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Make Your 2016 Garden the Best Yet with Hooks and Lattice Window Boxes, Planters and Hanging Baskets

White Window Boxes – A Clean Slate for the New Year

When winter is at its coldest and grayest, you can find yourself looking at your house and giving a wistful sigh as you think about how you’d love to do something to spruce it up. Sadly, you have to wait for spring to arrive to get to work on improving your home’s curb appeal, right?

Wrong!

While some improvements should be held off until spring has fully sprung, you can take steps to enhance the appearance of your exterior before winter is done. White window boxes are a great way to add to a home’s curb appeal mid-winter. Read on to learn more about adding a flower box during the cold months of the year and to discover some stylish, easy winter window box ideas.

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Boosting Curb Appeal with Colorful Artificial Flowers Year Round

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You truly can’t compete with the boost to curb appeal that flowers bring, but with living flowers those aesthetic benefits are brief. Flowers bloom for such a short period of time, and in many parts of the country, you’ll only manage to get one or perhaps two chances to enjoy the full beauty of the color of blossoms before cold weather sets in.

On top of the fleeting quality of living plants, there is all of the effort related to care and maintenance to be considered. Living flowering plants require watering and in some cases fertilizing and pruning to keep looking their best. For many businesses and homeowners that brief pop of color that flowers provide just doesn’t justify the time and money spent caring for living flowers. That’s why more and more people are considering outdoor artificial flowers for displaying outside of their homes, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls and other buildings.

Fake Flowers: the Outdoor Difference

artificial geraniumsIf you haven’t ever encountered commercial quality artificial plants before, you might be hesitant to even consider using fake flowers outside of your home or commercial building. After all, we’ve all seen fake silk and plastic flowers that look cheap and that fall apart if they’re simply touched the wrong way. It’s hard to imagine placing anything like that outside at the mercy of the elements or expecting those poorly made fake flowers to do much for the aesthetic appeal of an exterior.

These problems illustrate why it’s important to purchase commercial-grade outdoor artificial flowers for best results. These types of artificial plants are:

Highly Realistic. The latest artificial flowering plants can’t easily be distinguished from the real thing unless they’re touched.

Ultra Strong. Materials like industrial grade injection molded polyethylene make commercial grade artificial plants durable enough to remain outdoors in all types of weather, through every season.

Fade Resistant. Inherent UV protection helps to keep commercial grade fake flowers from fading in the sun. The sun protection is actually embedded in the fibers rather than being sprayed on or applied to the surface of the artificial plants, so it can’t rub off or become washed away.

artificial hanging flowersTypes of Outdoor Artificial Flowers

There are a number of options available for sprucing up your exterior with outdoor artificial flowers, including:

Faux Flowering Vines. Sold unpotted, artificial hanging flowers can be used to cover walls, ledges, railings and more.

Hanging Baskets. Available in many different styles and colors, hanging baskets with artificial flowers are ideal for dressing up posts, poles, entryways, porches, patios, courtyards and other outdoor areas.

Bushes and Individual Stems. You can purchase artificial flowering plants in large clusters that resemble bushes and as individual stems. Place just one in a small planter of your choosing or make a large arrangement by combining several varieties of outdoor artificial flowers into one pot or planter.

Artificial Plants Unlimited can help you boost the curb appeal of your home or business year round with the finest quality commercial grade artificial plants available. Browse our selection and discover all of the beautiful fake flower options to bring color to your exterior that won’t fade, wilt or ever require watering.

Faux Balconies - Add Romance to Your Curb Appeal

Romeo, Oh Romeo, Where Art Thou Juliet Balconies?

Named after the famous scenes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, these faux balconies come in an assortment of styles and designs. Easily installed along the exterior of your home or commercial property, these unique wrought iron balconies provide an affordable method of transforming your property and adding to its curb appeal.

 

 

What is a Faux Balcony?

For those that are not familiar with the concept of a faux balcony, they are essentially a decorative balcony that can be added to the exterior of a window. There are fairly easy to install and do not require major construction. Typically made from wrought iron, faux balconies often feature elegant lines and scrollwork. They look great along the exterior of any home and can be used to add more character to a bland window.

