Luckily for me (or to my dismay) I only have interior projects to work on at my place. Although I have been severely tempted to ask the landlord if we could spruce up the front area a bit as the apartment could be so darling with a little bit of TLC. All of this to say, it’s all too easy to get carried away with interior design of your home, but a lot of people quickly forget how much of an impression the outside of your home can make for you. Think about about when you see someone pull up in a disgustingly dirty car, covered in mud, dents, and just not well taken care of but then a lovely person steps out. Throws you for a little bit of a loop doesn’t it. So it is with your home. The way the outside of your house looks projects to your neighbors if you have your shit together or if you are a disaster. And although you may not be ready overhaul your home’s exterior like I talked about before, there are a few insanely simple and cheap ways to add some all-important curb appeal, and leave your neighbors wanting more.
The Door: The front door is the most logical place to start, being as it is how everyone enters and exits your house. If you’ve got a run of the mill or lackluster looking door that is bringing the curb appeal down then this this is your opportunity to inject some serious style, and create a focal point, which draws you in, and leaves you wanting more. Go for a bright color, something that works well with the style of your home and something that feels fresh and welcoming. Steer clear of the bright greens, oranges, and purples, as those may scare your neighbors away rather than want them to come in. Paint is your friend and it can completely transform an exterior with the right tones.
The lawn and landscaping: This should seem obvious enough, but i’ll point it out anyways. There’s nothing more off-putting than an overgrown lawn and flower beds full of weeds unless you live in the secret gardens or are Little Edie from Grey Gardens. If that is the case then by all means, let it grow but if not then take some care to make sure your front patch looks good.
The Porch: If you’re lucky enough to have a porch, then you better GD take care of it as you are far luckier than I am, and it is a shame not to make the most of it. If you can paint the floors of it, add a seating area, and fill it with potted plants that are fragrant and flowering. It really isn’t as hard as you might think but you’ll enjoy it a lot more frequently if you have an enjoyable place to relax.
Now someone get their frontyard in shape so I can come over and we can drink mint juleps and play croquet and be fancy together.