The Entryway- Outside Edition


I am in online school finishing up my bachelors degree, and I started on Monday.  I am trying to come to grips with it, giving up my beloved free time and heading into my last two semesters before I graduate.  However, this doesn’t mean I am going to stop working on my house.  I think a fun easy quick project will be the exterior entry.

I love the exterior of my home.  It is white, ranch style Spanish goodness with ample patios and lots of vines.  It does need a little spruce.  Note the giant oak door.  There is part of me that wants to change it, but a bigger part says keep it.


Long term I want to rip out the tile that was laid on the landing and replace it with some Saltillo tile or cement tile, but for now I am going to do the following.

  1. Paint the very outer trim on the front door back.  I want to give a little more contrast to the entry, and I think it will define it more.
  2. Rip out the random ficus tree and hibiscus bush that is blocking the view of the front door from the street and replace it with boxwood bushes or some other small shrub.  Maybe dwarf rosebushes?



(I also have a thing for blue glazed pots, and I can’t bring myself to get rid of that cactus that also looks like a cross between Beaker from the Muppets and an asparagus.  I also don’t have a spot for it anywhere, so he just kinda hangs out there weirding people out)
  1. Deck it out for fall.  I have been loving perusing Pinterest and seeing all the fall goodness.  Here’s an image that has been inspiring me.


This color scheme.  It can be Halloween, or 86 those faux crows and it works for fall.  Work smarter not harder!  Going this route for any season is great, especially if the budget is tight.  Which mine is.

I think simpler is better in a front door situation.  I don’t like a lot of fuss, and tend to steer clear of the burlap situation… and fake hay bales…

I also need to replace my front door mat.  I will say this Pottery Barn mat has been worth every penny.  I bought it when we bought our last house almost six years ago, and it just gave out.  That’s pretty impressive for an $80 dollar mat.  modernishhomeexterior-41



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