Text by Bethany Adams
First impressions really do count—especially when it comes to your home! Crafting an exterior that accurately reflects your home’s personality is an undertaking, but we’ve got you covered. From refreshing your front porch to growing your own outdoor oasis, here are a few of our favorite tips for helping your cottage put its best foot forward.
1The Perfect Porch
Everyone knows the importance of the front porch when it comes to making a home welcoming. A sweet set of wicker furniture can provide a cozy spot for catching up with neighbors and friends, and a porch swing is ideal for enjoying the afternoon breeze. No matter how you choose to furnish your porch, colorful outdoor pillows like this homeowner’s are a must.
2An Open Invitation
Your home’s front door should offer a cheerful “hello” to all who enter. A bold coat of paint and a simple wreath can be the difference between a simple entrance and an unforgettable introduction to your home’s interior.
There’s a reason it’s so iconic. A simple way to add instant charm, the white picket fence is only made more enchanting with the addition of climbing ivy or a birdhouse. Extend an invitation to passersby with an arching entrance or swinging gate.
It may be easy to overlook them, but window shutters can be a beautiful opportunity for adding color and charm to your home’s exterior. This couple chose a robin-egg blue to contrast with the shingles of their Arts and Crafts cottage.
Nothing adds cheerful spirit to your yard more than a carefully tended rose garden or window boxes overflowing with wildflowers. A bed of your favorite blooms will not only brighten your day, it will add a smile to the face of everyone who passes by.
No time to tend a garden? Consider placing a few planters by the door or along the front steps. Fill them with easy-to-maintain greenery to transform your yard into an urban oasis.