3 Steps to Charming Cottage Curb Appeal
As a lifestyle blogger for Lavin Label, I'm always on the lookout for homes with major curb appeal – especially in my seaside town of St. Simons Island, Georgia. I tend to gravitate toward cottage style homes in particular because I love their relaxed character and effortless details. Curious on how you can steal this look for your own home? I've teamed up with designer Adrian Johnson of Johnson Vann Interiors to outline three steps for upping the charm on a cottage exterior. Read on for my favorite elements, from white picket fences to timeless paint colors.
One of the easiest ways to make a space feel welcoming and warm is through greenery. I partnered with landscape expert Dawn Hart of our local Ace Garden Center to create a welcoming entry. To frame the front door, we planted traditional Wax Leaf Privet topiaries in traditional black square containers. Since wildflower gardens have adorned cottages for centuries, we filled blue and white chinoiserie planters with white Montauk daisies, Diamond Frost Euphorbia, yellow Profusion Zinnias and Salvia Guaranitica ‘Black and Blue,’ which give the entry a relaxed cottage feel.
Walk this Way
A white picket fence is one of the most known elements of cottage style, and I especially love how the owner of this home incorporated one into her side entrance. The fence is adorned with Confederate Jasmine – a Southerner’s favorite because of the sweet scent the white blooms let off in the spring – and was designed by Adrian Johnson and crafted by a local carpenter. Coupled with a time-worn brick pathway, the fence is quintessential cottage style.
Instantly add character to any cottage with a pop of color on the awnings and shutters. I love how the green and white stripe of this awning (by Celerie Kemble for Lane Venture) perfectly complements the paint color (Benjamin Moore Buckingham Gardens) of the shutters, while the creamy white cedar shake siding adds texture and helps brighten the home. Tall hedges are a low maintenance alternative to window boxes and are equally as charming.