Making the Most of Your House Numbers

Eye-catching house numbers are a quick and easy way to spruce up your curb appeal. They may seem like a small detail, but it is often the smaller details that finish off the bigger picture. The style and placement of the house numbers should reflect the house and your own style. If you are staging a home for sale, updating your house numbers can be a simple way to jazz up your curb appeal, especially if they have been worn or damaged by the elements over time. Here are 10 ideas for adding some style to your house numbers.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comA large, high-gloss house number pops next to a matching door. Its simplicity doesn’t draw your eye away from the very unique door and instead flows nicely with it in style and color.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comYour house numbers can go right on the door. The lower panel frames these house numbers nicely in a color that stands out but doesn’t clash with the great turquoise paint.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comA stylish plaque holds the house numbers for this front porch full of charm and character.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can get creative with the placement of your house numbers, as seen here with large numbers stamped on the staircase leading to the door that fits with the quirky essence of the home.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comHouse numbers are cut right into the frosted glass of this red front door, blending in perfectly with the home’s exterior for a nice clean look.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comBrushed metal house numbers pair great with this yellow front door and red brick to add a contemporary flair to the curb appeal.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comThese house numbers were carved right into the architecture of the home for a look that flows perfectly with the cottage character of the home.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comCombine your porch light and your house numbers with numbers that are illuminated from behind, serving two purposes in a stylish way.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comFor this contemporary home, they turned their house number into an art installation by having it sit right beside the door opposite a plant.

Making the Most of Your House Numbers | HomeandEventStyling.comGive your mailbox an update by hanging the house numbers from it rather than painting them on the side.

Don’t overlook your house numbers when sprucing up your home’s curb appeal. They could be responsible for giving it the pizzazz you’ve been looking for.

Warm regards,
Megan

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Stylish Mailboxes That Will Improve Curb Appeal

A mailbox is such a staple in our yards that it can often be overlooked by homeowners. The truth is, the mailbox is an important feature in your front yard that can make a difference in your curb appeal. If it looks dingy or worn out, guests or buyers will notice. A stylish, clean mailbox will say something about the home and the way its taken care of, so it’s smart not to overlook this feature. Consider it an extension of your home. Here are some ideas for a variety of mailboxes, from DIY renovations to seasonal decor.

This wall-hanging mailbox from Pottery Barn is chic and classic.

If you have a vintage mailbox, refurbish it and bring it back to life with a can of spray paint to give it a fresh look.

Seasonal foliage spruces up this old-fashioned bronze mailbox, complete with a slot for the newspaper.

Match your mailbox to your stucco home with a column mount mailbox that will blend seamlessly.

A fresh coat of paint and some colorful landscaping can breathe new life into an old mailbox.

Multi-colored leaves and some seasonal gourds bring the fall spirit to this stylish mailbox.

If your street has a cluster of mailboxes, you can create a DIY post complete with a roof and pretty plants to give it new life.

If you’re feeling bold, paint your mailbox in a special color that reflects you.

If your home has a lot of history, tie the mailbox into its story. This retro mid-century modern mailbox has a lot of character.

Stone work can take an average mailbox and turn it into something special. If your house numbers aren’t visible, add some that are clear and stylish.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to increase your curb appeal with some style.

Warm regards,
Megan

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First Impressions: The Importance of the Front Door

The front door is one of the most important parts of your home’s curb appeal. It is the first impression that guests or buyers will get when they arrive so the front of your home deserves a lot of attention. Start by making sure everything is clean and clutter-free, trim the hedges, remove any weeds and pressure wash if necessary. If you have weathered wooden doors, you can probably refinish them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.  The next step is to add some beauty to appeal to the eye in the form of foliage, decor and maybe even a little paint. I have gathered some examples of beautiful front doors and accompanied them with some tips that you can apply to your own front door.

Landscaping plays a huge part in beautiful curb appeal. This home certainly took advantage of that with all the incredible foliage and shrubbery surrounding the otherwise humble entrance.

To make your home stand out, consider painting the front door an inviting color like this beautiful turquoise door. It will make your home memorable.

The lack of a garden is well made up for with the beautiful pink flowers that extend the length of the door and a little beyond. Such a beautiful way to frame the entrance.

