opportunity is knocking

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!

As some of you may already be aware of, I am in the (lonnnng) process of replacing my front door.  You know the old adage: the proverbial children of the shoemaker who go without shoes? Well, in my house lives a contractor so we go without the repairs (or at least, they go longer than normal).

Anyway, I am still in the process of reviewing and deciding on the details of my front door replacement, including lighting, doorbell, color, trim work, etc. Yeah, there is a lot to it when you get into the ‘details’ of a front door replacement.

So, while doing my diligence, I just ran across these beautiful images of front door styles in Southern Living Magazine and thought I would share with you. They are beautiful and they get me even more excited about the completion (one day) of my front door repair.

Here you go: Opportunity is knocking!

Peaches and Cream
Let a cheerful paint color loosen up a formal facade. This coral shade peps up a Palladian transom, traditional pediment, and regal door knocker. Break from an otherwise symmetrical look with a single carriage lantern.

Paint Color: Pink Mimosa (P180-3); homedepot.com
Light: ELK Lighting Grande Isle Sconce, $818; farreys.com
Door Knocker: Lion Door Knocker, $118; wayfair.com
Container: Acadia Urn, $299; frontgate.com
Accent Piece: Hand-Welded House Number, $30; anthropologie.com

Classic French Door Entry
French doors with a fresh Chippendale spin complement the Colonial home’s English roots. The curved muntins and spherical finials on the parapet play off the founded boxwoods lining the front of the home.

Play the Blues
Strike a high note on an otherwise toned-down entry with a pop of color. This home has classic craftsmanship, such as fluted pilasters and a starburst transom, but what really shines—other than a cute pup—is the deep blue paneled door with shiny brass accessories.

Paint Color: Gentleman's Gray (2062-20); benjaminmoore.com
Light: Beacon Hill, $308; 1800lighting.com for retailers
Door Knocker: Solid Brass "S" Style Door Knocker, $35.29; houseofantiquehardware.com
Container: Cauldron Pot in Blue, $220, available through Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery; 205/328-1000
Accent Piece: Brass Mail Slot, $16.99; amazon.com

Solar Flair
Amp up a traditional home with unexpected sunset hues. Here, fiery red paint energizes an entryway, which exudes elegance with its ornate transom, dentil molding, filigreed pendant light, and wrought iron railing.

Paint Color: Tomato Red (2010-10); benjaminmoore.com
Light: Square Hanging Pendant Light, from $375; bevolo.com for retailers
Doorbell: "Please Ring" Doorbell Button, $18; rejuvenation.com
Container: Fiberstone Box, from $215; jaysonhome.com
Accent Piece: Heavy Duty Brass Traditional Mail Slot, $99.90; houseofantiquehardware.com

Green to Envy
Give guests a warm welcome with friendly tones of green, gray, and blue. This grand double-door entry is balanced by its easygoing, leafy hue and simple carving. The weathered patina of the pendant lantern suggests a home that's mellowed over time.

Paint Color: Tradd Street Green (DCR090); duron.com
Light: Federal Hanging Lantern, $459; shadesoflight.com
Door Knob: Estate Knob (5041), from $100; baldwinhardware.com for retailers
Container: Blue Ceramic Planter, from $480; scenariohome.com
Accent Piece: 4 Inch Solid Brass Number, $2.97; homedepot.com

Would you like to see more about the Front Door?

Here is a great post regarding the First Impression your home can make.