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Our Review of Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore

Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore is a deep, dramatic paint color that’s as intriguing as its name. It’s a timeless classic but bold at the same time. It also made our list of the 15 best black and dark gray paint colors for exteriors in 2021. In this review, we take a closer look at ...

Tips for Outdoor Planters: Size, Placement, and More

Planters can seriously spruce up your outdoor space and boost your home’s curb appeal. They can make an entryway more inviting, bring a deck area to life, and much more. Outdoor planters come in all shapes, sizes, and materials — from big Corten steel containers to smaller, lightweight varieties. In this article, we share our ...

16 Backyard Pool Ideas Visualized

Pools are multi-purpose: they’re fun, they provide a space to exercise, and they offer relaxation. It’s no wonder so many of our homeowner clients envision including a pool in the design of their backyard. And backyard pool ideas aren’t one-size-fits all. There are plenty of ways to put a unique spin on your own personal ...

White-Painted Brick House: Before & After

If you’re looking for white-painted brick house inspiration, there’s no better place to start than with someone who’s already made the leap. Pam in Austin, Texas, got her brick&batten design in July 2021 and recently reached out to us with photos of her updated exterior. Read on for her story! From white brick houses to ...

The Best Greige Paint Colors for Exteriors

50 shades of gray is an understatement. The popular hue encompasses a broad spectrum and even spawned greige — one of our favorite neutral paint color families. These gray-meets-beige tones are more dynamic than a standard gray or tan. Complex undertones can make them read differently depending on factors like sunlight and color pairings. Because ...

Chimney Caps: Why They Matter

Some home elements are mainly decorative, but others, like chimney caps, are functional too. If you’re wondering if you need a chimney cap (or find yourself asking what a chimney cap is), you’ve come to the right place. We tapped Madelyn Oliver, executive administrative officer at Master Caps, to break down everything you need to ...

Exterior Design for New Residential Construction Home

Jody H. found us partway through the residential construction project she was working on: her new home in mid-Michigan. She had picked a few elements out but was mostly designing her exterior from scratch. Our designers helped her see what her home could be. Now that she’s made it most of the way through the ...

Our Review of Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn

Dark exterior paint colors are growing in popularity, and Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn is one of our favorites. This dark gray neutral tone can add a dramatic touch to any home design. In this review, we highlight paint color pairings and recommended applications for Peppercorn, dive into the technical specs of the shade, and more. Wondering ...

10 Balcony Railing Design Ideas

A well-designed balcony can elevate curb appeal. Whether your balcony is big enough to turn into an outdoor living space or it’s just a small spot to step outside and enjoy the breeze, every detail matters — down to the balcony railing design. Depending on your personal style and that of your home, there are ...