Curb Appeal

Creating Curb Appeal: One can never underestimate the importance of a good first impression. The exterior of your house is the first look that anyone will have of your home so it is important to make sure that the design packs a powerful punch. Fast-paced city living is all about keeping things functional but served with a generous helping of urban chic.

A crisp siding colour (General Paint’s Windblown -CL3182W) provides a contrast with the Apex windows from All Weather Windows in Pebble. I chose the Pebble colour from the new Renolit EXOFOL-FX colour collection for a long-lasting, durable punch of colour. This new colour technology creates a bold, durable colour that will hold up to harsh Canadian weather for years to come.

Grounding the look is a black front door from All Weather Windows flanked by two large architectural planters with a bright fuchsia flower arrangement. I chose cedar shingles from Lowes that will develop a beautiful gray patina as they weather the years. West Elm outdoor pillows with a striking design bring elegance to the overall look, as do the burnished hardware of the door knocker and lantern light fixture. If there is the space, add a piece of wrought iron furniture to give a classic edge to your home’s curb appeal.


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Kim Bartley, Principal of Kim Bartley Design, brings 25 years of business ownership and management to the table. Kim’s keen eye for design lends her rooms an edgy sophistication while remaining current and functional. Her philosophy is that your home should make you happy and reflect your lifestyle and changing needs. Focusing on unparalleled client care, Kim aims to make the design experience positive and enjoyable at each phase of the project. She works collaboratively with her clients to develop spaces that are clean and modern but still warm and approachable. Kim believes that everyone deserves to live in a beautifully designed space and focuses on truly “getting” her clients.

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