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Create The Perfect Home Entry With Flower Boxes and More

Posted on 2022-07-29 by Walpole Outdoors

Spruce up your home with flower boxes, number signs and color 


Creating a good first impression is always important, but it isn’t always easy. Luckily it doesn’t take a ton of effort to design a home entryway that is memorable. All you need is a flower box, pop of color and a little bit of a green thumb.


One of the most important parts of the exterior of your home is the entryway. This is where guests, friends, and family pass through every time they visit. You want to make sure this space is well manicured and inviting. Your entryway is also a highly visible space for passersby who will make judgments about you and your home subconsciously by what they see outside.


Designing an inviting entryway doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. Simplicity, in this case, is beneficial. If you want to give your home entry a much needed makeover, focus on a few of the areas highlighted below. You can do one, or all!


Show Off Your Number

Many homes feature the house number either very close to, or directly at the entryway. Your house number is something very easy to ignore. How often has the number on your home even entered your mind? 


For most homeowners the house number that is currently on the home is the one that was there when they moved in. This detail, though small, is a great place to start updates. Adding a new number sign will give your home an updated look in a place that everyone is looking. You can also consider moving your house number from where it currently is – you are not stuck with what you inherited from the previous owners.


Add Some Life

One way to really add some life to your entry is to add some actual life! Adding a planter or flower box is a great way to introduce some green to your home – and who isn’t impressed by a little gardening! 


Depending on the size of your entryway you can choose to add flower boxes to the nearby windows or planters placed on the ground flanking the door. If you have a good amount of room, one planter on either side of the door looks the best. You want to create symmetry wherever possible.


Using your green thumb you can plant whatever seasonal plants or grasses you feel looks best in front of your home. If you don’t have a green thumb using fake plants is also great! The fun of a window box or planter is that you can easily update the look of your home season to season.



Embrace Color

One of the best ways to really give your home a fresh look is to paint your front door. Now this doesn’t mean painting your front door black or white – this means painting it red or teal or even pink! Select a color that is bright and contrasts nicely with your home's trim and siding.


If you are not ready for a bold door you can always select a color that is a little more muted like a pastel or subtle tone. This pop of color will add some life and cheer to the entry of your home. Plus a fresh coat of paint always makes things look newer and fresher!



Shine Some Light

Even more than looking inviting, home entries have to be safe for egress. You can add some additional safety and some additional style with the installation of a light fixture like a lantern.


Side-mount lanterns are the perfect choice for a home entryway. There are dozens of varieties and styles to choose from and they are a reliable source of light for people entering and exiting your home. This is especially important in the fall and winter when the sun sets much earlier. Lanterns are also extremely stylish and can really elevate your entry space.


Add Whimsical Touches

It’s your home so why not show off a little bit of your personality! While you are crafting your perfect entry make sure you embrace the small details that can add so much fun. A great start is by adding a timeless and whimsical door knocker. These small touches, whether they be a leaf, crab or seashell, will bring out a little more of your personality to your guests.


Wrapping It Up

Creating a beautiful home entry is all about adding simple touches to an already tight space. It’s important that the path to your door remains clear, but what you do with that extra space on either side can make a huge difference. So have fun and let your style guide your choices!


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What Your Mailbox Style Says About Your Home

Posted on 2022-07-11 by Walpole Outdoors

Like the interior, the exterior of a home says a lot about its occupants. Even the tiniest of details can tell passersby a lot about your personal style. One of those details is the style of your mailbox.


You probably wouldn’t think of a mailbox as a beacon of style, but every detail of the exterior of your home has a big impact on curb appeal. If you’ve ever driven to a new home for the first time the first thing you notice is their mailbox because it is the first thing you see. If a mailbox is quirky, upscale or completely busted you will notice and that will color your impression of the home and its occupants without you noticing.


A mailbox doesn’t have to be particularly flashy to make a first impression – a simple, clean and classic shape is enough to give guests a positive impression of your home. You don’t need a mailbox shaped like a boat or racecar to make a lasting impact!


So what does your mailbox say about you and your home? The three available Walpole Outdoor mailbox styles each have their own aesthetic that can make a great first impression for your home.


The Aluminum Strong Mailbox

The Aluminum Strong Mailbox is the most popular mailbox available at Walpole Outdoors and for good reason. This mailbox is a classic piece of decor and looks good in front of any home. 


This mailbox, crafted in heavy duty aluminum, is durable enough to be placed along a busy road but sleek enough to live outside a home in an upscale cul-de-sac. The Aluminum Strong Mailbox comes in a variety of colors to match the exterior of any home.


This mailbox shows off a classic, clean and simple style. It is not showy but its clean lines and rich color makes a great first impression.


The Copper Mailbox

The most flashy and stylish option available is certainly the Copper Mailbox. The Copper Mailbox is crafted in a durable 20-gauge copper that will last for many years, even outdoors. This mailbox starts out as a shiny, gorgeous copper before oxidizing into a rich verdigris finish like all real copper.


A copper mailbox is a stylish statement and really shows off an upscale style. This mailbox, though a classic and clean shape, will make an impression. If your mailbox is placed prominently in front of your home this is a great choice to really amp up your curb appeal.



The Stainless Steel Mailbox

If your style is more on the modern side you will love the Stainless Steel Mailbox. This mailbox is crafted in marine grade 316 stainless steel with a brushed satin finish making it extremely durable as well as sleek and shiny.


