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Cottage-ify this split level

17 years ago

I've really enjoyed reading all of your posts and contributing on occasion. After an exterior painting disaster yesterday (more in the Home Dec forum for anyone who wants to know the details) we will be repainting very soon. I would like to give my 1960's split-level as much of a cottage feel as possible.


So far we've converted an awkward, ugly gravel drive across the front of the house into a yard and huge (YES!) perennial bed (currently filled with many tiny plants - soon to be luxuriant, cottagey goodness) and lawn surrounded by a 3-rail fence. I'm thinking I would like a cream or light beige for the body color but I don't know what to do for trim or door color. We will be installing windowboxes under the windows on the left of the photo and re-doing to bed under the picture window on the right. Would shutters be overkill on the upper windows? Where could I place a bench? What other touches could I add?


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