But the most dramatic change occurred, as predicted, when they painted the walls, leaving select areas (a ceiling here, a banister there) alone for contrast. "I'm all about white," Julie says, summing up her trademark. In this photo: Baby, a rescue dog, presides over the open-plan living area, where an old porthole frame adds interest to the white walls. Julie stocks a variety of wall art, like this painted portrait of a bull, in her shop.
String lights from Target twinkle over the front porch, and Pottery Barn wicker furniture surrounds an antique folding table, where the family plays cards. Plus: 41 porches and patios we'd love to relax on »