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Gorgeous home. I love the big round porches. Maybe having just one around the corner of your house, and off to the side?
Paint the Floor: Architect Gil Schafer screened in this Connecticut lake cottage's open porch. Color expert Eve Ashcraft chose Narragansett Green for the porch floor from Benjamin Moore. The gleaming shade makes the floor almost look like water. The white-lacquered '50s rattan sofa and armchair are from the homeowner's grandmother.
Freshen your landscaping to enhance the style of your home and make the exterior more attractive. Cut back overgrown bushes and fill in bare spots, says Stacey Moncrieff, editor in chief of Realtor magazine. "A neat, well-maintained landscape instantly increases your home's curb appeal and suggests that your interiors are equally well-maintained."