Curb Appeal 1

The Farmette
The Farmette

For those of you not in the know…the Grant family may or may not be moving in the near future. (Waves hand at the federal sequester and the resultant hiring freeze.) Thus we may or may not be putting the Farmette on the market. I know, all this decisiveness is amazing…it’s killing me too.

I love the Farmette. But she’s really more of a workhorse than a show horse. In other words, she doesn’t exactly grab the eye.

Thus we have embarked upon a program to impart curb

The Farmette...pre-curb appeal
The Farmette…pre-program to impart curb appeal

appeal to the old dear. A lot of it may just be spring clean-up (trimming, mulch, etc.). But we hope to add a few other details as well. Unfortunately, she’s not the type of gal who can carry off gingerbread trim or anything like that. Still, we have hope. Even an old farmhouse can learn new tricks.

The Walkway
The Walkway

This is our first project (okay, actually it’s DH’s first project…with my back issues, I’m not allowed to help): Installation of a walkway from the driveway to the front door. There’s always a pathway worn through here, and any rain makes it mud.

I’ll post an after picture…you know…after.

What’s next? I’m thinking a brighter color around those window frames than the faded sage green. And exterior doors to match. Navy blue? Hunter green?

Sound off on what you think our next project should be…

12 thoughts on “Curb Appeal 1

  1. W.S. Gager says:

    Was always curious about what a farmette looked like. It needs more accent color which you’ve mentioned but how about some colorful flowers around the front porch. Either in ground or hanging baskets, but then you have to water….

      1. W.S. Gager says:

        No, you have so much white. Not sure how visible they would be on the porch. Need to only work on front with color typically. Just make sure the color on both matches or coordinates. Can’t help with color choices though.

  2. Amy M says:

    So I happen to really like painting and looking at home remodel stuff. And, I happen to have a giant stash of This Old House magazine.

  3. Gwen says:

    I like the walk! Vote for Chinese Red (darker but vibrant) trim. You should consider planting some hostas around the walk, trees, house, etc. You can typically get then free from someone who needs to thin theirs, they are pretty , very hardy, and cheap!!

    1. Tess Grant says:

      Ooh. Chinese Red. I’ll add it to the list of possibilities.

      There are actually hostas in the bed directly in front of the house–it’s just too early to see them in these pics. But around the trees? I like!

  4. Eileen says:

    Most definitely some flowers on the porch or those baskets that hang on the rails or even those banners or flags that are like half circles that you can put on the rails…something to give some bright color.

    1. Tess Grant says:

      You know, we actually have ferns that we hang on the porch…except…I killed them all over the winter. Hmm. Right now, I still have the baskets hanging. There’s a little brown stubble in the dirt. I thought they would rejuvenate, but I’m fast losing hope.

      I love those flag things! We had those up once too…except…I left them up too long and killed those too. I’m sensing a trend. Great idea though.

      1. Eileen says:

        You seem to be good at killing things!!! Hmmmmm…..wonder what will be nex??
        Do you have an American flag?

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