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Freshly Picked Fleur de Lis Home Decor

Whether your heritage is French, you’re a serious football supporter of the New Orleans Saints, or you just love the distinctive fleur de lis symbol, adding it to your home decor can be easily accomplished with our “Freshly Picked Fleur de Lis Collection.” From handle pulls to door knockers, from Board & Batten shutters to a decorative strap hinge as accent, we offer a rich assortment of this iconic art as rendered on numerous home exterior products. Read more

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.

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.

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

Curb Appeal in 5 Easy Steps

When selling your home, nothing can make or break a deal faster than curb appeal. Good curb appeal can draw in potential buyers and increase your property value, but poor curb appeal can drive people away and keep your house on the market longer. Sell your house faster with these five simple curb appeal ideas to turn your home from fab to drab!

Decorative iron accents transform ordinary doors into extraordinary doors.

Decorative iron accents transform ordinary doors into extraordinary doors.

Hardware & Knockers

Spice up your entryway and create something unique and extraordinary with iron door accessories, like handles and knockers. Our selection of iron door hardware can turn even the simplest front or garage door into a work of art that is truly unique and matches the architecture of the rest of the home. Use them on standard garage doors to create carriage garage doors. With more than 25 styles, there is the perfect piece to match your home. A classic option is this pull handle, which is sure to make your door look more substantial and expensive – a definite draw to buyers.

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

 Outdoor Planters

Nothing improves curb appeal faster than adding beautiful plants and flowers. Keep things contained and classy in curbside planters. These planters can be used to flank the entryway, line the driveway, or accentuate other details of the house. Even better, the planters are self-watering, meaning you don’t have to add plant maintenance to your already long to-do list. Planters can be filled with flowers and plants that match the style of your home and thrive in your climate. For a classic look that will appeal to every buyer, opt for this classic white square planter that will make the plants pop and carries a hefty warranty.

Literally give your curb appeal and make it stand out from the rest with a Presidential mailbox.

Literally give your curb appeal and make it stand out from the rest with a Presidential mailbox.

Custom Mailboxes

Turn those bills and advertisements into something stylish with a functional and decorative mailbox and mailbox post system. Quality mailboxes add chic sophistication to a front yard and are easy to install and maintain. Our durable mailboxes come in styles to match every home, like this beautiful presidential mail post that will make your home stand out on the block for all the right reasons.

Handmade cedar shutters are a classic architectural detail that will make any passerby do a double take.

Handmade cedar shutters are a classic architectural detail that will make any passerby do a double take.

Exterior Shutters

If windows are the eyes of the home, then shutters are the eye makeup. Handmade cedar shutters add a unique architectural detail to the front of your home and fill in space to create a full and attractive easy curb appeal. In the world of modern home styling, shutters can add an unexpected charming detail to impress potential buyers. Our cedar wood shutters are beautiful on their own or painted to match the color scheme of your home.

A faux balcony adds unique curb appeal to otherwise boring windows.

A faux balcony adds unique curb appeal to otherwise boring windows.

Juliet Balconies

Give your home a dash of old world charm with a faux balcony, like this iron Juliet balcony. Faux balconies don’t affect the structural details of the home, but they are easy to install and can instantly give your home a face lift with an unexpected and whimsical detail. Faux balconies are also a great way to give your home a larger scale and unite the interior and exterior for a more expensive feel that buyers are sure to love.
Now that you’re ready to take on the real estate market fully informed on how you can add instant curb appeal to your home, hop on over to www.HooksandLattice.com to shop. Have curb appeal ideas of your own? Contribute yours in the comments below to give other homeowners like yourself a helping hand!

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Give the Gift of Guaranteed Curb Appeal

Feeling that last minute holiday push? Time to break out the Hooks and Lattice Gift Cards for office parties, family gatherings and Christmas morning stocking stuffers. Online garden shopping sprees make the best gifts for mom, dad, a friend or neighbor. Anyone on your list known for always having a DIY project on tap! They’ll just love picking out their own home and garden goodies.

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Holiday Gift Shopping to Fit Any Budget

Are you after the best gifts for dads, grandparents, siblings, friends and gift trades within a particular price range? Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificates hit any dollar requirement right on the nose. Even cater to those window boxes you know mom’s been dying to buy, but don’t trust yourself to pick out. Before shopping our e-gift cards online, here are a few ideas at different price points to help you choose the right amount:

Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $25

It may not seem like a whole lot, but a $25 Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificate has plenty to offer DIY tinkerers and small space dwellers. Even a little something for the kids.

Terrariums are all the rage right now for DIY-savvy home and office decorators.
For those shopping in the $25 and under range, there’s this set of 3 Rhapsody Ceramic Terrariums, as well as individual glass bubbles and teardrop terrariums. Great for sprucing up houses, apartments and even cubicles with modern plant decor.

