Let me start with outside accessories. Nothing is more pleasant than driving up to your cottage after a hard days work and seeing fun shutters and window boxes (full of flowers)! It's a lot like "comfort food," but without the calories!
Shutters that are not screwed flat to the wall but blocked out from the wall or hinged (making them functional). I am not big on the S hook to hold the shutters because they are a distraction. I prefer screen door latches that are inexpensive and hidden. These shutters are called "Stars of the Sea" and can be found on the online store (www.janecoslickcottagecollection.com). They can be bought unpainted or in a selectin of my colors, or customized in your favorite color, motif, and size. They are made of cypress in the North Georgia by a wonderful craftsman, Glenn Wilson.
Hint: They can als be used as interior accessories, but in a different form...more on that later!
What shall we plant in the window boxes? There's shade, but a bit of afternoon sun.