curb appeal boost on budget yellow queen anne mansion
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Restore a Period Look: Doors and Windows

Charles and Christine restored the stained-glass entry door and the accent window beside it, using salvaged jewel-toned glass from the same era to replace broken panes. The rest of the home's windows are new, energy-efficient replacements with simulated divided lights. Also new is a paneled-wood screen/storm door. Painted in Benjamin Moore's Stratton Blue, the door has beaded trim and swings on repro Victorian-era spring-loaded hinges.

Eschewing the fuss of formal Victorian plantings, the couple wanted to play up the area's coastal vibe—the house overlooks Centerport Harbor—by surrounding the foundation and a new brick walkway with easy-care perennials, such as beach grass and sedum, as well as peegee hydrangea standards. Potted annuals, like pink and purple petunias, add bright pops of color at the entrance to the porch.
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