Faux Balcony

Choosing a Juliette Balcony

As with any addition to the exterior of your home, you should make your selection carefully and put some thought into the balcony you choose. Each wrought iron Juliet balcony that we carry is available in a variety of colors and sizes. For example, our Addison Juliet Balcony can be purchased in black, white copper, bronze, silver, or textured bronze. This particular balcony fits closely against the window and a subtle addition that can easily blend in with the exterior appearance of your property. For a more striking appearance, the Brantford Juliet Balcony should be considered. It features highly detailed scrollwork throughout the entire design. The Brantford Juliet Balcony will definitely draw attention to your home and features the same color options as the Addison balcony. If you are looking for a design that is more in the middle, the classical look of our Cassia Juliet Balcony could be what you are looking for. The simple lines and elegant curves along the bottom of this wrought iron Juliet balcony offer a more traditional look and resembles what most people probably imagine when they picture a Juliet balcony.

Dorchester Juliet Faux Balcony

All of our faux balconies are powder coated to resist rusting and they can also be custom-made to fit a specific window size. Choose a finish and color that matches the overall look you are trying to achieve along the exterior of your home. We have provided a range of colors to choose from for the finish of your faux balcony. Find the size that you need or consider ordering a custom made faux balcony.

Custom Faux Balconies

In addition to the large selection of wrought iron Juliet balconies that you can browse on our website, we also offer custom faux balcony design. We can custom make a balcony to meet your needs and design aesthetics. All of our balconies started as custom faux balcony designs, to get your custom design started, browse our selection here or email us a picture of a balcony and we can show you how we can create a custom design to fit any window or location along the exterior of your property.

Dorchester Juliet Faux Balcony

A wrought iron Juliet balcony can be both affordable and easy to install outside a window. After taking a look at our selection of Juliet balconies, choose a custom balcony that matches the aesthetics of your property.

 

Facing Forward with Exterior Shutters

Facing Forward With Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters were once a real necessity for homes. House shutters were used to cover fragile windows during storms and block out the sun to keep temperatures cool during the hot summer months. Today, our windows are more durable and able to stand up to inclement weather. Plus, most homes have air conditioning systems or fans to regulate temperatures.

 

That doesn’t mean that there’s no place for wood shutters on homes anymore. On the contrary, more and more people are installing or upgrading cedar shutters and other types of shutters to enhance the curb appeal of their homes.

Exterior Shutters in 4 Easy Steps

If you’ve been considering a shutter upgrade or installing shutters for the first time, you can follow these four steps to ensure you select the perfect look for your home:

 

  1. Consider the Size. Shutters just don’t look right if they’re not the correct scale. Even though you’re not going to close them, you may want the illusion that you could. This means that you should select house shutters that are half of the width of your windows and equal to their height. Decorative shutters do not need to be exactly half the width, saving you money because they’re smaller.

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  1. Choose the Best Materials. You can purchase shutters made out of many different types of materials, including vinyl and composite; however, if you want the most authentic look possible and want to maximize the value of your home improvement, wood exterior shutters are the best choice. Cedar shutters are among the most durable of natural wood options, as the material is naturally resistant to rot and pests. See all materials here.

 

  1. Select the Right Style. Shutters come in many different styles, and different types complement different styles of architecture. Here’s a quick look at some of the best pairings:

Victorian, Italianate, Georgian and Greek Revival Homes are all nicely complemented by Louvered shutters like our 12″ Wide Unequal Panel Cedar Louvered Shutters, which are made to order.

Cape Cod, Mediterranean, Spanish, Ranch, and French Country Homes will look best with Board & Batten designs. A style like our Painted Cedar Board and Batten Shutters, which can be customized with more than 35 cutout designs, will perfectly match the architectural style.

Federal and Colonial homes are often completed with raised panel shutters on the first floor and louvered on the second floor. Our made-to-order Cedar Raised Panel Exterior Shutters are available with numerous panel patterns to suit any homeowner’s tastes and pair wonderfully with our louvered cedar shutters.

 

  1. Pick Out Your Color & Hardware. Typically, shutters should show a high degree of contrast from the color of a home so that they stand out. You can use a color wheel to see what hues will coordinate best with the primary color of your home. While it’s not a necessity, hardware like false brackets and L-shaped shutter hinges can enhance the authenticity of exterior shutters and add to their charm.

Exterior Shutter Hardware

Hooks and Lattice make shopping for exterior shutters incredibly easy. We are truly your one-stop shop for house shutters and have a huge selection of styles, including a wide range of premium cedar shutters. Shop our full selection, where you’re sure to find the perfect look for your home.

 

Bring Life To Your Windows With Shutters

Bring Life to Your Windows with Louvered Exterior Shutters

Does the exterior of your property look bland or need some sprucing up? If you are searching for a way to increase the curb appeal of your home then consider installing operable louvered or cut-out exterior shutters. Louvered shutters offer a traditional look for your home while jazzing up the appearance of your property. Operable louvered shutters are available in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs – to match the aesthetic appeal of your property. Learn more about customization options and how exterior window shutters can bring more life to your property.

