Saturday, August 13, 2011

CURB APPEAL . . . . .

As an interior designer, I often find myself driving into some of my favorite neighborhoods and wondering who lives there, how is their home decorated, their style, young family, middle aged family or older.  Some exterior colors are attractive and updated and some are so in need.
Since March of this year I have been photographing homes from the curbside in hopes that I won't be caught!!!  Of course I picked only those with curb appeal.  East coast, West coast, North and South.  I have captured them all.  You must know that I left a few behind as sometimes my driver was driving too fast!



This home was all white and glass.  It appeared to have had some
updating.




This home was quite large and since someone else was doing this 'drive by'
for me, I shot the major center of this tastefully done, architecturally inspired
Spanish home. 



This home had great curb appeal.  It was all white with garden green
accents  on the shutters and railings.  The Impatiens were glorious!




While this was only an entrance, the main house was too far back
to even begin to photograph.  The entrance was amazing and meticulously
groomed.  If only I could have taken a little walk. . . . .


JUST A LITTLE TOUCH OF OLD NAPLES . . . . .







This is a little touch of the WEST.  Houston to be exact.




Most of this home was hidden by trees, but it rambled on forever!






Love the roof lines of this Houston home in the Woodlands



It is back to the Midwest. . . . . love the turet, the eyebrown roofline
over the two story entrance.  Also love the ivy, tho' it does look like
it needs a trim.



City Living . . . . . Chicago style!








California style . . . . Pacific Heights.  I love how the charcoal green
arch accents this front entrance.






A Pacific Heights  Victorian painted lady. . . . if you have ever walked these streets
and I did so while photographing,  you will understand how this suburb of
San Francisco got its name. . . I stood on the corner looking up to take this shot.




What an entrance!





While walking these hilly streets I can across this small, interesting,
compact home.  The sandy exterior home with black accents, framed with
green Cypress trees and a flowering shrub of some kind.  Very clean and striking!






Just to show you how high up I was, I am overlooking a housetop
and the Bay with part of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.





Love these side by side black doors and the green ivy topiaries. The ultimate
classic combo.





A coach house entrance. . . . . love the allure of this pathway that
leads to the front door.



Good ole California style with lush and plush greens which
are always so beautifully out of control . . . .




A seawater blue exterior with white,  was so welcoming. 
While not a fan of the multiple topiary specimen, it really
looks great the way it was used.






A suburban Chicago Cape Cod. . . .


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Back to the Midwest . . . Northern Michigan and a sweet
B&B in Harbor Springs.  Don't you love the mass plantings
of daisies and geraniums?









The south of France???????????  No, this little French farmhouse
is in Hinsdale, Illinois. . . . and we ARE going to go inside one of
these days.






This house use to be red brick......a big committment going grey,
but so beautiful with the white shutters.  I love how the Impatiens have been cut into the boxwood, with the blue Hydrangeas behind.  Great curb
appeal.







Love the mix of white, brown and grey combined with the slate roof.






Hinsdale, Illinois








Great curb appeal.  . . older updated home in Chicago's suburbs.






Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood nestled among the shade of the trees.







A condo in Elmhurst, Illinois


We have been all over the United States, visiting home sites of what makes
up this wonderful life and the places we live.  We have been to Naples, Florida,  Houston, Texas, Harbor Springs, Michigan and the streets of Chicago and its suburbs.  Little homes,
big homes, condos and city living at its best.  Cottage homes, lake homes, ocean homes and
country French homes.     Regardless of costs, make up, style and comfort or who might
reside at that address. . . . It always hold true that there is
NO PLACE LIKE HOME.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

2 comments:

The French Tangerine said...

Oh dear... we have a condo in Naples! I recognized some of the homes! Great post! Thank goodness you didn't get caught! I absolutely love looking at pretty homes!
Check out my 100th post... an amazing inspired home!!

Jan

lifeonthecutoff said...

What fun! I love to drive by homes, big, small, elegant, cottage-like. Love them all. Thanks, Mary Anne.