The Stainless Steel Mailbox is a great option if your style is more modern and looks especially striking when paired with a black or dark mailbox post. This mailbox would do great in any kind of setting because of its durability but looks especially good when located near the home.


Though the satin steel finish is modern, the box itself is crafted in the classic mailbox dimensions with a red flag. This is a great way to add a touch of style to the exterior of your home without overwhelming it.


So Which Do You Choose?

So, which mailbox reflects the style of your home best? Only you can make that decision. If you are looking for something a little more special and flashy but still timeless you should go for the beautiful Copper Mailbox. This mailbox is an investment in the beauty of your home!


If your style is a touch more modern and you want the exterior to your home to reflect that you should think about adding the Stainless Steel Mailbox. This mailbox is crisp and shiny, sure to attract some positive attention.


And finally if you want something classic, simple and unassuming you should go for the Aluminum Strong Mailbox. Select the color and number customizations to match your home perfectly. This mailbox can match any style home in any setting.


Finishing It Up

Regardless of which mailbox you choose for your home you can’t go wrong with a Walpole Outdoors mailbox. Each mailbox is crafted in the highest quality materials in the classic mailbox shape, perfect if you want to keep it simple and make a statement. Each mailbox is made to be strong so it won’t fall apart after inclement weather. Pair with one of our timeless mail posts for an even more stylish look to boost curb appeal and make a great first impression.


Which mailbox will you choose for your home? Shop all of our styles online or in person at one of our showrooms.

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Pergola Ideas: More Than Throwing Shade

Posted on 2022-02-14 by Walpole Outdoors

Popular for both their form and function, pergolas are a versatile outdoor architectural element. Scroll through any outdoor design magazine and you’ll see them peppered throughout dreamy backyard living spaces, providing shade, comfort, and style to many a lucky homeowner. But pergolas, like the AZEK vinyl pergolas created by Walpole, are good for so much more than simply shade. Read on to learn how AZEK pergolas can bring a whole new definition to your outdoor space. 

 

An Entrance with Distinction

A custom vinyl pergola like this one defines the home’s entryway with style and architectural interest, but entrance pergolas don’t need to be grand in scale. Even a modest front porch gets a big aesthetic boost from the addition of a pergola. Whether you go big or small, a front-entry pergola is a simple way to add flair to your home’s facade. Add in a vinyl fence and an AZEK gate and you can substantially increase your home’s curb appeal without major renovations.

 

A Sense of Passage

The most popular use for pergolas is over dining, seating, or other gathering spaces in your backyard. But a pathway pergola creates an outdoor passageway, perfect for thematically connecting one area of your yard to another. A pathway pergola is equally at home as a side entrance to a backyard, a connection from your main home to a guest home or pool house, or a stylish entry that leads from your driveway to your front door. For secure backyard entries, it’s possible to pair a pergola with an AZEK gate, creating a unique and beautiful garden entry that keeps pets and children in and uninvited guests out. 

 

A Frame for Urban Views

First and foremost, this custom vinyl pergola and board fence provide shade and privacy, a desirable commodity in any city. Moreover, painted in a soft, Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe brown, it frames and complements the urban skyline, adding definition and separate zones to an otherwise blank rooftop canvas. In settings like this one, AZEK vinyl pergolas are a smart choice. Rooftop patios inherently have increased exposure to the elements and air pollutants. AZEK pergolas are made of high-quality, low-maintenance PVC, which looks and feels like wood but lasts years longer. They’re also far easier to clean than wood pergolas, and don’t rot, chip, warp, or crack—which means fewer maintenance workers traipsing through the apartment for repairs.

 

A Poolside Oasis

A well-placed pergola can draw people to use other areas surrounding the pool, rather than just remain on one side, which not only creates more usable space but adds visual interest and definition. From a user standpoint, this placement invites you to step further from your home (and the distractions and chores that await within it) and into a true, private oasis—even if only for a short while. AZEK pergolas like the one above are a good choice here, too. Since the vinyl lattice backing encourages climbing plants, AZEK will better withstand not only the elements and pool water, but the wear and tear associated with vine growth. A pergola and lattice combination like this one can also perform double duty as a boundary to your pool; add in an AZEK gate and you’re ready for a safe summer. 

 

A Stunning Spa

A custom vinyl pergola is a perfect addition to an outdoor spa, creating a secluded and intimate space perfect for relaxing day or night. The stunning ones above are custom-crafted AZEK vinyl pergolas, stepped and joined to create a sense of majesty, but you don’t need to think this big when it comes to your own spa design (unless, of course, you want to). Even a smaller-scale pergola offers the style, function, and intimacy that will bring your spa to the next level of luxury.

 

A Horticulturalist’s Dream 

Gardeners of all levels will swoon over a dedicated spot for wisteria, clematis, honeysuckle, and other climbing flowers and vines. The custom, wide-set vinyl lattice in the one above creates extra room for growth while still letting ample light in, and the pergola defines a dedicated space for a planted garden bed beneath it. 

 

It should come as no surprise that the designers at Walpole love pergolas, and with so many options, it’s easy to see why. Most importantly, a well-designed and installed pergola extends your living space and increases the amount of time you spend outside. When you add a canopy or retractable shade, your space becomes all the more inviting. If you’re considering adding an entrance, poolside, garden, or pathway pergola to your home, please give us a call for a free consultation. At Walpole Outdoors, we want you to love your landscape.


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