10 Favorite White Houses in Wood and Brick

White House clapboard with boxwood garden
Alisberg Parker


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. 


White House clapboard Alisberg Parker
Alisberg Parker


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Grand impression curb appeal white house from Stephen Fuller Architect
Stephen Fuller Architect Barbara Westbrook Interior Design


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
Andrew J. Howard


White wood


White House Georgian Home designed by James F. Carter and Interiors by Caroline Gidiere garden
Brian Woodcock Photographer – Veranda


Or white brick?


white brick house
Christopher Architects


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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Things We Love: Painted Wood Houses

gray wood houses
Austin Patterson Disston Architects


Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous Thursday. We are getting ready for Halloween and trick or treating and can’t wait to be able to carve our pumpkins!

Even if orange and black isn’t your favorite color combo, there are so many fun ways to spruce your home for fall–starting with the exterior and the landscape. 

yellow wood houses paint exterior
Austin Patterson Disston Architects


New, seasonal flowers, fresh mulch or pine straw and giving the bushes a good prune can make a world of difference in a home’s exterior and curb appeal. 

painted exterior
Austin Patterson Disston


We don’t know about you, but we love painted, wood houses. 

green Wood paint exterior
Austin Patterson Disston Architects


On a home that’s a throwback to a simpler time or a fresh, new facade, a pretty painted exterior is a forever favorite.

Brooks and Falotico


In a pretty pastel,  a bold and vibrant shade,

gray wood paint
Lisa Furey Design – HGTV People’s Pick Winner!


Or a simple neutral, 


Exterior paint sets the tone for what’s to come in a big, big way. 

The problem with painted wood houses? Well, they have to be painted. A lot. Especially when they’re on the water. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’re always painting ours on some side and when that one’s done it’s time to do the next one!But oh, it’s so worth it.  There is nothing quite like the charm of a painted wood house!

Are you a painted house lover?

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