Home Upgrades That Pay Off
Brookside Collection Wall Lantern by Progress Lighting
Illuminate your doorstep with this solid-brass farmhouse-style lantern. Its oversized shade casts a wide glow that lights up a search for a misplaced key or that often-elusive keyhole. Available in three finishes, including antique nickel (shown).
To buy: $71, csnlighting.com.
6 Mailbox by Ecco
This romantic aluminum mailbox, protected with a lock and adorned with a Victorian cherub motif, seems more deserving of handwritten love letters than junk mail and bills. Its rustproof finish is also a boon for exposed entrances. Available in six colors, including white (shown).
To buy: $119, ecco-products.com.
Centurion Mailbox by USM Mailboxes
U.S. Postal Service-approval means this classic mailbox is designed to brave the elements―just like the unwavering workforce of the USPS. It features a steel-plated shell and a powder-coated weather-resistant finish; a spear-shaped flag alerts the mailman, while a magnetic seal keeps the door closed―and moisture out.
To buy: $167.50, mailboxixchange.com.
Domicile House Numbers by Chiasso
- Mark your territory with these wall-mounted stainless-steel digits. They're bold enough to be seen from across the street, so visitors won't need eagle-eye vision to spot your pad.
- To buy: $14 each, chiasso.com.
Egg Birdhouse by J. Schatz
This adorable earthenware residence hangs from vinyl-coated wire and features a two-inch-long perch for feathered friends. A removable aluminum base pops out for quick cleanup, and a slick, glazed surface prevents even the most determined squirrel from setting up shop. Available in eight colors, including Sun Yellow (shown).
To buy: $135, jschatz.com.
Ring Doorknocker by Baldwin Hardware
Draw attention to your front door with this solid, forged-brass door knocker. Available in 12 finishes, including polished-chrome (shown), this modern knocker will allow guests to announce their arrival without bruising their knuckles.
To buy: $71.50, capecodbrass.com.
Georgetown Rosette Entry Set by House of Antique Hardware
For those who are serious about security, this solid forged-brass doorknob and lockset features a pick-resistant dead bolt. Its design―an egg-and-dart border surrounding a pattern of entwined vines―proves you can protect your home and still stay stylish. Available in five finishes, including tarnish-resistant PVD (shown).
To buy: from $255, houseofantiquehardware.com.
Round Beaded Doorbell by Restoration Hardware
Doorbells can make a statement, too. Made of solid brass in six finishes (including antique copper, shown), this charming model is a cover-up for an existing bell. Even though you‚ll hear the same tone, you‚ll spruce up your entryway at little cost.
To buy: from $7, restorationhardware.com.