Florida Landscaping IDEAS for Front of House
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
The matte black finish matches the trim perfectly. Schlage F92CAM622 Camelot Dummy handleset in matte black, $96.50, build.com
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.
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.
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