The potential of the lower rear yard is realized in this transformation that preserves some of the original trees while adding new border plantings, a folly in the classic Greek style, and a retaining wall with enclosed raised beds. The stairway leads to the second section of the lower yard where a courtyard, fireplace and greenhouse share an outdoor entertainment space with a two story pavilion.
Greek revival architecture began in America as a snub to Britain and to pay homage to the spirit of democracy. This style was first seen in Philadelphia, however in later years it became a popular on Southern plantations. Tall columns and pediments, painted plaster exterior, horizontal transoms, symmetrical shape, bold moldings and embellishments are all key to the style.
The exterior of this Greek Revival home has a classic pedimented gable and four elegant columns. Architectural detailing can be found in the fascia and eves and a crawl space helps this home stand tall.
Enhance your driveway with a classic walkway leading guests to the front door. A pre-Civil War home, believed to be built in the 1830s, has a brick walkway that was added when the home was moved to the property in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood in 1959.
A cheery blue front door and large demilune front porch with Corinthian columns give this Greek Revival-style home in Huntsville, Ala. timeless curb appeal. The home's brick front steps keep the porch from feeling too formal.
Swap out your matching kitchen chairs or barstools in favor of more interesting options — you could paint them, replace them with a set of colorful vintage chairs, or simply give them a makeover with new slipcovers or cushions. You can sew your own or browse Etsy for custom handmade versions like the red barstool cushion shown here from Britta Leigh Designs.
A gold freestanding claw foot tub fills the center of this Grecian bathroom. Venetian plastered purple walls and a hand-painted ceiling that depicts Greek gods overlook a large gold mirror with two candle-bearing wall sconces.