March 1, 2021

My New House: Exterior Paint & Patio Plans

As we finish up the last few items from our first phase of renovations, I can’t help but think of what’s next!  And also, think of warmer days ahead where we can spend time outside!  So today I thought I’d share my plans for my patios and exterior paint that I plan to execute come spring. The house exterior is in great shape, I just am NOT a yellow person (it’s much more yellow in real life than this listing photo).

So the plan is to paint it white (more of an OFF white than this very stark white Photoshopped image shows) with medium grey/greige shutters and front door. I want the copper roof to shine and am toying with adding a middle window back in above the front door (where right now there is panel). I think I’m going to paint first and see how I feel. We need to edit the landscape (more simple, large boxwoods, less crowding) and some nice planters flanking the front door.

Looking at something like Ben Moore Swiss Coffee (left) with something like one of these greys – Ben Moore Graystone (middle) or Gettysburg Grey (right)

The barn/garage off to the side of the house I’m thinking I’ll paint the grey shutter/door color…

It’s a little tone on tone, but with black hardware and a new copper weathervane (the owners took the one that was up there)

In the side yard we bought a really gorgeous play set for the kids from CedarWorks, which we can see from the porch and family room.

This is a rendering of the exact one I built for them….

This is what it looks like – you can customize them all to suit your kids, needs and size of yard.

Here is the patio area – there’s a little step down in the middle, defining two areas.

The yard is a HUGE reason we bought this house. It’s AMAZING.

Looking back at the house/patio – the lower door under the stairs goes into the playroom with a half bath.

I wanted this to look really classic and timeless, so I worked with Frontgate to choose some all-weather wicker with neutral cushions as the base and then layered in some teak and and ivory accents. I’m super excited about the chaises, as I look forward to a hard lounge in one with a girlfriend and some wine when the weather gets better. I used these exact ones at my showhouse patio space in Atlanta and have loved them ever since (below).

So here’s what we’re getting! I CANNOT wait!


Sofa // Chairs // Coffee Table // Side Tables // Accent Stool // Fire Pit // Patio Heater // Umbrella // Umbrella Table/Stand // Chaise // Lanterns // Planters // Copper Hose Container // Square Pillows // Solid Lumbar Pillows // Patterned Bolsters

Also am planning to work in this small vintage Brown Jordan Calcutta dining set from my grandmother as well.

The upper porch is where we will grill and eat meals with the kids – the french doors open from the family room and create an awesome flow for entertaining inside and out.

Up on the deck (which we hope to re-stain less red), we have our grill and the dining table and chairs from our old house from Frontgate:

Table // Chairs

I cannot WAIT for nice weather in this house! It’s going to be such an incredible game changer for our family! And planning this makes me even more anxious for the seasons to change!

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