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4 Must-Haves for Farm-Cottage Curb Appeal
Use these essential ingredients to boost your home’s farm-cottage character.
There’s more to the classic American farmhouse than shiplap and shutters. A closer look at Allison Stolar’s Connecticut home reveals that creating the perfect farmhouse curb appeal is about a balance of details that give the exterior a fresh and welcoming look. Looking to boost your curb appeal with a bit of farmhouse flair? Follow... Keep Scrolling
Written by Jickie Torres
Styling by Jacqueline deMontravel
Photography by Chuck Baker

There’s more to the classic American farmhouse than shiplap and shutters. A closer look at Allison Stolar’s Connecticut home reveals that creating the perfect farmhouse curb appeal is about a balance of details that give the exterior a fresh and welcoming look. Looking to boost your curb appeal with a bit of farmhouse flair? Follow these rules:

Full farmhouse exterior.

  • USE AN EDITED COLOR PALETTE. It doesn’t get any more timeless than white shiplap for a farm-cottage vibe, but Allison kept her accent colors to a minimum. Denim blue shutters and a lively pine finish punctuate the architecture, while leaving the look perfectly simple.
  • DRAW YOUR EYE TO ALL THE RIGHT PLACES. A pair of trellis flower boxes leads your guests from the porch steps right to the welcoming front door. The glass door is also a more modern touch that keeps the façade looking light and airy.

Farmhouse exterior front door detail.

  • PREEN YOUR PORCH. American flag pillows deck out the porch with seasonal fun. Yet the furnishings and accent pieces outfit the porch with year-round coziness and warmth. A good farmhouse porch is always comfy, inviting and full of seating.
  • ADD HANDCRAFTED ELEMENTS. From the picket flag to the woven lanterns and stars that add a festive touch, the exterior shows that this homeowner appreciates artisan touches. Add a curated and well-edited selection of decorative arts to give your porch—and the overall farmhouse curb appeal– that final homey touch.

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