Bring Life To Your Windows With Shutters

Measuring for Shutters

Before you start shopping for shutters, you will need to measure your windows to determine what size shutters are needed. We have created detailed, yet simple to follow, instructions for measuring your windows. Pay attention to whether you are going to install fixed or functioning shutters. The instructions should give you a better idea of what size will be needed, but if you want to ensure your shutters fit perfectly, we recommend contacting a professional contractor.

 

Exterior Louvered Shutters

Exterior window shutters are the most common type of shutters that you will find along the exterior of homes throughout the country. They offer a traditional look and come in various colors and styles. Exterior louvered shutters have a universal appeal that works well on any style of architecture, whether you have a contemporary home or a cottage style abode. Examine our selection of exterior louvered shutters to get a better idea of your available options. Choose from fixed or operable shutters. With operable shutters, you can actually close your shutters for additional insulation or shade from the sun while fixed exterior window shutters mostly offer an aesthetic appeal.

Louvered Exterior Shutters with Window Box

Exterior Shutters with Cutouts

Another option for bringing more appeal to the exterior of your home is exterior shutters with cutouts. Custom designs are available to give your home a unique and original look. Let your home stand out by installing exterior shutters with cutouts. They come in a range of materials, including fiberglass, cedar, and mahogany timber. You can shop for exterior shutters with cutouts and choose from existing designs or place a custom order for a specific cutout.

Board and Batten Shutters with Palm Tree Cut Out

Outdoor Bahama Shutters

If louvered shutters or shutters with cutouts are too traditional for your tastes, then check out our selection of outdoor Bahama shutters. These exterior window shutters were originally used on homes in tropical regions, to provide shade while still allowing adequate airflow. Let a cool breeze through your home and block out the sun as needed. You don’t have to live in a tropical area to enjoy these attractive aluminum shutters.

Bahama Exterior Shutters paired with  Raised Panel Shutters

Exterior window shutters come in many variations. Louvered shutters provide a more traditional appearance; shutters with cutouts offer a unique appearance while outdoor Bahama shutters provide a useful function. Consider all your options when shopping for exterior window shutters. Take a look at the various styles and designs to find an option that complements the look of your home. Visit our site today to learn more and browse our selection of louvered shutters and exterior shutters with cutouts. We can also accommodate custom orders, so contact us today.

How To Care for Hanging Baskets

How to Care for Blossoming Hanging Baskets Year-Round

Considered a staple for moms and gardeners, hanging baskets have become to go-to for on-the-go flower-lovers who want to add a little color and curb appeal to their interior and exterior home décor. There are hundreds of hanging planters that you can purchase at major depots, but for gardeners, the real fun can be transplanting their own flowers into thriving hanging baskets of their own creation.

In this article, we will offer you tips on how to care for and maintain your selection of hanging flower baskets, as well as information about different liners and helpful self-watering reservoirs.

The Perfect Hanging Basket for You

When perusing hanging baskets, you will find that there is an abundance of unique hanging flower planters to choose from. There are ones with French wire scrolling, ones that have been handcrafted from beautiful bronze or gold Greek brackets, ones that have been molded from hard moss…and hundreds of other options.

Moss hanging basket

 

The trickiest part will be finding the perfect one for you – one that matches the personality of your home, and yourself, while giving you the opportunity to build a flourishing, gorgeous bunch of your favorite flowers. Our advice? Go with what you love at first sight. This is one of those follow your heart moments that will come in handy because your first instinct is to pick the hanging flower planter that you will cherish the most.

Finding a Liner that Works Best

As many hanging baskets as there are, there are almost twice as many hanging basket liner options. We prefer the all-natural route of coconut coir liners, made from an organic concoction of coconut fibers and tree sap.

Coco liners in hanging baskets

Coconut coir liners are strong, yet fibrous, allowing roots from your flowers to grow deep, providing the best circulation of air to nourish and nurture your plants. They are accommodating to a variety of hanging flower planter sizes and shapes, and each liner retains moisture for days after regular watering.

Self-Watering Reservoirs for Hanging Basket Maintenance

Hanging basket maintenance is more than just finding the perfect coconut coir liner, or snagging the best hanging flower basket, a self-watering reservoir could make all the difference.

Self-watering reservoir in a hanging basket

For on-the-go gardeners, self-watering reservoirs will keep your soil moist when you don’t have the time to nourish your hanging basket plants. You simply fill up the fill tubes with water and leave it be for a few days. A 6-inch single self-watering reservoir can maintain an 18-inch hanging flower basket for up to 3 days at a time.

