Copy the Curb Appeal: Savannah, Georgia

These eye-catching houses in Savannah, Georgia, are loaded with inspiring ideas. HGTV Magazine gives you a close-up!

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March 11, 2019
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The House

“Our favorite thing about our house is that every exterior wall is lined with original windows—27 of them total," say homeowners Brooke and Jeff Wexler. "They make our cottage cheerful, like it’s saying a friendly hello to people walking by.”

In the yard, the couple created a welcoming stepped effect, putting low-lying Asiatic jasmine by the street and slightly taller English ivy behind it. On the left, a pindo palm adds a touch of the tropics.

Built: 1928

Bought: 2013

Size: 1,496 sq. ft.

Cape Cod Front Door

Original to the house, the door was black when Brooke and Jeff moved in. “A black door is timeless, but our home is too cute to not have color,” she says. They experimented with mint and purple before settling on a whimsical peachy-pink. (Cape Cod wood door)

Buy It: Vintage Doors (for info), $839 and up

Front Door and Window Sash Paint

Mermaid Cheeks

Buy It: Valspar

House Paint

Whispering Woods

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Trim Paint

Simply White

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Succulent Doormat

Entryways Succulent 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Home Depot, $44

Bamboo Chair

A throne shape fancies up wicker, while a pillow with a leafy print brings a playful punch. (Bamboo and rope chair)

Buy It: Eclectic Goods, $250

Palm Pillow

Swaying Palms Capri 18 -1/2" x 18 -1/2" polyester pillows

Buy It: Pillow Perfect, $82 (for a set of 2)

Iron Pendant

Harlowe 7-1/2"-diameter iron and glass pendant

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $99

Iron Door Knocker

Swinging Hare 7 -1/2"-tall aluminum and iron door knocker

Buy It: Anthropologie, $40

White Planter

Ruby leaves in a crisp white planter make cordyline fruticosa a showstopper even when it’s not in bloom. Since this tropical plant is native to Hawaii, Brooke covers the pot if temps drop below freezing. (Radius 17-1/2"-tall composite planter)

Buy It: West Elm, $99

Trunk Stool

The Curated Nomad 20"-tall metal stool

Buy It: Overstock, $103

The House

“My home may be modest, but subtle details like diamond-grid windows and exposed rafter ends make it special. I painted the siding and the door, and installed new shutters," says Bradley Wallace, homeowner. "My old mail carrier once said that every time he walked by my house, it looked better. That’s the best compliment of all!"

The shed-style dormer, a Craftsman classic, breaks up the steep roofline, and the exterior's 2.0 landscaping has variegated jasmine by the sidewalk and coral impatiens next to the porch. “Before, the yard was framed by azalea bushes trimmed into cubes,” says Bradley. “Since the house is so angular, I wanted a softer look.”

Built: 1920

Bought: 1996

Size: 1,501 sq. ft.

Eight-Lite Front Door

The eight-lite door was installed early on in the home’s life span. Bradley painted it robust orange, which pops against the cream trim and gray siding while nodding to the traditional Craftsman-era color palette. (MAI Doors HTC-500 mahogany door)

Buy It: Doors 4 Home, $710 and up

Front Door Paint

Soft Glow

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

House Paint

Senora Gray

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Trim Paint

White Sand

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Shutter Paint

Bittersweet Chocolate

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Striped Doormat

Chilewich Bold Stripe 18" x 28" doormat in multi

Buy It: Macy's, $70

Black House Numbers

Spanish Mediterranean Rustic 4"-tall iron house numbers in black

Buy It: Bushere and Son, $20 each


Alsea Craftsman 11-3/4"-tall aluminum and glass sconce with faceted shade

Buy It: Rejuvenation, $130

Ombre Planter

Ombre blue pots at the base of the steps hold a freewheeling mix of greenery and flowers. (Pennington Atlantis Belfry 8-1/2"-tall ceramic planter)

Buy It: Home Depot, $20

Navy Pillow

Multicolor botanical pillows pep them the porch area up. (Latitude Run Braylen Jungle Floral 18" x 18" polyester pillow)

Buy It: Wayfair, $61

The House

“We found the house online, then later realized Michael grew up next door! It needed saving—it was a rental in sad shape, with an overgrown yard," say homeowners Beth and Michael Meeks. "We repainted the pale yellow a warm coral, put in a stained-glass window in place of a broken one and prettied up the landscaping. Now it looks new, but with the handmade feel we love.”

The old crape myrtle in the very front was a must-keep. For the rest, “we needed our yard to be on the subdued side so our home would really stand out,” says Beth. Ultra-easy arborvitae ferns fit the bill; Beth and Michael planted them on either side of the sidewalk. Larger, lighter green cream de mint dwarf mock orange on the far left and right fill out the beds.

Built: 1923

Bought in: 2004

Size: 1,456 sq. ft.

Three-Lite Front Door

Both the original three-lite front door and the louvered screen door used to be chocolate brown. “We picked green paint for them, the trim and the columns’ piers because it grounds the house color, like leaves on a flower,” says Beth. (Jeld-Wen 3-lite wood and steel door)

Buy It: Home Depot, $671

Front Door Paint


Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

House Paint

Determined Orange

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Colored Trim Paint

Great Green

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Neutral Trim Paint

Crisp Linen

Buy It: Sherwin-Williams

Wooden Chair

The striped cushions from Lowe's add a pop of color. (Millwood Pines Bennett chairs)

Buy It: Walmart, $245 (for a set of 2)

Aluminum Sconce

Thomas Lighting Mission 11"W x 13 -1/2"D x 19"H aluminum and glass sconce

Buy It: Build, $191

Vibrant Planters

Sunny yellow urns by the steps make an eye-catching house even more come-on-in. (Abigails cachepot in curry yellow)

Buy It: Distinctive Decor, $41

The House

“When we bought our house, it was a muddy gray-blue that faded into the background," say homeowners Kim and Dale Cheney. "Painting all the siding and trim white instantly brightened it and made it seem bigger, too.”

As well, the home’s windows have vertical mullions on the top panes, which echo the style of the door.

Built: 1913

Bought: 2016

Size: 1,616 sq. ft.

Front Door Paint

The original door remains, with a fresh color: “I wanted something breezy and coastal,” says Kim. Seashell-inspired blush pink is light enough to let the door’s Craftsman details stand out. (My Sweetheart)

Buy It: Behr

House Paint

Falling Snow

Buy It: Behr

Trim Paint

Looking Glass

Buy It: Behr

Brass Mailbox

Salsbury Industries 14"W x 3 -1/2"D x 11"H brass mailbox in antique finish

Buy It: Mailboxes, $100

Wooden Porch Swing

Previous owners hung the wood porch swing, where Dale practices guitar and mandolin. (Highwood Lehigh 4'-wide plastic and wood porch swing in white)

Buy It: Overstock, $366

Striped Pillow

Stripes 18" x 18" polyester outdoor pillow cover in hot pink

Buy It: Hof Deco, $20

Brass Lantern Pendant

Hinkley Nantucket 5 -1/2"W x 5- 1/2"D x 14- 1/2"H brass and glass lantern pendant

Buy It: Build, $269

Fluted Urn

A foxtail fern looks extra sophisticated in a classic fluted white urn. (Bloem Grecian 10- 1/2"-tall plastic planters in white)

Buy It: Hayneedle, $28 (for a set of 2)