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If you've got a stoop

If you've got a stoop

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What your stoop — or fire escape — lacks in square-footage it makes up in classic, city charm.

Make sure you have a comfortable place to rest your bottom on that top step, says Rasheeda Gray, of Jenkintown’s Gray Space Interior Design. Pick up seat cushions in summery shades of hot pink, orange, Kelly green or turquoise. If you don’t want to lay out the cash, use some old pillows or cushions to stay comfy, just make sure they have a washable cover.

Potted plants will bring joy to your stoop, too. “The key is choosing the right size containers for the space,” Joseph Crescenzo, store manager of the Northeast Philadelphia Lowe’s wrote in an email. Pots that are too big can be a tripping hazard. Too small, your plants will go unnoticed. Try bright blooms like yellow daylilies or a flowering vine, like sweet pea. “These can withstand the summer heat or even the occasional drought,” Crescenzo said.

Swap old house numbers to improve stoop appeal. “It’s a small change,” Crescenzo said. “But you will be surprised how much a new set will change the overall look and feel of your front door.”

Pro tip: Consider coordinating your mailbox numbers, too.

Other extras can help, too: Gray suggests adding a tiny water fountain because even on a bustling, busy street, the sound of water can be calming. Monique Greenwood, owner of Akwaaba Philadelphia is pro wind chimes as “the sounds are welcoming,” she says (though be careful if they annoy neighbors).

Pro tip: Keep cushions, magazines, chalk, jump ropes and citronella candles in a storage bin near the front door so you can get your hands on everything quickly.

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