If you have a front porch or patio, place a couple of chairs and table to show off the space and give it a sense of home.

Creating an inviting entry space can be as easy as placing some pretty potted plants and a cozy bench by the front door.

Landscape lighting can make a world of difference in your curb appeal. Leave the lights on for a while in the evening in case buyers decide to drive by.

A red front door can always be counted on to catch someone’s eye and make a great first impression. If a red door will fit with the color scheme of your home, it’s a good idea to consider painting it while it’s on the market.

If you have intricate detailing on your front door such as these forged iron doors, it’s best to keep any foliage simple and let the doors speak for themselves.

If you have a small space by the front door, let the landscaping be your foliage and add a welcome mat and some lanterns to add interest to the front door.

As you can see, creating a beautiful front door space is very easy. There are lots of cost-effective ways to spruce it up so your home makes a great first impression from the moment someone drives up. If you are trying to sell your home, these tips are especially important to implement.*

Warm regards,
Megan

* To learn more about staging your home for sale in a competitive market, check out my book Stageology: How to Stage to Sell at all major booksellers. See the trailer below:

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Curb Appeal Tips: You Can’t Sell It If You Can’t See It!

A first impression of your home starts as a guest or buyer drives up. They see the lawn, the driveway, the mailbox. As they wait at the front door to be let in, they will have time to admire everything in the entryway – the door itself, the house numbers, the front steps, the light fixtures, the garden. The quality of care of these features reflects the owner and what to expect inside the house. If you are selling a house, this is a particularly crucial part of staging! There are many buyers who will literally skip even going inside a house if they don’t like the way it looks on the outside. Curb appeal can be key to a successful sale!

With that in mind, here are some of the most helpful tips for maximizing curb appeal:

1. Make repairs and touch-up paint in the entry way. Start at the end of your driveway and do an evaluation of your home. Take a walk-through from your mailbox all the way to the front door. What do you see that has seen better days? If your mailbox is rusted, bent, or just dingy-looking, repair it if possible and freshen it up with a coat of paint. For an even easier option, consider swapping it out with a brand new one. Polish or replace house numbers. Clean up or replace any outdoor light fixtures. If the front steps or porch (including railings) look bad, make any necessary repairs and spruce them up with paint, staining, or other options depending upon the materials. Touch-up the front door and siding (if applicable) with fresh paint.

2. Pressure wash your house and driveway. If your house and/or driveway looks stained from dirt and mold, consider having it pressure washed. A pressure washer is a high pressure mechanical sprayer that can be used to remove loose paint, mold, grime, dust, mud, and dirt from surfaces and objects such as buildings, vehicles, concrete surfaces, etc. (Wikipedia) You can hire a local company to do this for you or you can rent a pressure washer from places such as Home Depot and Lowes to do it yourself. You’d be amazed by how big a difference a good cleaning can make to curb appeal!

3. Clean up the lawn and garden areas. Landscaping is crucial to curb appeal, but you don’t have to spend thousands to make it look nice. A small investment like putting down mulch, resetting stone or bricks that border gardens, cleaning out weeds and dead plants, and planting some fresh flowers can breathe new life into curb appeal. It’s also important to trim back branches that are obscuring your home from view because it’s hard to sell a house that no one can really see!

4. Clean out or replace gutter systems. Many home owners forget about the gutter systems, but this is something that buyers and home inspectors will look at. Make sure they are cleaned out. If they are falling apart or rusting, a complete replacement might be in order. Exercise good judgment and remember that every investment in the curb appeal and staging of your home is an investment in a faster sale with more profit to you.

5. Bring in color and symmetry to front door decor. To create a more inviting entry way, add a pop of color through fresh flowers, lanterns, welcome mat, wreath, plant pots or by painting your front door in a color such as red or blue. Use symmetry when arranging decor around your front door to keep things simple and pleasing for all buyers. (Example: A topiary on either side of the door.) A symmetrical arrangement will also help draw buyers’ eyes to the front door (which we want to make sure they are excited to walk through!)

Hope these tips have inspired you to take a second look at your curb appeal and give it some love. Good luck!

Warm regards,
Megan

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