Tonight, when returning from a walk, I determined one part of our house does not look balanced. We will be adding curb appeal and a window box to one side of our house. I think the addition of a window box will introduce balance and scale to the front of our home.
We have one window that needs a flower box. Yes, I said ‘need’ vs. want. The long story short is the elevation changed when we built. There is one area in the front that has more brick than we initially planned on.
The window of concern doesn’t appear to be in line with the other window. The windows are not the same size. However, the window on the bricked side looks much smaller than it actually is. It’s almost as though the dang window floats. Adding black shutters, a couple summers ago, was helpful in grounding the window. So while we no longer have a floating window, the area below the continues to be an issue.
A big window box is going to be the answer to this problem. I also think it will improve the overall curb appeal. For the record, I’m the only one in our house who feels this is actually an issue. NOBODY else cares or notices, but I’m positive it will look significantly better from the ‘curb’…we don’t even technically have curbs where I live.
Making a window box would be the most economical method. BUT, my
handyman husband currently is swamped with work and I cannot bring myself to ask him to take on another project. Due to our busy lives right now, we are going to purchase a window box rather than DIY it.
Our plans to buy a window box certainly did not stop me from perusing Pinterest for fantastic ideas. Pinterest is absolutely the best eye candy, don’t you think? I find some of it intoxicating. The green foliage next to the red brick and black flower box, look lovely and provide excellent contrast. The plants used here appear to be multi-seasonal and could go from spring into fall. There are annual plants that I purchase in the summer with the intent of them taking me to the end of the growing season.
Window boxes allow a homeowner to change out decorations for the seasons if they wish. The versatility provided gives a house a new look at various times of the year. In northern regions, we are unable to grow flowers during winter months but we sure can decorate with greenery.
There are times when the snow falls and snow drifts are tall enough that we are unable to see our normal landscaping. This is another reason why I think window boxes provide an enormous amount of curb appeal. I can picture both of the below photos with a dusting of snow and twinkle lights during the holiday season.
Pinterest ultimately brought me to the Hooks and Lattice website. I think this website is one of the best sources for window boxes. They show a number of different window boxes on various styles of houses. I think this helps visualize how a home’s curb appeal can quickly change. The options they offer are endless. Materials can be composite, fiberglass, copper, etc. The one below is a simple white fiberglass with awesome chunky corbels.
This house, which appears to lean to a Tudor style, opted for metal flower boxes. The copper insert can be removed and taken inside if the homeowner wishes to do so. Or they can leave it outside and over time the copper will patina and age.
The below picture is one of my favorite window boxes. With the ‘rustic weathered’ appearance making a HUGE surge in popularity, I love the aged look of this! Hook and Lattice may have something similar, but this beauty is found here. This style would not look great with my style of house but think there are a number of homes this would be fabulous with.
For those who like to DIY their projects, this person made flower boxes using old dresser drawer fronts. Rather clever don’t you think? The yellow boxes with the aqua/mint door are so stinking cute! I can just imagine this on a cute cabin or cape cod style house that has a lot of charm.
At the end of the day what we’ve opted to do is purchase this flower box from Hooks and Lattice. It is the Prestige 60 inch box. The corresponding corbels will also find their way into our cart. Once we place the order and get the box up and planted, pictures will be posted!