Photo By: Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Photo By: Village Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Photo By: Agave Custom Homes; Mark Adams Media
Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions
Photo By: Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Cozy, Country Home Exterior With Textured Stone and Wood Siding and Covered Porch With Wood Rockers
Rocking chairs line the front porch giving this cozy, country home an inviting entrance. Stone exterior adds beautiful texture against the stained wood siding and columns. A rock walkway winds through the yard toward the home.
English Country Home Exterior with Purple Hydrangeas
As if it were straight from storybook, this quintessential home comes complete with a sloping slate rooftop and stone pathway. Purple hydrangeas provide a pop of color to the otherwise simple landscaping.
Holidays are meant for gathering with friends and family, so it's best to create a festive look that appeals to adults and children. Playful touches were brought to the front porch with large-scale, hand-carved toys that add a vibe reminiscent of scenes from The Nutcracker.
Interior designers arrange objects with a range of heights and widths to keep the overall look balanced. To add height to potted evergreens or planted winter floral, try placing vessels on top of vintage stands, chairs or stools.
A majority of the porch's outdoor decor was sourced from antique stores and flea markets in rural areas. To create moments of pause, vignettes were arranged with an assortment of shapes, finishes and textures to keep the porch feeling one-of-a-kind and collected.
Before: A gravel driveway leads to an old lodge-style home with dormers and an unappealing skylight. The rocking chairs and a few container plants try to make the home inviting but there’s work to be done.
Although vinyl siding sometimes gets a bad rap for quality, contemporary siding represents a huge upgrade over early versions that didn’t perform very well. Plus, it’s a sound investment, because you’ll recoup around 80% of your project costs in added home value. It’s usually worth it to pay more for thicker siding because it’s less likely to sag, and it’s always worth it to pay for an experienced contractor, because proper installation is critical to avoiding warping and buckling.
Back Porch With Limestone Fireplace And Wicker Furniture
A dual-sided limestone fireplace heats both the indoor great room and outdoor porch. Wicker patio furniture provides comfortable, cozy seating so the patio truly feels like an extension of the indoor living space. Teal blue board and batten paneling adds a dose of color.
Take the do-it-yourself approach with a weather-proof paper wreath. To make this, you'll need to pick up a foam or wire wreath form, weather-proof paper, acrylic paint or spray paint in two colors, and adhesive dots. Fold the weather-proof paper onto itself creating a conical. Use a bead of hot glue to keep each conical held together, then glue it in place on the wreath form. Add texture and shape by placing adhesive dots on the conicals, then use the spray paint to create an ombre effect with two shades of the same color. This can also be done by hand with a paint brush and acrylic paint.
Home Exterior: Historic Country Estate in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Through the custom wrought iron gate, a large paver driveway leads the way to this exquisite country estate set on 43 acres in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The property boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the natural Fiord of Finlayson Arm and the Saanich Inlet and includes an infinity-edge pool, terrace with a fire pit, guest suite and a spacious garage that car enthusiasts can only dream of, just to name a few.