“We love so many things about our home, especially the deep eaves, which allow us to keep our windows open during rainstorms; our original Art Deco door; and the lacebark elm in the front yard. There are so few of them in our area,”say homeowners Michael and Julia Artbauer. Julia and Michael removed the shutters from the second-floor windows to draw attention to the portico, a charming architectural detail. Painting the frame of the storm door the same lobster orange as the main door keeps the focus on the unique trio of vertical windows.
Large metal lanterns in front of the steps are an unexpected place to display Japanese forest grass in warm months; in winter, they hold candles. Planters on the front steps are bursting with colorful blooms to tie in with the bright door color: purple elephant’s ears, orange tuberous begonias, rose mallow, euphorbia and purple verbena. “The faux patina on my concrete planters makes them look like antiques,” Julia says.