If the front doors are the “eyes of the home” then I just got a major lash lift!
...and it was about time! New doors have been a top priority since purchasing this drab old house and overtime it just sank down to the bottom of the home renovation “to-do list.” When we first purchased our home, it had old wooden doors with layers of paint. They were dark chocolate brown and defiantly didn’t give off that “come on in!” feeling we were looking for. Funny side note, Seth leaves the keys in the front door on a regular basis and in the morning when I wake up to find that they are there just dangling from the lock I always joke with him saying.... “COME ON IN! Take a look around! Help yourself to WHATEVER you want! MI CASA ES SU CASA!” You would think after 9 years he would have learned his lesson by now...BUT NO. On one occasion, He even left the keys to our car out on the front lawn which invited some thugs to take our car for a joyride...what can I say? He’s a very giving type of guy (ha ha). He’s such a rascal.
So here we are...way down the list, but nevertheless just as important as the beginning. New doors! Finally. We ended up ordering Jeld Wen doors from a local door company located up here in the mountains...The doors are made to look and feel like wood but they are actually fiber glass! TRICKED YA RIGHT?! It’s actually pretty crazy how much they look like actual wood. They even have to be stained (I’ll include the stain kit I used in the bottom links). Obviously, real wood would be our first choice but with the snow and the heat we didn’t want to deal with the door swelling and shrinking with different temps. The new doors gave a huge facelift to the exterior of our home and let in so much natural light! So worth the wait.
I’m not too ashamed to admit that if you were walking up to our front doors last year you would one hundred percent pass by a HUGE pile of trash from the house demolition, including an old toilet, and weeds that were so high they tickled my butt cheeks. Every time I walk down our pathway to the front door and see green grass, plants that are just starting to flourish, and my new doors, I get the best feeling in the world. It’s a combination of that “home” feeling I have been missing during the “renovation months of hell”, and relief that we no longer appear to be a bunch of hillbillies to the Amazon Prime drivers. I can finally look them straight in the eye. lol.
We want all the natural light we can get in this house and these doors did just the trick!
I have blogged in a previous post about our entry way closet that we converted into a cozy little nook. As I’ve said before, I wanted this house to be filled with personality, patterns, color, and a lot of white too! Mission accomplished. This Loloi rug was the perfect addition to our entryway. Loloi is BY FAR my favorite rug company. The quality is top notch and the patterns and colors are just gorgeous. check them out HERE. The rugs are soft on your feet, very durable, and easy to clean.... With a toddler I can attest to this with no hesitation. NO BS HERE. To top it all off...they did a collaboration with my girl JO! Magnolia Homes by Joanna Gains x Loloi Rugs. Be still my heart. Be still my wallet. So much goodness, If only I had more rooms to decorate in this tiny home.
A few other pieces that make this entry way special for me are the antique vanity and the wine barrel in the front. A little-known fact about me...I’m a HUGE “Sentimental Sally”. I mean, I take it to another level. If there is a memory tied to it...good luck prying it away from my bloody fingers! I purchased our entryway vanity from an estate sale right after Seth and I got married from a little Italian woman in her late 90’s. She said that her family had brought it over to American all the way from Europe when she was a little girl! It needed a little work but overall in decent shape. Seth and I sanded and stained it together. We added new knobs and tightened all the pieces up just a bit. It’s special because it is the very first project that we did together! I remember Seth complaining when I asked him to help me sand it down....BOY OH BOY, he had zero idea what was in store for him! And look at him now! A shiny beacon of manhood with dozens of finished projects under his belt.
The wine barrel was a gift from Seth on our 3rd wedding anniversary. It is weathered and worn and I love the combination of that with beautiful flowers spilling out and flowing down it’s sides.. My biggest tip to anyone decorating their home would be...ANYONE can have a home filled with goodies from Target, World Market, or Home Goods (don’t get me wrong here, I love goodies too and have plenty plus all the “who’s it’s and what’s it’s GALORE”) BUT, incorporate things in your home that means something to you! A vase from your grandma’s home, a souvenir from a memorable trip, a great flea market find, even a plant! No matter the size or design of the space...GIVE IT LIFE! and let it tell a story about who you are.
(SHOPPING LINKS LISTED BELOW)
Assorted Pillows- Home goods, Pier One