Creating a Statement Entryway

I've always been a big admirer of beautiful statement front doors. There's something about pulling up to a home that has an eye-catching door that sets the tone for the whole house. 

This post is in collaboration with Doors4Home. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. 

One of the things that drew us to this house was the amazing wrap around porch. I envisioned myself sitting out here rocking my babies while catching the sunset. I feel incredibly blessed that I now get to live that out. There was one thing that I had a hard time getting past, the front door. There was a bright red door that I was never in love with. The house also has hunter green shutters and it just screamed Christmas to me. I knew changing out the front door was high on my priority list. I didn't want just any old door, though. I knew if we were going to make the investment, we were going to do it right. After searching around for some ideas, I knew that a double door, and particularly one with an arched look, would be perfect there. We were fortunate to have enough space to make it work and were excited to start the transformation with the front of our home.

I have always loved the look of a wood door and the timeless feel it creates. Having a solid wood door was important to us to give us the transformation we were hoping for.

Because we wanted a few particular things with our front door, like solid wood, a double door, and an arched look, we knew we couldn't just walk into any store and pick one off the shelves. That's where Doors4Home came into play. I cannot say enough good things about them and how easy they made this whole process. They have so many beautiful doors to choose from that fit your style and needs. They are also easily accessible and you can call with any questions or concerns. I loved that. We had several questions before placing our order and wanted to make sure we had everything right. We didn't have to wait on hold for hours on end and push a ton of buttons just to get ahold of someone. They ship doors all over the country and your door is custom made to your specifications. You also have 2 business days to make any changes in writing if need be. It really felt like personalized service which was a huge selling point for me.

After several weeks of production, our door was delivered and we were so excited to get it installed. We went with an arch top mahogany wood door in the finish of chappo. It was amazing to see the transformation take place right before our eyes. It motivated us even more to finish up some projects on the front porch and get it to an area that we really enjoy. We eventually want to transform the entire outside of our house (the door will be staying) but that will come with time.

For now, some new plants, furniture for our porch, and an entryway doormat, give it a little something extra on the outside. It's fun to sit out here and watch the boys play or have them rock in our chairs right along side of us. Little nugget also likes to sneak off and ring the doorbell when he can because he thinks it's just the funniest thing.

The inside also took on a major transformation and this door was the finishing piece to bring it all together. I know it might sound silly, but sometimes I catch myself peering over the railing from my upstairs and admiring it all.

This door lets in amazing light along with giving it a grand feel. When you walk in I have a small bench seat to the one side with a statement clock above it. That clock was Eric's grandfather's that he held onto. I love that we have it hanging there and that it holds a special sentiment.

If you watch my insta stories often you'll see that I share some projects and more personal peeks into our space. Some have commented that they love my style but that it's hard to classify. I would have to agree. I feel that styles constantly change but those staple pieces should be your anchor. Paint colors and accent decor can always be switched out. Things like a front door, or picking your flooring and backsplash, are more longterm commitments. I think if I had to narrow my style into categories, it would be safe to say it's a mix of modern farmhouse with a bit of glam. It's a little all over the place, but it works for us, and I think that's what matters. Being happy with your own home and confident with your design choices is so important.

Let's get back into talking about the entryway. When you come through the door and make your way down the hall, I also have a small table with some pictures and a mirror hanging above it. I got this mirror on a clearance rack and the color was originally grayish. I spray painted it black and I think it picks up the spindles from our railings really well. We also have a framed picture going down the hallway and leading into the kitchen. Eric found it in the trash outside of an estate sale (that's another story) and much to our surprise it was an original etched piece of art that we deiced to hang (see what I did there) onto and have it framed.

In all of my other houses there were always secondary doors that we used more than our main front door. This time around it's nice to have a dedicated entryway that creates the whole feel for our home. It's the main pass through. It's a place where you can walk into to create memories. Where new adventures are made.  And where we navigate the ins and outs of life.

What about you, what's something you love about your entryway or something that you would change?

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