i get so distracted trying to decorate the inside of my home that i often forget about something that is perhaps much more important: the exterior. the exterior of your home sets the mood for those arriving and is another way to express your personal style. your home's curb appeal will also help you fetch a better price and get more buyers interested if/when you sell your home. above is what the front of our home currently looks like. cute, huh? the roofers are lovingly referring to it as the 'church house' because of the really steep roof.

(sans fisheye lens) we have been neglecting our front entrance and it's time for a change. i didn't really think about it too much until we got a check to replace our roof (because of a nasty hail storm earlier this year) and started looking at colors for our shingles. i knew i didn't want to keep the same color, but choosing something that will match the brick but add some contrast is rather difficult! we finally made that decision and so that should be happening very soon. hopefully next week soon.

we are also going to be updating the structure that covers the front porch, and i'd like to add some house numbers so that first-time visitors can find the place easier. this new structure will also house some climbing roses and have a matching roof...

on top of all that, i have been dreaming about painting our rather plain white front door something a little more exciting... i tried (without success) to get doug to let me paint it with the leftover purple paint from the bathroom. right now i'm thinking maybe a dark olive green or even a navy color (i know, my house will be preppy!) because i think those colors will look amazing with all the daffodils that will be in bloom come next spring. we are waiting, however, to see what the new roof does for the house.

so... changes to the front are:
new roof in mission brown
need to repaint windowsills (white)
rebuild structure in front of door
include some sort of house number at top of structure
plant boxwood on side and in front of house
also plant silver artemisia and daffodils
paint front door
plant climbing roses next february

i've found a few inspiration images that are not exactly things that i would (or could, with that matter) do with our home, but it's nice to see some unconventional color combos put into action... on a side note, i've found that yellow has really been drawing my eye lately....

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