Copy the Curb Appeal: St. Paul, Minnesota

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May 05, 2020

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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Photo By: Chad Holder

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Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Chad Holder

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

Photo By: Aaron Graubart

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About the House

“We were drawn to the entry’s decorative brick and the 9-lite windows. Before, the door was gray, and it blended in with the rest of the house," say homeowners Natalie and Joe Paquet. "Painting it red gave the whole place a happy refresh.”

The couple purchased the 1926, 1,821 square-foot home in 2001, then got to work revamping the yard, starting with American arborvitae trees that provide greenery even during freezing Minnesota winters. “The last homeowners were more grass people than plant people,” Natalie says. The couple chose a mix of hostas and sedum for an easy-care way to fill out the beds.

And those window boxes? Natalie built them with her dad, and puts in different flowers every spring. “I pick a color scheme — this year it’s red and pink — then layer in leafy textures,” she says.

House Paint

Snowfall White

Buy It: Behr

Window Frame Paint

Dark Storm Cloud

Buy It: Behr

Window Trim Paint

Cracked Pepper

Buy It: Behr

Front Door

It’s original to the home and painted Joe’s favorite color. The design around the door is common on homes in St. Paul. “Our brick has a mix of yellow, blue and red specks, which adds tons of character,” Natalie says.

Buy It: Therma-Tru (for stores), $1,878 and up

Front Door Paint

Vine Ripened Tomato

Buy It: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines

Floral Doormat

Fessler 2' x 3' coir doormat in blue

Buy It: AllModern, $59

Lantern Light

Progress Lighting BrassGuard Collection 14-3/4"-tall aluminum lantern in black

Buy It: Build, $118

House Numbers

6000 Series 3" x 6" stoneware house numbers

Buy It: Craftsman Tiles, $19 each

Stoneware Chime

The couple hung one by local artist Sarah Dudgeon near the door. (5"H x 4-1/2"-diameter stoneware bell in buff)

Buy It: Connected Goods, $65

About the House

“We have a thing for cottages — our last place was one too," say homeowners Kate and Justin Dietz. "After seeing the winding walkway, the stone chimney and the quaint white shutters on this house, we couldn’t resist. It’s the ideal little retreat.”

The couple purchased the 1946, 2,000 square-foot house in 2017. In the yard, they barely changed a thing. “The way the ivy crawls across the siding and the wildness of the overgrown hostas and hydrangeas is exactly what we wanted,” Kate says. Japanese meadowsweet shrubs perk up the left side of the yard.

And the bay window? “We love the look of this window,” Kate says. “Nestled behind the greenery, it’s so picturesque.” Inside, there’s a sofa where she and Justin like to sit and read.

House Paint

Eclipse

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Shutters and Trim

White Ice

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Front Door

Kate and Justin were into the interesting design and can’t-miss-it color. “The blue feels really cheerful,” Kate says.

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

Front Door Paint

Athens Blue

Buy It: Benjamin Moore

Aluminum Mailbox

PRO-DF 16"W x 4-1/4"D x 8-1/2"H cast aluminum mailbox in black

Buy It: Wayfair, $66

House Numbers

Hillman 4"-tall aluminum house numbers in painted steel finish

Buy It: Lowe's, $2 each

White Planters

Yellow mums burst out of matching planters to the right of the steps. Next to the blue door, they’re even sunnier.

Buy It: AllModern, $83

About the House

“Our neighbors have always called this the ‘fairy-tale house.’ At first the monochrome look seemed stark to us, but once we added color to the yard and freshened the paint on the storm door, it felt completely magical,” say homeowners Erin and Tim Kjar.

The couple bought the 1928, 1,700 square-foot American tudor in 2016. Check out the front-facing gables, half-timbering (those exposed beams), stucco and stonework — classic features of an American tudor.

In the yard, Erin and Tim drew inspiration from the lush yet informal vibe of cottage-style gardens. They scored it with bushy shrubs and bright perennials in various heights. “The pink was an evolution,” Erin says. “The quick fire hydrangea were so pretty, I ended up piling on other shades of pink.”

House Paint

Metropolis

Buy It: Valspar

Storm Door and Trim Paint

City Storm

Buy It: Valspar

Window Trim Paint

Palisade Blue

Buy It: Valspar

Arched Front Door

Original to the home, the door’s arch makes it the couple’s favorite feature. And the storm door comes in handy: “It’s just the right height for our dog to peek out of,” Erin says.

Buy It: Doors4Home, $3,570 and up

Floral Doormat

Entryways Victoria and Albert Museum Espalier 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Wayfair, $30

White Sconce

Bayside Mission 9-1/2"-tall steel sconce in matte white

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $50

Address Plaque

Whitehall Rolling Hills 7-1/2" x 15" cast aluminum address plaque in pewter silver finish

Buy It: Home Depot, $100

Plastic Urn

Erin changes the flowers in the urns at the top of the steps seasonally. Right now they’re full of fuchsia zinnias and golden moneywort to go with the pink and green theme. (Arcadia Garden Products Hamilton 22"-tall plastic composite urn in chocolate)

Buy It: Home Depot, $104

About the House

“We were instantly charmed by this old house and lovely yard, though it had a plain yellow color that wasn’t doing it justice," say homeowners Katy and Mike Wardwell. "After polling family and friends, we went with dusty blue — it fits with the historic details and is very welcoming.” The couple bought the 1913, 2,617 square-foot home in 2017.

In the yard, the couple went with a quick fire hydrangea shrub, which turns pink as the season progresses and can grow up to 8 feet tall. Hostas on both sides of the yard balance it out.

And that path to the front door? It’s made up of recycled bricks from old St. Paul streets. Says Katy, “We knew right away the path was a keeper — it’s full of history!”

House Paint

Dix Blue

Buy It: Farrow & Ball

Trim Paint

All White

Buy It: Farrow & Ball

Window Trim Paint

Off-Black

Buy It: Farrow & Ball

Porch Paint

Down Pipe

Buy It: Farrow & Ball

Strawberry Doormat

Strawberry 18" x 30" coir doormat

Buy It: Etsy: blackandwheatco, $49

Metal Light

Cottage 9V832 11"-tall metal light

Buy It: Lamps Plus, $86

House Numbers

Avalon 4-1/2"-tall zinc house numbers in aged bronze finish

Buy It: House of Antique Hardware, $20 each

Wicker Chair

Torrey polyester and synthetic wicker lounge chair in espresso

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $1,249

Terra-Cotta Pots

Assorted small pots fit in with the home’s low-key allure. The terra-cotta one to the left of the steps holds a mix of purple, green and red coleus.

Buy It: Home Depot, $4

Black Planter

Wrapping around a bamboo stake, pink mandevilla stand tall in a sleek planter by the front door. And those hanging planters? Dragon Wing begonia and Creeping Jenny dangle from the two baskets on the porch. “They add greenery and a little privacy to our seating area,” Katy says.

Buy It: Grandin Road, $129

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