Save your old mailbox, even if it has a bit of rust. Designer Janna Allbritton reused a discarded mailbox and crate to fill out a mantel and to display dried flowers, a Bible and a small succulent in a pot. "Use the unexpected to create levels and keep the eye moving for a great eye-catching vignette. Old books, a chippy step-stool, an antique box, or a child's chair are great items to start with ... this will give you a great framework from which to build," she says.
The decking on this small front porch is ipe wood and the ceiling is clear cedar. The vibrant lime green shines next to the wood. A built-in heater in the ceiling warms the gray wicker loveseat, which is adorned with white cushions.
This adorable beach cottage is in the heart of California's La Jolla village just outside San Diego. When its renovation started, the goals were to brighten up the space and create the perfect beach getaway.
The exterior of the Gaspar home has been transformed. The roofline above the front door has been raised. The exterior brick has been painted a light blue/gray and two wooden columns frame the front entrance.
This stone-framed home exudes curb appeal with a terraced front yard and traditional brick walkway. A classic stone mailbox adds to the charm, as do manicured hedges, soft ground covers and graceful mature trees.
When guests arrive, they are greeted as anyone would be greeted into a home — without disruption and separation from a traditional host stand. Mailboxes and coat hooks are among the welcoming elements that put the guests at ease and set the tone for the rest of the open-kitchen experience.