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Introducing The Curb Appeal Series

Today we’re starting a new series here on aka design called The Curb Appeal Series – a summer series chock full of tips, tricks & ideas for improving your home’s curb appeal. All with projects sponsored by our friends at The Home Depot! We are super excited to get going, but first…what is curb appeal?


Curb Appeal is defined by wikipedia as the attractiveness of the exterior of a residential or commercial property.

If you’re selling your home, it’s common knowledge that one of the very first things you should do is improve your home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal is the first impression others have of your house. There’s a reason the half-hour Curb Appeal TV series has aired on HGTV from 2002 until now – curb appeal matters and people want to know how to make the most of it!


Even if you’re not looking to sell, you can improve your home’s curb appeal for your own enjoyment – which is what we’re doing with this series. We have a slew of projects big and small up our sleeves and we’re going to share the low-down on each one with all of you! Did we mention The Home Depot is sponsoring a few of said projects?!


To get you started, here are a three quick tips from Better Homes & Gardens for improving your home’s curb appeal right now:

1. Replace old door hardware. If your current hardware is out of date or dingy, consider replacing it to bring your home’s aesthetic into the now.



2. Dress up the front door. Make a statement by painting your door with a vibrant colour like red or yellow. Or pretty up a solid door with a seasonal wreath that suits your personal style.


3. Create an instant (if temporary) garden using potted greens and flowers. Use several planters lined up your steps or on either side of your door.


We’ll be back later today to share an article that’s super important for curb appeal: greening up your lawn – plus five common grass-growing mistakes – from The Family Handyman magazine.

More curb appeal

For more of our current house’s curb appeal projects, visit these posts:

To see our previous house’s curb appeal projects, visit these posts:

Are you ready to improve your home’s curb appeal? Or will you just watch us for this series? Either way follow #thecurbappealseries on twitter, stalk our Curb Appeal Series Pinterest Board (it’ll have before & after photos of our projects as we go) and read all about our tips & projects here on the blog.

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    • aka design says

      Thanks, Shauna! We’re in the midst of the outdoor projects as well as having a couple started indoors as well!

  1. Laurel Stephens says

    What a great idea for a series, and I’m pinning it. I live in a historic district where people love to drive by and look at the old homes, and I’m always looking for ways to improve the curb appeal of my home. I look forward to learning more.

    • Shannon says

      Well then, you’d dress up your front windows with window boxes, add planters to your walkway, make sure your grass is green and healthy and your driveway in great shape!

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