Monday, December 12, 2011

Design Tips: Dressing Up your Front Door


My mom bought a wreath for me this year! Usually I'm not a wreath person, out of sheer laziness mostly, but I do like them. This one in particular is a very pretty one, a fresh one with real greens from Land's End. I did not know they did holiday decor, but I was impressed with its qquality.

The wreath even came with a hanger. With the weather seal, I didn't end up using it on my door but I rigged up some office supplies and attached it to my door knocker. It looks like I planned it, but I didn't really...

Looking at my front door with this very pretty wreath on it is now I'm noticing how ratty it looks. The door, not the wreath.

Funny I hadn't really seen it that way. The front door is supposed to be the welcoming first impression of your whole house. At my house we usually use the kitchen door, and so do most of our friends so rarely do we even open the front door. I find soggy phone directories and stuff attached to the door knob that's been there for who knows how long.

The finish is peeling on the door and the color is fading. The door knob is dusty and dirty and the light is full of dead bugs. OK, so what, you might ask. Did you clean it up? No I did not. I had some other stuff to do. Later that day, I read a fun article by Bob Tedeschi that appeared in The New York Times, "Sprucing Up Your Front Door," published on line on November 30, 2011.

I think I have the same kind of house blindness he describes-- what you get when you've lived someplace for a while, you may have had a lot of work done on the house, but you get on with living. The little leftover stuff becomes invisible and you just live with it... the broken hinge on the cabinet, the missed spot that you never touched up after repainting, etc.

Tedeschi also has some great tips and fun anecdotes about fixing up his front door, when that project trickles to the top of the list, I'm sure they'll come in handy. Until then, I'll just conveniently ignore it!

Until next time!
--Elaine Bothe

Photo courtesy of Land's End.

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 12:01 AM 

1 Comments:

Anonymous home builders Missouri said...

I also love your wreath. Yes, it is really great to make our doors so welcoming because it is the first thing that meets any of our visitors. Is it not great to feel so welcomed because the door itself invites you in? Thank you for sharing this site. The tips really help.

October 1, 2012 at 2:30 AM  

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