It’s All About the Front Door


My renovation has got me thinking I want to change the entrance to my home.  Right now, I have two French doors for my front entrance and I think I would like to have a single door point of entry.  I intend to set the tone with the curb view of my house.  My dream cottage would be on Nantucket, so it seems that would be a good place to start.  Looking at these pictures, there is definitely a theme emerging.  I am leaning toward removing the planking just on the front porch and replacing it with cedar shingling.  Coupled with the bright white trim and some old lanterns flanking the door.  I would love to find a really old plank door that originated on a house in the North East.  It all depends on budget and availability.  To that end, here are some of the options I have found:

I hope you find some inspiration.




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Sparkly, White Snow for Christmas

White Christmas.

Peppermints covered in snow.

Fresh Snow.

Nature’s red, green and white.

Twinkle in the night.

Coastal Leanings

The Simple Joy.

To the Sea, to the Sea.

I must go down to the seas again,

for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call

that may not be denied.

My style has slowly evolved from Early American Primitive into New England Coastal Cottage.  Throughout my little shangri la are small references to the place that I long to be, all against a coastal inspired light palette.

Little Cottage Lamp filled with Seashells.

Sea Inspired Colors on a vintage tin.

Old Maritime Pewter.

Shiplap and Portal Inspired Mirror.

Gifts from the Sea in a Hurricane Lamp.

Coastal Design for leisurely reading.

Nautical Lantern from the Rafter.

Vintage Ship Model and Poets Lantern.

Pretty Porches


Sit a spell, if you please.

I feel really lucky to live in such a great neighborhood. You sit on your front porch and people walk about and say hello, offer a compliment for your yard work or stop to pet your dog.  Two years ago, after Christmas,  one of my neighbors (whom I have never met) placed a photograph of my house taken during the holidays in my mailbox.  We had a White Christmas that year and she thought that my house looked so lovely with the snow and holiday decorations that she took a picture and left it for me, in the event I was out of town that day and missed it.  Now THAT’S what I am talking about.  As I said, I feel really lucky to live in this lovely little Anytown, USA.

Old Houses and Picket Fences.

Patriotic Colors of Summer.

Old Quilts for Cushion Covers and French Ticking Pillows.

Mason Jar is painted with Mercury Glass Spray Paint for a warm summer glow.

Screening is added to the top to keep the bugs out.

Pottery Barn clearance item for night time congregating.

Samantha Girl who is always ready to play ball.