Remodel your exterior into exterior cottage design. You can start to create an exterior cottage design with picket fences and flowers. Separate your yard from your neighbors’ property or the sidewalk with a quaint white picket fence. A front gate for entry completes the picture. A picket fence is low-maintenance when you substitute synthetic materials for the traditional wood of earlier fences. A picket fence has more appeal with an occasional rosebush planted and trained to grow around the posts. Although not intended as a privacy fence, a picket fence provides a friendly border and works well to surround a cottage home. Then, flowers add charm, and a cottage home shouldn’t be without them. A border of tulips or daffodils along the sidewalk is a welcoming sight to visitors. Staggered planting of perennials guarantees your walk border will have blooms throughout the growing season. Potted flowers on porch steps or near the front door finish the path. Window boxes are another way to display flowers and turn boring windows into decorative exterior features. Geraniums do well in window boxes; ivy that hangs gently down the sides of the box set geraniums off beautifully.