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Articles by: Tessa

13 Lovely Fall Ideas for Flower Boxes

Here’s a confession: We adore flower boxes, so we get excited when our exterior design clients request them or are open to adding them into a design plan. There’s something magical about window flower boxes. Depending on how you style them, they can give off major fairy tale cottage vibes, a sophisticated French feel, or ...

12 Curb Appeal Tips from the brick&batten Pros in 2021

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your home’s exterior speaks to your community. It expresses your personality to your neighbors and can make a good first impression on potential buyers. Whether you’re wanting to stay in your current home until retirement or you’re prepping it to sell, making improvements can be as simple or ...

Our Review of Thunder by Benjamin Moore

Warm colors are trending in the exterior design world right now. If you want to give your home an up-to-date look with a moodier vibe than off-white or beige, we suggest trying out a warm greige-meets-light-gray, like Thunder by Benjamin Moore. In this review of Thunder by Benjamin Moore, we’ll discuss the best applications for ...

25 Front Porch Decorating Ideas to Make Your Entry More Inviting

Porch decorating is a long-standing tradition. In the days before air conditioning, a home’s front porch was a go-to gathering spot, a place to stay cool and get some fresh air. We believe front porches should function as an extension of the home and are worth looking at as another “room” to decorate. Whether you ...

7 Stunning Pictures of Contemporary Home Exteriors

What is considered a contemporary style home? Contemporary home exteriors possess a certain je ne sais quoi. For good reason, the style has developed a cult-like following. As in the definition of ‘contemporary’ itself, a contemporary style home references trends popular in the present moment. The hallmarks of the contemporary style include straight lines, oversized ...

15 Exterior Paint Colors That Are On-Trend for 2021

Like many of you, we’ve been busier than ever thinking about home improvements. We’re always researching and dreaming up plans for on-trend virtual exterior redesigns that will make our clients’ homes feel fresh and inviting. Part of the design process includes trend forecasting. While we can’t really see into the future, we’ve been in the ...

10 Brick and Paint Color Combos We Just Love

We are big fans of painting brick. However, natural brick also looks stunning with the right paint choices on trim, siding, and soffits. Here we’re sharing inspiring home exterior brick and paint color combos with both painted and unpainted brick. These designs have won the hearts of our designers and clients alike. Painting brick can ...

9 Deck and Porch Railing Ideas with Photos

Deck season is quickly approaching, so it’s time to get yours summer-ready! Updating your deck or porch railing is for more than just show. A sturdy railing keeps your pets and curious kids safe from potential falls. But, of course, there are plenty of aesthetic reasons to update your railings, too. Installing a railing is ...

10 Back Patio and Porch Decorating Ideas with Photos

Front porches are a great way to welcome people to your home and watch the world passing by. But back patios and porches are often where more entertaining happens. If you live in a densely populated area, you may appreciate the privacy that your backyard offers. Many of our clients tell us that they use ...