Friday, January 18, 2008

Front Doors

I love front doors. I think the front door to a home is very important. It welcomes visitors before we open the door to ask them in.

I remember when my husband and I bought our home in Jacksonville. It was a light grey stucco home with white trim. The front door has an alcove and the door was painted a flat grey just a shade darker than the house. The first time my friend Janet came over she said, "you have to paint your front door red!" I loved her idea. I went to Lowe's and bought "Safety Red" high gloss paint and took off the plain silver door knob and lock, sanded the door and painted it bright red. I then changed out the door knob with a nicer brass handle and lock set. I had always wanted a door handle like that. It changed the whole look of our home.

It was the first thing I did to our home when we moved in. We met several neighbors because of our red door. Everyone loved it. Our neighbor Kent even painted his door red next. It really made a difference. It began my goal of making our home cozy and inviting. It was also the beginning of my love of red and having touches of it in our home. Red, to me, feels cozy and warm.

Now that I don't live there and I live in a totally different world, I am leaning more towards earth tones and pastels. More of the seaside/coastal colors. Clean, crisp, yet still warm and cozy.

Next week I am going to work on the front doors and entry/porch to our rental home here in Seagrove Beach. It's very plain. I don't want to do too much since this is not our home, but I want it to be inviting. Even if just for our family to feel welcome when we come home.

I'll share some before and after photos when I have it done.

I have been taking a lot of photos as I take bike rides in this beautiful area. I am fascinated with the front doors of homes. I'll share a few below that I have stopped to take a photo of. When I get enough collected I will create a flick'r slide show of them.

Tomorrow I will share about Pot Roast! Do you ever take the time to make a pot roast in your crock pot or oven? It is so easy, little mess to clean up, and it tastes so good.

Be Inspired! -Karol


The Nester said...

Ok I LOVE the plum door with purple shutters!!! do that please!! I know you can't but wouldn't that be fun!

Sister Honey Bunch said...

I love front doors too. I just never know what to do with mine. I don't have a lot of space.

sadie said...

I'm with you, I love red doors too, but that's because I am biased and ours is red! :O) I think we are the only people round here to have painted our door, everyone else has left theirs white.

Is that your rented home you showed the piccie of? It looks very lovely and very American. There is such a difference between British and American homes, I think that each time one of my friends in the US shows outdoor or internal pictures.

I will reply to your email at some point! I've filed it away in my 'reply' folder, but it's at the front of my mind so I will get there in the end!

Have a lovely start to the week xxxx

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