Curb Appeal: What To Do About That Picture!

Yesterday I posted the below photo of a main entrance and asked you to identify what was wrong with its curb appeal. Here is what I see. If you see something I’ve missed, or have any tips to add please make sure to leave a comment.

Main Door: The metal door is in good shape, but it’s definitely dated. (1 – DIY) You could wash the door down and try to remove the scuff marks at the bottom. As for the half moon casing discolouration, not sure how to fix that. It’s pvc plastic and painting it will peel off or flake away. Any suggestions? (2 – Repaint) Consider having the door professionally painted, but keep in mind the siding is vinyl and there is grey j-mould around the wood trim – this would influence new colour choices unless the j-mould was replaced with white.  BTW – if you opt to paint the metal door yourself click here for tips on how to prep, and to get the best finish. Also make sure you use a paint made specifically for metal. (3 – Replace) Another option is to completely replace the door depending on budget and priorities.

AluminumThreshold: Aluminum thresholds are built to maintain their shape, and hold up for many years. This threshold is in good shape, but does need a good cleaning.

Porch: The porch definitely needs to be scraped and repainted. If you were to paint the door, then the colour of the porch would be something to have some fun with as well. If you were to replace the door and swap out the j-mould for white, just think of the choices you could make for a porch colour!

Door Jamb and Door Trim: Like the porch, the door jamb and trim also need to be scraped and repainted. You can see from the photo below how much wear and tear the area around the door gets! I’m wondering where the white paint came from?

Hardware on the door: The door knob looks like it has held up , but… (1 – DIY) it needs to be cleaned and polished. (2 – Replace) If the budget permitted, an updated door handle would make a significant difference. I would go with a latch or handle because they’re easier to open and have a lot more visual impact.

Porch Light: This light fixture is beyond cleaning and polishing. (1 – DIY) It actually needs to be refreshed with a coat of paint and the shade needs to be replaced, but you would need to figure out what type of shade would fit… if the option is to keep this fixture at all.

(2 – Replace) I would strongly recommend replacing this fixture with one that adds character and charm. Trust me, it would be worth it in the end.

Concrete Step and Pad: In the photo below you can see that the wood between the slabs is deteriorating, and the surface of the concrete is weathered and worn.

(1 – DIY) Pulling the grass and weeds, and pressure-washing the concrete will go a long way in giving it a fresh look. But be ware that it won’t last, and will require constant maintenance to keep the weeds away. (2 – Resurface) This is honestly where I would seek the advice of a professional and look into resurfacing the whole area. (3 – Replace) Again, with budget and priorities in mind, pulling all the concrete out and starting from scratch might be the way to go.

Garden Bed: There’s nothing that detracts from curb appeal as quickly as dead plants, and thriving weeds! (1 – DIY) This is definitely an easy fix. Cut all the dead foliage and flowers away, pull the weeds, and refresh the soil. You’d be amazed at how much better it will look. (2 – Potted Plants) Add a few pots of flowers… and keep them dead-headed!

This is a close-up. Can you see the landscape fabric peeking through? Definitely in need of more soil, gravel or bark mulch! But what I really wanted to point out is the rock to the right of the dandelion. That’s actually covering an open drain hole! This is a safety hazard. (1 – DIY) This is a good spot for a pot of flowers. (2 – Cover) Install a grate, or a cap/plug of some kind. Again, seek the advice of a professional… and if the concrete is resurfaced, or replaced, this would definitely be something to point out and factor in.

And one last look…

And two last things…

Blinds in the Window: They definitely add a privacy factor with the window being so low to the ground, but don’t add anything for curb appeal. I know the inside sets the tone for window treatments, but I’m pretty sure there’s something else out there that would look better… What do you think?

Doormat: It’s too small for this spot, and even though it’s nice that the shape mirrors the shape of the step, ideally it should be at least as wide as the doorway. Your welcome mat needs to feel welcoming in size!

Do you see anything else? Thank you to Kristie from The Decorologist, Luciane from Home Bunch, and Ursula from Sea to Canvas for your comments!

