The Story of a Door

9.21.2010

I am still adding touches of fall here and there and that includes the front door. The front entrance tells a story of what to expect inside. Our front doors make a big impact to the appearance of our house and have a big impact on curb appeal. So don't forget the front door.

When we built our house fifteen years ago, the traditional lead glass doors were seen everywhere and we decided to put one on our house, too. We were very lucky to find our front door and side lights at a salvage warehouse. It is made of solid oak and we gave only $150.00 for the whole thing. Score!! After it was installed we went on vacation and when we came back to check on the house the front door had been stolen. We were sick about it. They didn't get the side lights because the stucco was holding them in, but the door was gone. I thought how are we going to find a door with lead glass that matches the side lights. We were so so lucky. We went back to the salvage warehouse and they had another door just like the first one. Yay! It looks fine, but does not fit good like the original. That's o.k. I just wanted it to match. 


This door has been several colors over the years, but the current color is Iron Gate by Sherwin Williams. I usually use Benjamin Moore paints, but this was the perfect brown black.
The Tennessee field stone was added just a few years ago and what a difference it made.
The lights were changed out, too.

This is my new fall swag that I just added.





This was the spring and summer look.


I will be adding some fall flowers to the porch when it gets cooler.
Ignore the hole up next to the gutter. Mr. Savvy will fix it some day. We had a leak inside and he had to make that hole to see where the water was coming from. Now he just needs to patch the hole he made. He is such a procrastinator. I told him critters will be moving in with us.

I am linking to a party at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia to show off our front door. Thanks Kristin for hosting this party.  Hope you will join in too.
Linking to A Southern Daydreamer for outdoor Wednesday.


Y'all come back now,

KIM


65 comments:

  1. I love your swag. So pretty.

    You entry is beautiful but I love the stone the most:) Our home in Florida was shaker shingles and stacked stone. :( Still miss that house.

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  2. Your front door & your whole front entry are beautiful! I love the floral on your door....so pretty! I still have to add fall touches to my front porch. It has been so blazing hot and that side of the house gets the afternoon sun. The Tennessee fieldstone is giving me ideas about the house we are considering that has an not so pleasing exterior!

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  3. Just gorgeous Kim...I love the lights, they look super! Total curb appeal going on here. Can I come in PLEASE:)?

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  4. Hi Kim!
    Wow, someone stold your door! yikes! I guess this does happen around construction sites.
    I'm glad you found another and it looks lovely. I like it painted black and your pretty wreath looks lovely. Love that stone too.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  5. Such a pretty grand entrance!!

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  6. Pretty I love the swag!!

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  7. Love the color of the door, the door looks great spring/summer and fall! I'm going to add your button to my blog♥

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  8. Very cute Kim. I have a door with the lead stuff in in too. Your's looks nice and I like the color.

    Your blog is so great. I just started a blog and I'd love it if you could come take a look and give me any suggestions or tips your might have on getting it going.
    Ps- I'm your newest follower and I'm going to add you to my blog roll:)

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  9. Love your fall swag Kim. Are they real leaves or silk? They look fabulous whichever. What a great sight to greet you.

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  10. Love the black door. I can't believe someone would steal a door! How do you even do that? Glad you were able to replace it.

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  11. Very Pretty front door Kim :) It is very grand :)

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  12. Beautiful door and front entryway area. The fall swag is really nice. I like it instead of the usual wreath. Well done!

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  13. Oh, how horrible that someone stole your door! We put up a very nice over sized mailbox last summer and someone knocked it down, we were lucky and it just had to be re-attached. Some people!!

    I love your swag for your front door! Did you make it?

    Donna

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  14. That is such a pretty color for the front door. I have been going back and forth on color decisions for mine and I just need to pick one and get it done before winter comes! But my favorite part of your entrance is your doggie. He's so cute.

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  15. I'm missing out on this party because we haven't redone our front door yet but were planning on it for this weekend! If my front door tells a story about what is inside, no one will want to come in! :-) It kinda says "go away" right now! Hopefully that will all change in a few days! Yours, on the other hand, is absolutely gorgeous and a complete reflection of the beauty that awaits inside!
    Vanessa

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  16. The door is really pretty! I love the whole entrance & the lights are fabulous! I'm not participating in this party because my doors need a revamp! Currently, they're stained. I was going to sand & stain them again but now I'm thinking about painting. I think it will be easier upkeep. I really like the color of your door. It almost has a stained look. Is that just in the pictures?

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  17. Oh & thanks for following me!!

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  18. Lovely door -love the swag

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  19. Thanks y'all. I did not make the swag. I bought it at Home Goods and added the piece of burlap. I thought it was pretty real looking. The door is a dark brown and is probably showing up black in the photos.

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  20. I love the door and how the curve is repeated in the sidelights and the transom above, as well as the entry of the porch. Your fall swag is very pretty and just the right size. Your light fixtures are great, the whole presentation is. I've always loved the exterior of your home, since I saw it in RMS. Liz

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  21. Kim, your entry is lovely and I love the lights. Beautiful!!

    In one of my previous homes I had that same kind of stone and it really "made" my home's front entrance.

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  22. Love that swag! I like wreaths but the swag has a lot of appeal!

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  23. This is so pretty. I had to laugh because I thought perhaps your door was stolen and then the second door may have been your original door...but you said it didn't fit quite as well. I can't believe someone stole your door!!!

    I think the arrangement you had for spring and summer would also go well for fall! But I do like both arrangements. PS. If you hadn't pointed out the hole I wouldn't have noticed!

