Two-Story Porch for Ultimate Curb Appeal

Have you ever visited the deep South and admired the gorgeous plantation homes with a two-story porch? This architectural feature provides ultimate curb appeal for the appreciative eye. Photo by Brickmoon Design   The thought of having two porches, one up high, is a dream home feature I'll probably never get to enjoy. But at least I can admire a two-story porch from the curb. Photo by Aerial Development Group   This historic home … [Read more...]

Nighttime Curb Appeal for Shorter Days

Shorter days create a seasonal coziness both inside and outside the home. See how nighttime curb appeal can be achieved with porch and landscape lighting. Photo by Creole Design   You don't have to get overly complicated with landscape lighting to enhance your home's curb appeal in the evening. Sometimes all that's needed is a simple porch light, in addition to leaving a few interior lights on. Photo by John Lum Architecture, Inc. … [Read more...]

How to Use Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

Fresh cut wood. Whether old or new, it has an earthy fragrance and organic appeal. See how to use reclaimed wood in your home to give it a bit of rustic flair. Photo by Frederick + Frederick Architects   Most people opt to use reclaimed wood for flooring. Pick up any copy of a country decorating magazine and you're sure to find a story how a homeowner used word from an old barn to dress up their floors. Photo by Rauser … [Read more...]

Victorian Houses and Details to Tickle Your Fancy

Victorian houses provide an abundant supply of eye candy when admiring their intricate gingerbread trim and interesting roof angles. If you're a fan of this historic architecture, you don't want to miss this round-up of exciting homes. Photo by Klassen Remodeling & Design, Inc.   Whether small or large, Victorian houses are crafted with numerous details. No one ever seems to say, "Oh, this house is too small for all those details and … [Read more...]

Eclectic Neighborhood in Naperville, IL

A variety of home styles and exteriors creates an eclectic neighborhood in Naperville, IL. You'll find a mix of new and historic homes in this quaint yet bustling town.   Victorian Ladies Last month when spring trees were in bloom, we took a stroll in one of Naperville's residential neighborhoods just northwest of the downtown area. The streets feature a range of home styles, from old to brand new, and everything in … [Read more...]

Painted Staircase Ideas and Inspiration

For some people, stairs are simply a vehicle to get from one floor level to the next. And then there are some of us who view stairways as a potential work of art. They can add architectural beauty to a home. An easy way to customize a stairwell is with paint. Here's a few painted staircase ideas to get your wheels spinning on what to do in your own home. Pale blue and white come together to create a fresh staircase in an old Colonial … [Read more...]

Aurora Historic Homes: Part Two

Two weeks ago I shared a walking tour of Aurora, Illinois' westside historic district. Today is round two of touring this amazing residential area with amazing historic homes. First up on today's tour is this lovely clapboad Victorian home painted green with creamy trim and accents of red. Note the unique treatment on the windows and the corbels at the roof line.   A side view of this beautiful home reveals a bay window and … [Read more...]

13 Blue Houses with Charming Curb Appeal

Do you have a favorite color house? I tend to like colorful exteriors as long as they're not too bright. Today I'm sharing a collection of 13 blue houses with great curb appeal. Craftsman style homes look good with a darker shade of blue, especially when paired with white. Photo by Convex Development   Historic Victorian houses create a perfect canvas for going bold with color. A deep shade of blue is paired with cream, taupe, red, and … [Read more...]

Modern Craftsman: Charming Home Tour

When I think of solid home construction, I think of craftsman style. Even the name "craftsman" sounds strong and authoritative, resulting in quality design and building. Today we're touring a modern craftsman house with oodles of curb appeal, gorgeous interiors, and attention to detail. I've never seen a craftsman style house I didn't like. There's just something about the strong lines that makes them stand out in any neighborhood. Photo by … [Read more...]

14 Charming Front Door Ideas

Perhaps the fastest and possibly easiest way to add instant curb appeal to your home lies right at your front door! A simple coat of paint or a minor architectural embellishment can pack a punch for making your home stand out on the block. Here's 14 charming front door ideas to get your wheels spinning. Purple? Yes, purple! Who else has a purple door on your block? Likely no one. This is such a playful hue and we recently talked about decorating … [Read more...]

Historic Homes of Yorkville, Illinois

Winter in Illinois can get a bit crazy and can change on a dime at any given time. For example, last week we received about ten inches of fluffy white snow. This week it's much warmer and that fresh dusting of snow is already melting. Before all of the cottony drifts of the white stuff had a chance to melt, I wanted to capture pictures of beautiful homes dressed in snow. Hubby and I set out photograph the historic homes of Yorkville, … [Read more...]

13 Houses with Great Curb Appeal

Have you ever stopped to wonder what goes through the mind of an architect when she designs a house? Sometimes you see a home with great curb appeal and you wish you could live there. Other times you walk down the street and an ugly ducking of a house pops out and you wonder why anyone would design a structure like that. I've always been fascinated with architecture and the thought process that went into the design. Here are 13 houses with great … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Decor: Adding Texture to the Home

Something about the fall season brings out the need for warm and cozy texture in the home. Pillows and throws are a simple solution, but what about the architectural appeal of a stone wall? In my childhood home there was a large stone wall fireplace in the center of the room, running up to the peak of the vaulted wood ceiling. I never appreciated that room as much as I should have. This rustic stone fireplace brings back memories of that … [Read more...]

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