted our yard to play up the house’s formal look,” says Janet. The camellia trees were already there when she and Jim bought the home in 1998. They planted a neat row of boxwood with impatiens in front and hydrangeas in back, and put in an elegant brick path. A gable roof portico makes the home stately. Says Janet, “Our neighbors across the street told us that one reason they bought their house is because they love looking at it!”

House Paint

Banana Cream

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Pure White

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Front Door Paint

Forbidden Red

Buy It: Behr

Floral Doormat

Watercolor 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Fab Habitat, $39

Door Knocker

Baldwin S-Shaped 6- 1/4"-tall metal door knocker in polished brass finish

Buy It: Home Depot, $62

House Numbers

Aluminum address plaque with scroll corner accents in black and gold

Buy It: Comfort House, $95

Metal Light

Designers Fountain Gladiator 21"-tall metal hanging lamp

Buy It: Home Depot, $234

Black Planter

Tall planters filled with yellow dahlias give the entrance even more presence. “We often clip off blooms to use in bouquets,” says Janet.

Buy It: Home Depot, $65

Stone Planters

Short stone-look planters with red dahlias contrast with the tall black ones and play off the color of the front door.

Buy It: Ballard Designs, $159

About the House

“We were on the fence about buying a home until we found this one. With its cheerful rustic colors, charming brick path, and lively landscaping, it has endless character,” say homeowners Jamie Bolden and Ashish Shantaram of their 1,323 square-foot house built in 1938.

As for the landscaping, “We barely had to change a thing!” says Ashish. “There are quite a few green thumbs in our neighborhood, and this mix of plants makes our house cool and eclectic. They bloom at different times of the year — there’s always something interesting to look at.”

House Paint

Majolica Green

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Trim Paint

Ultra White

Buy It: Valspar

6-Panel Front Door

Jamie and Ashish adored the existing orange hue and dragonfly knocker. “Every single time we walk in the door, it feels exciting,” says Ashish.

Buy It: Masonite, $208

Front Door Paint

Armagnac

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Door Knocker

Dragonfly 4-1/2"-tall brass door knocker in oiled bronze finish

Buy It: Micahel Healy, $69

Patterned Doormat

Kosas Home Bali 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Overstock, $25

House Numbers

Hillman Floating 5"-tall steel house numbers in black

Buy It: Lowe's, $7 each

Metal Light

Forte Lighting Cardiff 10- 1/2"-tall metal wall light in black

Buy It: Lowe's, $98

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