Caring for the blossoms that are blooming in hanging flower baskets requires time. Not as much as gardening vegetables, mind you, but there is definitely an art to growing beautiful flowers in mid-air.

 

 

How to Match Window Boxes to Your Home’s Architectural Style

Whether you have bought, rent, or built the home of your dreams, you know the ins and outs of its architecture – where the sunshine hits just right, where the shade spots are, and a sliver of your true gardening potential. This is where window box planters come in – and not just any window boxes, but the best window boxes for the architectural style of your home.

The best way to choose a classic flower box depends upon the architecture of your home. Sometimes it is best to see an example on someone else’s home that is similar to yours, that has a window box, for you to truly fall in love with a particular window box and what it could do for your home’s exterior décor.

The following flower boxes have been selected to explain the many ways that a window box could spruce up your home’s exterior.

Cedar Window Boxes for Cottage and Log Homes

When you think of mountains and open fields, you probably conjure a home that could be on Little House on the Prairie. While this mental image would have been accurate a few decades ago, nowadays cabins and log homes have been made modern, retaining the old-fashioned feel of nature, while reveling the contemporary appliances and modern marvels of today’s world.

Window boxes fall somewhere in between cedar window boxes and are the best window boxes for these types of homes because they give your cottage, cabin, or log house a further rustic look. With rustic architecture, wrought iron window boxes also add an elegance touch. With wrought iron window boxes, you can add a liner or place individual 8″ pots inside to create an even more rustic feel to your curb appeal.

Framed Two Panel Cedar Window Box Painted White

Copper Window Boxes for Contemporary Homes

There are dozens of copper flower boxes to choose from, but the best window boxes in this category are those that go perfectly with the contemporary feel of a modern, suburban home. You probably have all the amenities, perhaps a big porch, and plenty of neighbors, so your curb appeal matters.

These copper window boxes are stain, decay, and deterioration resistant, meaning they will last longer, keeping your impromptu garden of beautiful flowers looking lovely. Plus, you can opt for steel arches for the exterior, accentuating the copper lining of each window box planter.

Del Mar Heights Copper Window Boxes look great on contemporary homes and commercial buildings.

Most Flower Boxes are Versatile

Sure, the aforementioned flower box options mention contemporary, cottage, cabin, and log homes, but your house or apartment might not fall into any of those categories. Lucky for you, window box planters are versatile.

The Modern Farmhouse window boxes look great on all types of homes and all kinds of siding.

Usually, people pick the home exterior décor that suits their personalities. They also pick the accessories and amenities to go into and outside of their homes based on their personal interests and likes. The same is true for window box planters. You can simply choose one that you think suits you best and go from there. It would likely be a match, considering your surroundings are already based on your unique likes and dislikes.

Shop all of our versatile window boxes at HooksandLattice.com. If you fell in love with a certain window box but need it in a different size, give us a call at 800-896-0978, we would love to make you a custom window box!

Cedar combination exterior shutters can bring elegant curb appeal to any home.

How to Enhance Home Decor Elegance with Exterior Shutters

Boasting some of the most beautiful exterior shutters on the market, we here at Hooks and Lattice are devoted to elegance and beauty in the name of home decor. We believe every home, apartment, and business could use a little sprucing up, especially to boost custom curb appeal. Our array of window shutters vary in size, shape, and color – and we can customize those aspects to suit your decor needs and specifications.

If you have only just begun thinking about exterior shutters to enhance the elegance of your home decor, we have some helpful advice on shutter types, as well as how to measure & install shutters, to get you started.

Choosing the Right Shutter Colors

The right composite window shutters can make or break the curb appeal of your home, apartment, of business. Take for example a small office building incorporated within an old-fashioned, yet beautiful, Colonial home. The home could be lovely shades of blue and white with tinges of dark brown, representative of a timeless look. When pondering exterior shutters for this type of place, you would want to match the colors of the exterior home decor to the shutters. Tackiness can be the death of curb appeal.

Traditional louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home.

Black louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home’s classic brick exterior. Source

To choose the perfect shades and colors of your composite window shutters, you have to really examine your home – getting up close to pinpoint and pick out both bold and subtle hues in your decor. After that, choosing and matching up colorful, or neutral, exterior shutters should be a breeze.

How to Install Exterior Shutters

Hooks and Lattice shutters come with guarantees of ease. We believe the best house shutters are those that require very little time to install, but provide years, perhaps even decades, of beautiful decor elegance.

We offer two options for installation of your window shutters – decorative mount or operable use. Each pair of shutters includes the hardware required to mount them, as well as instructions on how to secure the pairs into place.

