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Winter doesn't have to be a dull season for your Cape Cod home

10 Dec 2012 9:39 AM
Winter doesn't have to be a dull season for your Cape Cod home

It is easy to let design and landscaping projects lie fallow during the winter. When the weather gets cold and the days get short, many homeowners lose the energy to add creative elements to their homes until spring has returned. However, as holiday parties and family gatherings are common parts of the season, ignoring home design from December through March could be a mistake. This is especially true considering that there is such an abundance of seasonal projects available to creative residents.

For Cape Cod residents, the winter can be a particularly fruitful time for home and garden projects. Cape Cod homes provide the perfect backdrop for dramatic and quietly beautiful New England winters. Whether this is your first winter on the Cape or your 40th, now is a great time to consider some projects that will help your home stand out during the colder months.

A splash of color
Compared to the other seasons, winter can easily seem drab. White snow, gray skies and bare trees combine for a particularly colorless landscape. Because of this, many homeowners believe there is little they can do to change the surrounding atmosphere.

In fact, this couldn't be further from the truth. The lack of color makes it easy for creative people to change their yards to add depth and vitality to their properties. A few simple touches - a colorful bench, an elegant bird feeder, or exciting garden decorations - are much easier to spot at this time of year, so a little effort can go a long way.

Of course, in keeping with winter's general nature, simplicity may be the best route in this case. You don't want to overwhelm your yard with dozens of decorations. Picking a few carefully selected items can help you walk the line between overindulgence and restraint.

Exterior and windows
Similarly, you can use your house as a canvas much more easily in winter than you can at other times throughout the year. Cape Cod homes are known for their simple elegance, so accentuating that characteristic with a few primary-colored window shutters or wind chimes can give your house an appealing seasonal update without a hint of gaudiness. Even more simply, a few lit candles on your windowsills can give evening passers-by and guests simple treat.

Winter may be the quietest and slowest season in many ways, but it doesn't mean you have to forgo any efforts to improve the elegance of your home.