Glass Terrarium Planters - Ceiling, wall mount and tabletop

Glass Terrarium Planters – Shop ceiling mount, wall mount and tabletop designs.

Fork & Spade Decorative Garden Stakes are a fun opportunity for growers at any level.
Stick them in planting containers or nestle into the ground, then enjoy filling terra cotta pots with small flowers, moss or herbs. Great for giving kids their own small space garden to tend.

Garden Gifts Under $50         

A $50 Garden Gift Certificate proves a nice round number for Secret Santa trades, bosses and neighbors. And at this slightly higher dollar amount, there’s plenty of charming choices in store.

Like easy, stylish DIY Living Wall Planters.
This square iron frame features nine individual planting cells spread across three rows. Great for first-timers and experienced vertical gardeners alike. This rectangular design with a moisture mat also comes in at under $50 and offers its own distinctive layout.

And elegant moss obelisks.
This set of three spiraling obelisks makes the ultimate year-round decoration, but one can also imagine them glowing in the light of bright Christmas bulbs. Joy to shopping with Hooks and Lattice E-Gift Cards!

Big Ticket Curb Appeal

Have some surplus bucks to spend on the extra-special gardeners in your life? The best gifts for mom and dad, brother and sister, or grandparents just might be a little help jump-starting those home improvement projects they’ve had on the shelf.

Shown: Arch Decora Window Box with Liner, Terracotta Sprouting Kit and Amaryllis Grow Box

Shown: Arch Decora Window Box with Liner, Terracotta Sprouting Kit and Amaryllis Grow Box

Window boxes to bring wintertime cheer.
Noticed your sister’s been pinning a ton of container garden arrangements on her Pinterest board lately? Take the not-so-subtle hint and surprise her with a $100 Garden Supply Gift Card to go toward the project! Many of our composite, fiberglass, wrought iron and aluminum window box styles fall within this price range, depending on size and quantity.

Exterior window shutters, galore!
Put them on their way to curb appeal renewal with a $250 Home and Garden Gift Card to go toward decorative window shutters. This generous dollar amount will provide a good head start on all of our most popular vinyl shutter styles including board-n-batten, louvered, raised panel and combination patterns.

Check out more holiday gift card ideas for Christmas 2014 – visit us at http://www.HooksAndLattice.com! We’re also on Facebook and Pinterest.

How to Install Arched Top Shutters Correctly

Photo Credit: The Godby's

Wooden arched top shutters on the upstairs accompanied by straight-top shutters on the lower level.

Historically, shutters only served a functional role: that of covering the house’s windows, protecting them against the elements – since back then glass was something not many could afford. Nowadays, shutters serve both a functional role – as they protect your window and a decorative role – as their presence can greatly contribute to the curb appeal of your home.

It is no surprise therefore that an increasingly number of people turn to installing exterior shutters when it comes to home improvements, especially since shutters also increase property value. Although it looks easy enough, not everyone knows how to install shutters properly, especially arched top shutters which are a bit trickier to mount because of their shape. And because you probably want to make sure that you do a good job, here are a few things you need to pay attention to:

Placement

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The #1 mistake made during arch top shutter installation is the panel orientation…oftentimes even by hired installers!

You don’t have to place shutters at every window. Use them only for the windows you feel could benefit from the presence of shutters. In fact, only single windows should be fitted with shutters, as fitting them on wider windows would be impractical – they would not cover the entire window. Even if you just want them for décor they would look awkward.

Choosing the Right Shutters

You need to select a shutter that matches the shape and size of your window perfectly. The arch of the window can be elliptical or a semi-circle. You need to then measure the width of the window opening. This will help you get the exact width of the two arched window shutters, since they need to meet in the middle of the window.

Wood composite arched top window shutters flank a traditional window. Exterior shutter hardware supports and holds the panels open.

There aren’t many styles of arched top shutters on the market, because of their special shape. However, they match pretty much any architectural style easily, and you will find it easy to find something that is a perfect fit for your home – whether you are looking for something classical looking or for something with a more modern look.

Shutter Installation

The materials you need to use for shutter installation depend on whether you are interested in using them only as decorations, or you wish to actually use them to protect your home from the scorching sun. You should know that the difference in costs between the two is not significant – and it pays to be able to actually use them. Either way, attach the shutters at the edges of the window, so that they look natural. Make sure they are symmetrically placed, and that you didn’t attach them backwards – the exterior design must face the wall.

It’s easy to make mistakes when installing arched top shutters. You need to pay attention and correct any mistakes made. That way, you’ll be one step closer to giving your home that perfect look you’ve always dreamed of.

Now that you know how to install them correctly – start shopping exterior shutters for the perfect fit for the architectural style of your house.