Apartment Therapy On: Apartment Exteriors

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When is the last time you looked at the outside of your apartment? Our dwellings in the city are very internalized. Many of us don't really know what our homes look like from the outside. Some of our apartments aren't visible from the street, or don't have a real "facade"...

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So, we sometimes like to remind ourselves when we step outside to look up and study the exterior of our home. What is it made of? Is it clean, dirty? Are there any decorative elements in the railings or masonry? How do they relate to the interior?

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These details - as separate as they feel from our interior worlds - can inform design choices we make indoors. What areas can you impact where interior and exterior meet: window treatments, cleaning your windows, removing menus/postings from the stoop and building entry? (Photo via: NubbyTwiglet on Flickr.)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.