As I mentioned I’ve been Extreme Nesting- some of it totally just because I want to and some of it necessary. One renovation project I wasn’t planning to tackle right this minute was our ugly, old front walk and stairs. But then our brick stairs basically crumbled to dust. And I figured, well that can’t be too safe with all our visitors coming to see the baby, so let’s see if we can just repair them. Turns out, the crumbling old brick and concrete was so far gone we would have to rebuild. And since we would have to rebuild them it made sense to do it how we’d like them- in granite slab, and replace the purple and maroon walkway stone with bluestone. Not a easy nor affordable “surprise” fix, but as I always say to my clients- why do it cheaply when you KNOW down the road you’ll want to do it right and then you’ve ended up spending more! If you can, just rip the band-aid off fast and do it right the first time. But this one stung, as you know, masonry work is NOT cheap. Not by a mile!
(I also love how my chartreuse door looks with my leopard stair runner!)
But it was SO worth it. We used BR Paving who did such great work for a truly fair price. I love how it came out (the mix of stones in the bluestone and the rough cut granite slab stairs. It really gives our house more gravitas. We’ve spent so much fixing this place up, redoing this area really was necessary to top it all off. We planted some small boxwoods and added some solar lights from Lowes- but still need to edge and mulch the side beds a. But at this point, that’s gonna happen in the spring. :)
We also redid the landing in front of the door, and as you know, painted that Benjamin Moore Wasabi. I’m really liking it now- I wasn’t sure at first. I really need to move those lanterns (from Northeast Lantern) further away from the door (we just replaced the ones that were there instead of re-wiring and patching the clapboard- but they bother me). We also replaced our dated house numbers with some brass ones from Signature Hardware. My mom bought us new topiaries for our anniversary (in Ballard planters).
I picked up these little stone dogs at the FABULOUS Gerard’s in Lincoln, MA (also, they have the most delicious pies if you go!) I’ve always wanted a pair of stone dogs by my front door and this petite size worked perfectly for our “not grand” entrance. My brass pineapple door knocker is vintage and found on Etsy. And as you can see, my door is not in amazing shape, yet I did paint it with Benjamin Moore’s fancy high-gloss Grand Entrance paint. It does highlight the wear and tear, but I still love it. I need a new doormat, and like this one from Grandin Road.
The rough cut granite slab stairs- which just needs a railing. And some landscaping help. :)
Railings are SO hard- I want something simple but significant enough to pair with the weight and heft of the steps. These styles are what I’ve narrowed it down to for the most point.
We’ve come a LONG way since the day we bought the house!!!!
LUV, LUV, LUV the wrought iron railings!!! Because….ours are almost identical!! :) franki
Do you guys still have plans to add a portico to the front of the house? I thought I remember that from your original plans but I am not certain. Regardless, you should feel so proud of this home you have created! It is absolutely beautiful!!
I’m in love, everything is so classic and pretty + fun! Loving the pineapple door knocker!
Oh my what a beautiful job! Love love the pathway and steps. I think the 2nd railing choice is perfect for your home. You have made some beautiful enhancements to your home. Moving the lanterns will be a project. Perhaps you can have a custom wood plaque made to go behind the lantern once the lanterns are moved to helpcover up the old area.
hardscaping is painfully expensive- but really makes the property look fantastic- can you do a railing on one side only? I like the open feeling. I’d love to see some subtle feature picked out in paint in the soffit under the eaves of the roof and perhaps the dentals and architrave around the door – also boring money to spend – but makes a facade shine….it’s snowing in the northwest today- so fun to have a winter baby- perfect nesting season! your readers can’t wait to congratulate you on the arrival of new baby boy….best wishes! PS was wondering myself what happened to the eagle!
Just finished an EXPENSIVE redo in the front of my house-and everytime I arrive home- I get a lift seeing it again!! Good job-the point you make about just getting it done right instead of a band-aid approach-is spot on!!
Your new steps and walkway look great. Looking at the before, the old steps and walkway were too red for your house. The bluestone looks great with your house – it feels much more neutral than the red brick. Love your Wasabi door – so cute!
Definitely rail #2!
