Soon, all things pumpkin spice will be here, including the home visitors that bring them. In preparation of the door bell ringing, create a little spice of your own with some seasonal curb appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkins and hay bales — below are tips and projects for sprucing up your home’s view from the curb this season.

Front door, first impressions

Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home. Give your door a fresh face with a coat of paint in a bold fall color to draw the eye to this focal point of your home.

Another project is to replace the door entirely. Consider options with decorative glass accents, and stunning sidelights (windows on either side of the door) to add more natural light while maintaining a sense of style and privacy. Plus, as temperatures start to drop, Energy Star -qualified entry doors, like those from Pella, will help maintain your home’s energy efficiency. For entry door inspiration check out Pinterest, your resident showroom or your local home improvement store.

Accessorize with new hardware

Replace your front door hardware for a quick, easy facelift. Choose hardware finishes that compliment light fixtures, mailbox and house numbers for a polished, cohesive look. You’ll be delightfully surprised what a difference new hardware can make in creating an updated look to your home.

Refresh exterior body and trim colors

For a dramatic change, repaint your home’s exterior. It’s bold and can make your home stand out from other homes on the block. Not up for the bold change? To make an impact with a smaller change, add new trim colors. When updating trim, choose color schemes that match your home’s primary exterior color, or complement it with a fresh twist.

Create points of interest with plants

You don’t have to stop enjoying beautiful plants and flowers simply because summer is over. Add pops of color by arranging pots filled with hearty fall flowers like mums, sedum or asters around your front door, or on a porch or deck. Incorporate planters or container gardens of varied sizes, shapes and colors to add visual interest.

Accent with lighting

As summer light fades into shorter, darker days, add exterior accent lighting to the front of your home. Illuminate a walking path with ground-insert solar lights. Or consider solar spotlights to bring out landscaping or to shine on your updated front door. Install matching light fixtures outside your front door, garage door or patio door to provide well-lit entrances that are stylish and inviting to neighbors and guests.

For more curb appeal inspiration, follow Pella on Pinterest and Houzz and visit Cipriani Remodeling Solutions for more ideas on how to transform the look and comfort of your home inside and out.

When we heard Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity was holding its first Doors for Hope Event, it seemed a natural fit for our resident artist, Mark Incollingo, to donate a door. The Doors for Hope Event takes doors and matches them to artists. The artists then apply their magic and create an original work of art. The doors get a second life with a beautiful new makeover.

Mark Incollingo is an award-winning Remodeling Designer here at Cipriani Remodeling Solutions. He not only has many years of designing experience under his belt, but he is also a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, and we are fortunate to have such an accomplished designer. Although he secretly admits to loving his pieces, like most artists Mark does not like to boast about his work, and many clients don’t know that Mark is also an artist.

Growing up, Mark found himself always drawn to museums. Mark laughs, “I never sought art out, it just kind of found me.” In his mid-twenties, he began painting homemade canvases. He used sheets to make them, and he likes to be able to recycle something in his projects. In this image, Mark picked this chair out of the trash to give it his “trash to treasure” treatment. Voilà! Something old is new again! His daughters love this chair and use it daily.

Habitat for Humanity will auction off its Doors for Hope in October. Since it’s a family favorite, Mark plans to give his Door for Hope his puzzle treatment. For more information, visit

Mark’s artwork has been exhibited in a New York gallery and most recently at the Markeim Arts Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Mark has sold over 50 pieces in his painting career and uses a wide variety of mediums. He is inspired by some of his favorite artists: Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chegall, and Marcel Duchamp are at the top of his list. Mark’s pieces are colorful and inspiring. They make you feel happy. You cannot help but smile when viewing his work.

Don’t be lead astray by his art work. Mark’s artistic flair is one of the reasons he is a great designer. His talents set him apart as a remodeling designer. He has a wonderful ability to take his clients wish list and create the vision for his clients.

If you are thinking about a home renovation and are looking for someone with a keen eye for detail and you need help creating a vision for your space, Mark Incollingo is the perfect choice for your project. For your free consultation, visit