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Curb Appeal: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Curb appeal is the first impression to the rest of your home regardless of what actually lies within. And if you’re selling, it speaks to a potential buyer’s emotions: will it begin their love affair with the property or be giving them a silent message to turn and walk away?

This is the main entrance to a privately owned home. It’s not for sale, but is in need of some exterior maintenance and TLC.

What things can you see that are in need of repair and/or TLC in this picture? Hint: I see 6 or 7 at a glance, but there are some less obvious ones too!

If this was your home, what would you do?

 

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Divine Red Wine Decor

I’ve been anticipating this post because I love the colours of red wine. There’s something about the depth and intensity that suggests so much more. Even the way the reds are described in the wine colour guide hint that there’s more to each colour than meets the eye…

Red Wine Colour Range

 

Purple

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West Side Story is about young love, confusion and conflict… a red wine that’s purple in colour usually suggests a young, immature wine, so I thought the connection between the two was perfect.

 

Ruby Red

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There’s something very fresh and fun, yet enchanting about this room. The slice of artwork draws you in and teases your eye to find more. It’s very much like a ruby wine…  evolved but still youthful.

 

Garnet Red

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This space is all about the artwork. The sectional blends in so well you don’t even notice it’s there… a mature space like the maturity of a garnet coloured classic wine.

 

Red Brown

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Red-brown shades in wine are associated with older but still healthy wines. This space: sleek, modern, sophisticated… and very adult. I really like the depth of colour in this space.

 

Mahogany

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I thought this space captured the essence of mahongany coloured wines perfectly, because these wines will be a warm orange color at the rim of the glass during their prime maturation period. Can you see that here… from the orange rim lighting to the mid-tone runner to the mahogany coloured panelling?

 

Brown

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A wine that’s dark brown in colour generally indicates that it’s past its prime, though some old red wines are still quite drinkable. I think this room reflects that… modern mixed with retro and historical, still very pleasing to the eye.

 

 

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Did you notice that the colours of red wines are often incorporated into decor as accents? You don’t usually see a room painted out like the ruby red bathroom above. And I can also see why. These colours are so intense, that too much of a good thing might be too much if they’re not used carefully. But as you can see from these images, when they’re used purposefully and with intention, they are dramatic and make a great impact.

How do you feel about the red wine palette? Do you dare to go there?

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A Little Burst of Blush: Rosé Wine Decor

I’m back today with the second post in my mini series, the many colours of wine. Today the focus is on rosé wine also called blush, and this is the wine that’s somewhere in the middle between white wine and red wine.

What a perfect year in the colour world for blush wines since this year is all about pink… actually honeysuckle pink!

Here is Pantone’s Honeysuckle 18-2120, the colour of the year for 2011.

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And here is the colour range for Rosé wines.

 

Do you see what I see? Yes, it looks like honeysuckle fits somewhere on this scale of colours, like maybe the ‘rose’ colour that you’ll see coming up.

But first, the lavender colour chip. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have not chosen the colour names tagged to these colour chips. Names and colours have been sourced from this wine colour guide site.

Lavender

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Isn’t the Juju headdress a great accessory? It’s so bright and cheerful, and definitely makes an impact!

 

Rose

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Do you notice how black is a common accent with these brighter colours? It helps to ground and balance the energy of such a vibrant space.

 

Salmon

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I just love this room… it feels so calm, and has the perfect punctuation in use of colour.

 

Strawberry

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The area rug is key to the colours in this space working. It adds pattern and texture, which creates visual interest, and pulls everything together.

 

Copper

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This room is amazing. The strategic placement of the throws is perfect, and necessary. They add visual weight and balance to the overall presentation. Without them the metallic piece would overpower the space, and feel too large and heavy.

 

Orange

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This space just feels like fun, yet the lamps suggest a bit of glam and adult flair… and it’s a great use of orange as an accent colour.

 

…and Luciane at Home Bunch, this next one’s for you! You mentioned no wine for 8 months… 😉

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Isn’t this a nice representation of the rosé wine palette… soft pinks to oranges, and even some browns!

