Design Tips

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How to Size Your Front Door Light Fixture

Posted by Bay Chapman on

Sometimes finding the perfect light fixtures for your house in an easy choice...but then...WHAT SIZE DO YOU BUY???  What if it is too big, or too small? How do you pick the perfect one?

First step is to measure the height of your front door. The height of your door will help determine the height of your lantern or outdoor fixture. PROPORTIONS ARE KEY! Your lantern should be between one-quarter to one-third the height of your front door. If your are just using one lantern (located on the handled side of the door), the piece should be about one-third the height of the door. If two lanterns are used, one on either side of the door, they should be about one-quarter the height of the front door.

If you are still worried, make a template of each lantern and tape them to the front of your house!

If you are adding/updating all the exterior fixtures on your home, your front door lanterns should almost always be the largest. Your side entry & garage fixtures should be smaller in size.

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How to Size Your Front Door Light Fixture

Posted by Bay Chapman on

Sometimes finding the perfect light fixtures for your house in an easy choice...but then...WHAT SIZE DO YOU BUY???  What if it is too big, or too small? How do you pick the perfect one?

First step is to measure the height of your front door. The height of your door will help determine the height of your lantern or outdoor fixture. PROPORTIONS ARE KEY! Your lantern should be between one-quarter to one-third the height of your front door. If your are just using one lantern (located on the handled side of the door), the piece should be about one-third the height of the door. If two lanterns are used, one on either side of the door, they should be about one-quarter the height of the front door.

If you are still worried, make a template of each lantern and tape them to the front of your house!

If you are adding/updating all the exterior fixtures on your home, your front door lanterns should almost always be the largest. Your side entry & garage fixtures should be smaller in size.

Read more


Our Top 4 Curb Appeal Ideas for Ranch Style Homes

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

One of the best ways to boost the curb appeal of a house is to update the outside of your home from the style and look of the outside of your house to the plants and landscaping. Ranch style homes come with a distinct look and feel but can be easily updated to look even more modern and appealing. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

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Our Top 4 Curb Appeal Ideas for Ranch Style Homes

Posted by Elsa Hoffman on

One of the best ways to boost the curb appeal of a house is to update the outside of your home from the style and look of the outside of your house to the plants and landscaping. Ranch style homes come with a distinct look and feel but can be easily updated to look even more modern and appealing. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

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Recent Feature in The Washington Post

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10 Ways to Celebrate the 1st Day of Spring in Your Yard

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The first day of Spring is here!  Here are a few suggestions to spend your time wisely while we are all staying at home.  If you have children at home, get them to help.  They can have their first Horticulture 101 class! 

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10 Ways to Celebrate the 1st Day of Spring in Your Yard

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The first day of Spring is here!  Here are a few suggestions to spend your time wisely while we are all staying at home.  If you have children at home, get them to help.  They can have their first Horticulture 101 class! 

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Top 5 Plant Combos for Warm Weather Pots !!

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The weather is warmer and we all want to freshen up our outdoor spaces with colorful pots that will last the season. 

Here are 5 different combinations for WINNING warm weather pots! 

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Top 5 Plant Combos for Warm Weather Pots !!

Posted by Andrea Howell on

The weather is warmer and we all want to freshen up our outdoor spaces with colorful pots that will last the season. 

Here are 5 different combinations for WINNING warm weather pots! 

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