This is my long-time client and friend, Andrea. She loves homes, owns several and is now an AirBnB entrepreneur. Recently, we completed an Exterior Renovation on her Charterhouse property. We always have the most laughs working together and I love working on her projects. I have helped her and her husband with at least six design projects.  If you haven’t seen the video testimonial they did for me, you must check it out here.

This particular house was converted to two AirBnb units.  We call this home Charterhouse, we have named all her AirBnb units. It gives them instant personality and helps brand these fabulous units. The inside of this beauty is fun, lively and inviting, we wanted the outside to match. Stay tuned, I’ll write a post covering the interior projects for this home, a little later.

Below is what we started with…. a semi-detached home that was in good shape but needed an exterior facelift.  Andrea wanted this little gem to scream “welcome”. She wanted her guests to see the house and feel like they couldn’t wait to go inside.



Exterior paint colour is a challenge for many.  Light plays a large role in choosing the right paint colour.  Which direction the house faces (North, South etc.), effects the amount of light the house gets.  It’s super important that you understand the undertones in the hard surfaces. For example, here we had to consider the roof colour and brick.  It was not in the budget to replace any of those things. We took our time and utilized my large paint board samples, which help immensely in making sure you have the correct undertones.  Neutrals have nine different undertones, its important to make sure all the colours work together.

We painted the wood siding a new colour, the old one had pink undertones and clashed with the yellow in the brick. We also changed up the brown trim and shutter paint.  The first one was too harsh, we needed a softer brown to bring that warm and inviting feel to the home.  You’ll notice we also added a portico to the front entrance.  It’s super helpful when guests come in the rain or snowy weather.  They are sheltered while they locate the door code etc. to get inside. It also adds an architectural feature to the front of the house.  I find it draws you in and makes it more inviting. It’s all about curb appeal and who doesn’t want that.

What a difference a few adjustments make. Colour is my jam and I love helping clients get their paint colours right- the first time.

 I would love to hear what you think of this before and after.  Please leave me a comment below.

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