Love your chartreuse front door — and the new walkway and front steps look wonderful. Congrats!
Nice clean look and has really improved the curb appeal!! Love the front door color too. Amazed at how those changes have made such a great improvement!!! Very welcoming!!
Love love love the new walkway and steps! The rough cut granite is gorgeous. Have you looked at the monogrammed mats from Frontgate as well? We love ours. It’s low profile and doesn’t shed. http://m.frontgate.com/products/480720?path=~westfield-monogrammed-entry-mat~outdoor-decor-accessories~outdoor-door-mats~personalized-door-mats~&categoryId=12447
I’ll bet the neighbors just love you! Hiking up the property values! It has come a loooong way and it looks truly fabulous! I wish you were MY neighbor!
I could NOT love the color on your front door more. It’s gorgeous, and I love it with the leopard runner peeking out in that photo. That’s definite inspiration for me as my husband & I get ready to downsize…attractively. Thank you as always for so much style, taste and FUN.
I love it all, as usual :). Funny, but when you first posted your door pick a while back I thought a portico would look beautiful–glad to know you’re thinking of doing that!
@Alida–that’s my middle name! I so rarely hear it. Do you pronounce it with a long I or long E?
So you’re not going to return the eagle above the door frame?!? Ha ha!
Looks great! Love it all!
The previous owner took it with her!!!!
I’ve always been so fascinated by the whole “extreme nesting” thing. I was on a ladder washing windows a few hours before one of mine was born!! Our own versions of what all of God’s creatures have been doing forever! Wonderful!!
I think your new walkway is beautiful… what an exciting time for you… between all the nesting projects and the anticipation of your new little pal! As for the railings, I like the finials (or whatever they are called) on the first fence. The topiaries are a beautiful, sleek and classic looking addition… and the bows do a great job of softening the long line of the stem… I love your (and your mother’s) taste. I am just drooling over those doggies. We have lions that I inherited from my grandmother…but the whippets are waaay cooler.
I love all the work that you’ve done! Both railings are pretty but my vote is the more simple first one. It’s far more classic and won’t distract from the house and landscaping.
ps … your front entrance looks fabulous!
just called your masonry contractor to do the back of the house and also the mudroom entrance. he actually answered the phone AND will come by this week! Tx for the referral!!
Oh good! They were great!!!
Your home is beautiful, it has good bones and could only improve. Did you ever repurpose the eagle? As a Canadian I find doors much more ornate and patriotic in the US, especially on the east coast.
The previous owner TOOK the eagle! LOL.
Awesome! Love a before and after. I am excited to hear how much you love the door as soon as the winter settles in. We painted ours yellow (and live in the Midwest) and it is always the bright spot to a dull cold and drab day!
Do your solar lights actually work? We’ve tried many without any luck. They seem to work for a few weeks then totally fizzle out. Thanks!!!
Heather, I agree. I bought some similar to these from Lowe’s and they only lasted a couple months and slowly stopped working all together.
It all looks SO great! I had forgotten the before so I’m so glad you posted that … wow!
Looking great! LOVE the pineapple door knocker!
railing #2 is beautiful. I love it all. Colors are spot on. But, in my humble opinion, the bows overwhelm the trees-kind of charlie brown christmas tree style. I would love to see those dogs nestled in the middle of enormous pots of mums. You have the perfect entry for that! But you’re the expert here :)!
Totally swooning! Love this!
Hi! Question for you. We are currently painting and I too want to take off my storm door but have a mail slot. Do you use yours or did you insulate it when you took off your storm? I am going back and forth with out painter about it. I love the look without the storm….
We used ours for two years and did not insulate- we only stopped using it because Oliver would rip apart our mail when the mailman dropped it through! :) We do plan on replacing the door at some point because we need something sturdier and more energy efficient- but we’re waiting to see if we can save up enough to do a whole portico first and add sidelight windows to bring more light into the entry!
I love what you’ve done. SO fun to see before & after!
Do you know if I would be able to have the store where you purchased the whippets ship a pair to me? Been looking for a long time for that size. Love them!!
Call and ask! Not sure!
Railing # 2 is my vote.