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Ideas / August 22, 2021

Built in: 1925. Bought in: 2013. Size: 1, 147 sq. ft. “This house used to be mustard yellow, but it’s Mediterranean in style, so I wanted to paint it white like houses you’d find in Greece or coastal Spain, " says homeowner Briana Lang. "It’s one of the first changes I made.”

Terra-Cotta Tiles and Potted Plants

Glazed terra-cotta tiles on the front porch and steps fit the home’s architectural style and the Spanish theme Lang had in mind for the exterior. Bowl-style stone planters along the walkway are filled with succulents, including aloe, firestick plants, and flapjacks.

Landscaping

Lang reserved the front half of her lawn for a mix of spiky mondo grass and dwarf boxwoods. By her home’s foundation are bright pink Hawaiian ti plants.

House Numbers

Hand-painted ceramic tiles deliver a touch of charm to the white stucco. Talavera ceramic numbers, $8 per number, and wrought iron colonial frame, $24, both finecraftsimports.com

Front Door

Lang painted her eight-panel door a shade of blue inspired by the ultramarine doors and trim she saw on a trip to Cadaqués, Spain. Traditional door #2010 in Douglas fir, from $500, simpsondoor.com for stores; paint: French Valley Blue by Do It Best Quality Paints

Awnings

Striped awnings were popular for Mediterranean homes in the 1920s. These black-and-white versions are a nod to the house’s history. Awntech open slope window retractable manual 5'W x 2'D x 2'7"H awning in black/white stripe, $289.50, lowes.com

Chairs

Powder-coated-metal bistro seats in turquoise are cheerful spots for watching sunsets. Cadiz metal chairs in peacock blue, $120 for a set of 2, worldmarket.com

Door Handle

The matte black finish matches the trim perfectly. Schlage F92CAM622 Camelot Dummy handleset in matte black, $96.50, build.com

Paint Colors

House: Greek Villa by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: Caviar by Sherwin-Williams; Front door: French Valley Blue by Do It Best Quality Paints

About the House

Built in: 1920. Bought in: 2007. Size: 1, 333 sq. ft. “Since repainting, we love our exterior more than ever, " says homeowners Christine and Joe Persaud. "We felt a little nervous about the colors at first because they’re bold, but they make the house look so happy.”

Wood Siding and Stacked Gable Roof

The house’s drop-channel wood siding requires regular maintenance—several rotted boards had to be replaced last year—but has an authenticity that’s hard to re-create. Latticework on both gables gives the bungalow a touch of gingerbread-house appeal. It’s functional, too: The lattices allow air ventilation to the attic.

Flowerpots

The navy pots by the front steps burst with red begonias and pink SunPatiens. During the summer, the begonias are relocated to a shadier part of the porch.

Bird Feeder

Cardinals and blue jays regularly visit the porch thanks to the feeder that hangs in the right-hand corner. Perky-Pet 8"H x 6 1/2"-diameter carriage bird feeder in green, $9, birdfeeders.com

Slim digits mounted to the white wood trim mirror the high shine of the front door’s brass kickplate. Floating numbers in polished brass, from $8 per number, architecturalmailboxes.com for stores

Flanked by matching French doors, the seafoam green 15-lite entry door is the focal point of the house. Smooth-Pro unfinished door with 15 lite grids, from $425, jeld-wen.com for stores; paint: Ionian by Sherwin-Williams

Source: www.hgtv.com