Architectural Louvered Fiberglass Shutters with Matching Window Boxes

For example, for fixed shutters, you would hold the shutter in place while drilling into your window frame. Hook the hardware into the drilled holes, and voila! You have a perfectly mounted pair of decorative shutters to accentuate your home and add instant elegance to your exterior decor.

Hooks & Lattice Shutters – For the Win!

We take pride in saying, and being able to back up the fact, that our exterior window shutters in all their colors and shutter styles are the best. You simply cannot find the quality, care, and customization in big box stores. Add to the fact that we offer advice on upkeep, as well as guarantees, and you can see why our exterior shutters have been ranked at the tip top when it comes to home improvement.

Bring elegance to your home decor with a pair of house shutters from our slew of high-quality house enhancements!

Use our Exterior Shutter Buying Guide to help you choose the best shutters for your home or business.

Elegant Faux Balconies for Summer Home Makeovers

Summer is fast-approaching, which means some of the hottest days of the year – the perfect time for gardening, basking in the sunshine, and renovating your home with summertime accents. Give your house, apartment, or business a brand new look without appearing to try too hard, using faux balconies and iron window grilles.

Juliet Faux Balconies

Have you ever gazed up at a building to see a beautiful balcony – only to realize later that it actually wasn’t a balcony at all? Juliet faux balconies add custom curb appeal without the hassle of a real balcony: no architects drawings, no various approvals, and no changing the structure of your home. A wrought iron balcony begins with, you guessed it, wrought iron, which has been handcrafted into swirling loops, hoops, and beautiful twirls. This gives your home an instant dose of elegance that you never knew you were living without until you have it right in front of you.

The faux balcony curves slightly outward, creating the illusion of a real balconette beneath your windows. In turn, this furthers the illusion that your windows are actually beautiful French doors, waiting for you to burst open and greet the sunrise with a smile on your face and a cup of coffee in your hand.

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Iron Window Accents

When a balcony railing is a little too far off from what you imagine your summer home makeover to be, stick with iron window accents. Constructed from wrought iron railings, our accentuations fit conveniently, perfectly, and beautifully over small windows. These look best with antiquated home decor, like a house or apartment with the exterior texture and appearance of burnt umber or terra cotta.

Each rod iron railing of these iron window accents is handcrafted, curved and straightened into strong decorations that add pizazz and custom curb appeal to your exterior home decor.

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Spruce up a Home for Sale

Many of our Juliet balconies and iron window accents are purchased by the everyday homeowner or apartment tenant, but we encourage everyone to accentuate a beautiful house, apartment, or business for summer. Contractors and property managers are likely to have a little more success selling their houses and buildings when those properties look their best.

Window Accents & Balconies Galore

We at Hooks and Lattice offer a variety of faux Juliet balconies and iron window accents for your perusal. There is truly something here for everyone, and you are encouraged to absolutely take your time and look around for the perfect accent that will make your exterior decor POP. All of the faux balconies and iron rod railings from our collections are custom-made and can be modified to meet the precise needs of your home.

Start now to ready your home for summer!

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Introducing the Newest Edition:

The Modern Farmhouse Window Box

This isn’t your traditional window box, and just by looking at it you’d never know it wasn’t wood! Our modern farmhouse window box, which is actually sturdy fiberglass, will upgrade your home’s curb appeal without the upkeep of a traditional wooden window box.

Start your home’s curb appeal improvement project with a modern taken on cottage charm.

Because these window boxes are made from strong fiberglass, they will not rot, warp, or change color like standard wood window boxes do over time. They also weigh less than traditional window boxes so you can be sure that, with proper installation, they won’t cause any problems.

With its easy cleat mounting system, it is also incredibly versatile with four mounting options; home exteriors, decks, fences, and railings. If you’re looking to make your curb appeal more consistent by adding window boxes to the second story, we have a surprise for you, these window boxes are also completely finished on the bottom. Mounting these window boxes on a rail is no problem either, the back of the box is painted the main color of the box, as shown in the picture below.

Modern Farmhouse Window Box Cleat Mounting System

Modern Farmhouse Window Box with Cleat Mounting System

Each window box has pre-fabricated drainage holes on the bottom so you won’t have to worry about over watering and the water spilling all over your home’s exterior. You can even make these a self-watering window box planters with an optional planter reservoir to ensure your plants and flowers are watered adequately with minimal effort.

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Custom Modern Farmhouse Window Box

Normally, we can’t custom make fiberglass window boxes, but we’ve made an exception for these beauties!

Give us a call at 1-800-896-0978 with your needed dimensions and our estimates team will draw you up your very own modern farmhouse window box!