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In Patti Wagner’s world, strolls aren’t just something you take when you’re bored. The renovator and former product designer’s Instagram feed (@patticakewagner) is chock-full of exteriors, from classic farmhouses with a twist to quintessential Colonials, all of which she captures on casual walks through her charming, tree-lined Minneapolis neighborhood. Come fall and winter, the streets surrounding her 1927 Tudor effectively transform into a whimsical wonderland—first thanks to amber leaves and pumpkin-dotted steps, then snow-covered porches and string lights. Here, the blogger takes us around the block—and shares five seasonal tips for decorating outdoors along the way. 

Bring on the Shutters 

While there’s no one element that makes for good curb appeal, a detail that will always cause passersby to stop and stare are good-looking shutters. “They make a home look proportionate,” says Wagner. The black ones on this white Colonial pop against the white siding.

Pick Something Tropical for the Front Door 

The cooler months can start to feel really dreary with all the grays, whites, and beiges. Lift your spirits when the temperature drops with a hit of turquoise. “The color instantly catches your eye,” says Wagner of this Spanish-style home. A dose of hot pink or yellow on the door would also brighten things up.

Get Playful With Lighting 

String lights aren’t just for the holidays; the glistening bulbs look welcoming in autumn as well. “They’ll instantly add a sense of coziness to the porch,” says Wagner. Between the lush green foliage and fire-engine red paint color, this cottage was practically made for a Hallmark movie.  

Radiate Charm With Classic Woodwork 

“Old homes have so much character that they don’t need much from a color standpoint,” shares Wagner. If you are craving a little extra definition, stay true to the architecture’s roots. “I love the soft green trim on this Tudor home,” she adds. The olive hue complements (but doesn’t compete with) the sandy undertones of the stone arch around the doorframe.

Think Small but Mighty 

“New builds don’t always have to be superlarge,” says Wagner. The simplicity and scale of this modern farmhouse—owned by her friend and fellow blogger Melissa Coleman—will one-up a McMansion any day. Add a natural garland and wreath, and you’re set. Talk about good neighbors.

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