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Décor Board: Front Entry

Décor Board: Front Entry

On a trip to Boston, one highlight for me was walking around Beacon Hill, perhaps the only neighborhood in America where the front entryways of the brownstone homes on the tree-lined streets are each more beautiful than the next. This stately neighborhood’s brownstones and cobblestone streets offer inspiration galore but not due to opulence, rather, a restrained elegance. Tasteful window boxes and urns overflowing with beautiful plantings, an assortment of doors painted from glossy black to coral make a statement juxtaposed against the classic brick, and unique early-American details like leaded glass windows, brass fixtures and house numbers, and quirks like cast iron boot scrapers set these homes apart. The elements are few, but collectively make a statement and set my imagination ablaze with wonder at what must lie beyond the thresholds. I assembled an inspirational collage for our house, which is nearly realized. The last remaining piece will eventually be a new glossy black front door with brass hardware to replace the pre-fabricated one we have now. These are a few classic elements that make for an elegant front entry.

  • Greek key or braided knot doormat

  • A pair of topiaries or pair of urns with container plantings

  • Large-scale copper or iron light fixture(s) (regardless of the size of your home, go big here and do not rely on the typical hardware store offerings which usually lack personality and are far too small)

  • Oversized brass house numbers

  • A door knocker with personality

  • A statement-making painted door

  • A pair of lanterns with pillar candles flanking the door

What would you add to this list of classic front entry elements?

Antique Picture Frame Chalkboard

Antique Picture Frame Chalkboard

At-Home Gel Manicure

At-Home Gel Manicure