Design snapshot: Sweet spot

Set on a grassy perch, the symmetrical building elevation, approached via symmetrical landscaping, shapes a dignified and balanced little bungalow. The simple, broad strokes of the thick mullions and repeated, large, double-hung windows on the enclosed porch delightfully offset the quiet, low-sloped, gable wall which peeks above it. Blue door, matching blue planters, and flanking flounces of lavender are cheerful accents which contrast the milk-white trim and sunny, yellow shingles. The narrow sidelights, featuring muntins designed to align with the double-hung window divisions, and fence-like shutters are appealingly quirky details. This small package brims with gusto. It had me at hello.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast