I’ve always been desperately jealous of those folks who have such a crisp, clean entry that it seems like any decorations just stand out against a sleek door or perfectly coordinated brick. Being a condo dweller, we’re lucky to have our own entry to our home rather than a communal lobby, but we’re still limited to door colors, porch sizes, etc. by our association. This summer, however, our neighborhood received quite an exterior facelift, which included the painting of our aged, olivey-forest green doors. Now, a happy, more modern charcoal paint has made it’s way in, and all of a sudden, the brick that seemed so orange for so long seems to have been toned down the the presence of this neutral.
While I’m still picking apart certain things about our front doorway (Replacing the storm door with a black one is on the to-do list, as is touching up the white paint), I was thrilled to be able to remove the old railing that was placed on the right side of our steps, blocking the sight lines from the sidewalk to anything pretty I had sitting on the front porch.
For the Fall, though, I was thrilled to have an all-neutral front porch as a backdrop for our decorations, instead of having to play around the green of my previous door.
I kept my normal black planters on the front porch, and stuffed them full of the fluffiest white mums I’ve ever seen. Ignoring pumpkins this year, I instead opted for the big lanterns I found at Target last Fall and tall, white pillar candles. In order to pull out the black and white, and to celebrate the no-longer-green of my front door, I found this cute black and white striped outdoor rug at Home Depot. Remember a few years ago when I mentioned that a striped rug could be used almost everywhere? That goes for outside, as well.
I love how simple this look is, but the cozy little corner of our entry looks sharp, and looks a little Beetlejuice-inspired, which was perfect for carrying us through a frigid Halloween and into- what I hope- is a chilly and fireplace-beckoning Thanksgiving season!
** this post is not sponsored in any way. all thoughts and opinions are my own **
** photos by Don Lehman **