Sculptures of a boy pouring out a bucket and a girl holding onto her sunhat are positioned in a flowering, lush outdoor garden. A stone archway outlines a doorway that serves as a side entrance to the home.
A new lawn and the imaginative blending of shrubs and flowering plants radiate maximum curb appeal in this design which features a subtle but alluring detail – a rustic side entrance to the back yard on the far left.
To give the side entrance a lush appearance and an inviting feel, dwarf mondo grass is used between the stepping stones, adding great contrast. The walkway leads to the outdoor living space, which features an arbor, comfortable sitting area and koi pond.
The garden courtyard terrace of this Point Lorna, California, villa home is made more secluded by the use of topiary, as the branches of a lemon tree frame a side entrance. Through the branches lies a pair of cushioned wicker sofas centered under a covered archway and facing a swimming pool lined with verdant shrubbery.
Located right inside the entrance to the Taylors' home, the home office features a sitting area with a couch and ottoman and enough thought put into the design to make the room functional as both a study, parlor and work space.
A cobalt blue door sets a cheerful tone for this single family home in Edgartown, Mass., inviting visitors to step right inside the foyer. Here, a geometric chandelier brightens the space and calls attention to the skylights and soaring ceilings.
The homeowners of this 1930s Tudor wanted a modest renovation to improve their kitchen and open the space to the rest of the house. As the project continued to evolve, renovations continued into to the family room, guest room, bathroom, main entry, sunroom, dining room, art room and a new breakfast room. The garage is laid out at an angle to the original family room, opening up the courtyard for vehicles and providing access to a mudroom door and the side turret entrance.
The side of this white stairway is as important as the front, thanks to the lovely snail-shell carving at the end of each step. Classic wallpaper over the French doors adds further visual entrance to this entryway.