Thanks for joining us for Project Design: Curb Appeal Tips Southern California Style! This is fun as we have different parts of the country represented (Annie from Most Lovely Things in Connecticut and Cindy from Rough Luxe in Northern California) but I think these tips apply with modifications everywhere.
In addition, we are happy to have René from Cottage and Vine and Brooke from Nesting With Grace. Please be sure to check out everyone’s posts at the end! I’m showing my sister, Teresa’s house in San Diego. I love going there to see family and enjoy the beautiful climate and Mexican food! San Diego is very dry and water is precious, so the landscape requires drought-tolerant plants.
Tip One: Choose climate-appropriate plants and ground cover. Succulents and iceberg rose bushes do well here.
Tip Two: Chairs or a bench provide a welcoming entry (I bought this metal bench years ago from Smith and Hawkins for Target and was glad Teresa could use it). We added pillows in outdoor fabric.
Tip Three: Incorporate a splash of color. We got this big petunia arrangement in a realistic looking faux clay pot at Home Depot for $39 (instant gratification).
Tip Four: Outdoor curtains like those on the balcony can provide sun relief in the summer months (and give a resort feel).
Tip Five: A bold pattern like the black and white umbrella makes a statement.
Tip Six: A rubber mat and outdoor rug can freshen things up… along with a wreath. This faux eucalyptus wreath from Target looks pretty real (and the area is surrounded by eucalyptus trees–I was thinking of adding some live branches but never got around to it 🙂
Tip Seven: Friendly greeters (optional).Judge and Chief (brothers) take curb appeal seriously.
Spanish style architecture is typical in San Diego and all over California thanks to the Spanish missionary settlers (which we all learn about in grammar school here). This is Teresa’s next door neighbor’s home for example.
Those are my Curb Appeal Tips Southern California Style!
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