I once heard someone compliment a house by saying that they loved how they could open the front door and see straight through to the back. I was 11 years old when I heard that remark and I distinctly remember thinking that it was anything but a compliment. While open floor plans seem to be a popular concept, I like the the idea that each room can be distinct on it’s own and yet still blend with the house. One’s house can flow without having a whole floor encompassing one large space. This philosophy (which many won’t agree with) is why I love townhouses.
There is something about townhouses I find to be incredibly chic and sophisticated. A majority are three stories, but never very wide. It feels almost like a tree house, with each floor a layer and every room a story. They often hold a great deal of character and leave guests guessing what fabulous room is around the corner. I plan to feature plenty interiors of terrific townhouses on the blog, but today I am only going to give you a glimpse of just how chic the outside can be!
A reminder: Just because you live in a townhouse, it does not give you a right to sacrifice good landscaping. If that seems far fetched, just add two potted boxwoods by the front door- they really do make life better!
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A Lincoln Park, Chicago townhouse. Beautiful boxwoods and window boxes. Lovely architecture as well! Photo source: The Foo Dog Ate My Homework
Speaking of boxwoods….ahhhh! Bunny Melon’s townhome is my kind of heaven. The shutters are perfectly shaped and everything is so serene and wonderfully appointed. Photo source: The Food Dog Ate My Homework
Incredibly designed window boxes make a statement! Photo source: BJD Haus Design
Look at the organized landscaping and sharp black shutters. This Greenwich Village townhome designed by Sawyer Berson would look perfect in every season, especially Fall!
A phenomenal South Kensington townhouse designed by Rob Southern. This entry is everything! Photo by James Merrell for House Beautiful
Andrea Anson’s New York City townhouse is timeless and classic. Photo source: Architectural Digest
The Breakfast at Tiffany’s House has so much character (pun intended).
Charlotte Moss has such a flair for stylish living. A well landscaped courtyard in her NYC townhome.
Incredible architecture in this classic townhouse. Photo source: Flickr
Seeing green in this chic a soft townhouse that packs personality. Photo source: Pinterest
Having quite a bit of fun with these statement steps and black glossed front door. Photo source: Pinterest
Lot’s of contrast between the black and white on this elegant townhome.
Another great architectural townhome. The doors look so European! Photo source: Little Green Notebook
A lush and fresh townhouse entry. Photo source: Pinterest
The Lincoln Park area of Chicago is full of wonderfully built townhouses, like this one designed by Hewitt Hown Builders.
Miles Redd has such a gift for the use of color. It is no surprise that he let his NYC townhouse reflect his vibrant and design-genius personality.
A modern townhome in the West Village by Robert AM Stern. Lot’s of windows and great landscaping make the back visually appealing and functional.
Lovely. Photo source: Habitually Chic
A fabulous door. I love the serene and stately presence of this townhouse. Photo by Max Kim-Bee
Quite the roof on this incredible Washington townhome via Elle Decor
A statement, soft blue paint line the windows of this townhouse. Photo source: The Fuller View