DIY Spring Curb Appeal

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Now that spring is here, does your home’s exterior need some freshening up? Boost your home’s curb appeal and make a good first impression with these easy weekend projects.

Add Plants and Flowers

One of the easiest and most impactful things you can do is add greenery and flowers to your home’s exterior. Whether it’s adding a garden, some planters or window boxes, these can all freshen up the look of your home. Do your future self a favor and plant native perennials which will be low maintenance and return year after year.

Make Your Front Door Pop

Boost curb appeal by making your front door stand out. Opt for a bold color that coordinates with the other colors on the exterior of your home. Hint: Blue and wooden doors are in this year!

Take Care of Your Lawn

Lawn care is a big part of maintaining curb appeal. Regular mowing, raking, weeding and watering will go a long way in keeping the exterior of your home looking nice.

Add Lighting

A dark entryway isn’t very welcoming. Change out light fixtures for ones that are brighter and fresher. If you need additional light, add string lights or solar powered lights and lanterns. Remember to light the path to your entry as well with some lights along the walkway.

Upgrade Your House Numbers

Quickly and easily update the look of your home by changing out your house numbers. Choose a style that coordinates with the exterior of your home, but is also bold enough to stand out and catch the eye.

Add New Door Hardware

For a quick and noticeable upgrade, replace your door’s existing hardware with something new. Choose something that contrasts with your door’s color, such as nickel hardware on a navy door or black hardware on a yellow door.

Most of these projects are fairly easy and inexpensive, but can go a long way in creating some major curb appeal. What are some of the exterior projects on your list for this spring?

Duke Gardens Picnic

Today Alvin and I celebrated our two year anniversary! It was Memorial Day in 2014 when we decided to make things official. We couldn't ever remember the actual date and while we could look it up (and have) we decided to just have Memorial Day weekend be our anniversary. We must really like the idea because we're getting married on Memorial Day weekend next year. But I digress.

Because there is a good chance we will not be making the trek out to Duke Gardens for a picnic just days after our wedding next year, I took this one pretty seriously. I prepared all week for it. It turned out to be everything I could have wanted in a picnic :)

I found these amazing compostable plates at Port of Raleigh. That's also where the tea towel is from that we used as a miniature picnic blanket for the day. We have a large blanket we normally use but the stonework was too pretty to cover up. The pastries and French loaf bread are from Yellow Dog Bread Company. Cannot recommend highly enough! And true to Alvin's style, the chopped fruit, cheese sampler, and champagne are from Costco.

That's right. Champagne. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are privately owned and thus alcoholic beverages are allowed. I wouldn't go crazy but we've enjoyed having champagne with our picnics. Look how happy I am with mine!

One day we will leave Sasha at home and go explore the native plants garden. Apparently it is filled with rare plants and animals that are native to the Piedmont area. So cool! But no dogs allowed. So for today we found this quaint gazebo in the Asiatic gardens. We were surrounded by a babbling brook and joined by a singing frog. 

I can't wait until next year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. Thank you to those who have sacrificed so much so that we could enjoy the freedoms we exercised today!