Is It Time To Restore Your Façade? |Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer


Remodeling the façade of your home is like remodeling your face and the exterior surface of your body. It’s a funny analogy, but you will see why when you read this article.

Think of a home like a woman’s face: the roof is the hair, the windows are the eyes, the front door is the mouth and the walls are the cheeks. All of these elements must communicate with each others with colors, textures and finishes. First of all take care of the exterior colors (cheeks). Is the color of the house tired and outdated? Refresh that make-up, just like you would do with your face. Apply a good primer and then suiting colors. Keep in mind the number three, light, medium and dark colors, it is not a set rule, but in the design world everything looks good in a composition of three.

The entry door should always be of an inviting color. If the exterior walls are painted in light colors with medium color trims, the door should be a dark color to anchor the house, just like the red lipstick anchors and complete the woman’s make-up. Do the opposite if the walls are painted dark. The front door is the focal point of the house, make a statement just like you would with a lipstick. Creating a perfect symmetry at your front door is pleasing to the eye. Light fixtures should be placed strategically to guide visitors to the door and should reflect the color and style of the front door.

If the hardware are out of date or dingy, your home may not convey a good aesthetic. House numbers, the entry door lock set, a mailbox should be working in unison. Mailboxes should complement the home and express the homeowner’s personality. Select a box that mirrors your home’s trimmings and woodwork or the exterior stones façade.

Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety, security and accenting the beauty of the trees and the house.

Travertine Mantel

Renewing planter beds gets your garden into shape quickly. Prune growth, pull weeds, plant flowers, and adding new mulch to restore color that was taken away by sunlight and harsh weather. Birdbaths, metal silhouettes, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. Choose pieces that complement your home’s natural palette and exterior elements. Water features function both as yard art and cover up other harsh sounds.

If your driveway is cracked or stained, upgrade it with very strong and durable resins products that can be applied over the cracked concrete with half of the cost of pouring a new concrete. Dress up the driveway with stones if it fits the look of the house, then repeat the stone look to feature some other architectural details like posts or column footings.

Perhaps you like to conceal your house from the street view. Building a gracefully designed iron gate has a somewhat high cost, but with easy-to-build wooden kits, simply connect the pieces and get an instant arbors or garden gates.

(Photo gate by Lucas Rise)

I want to add here a suggestion of one of my trusted professional on remodeling our skin, as the façade of our body. It is an intriguing concept to remodel our “façade” in different areas of our life: home, skin, weight, image, but we all have a façade and we should know what to do about it.

From Sherry Woodward – Arbonne Consultant:
“It goes without saying that we all want to look young and beautiful, and put our best face forward. Having clear, smooth skin with a natural glow is the best way to look young and vibrant. As we age, this takes some work and a little extra effort, but it’s well worth doing… after all, our face is our billboard to the world.

It’s not enough to just get an occasional facial, but a consistent daily skin-care regimen is necessary. Good habits in taking care of our skin start with the obvious things: a healthy diet, plenty of rest and keeping your skin protected from the elements. Think of your skin as an organ, rather than something that we can use and abuse, puts things in proper perspective.
Your skin needs daily care and nourishment in order to function properly. Moisture is critical to good skin health because it helps maintain a good skin barrier and creates a flexible, pliable skin that is soft to touch. Skin is a filtering system, designed to keep toxins out and let oxygen and nutrients in.

Just as important as a daily regimen is using high quality products that are safe & effective. Your products should be safe to use (i.e. not cause allergic reactions) and give you the results you are looking for – soft and smooth skin that has a healthy color. Become a “label reader” and learn about ingredients. Learn about toxic ingredients and make sure they are not in your skin-care products. Look for products made from organic botanical with vitamins and antioxidants. Pollutants from the air can deplete the antioxidant system of the skin, making the skin more susceptible to oxidative damage… causing premature aging. Vitamins can reduce or eliminate this damage.

I am an independent consultant for Arbonne International, LLC and I help people learn how to care for their skin using our botanically formulated products. For free consultation, please contact me at”.♢

Now you see, as we refurbish our wardrobe for a new season; as we renew the skin of our face that has been beaten with wind and cold weather; as we purify of our internal body, the very same way we should treat our home façade to add value the our most important investment. Time is now, remodel your exterior and make it ready for spring.
As the professional who is always ready, I shall be prompt and ready to help you with any of your needs, whether it will be decorating, designing, or remodeling, just place your name in the box below and let me know what is your challenge. Ciao,


Copyright © 2011 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina Cirasola, is the principal designer and owner of Valentina Interiors & Designs. She is a trained designer and has been in business since 1990. She works on consultation and produces design concepts for remodeling, upgrading, new home construction, décor restyling, home fashion and outdoor rooms. Check out her books on


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