10 Favorite White Houses in Wood and Brick

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Good morning, chic readers! We’re so glad that you’re here today and hope that you are able to find little spots of joy each day during this difficult time. 

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Grand impression curb appeal white house from Stephen Fuller Architect
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You know how much we love getting your emails and questions to help guide our content. Recently, a reader emailed us that he and his were wife were having a debate over the new home they were building. 


White House wood Andrew J. Howard
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White wood


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Or white brick?



We must say that, living in a white clapboard house, we are a little partial to wood. It is pretty much our favorite exterior style.


white brick house Shelley Johnstone
Shelley Johnstone


But, if we’re being totally honest… It requires a certain level of maintenance. Granted, it’s 120 years old and stands up to wind and saltwater 365 days a year, so, all things considered, it isn’t so bad! 


white brick house Studio McGee
Studio McGee


And, of course, undeniable curb appeal. 


When it comes to the issue of wood vs. bricks, we can’t say that there’s a clear winner… But, the good news is, you can’t really go wrong! Which would you choose?

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House Tour: William Litchfield Architectural Designs

William Litchfield Designs living room with bookcases


Whether preserving history or creating it, our homes have a lot of legwork to do. William B. Litchfield Architectural Designs is masterful in assisting them with both. 


William Litchfield Designs family room with dining table


We are big fans of his work, and this Regency-Inspired Georgian Renovation caught our eye right away. 


William Litchfield Designs bench and white paneling


We have learned (sometimes the hard way) that it takes exactly the right kind of architect or designer to restore a historic gem, to bring something truly special back to life. William Litchfield Designs is just the team to take on the challenge.


William Litchfield Designs dining room with crystal chandelier


It’s no wonder they received the 2016 Philip Trammell Shutze Award for this stunning home.  It is the perfect blend of old and new with spaces for everyone in the family. 


William Litchfield Designs dine-in kitchen


This kitchen is, in a word, happy. Or, at least, it feels that way to us. 


sunroom with dining table William Litchfield Designs


And we can imagine the guests gathered around this fire are happy too!


William Litchfield Designs staircase with striped wallpaper


The light in this house is just spectacular, a sure sign of a great architect,


William Litchfield Designs closet


But the details truly shine. This closet is simply breathtaking, with a place for everything.



You know we’re big fans of interiors, but, in this case, we have to admit that, for us, the exterior stole the show.



Grand, gracious, elegant… These are just a few words that come to mind right off the bat. 



And, taking this lovely pool into account, we think we’d also have to add calm to the list. From every angle, in every space, this home is the ideal blend of old and new. We hope you loved touring it as much as we did!


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Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a wonderful day and that, if you are in the path of Irma, you are staying safe. And friends affected by Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you rebuild. 

Donald Lococo Architect curb appeal
Donald Lococo Architect| John Cole Photography


All of this crazy weather really has us thinking lately about how important our homes are to us. These stunning white houses are full of charm and character. They are welcoming spaces that we are certain beckon their owners home each night. While we focus a lot on interiors, on how our favorite cozy chair and that painting we couldn’t take our eyes off of make us feel a certain way, the exteriors of our house can–and should–do that exact same thing. 

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If a home should be anything at all, we think it should be welcoming. Window boxes and a trellis covered in vines are two of the best ways we can think of to take a home’s exterior from plain to positively darling. It’s simple touches like this that make a home feel loved and lived in. And don’t our special spaces deserve to be cared for? 

Shelley Johnstone white brick house
Shelley Johnstone Design



Landscaping is obviously one of the most important ways to make your home feel unique. While we love flowers and big blooms, there’s something stately about a classic cluster of Boxwoods flanking the front door. Well-maintained foliage always contributes something special to a home’s exterior and gives the sense that there is a staid, lovely interior beyond the front door.

studio McGee white brick house
Studio McGee| Lucy Call Photography


We are suckers for black and white, but a splash of color is always welcome. A bluefront doors adds an undeniably charming feel to this impeccably manicured lot.


There’s no doubt about it: Adding exterior color increases curb appeal. Plus, it’s easy to tell visitors that yours is the house with the blue door! Porches add character in droves and make for great porch sitting, especially during the cool fall months. 


What are your favorite ways to add character to a home’s exterior? Do you have any home improvement projects on your wish list?

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