Would you select any of these colours for your home? Which would you choose?

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White Wine Décor!

Wine and colour. Who would’ve thought there were so many colours attached to wine? I thought it would be fun to translate these colours into decor, so I’m doing this in three posts starting with the white wine colour range first.

As you can see the colours move from brownish-whites to pale straw with bits of green. I have not chosen the colour names tagged to the colour chips. Both were copied straight over from this wine colour guide.

White Wine Colour Range

Brown

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Amber Green

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Yellow Brown

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Gold

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Straw

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Yellow Green

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Enjoy!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the white wine colour range in each of these rooms as much as I did sourcing and matching them!

Which room did you like best… or is that, which white wine was your favorite?

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Kitchen Before & After: Subtle Changes, Big Impact

These images are from Color Zen blog (definitely stop by to see what Jessamy says). I wanted to feature these photos for you because the changes you will see are so well done. What I really want you to see is that subtle changes work; they make an impact without having to undergo a full-scale reno.

Compare each photo carefully and see how many changes you can identify…

Kitchen Before:

Kitchen After:

Did you notice:

1. Paint Colour

Changing up the colour softens and warms the feeling of the room. It’s not so stark and sterile now, and the colour brings a sense of depth. You are drawn fully into the space, and welcomed with a sense of calm opposed to the choppy, stand-offish feeling the full-on white scheme created.

2. Appliances

Replacing the mix of black and white appliances with stainless appliances modernizes the space, and introduces an element of cohesion. You will notice the stove does not have the standard instrument panel at the back, which enhances the visual flow because the eye can move through that space without interruption. Even the tap has a new sense of presence, making its own statement, whereas it was a little lost before.

3. Blinds

Swapping out the mismatched blinds and replacing them with a wall of matching blinds has made a huge impact. The kitchen and dining area are now connected, and the look and feel of the overall space has become unified. The use of a natural material in the blinds also brings in the necessary textural element for creating a warm, welcoming feeling… but stay tuned with Color Zen blog to see where the window treatments go!

4. Lighting Fixtures

If you look closely, the actual fixtures are the same, but from the photos it looks like they have been sprayed out in a lighter finish. It could also just be the lighting in the photo that makes them appear this way, but regardless, a simple refinish on fixtures such as these is an inexpensive update. It’s a quick and easy DIY project for brilliant results. And speaking of light fixtures, even the smallest change like the switchplate cover on the wall by the dishwasher makes a big difference.

5. Accessories

Note the clean-sweep of accessories in some spots, eg. the island – see how the light bounces off the surface now? And then the replacement and re-positioning in others eg. above the cabinets over the stove area – I love the large glass jug, and how it catches the light. I especially like the shift in direction for the table runner – did you notice that? By accenting the width rather than the length of the table, it helps define and balance the space. The runner mirrors the direction of the half wall, and it leads the eye to the block of cabinets and counters behind the table, drawing them into the space. Before, the runner placement drew the eye through the length of the space, emphasizing the area between the island and the sink, making it look long, and narrow. And did you notice how the block of cabinets behind the table felt like an outcast from the rest of the space?

6. Floor

I’m really only guessing here because of the lighting in the photos, but it looks like the floor has been lightened up as well. I love the look of the lighter flooring. What do you think? Would you say it was lightened up a touch?

In general, before the changes were implemented this space felt disconnected and distant; it was on the cool side and not overly welcoming. You didn’t get the feeling that you could sit down and stay a while. Now with the changes the space feels warm and welcoming, inviting you stay for a while.

Can you see what an impact the subtle changes have made without a full-scale reno? I was really drawn to this ‘before’ and ‘after’ because of the simplicity in the changes. It’s a great example of how a little colour, and a few small changes can really give your space a whole new look. I know appliances are not a small investment, but they are an easy update compared to that of a reno.

Did you notice anything else that I haven’t mentioned? How do you like this makeover?

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Photos: Color Zen Blog (Author: Jessamy Tsoris)

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