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  24. Gorgeous! I love your entrance it is sooo elegant! Beautiful swag! So glad you were able to find another new door, but that price is totally unheard of! I would swap out our door in a heartbeat if I found prices like that. It's so pretty!

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  25. I had to drop back by and leave a comment. I got so excited when I saw this link that you were linking too, so I ran over and put one together.
    Girl, I love the swag. Leaves the beautiful glass to be seen, perfect! Of course the burlap is the greatest.
    And of course, we all can relate to the unfinished project. Got those too....
    Karen
    @ Places of my Heart

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  26. Loverly front door and entry area! Grogeous Kim..and I can't believe someone stole your door!!! And then to be able to find a door that matched and fit-unbelevable! Hugs- Diana

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  27. Lovely entry...so elegant and beautiful!

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  28. Seasonal subtle changes make your home look beautiful. La

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  29. Your porch is so lovely. I love those windows above the door. So elegant looking!

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  30. Just gorgeous! I love the windows above the door. So elegant!

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  31. So pretty! I love those windows above the door. They bring such an elegance!

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  32. Hi Kim, Your entrance is lovely and I especially like the fieldstone. We once had an installed chandelier stolen while our house was under construction. So frustrating!
    xoxo, Sherry

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  33. Hi Kim-
    Your door is so pretty!! I love the lighting on the sides and how you change it with the seasons! Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up, have a wonderful day!
    XO

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  34. How terrible your door was stolen and how fortunate to find another just like it.
    Your entrance is stunning and makes a warm inviting statement to guests.

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  35. It looks lovely and so inviting, Kim! Whoever would stoop to stealing a front door?
    Brenda

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  36. Your entry is beautiful, Kim! I love the placement of your lights ... everything looks so classy and welcoming! Have a great day, Becca

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  37. Gorgeous! I love your lights too!

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  38. Your door and sidelights are just gorgeous. I am so glad you were able to find another one. It looks beautiful. Love the pretty fall swag. I like it's long slender design. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  39. Don't slam the door when you leave, how about don't steal the door! That must have been a shock! Sure is pretty glad you got another.

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  40. Kim. Your fur baby is ADORABLE!!!!! I lost ,ine in FEB so everytime I see a cute one I have to comment... LOVE your front entry. The new fall piece looks wonderful & I so understand "adding fall flowers after it cools down". I live in Texas & have Fall Fever but, it's still hot. I can't believe that someone stole your door!!!!!!!! We put in a glass door last year & I would HATE to loose it. I had never heard of a door being stolen. OMG did they take anything else? Or just leave a huge hole? Charlene

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  41. Kim, your front door and sidelights are stunning. How fortunate that you found a match. Makes one wonder about people who would steal someone's door right off the hinges.
    Happy Fall to you! ~ Sarah

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  42. Oh my goodness! I can't believe someone stole your door!
    Your entrance is so pretty! Love the swag too!
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  43. We live in a culture of disrespect. Stealing your door illustrates that. The door is stately and I love the stone. hugs♥olive

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  44. How terrible someone stole your door!

    I love the fall swag on the door. The color of the door is fabulous!

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  45. You entryway and door is just gorgeous. I love it and the swag is beautiful. I can't get over someone stole your door.

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  46. Oh no! I cannot believe someone would steal a door. And it is so beautiful! I love your stones too. Beautiful entry, love the swag...Christine

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  47. The entire entrance way to your home is a thing of beauty. I love both of these swags!

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  48. Your entranceway is very beautiful and I love the swag...hope the person who stole your door had some bad luck with it.

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  49. What a pretty swag! that is just not right - someone stealing your front door. :( Glad you could get the same one.

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  50. Love your front door!!! It is gorgeous!! I love the color and the accessories- beautiful! :)

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  51. Your door is gorgeous! And the decoration is beautiful!

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  52. Kim querida lindo arranjo da sua porta1 você é muito talentosa tem mãos de ouro. Parabéns pela criatividade. Obrigado por estar me seguindo. Estarei aprendendo com você. Querida tenha uma semana abençoada. beijinho

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  53. Your door is a perfect introduction to your home.
    I'm always on the lookout for a new colour for our door. When we first moved in a new colour was the first thing I wanted - and I've never found the right one!

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  54. The door looks gorgeous! That's so neat how you were able to find another one. I love how you've decorated it.

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  55. Your front door is gorgeous and you have quite a story to tell about it!
    Susan

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  56. I love everything about your entryway. I love the windows above your door, they make such a huge statement about what to expect once you get inside, and it just what is expected! You have a beautiful home!

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  57. Your entry way is gorgeous Kim! I especially love the rocks and lights. I like your fall swag.

    ~ Tracy

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  58. What a pretty, pretty door, Kim. And you've accented it so nicely with your new fall swag. Love the stone accents on the house, too. :-)
    ~ Sue

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  59. Hi Kim,
    Just like everything you do, this is beautiful--curb appeal to the max. The table setting is outstanding too. Peggy

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  60. Someone took your door? Isn't it just crazy what happens? Your entry is gorgeous and the swag is perfect in that space. Love your house!

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  61. What a beautiful entrance to your lovely home! It looks so welcoming. Was your home still under construction when the door was stolen?

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  62. Yes, it was still under construction which we were doing ourselves.

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  64. Hi ,
    I just found your page and I love it !!! Can you please tell me your stucco color ?
    Hayley :)

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    1. The house is Van Dyke and the trim is China White.

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