You had me at the front door…….

Good morning! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Ours was actually quite nice, found some time to spend with good friends, got to take a long walk with Teddy, started reading a new book and of course there was plenty of “house biz” to contend with. Not to mention I was sitting on the edge of my seat with all this craziness happening in Washington! While there is so much I don’t agree with, I am VERY relieved that an agreement was reached as the alternative in my eyes would have been catastrophic for our country. I am sure the markets will show their appreciation today! Now onto the fun part…….

What makes a more pronounced statement then your front door entrance? To me, it is the anchor of the house and one that can be enhanced by doing so many things. Everything from adding a pair of planters, to growing ivy on the facade, adding small amounts of statuary, a wreath, a beautiful knocker, placing a pair of stately outdoor sconces or a lantern at your entrance, etc….these all are the “jewelry” for a elegant front door entrance. Sometimes, less is more. If you have chosen as an example, a unique or bright colored door, that is making a statement by itself and If so, that might be enough. There is no perfect or one way to get it right…..there, like design, are countless formulas. Today, I take a look at many front doors I have collected over time, and while ?some ?are more my personal style then others they are all inspirational for one reason on another.

The possibilities are endless and in my old house I had a lot of fun constantly changing what went into my urns depending on the season and particularly loved dressing up my front entrance for Christmas and Halloween. So today is all about that first impression when you see a house and what does the front door/entrance tell you? Take a look and would love to know your thoughts and any secrets for decorating your front door that you might want to share!

This would have to be my dream front door, the ivy just makes it!
Something about the all white with?fabulously detailed sidelights makes this so elegant and understated, Douglas Newby
This is so pretty! Love the ivy, pretty pediment and surround and appropriate sized lanterns for the single door
Something very pleasing about this bright yellow door, its very cheery and inviting
A beautiful pair of sconces flank this grand front door entrance, the pup is a nice accessory, not sure if I love the urns to the left, House Beautiful
Elegant, low key and classic, Goodwin and Tatum
A smaller understated entrance gets a pale aqua door and vintage looking planters, the ivy adds to the ” quaint cottage feel” Hooked on Houses
I am assuming most of this plantation was added for the holidays, interesting front door, I like the black against the cool tones of the stone
This is formal yet so welcoming, Brooks and Falotico
This beautifully painted glossy red door gets a bold pair of brass numbers and hardware, elegant!
This is very elegant, love the glossy black door, the single lantern and ivy growing on the facade
This understated front door is encased with a limestone surround
This more casual front door seen in Coastal Living gets a fun color
The black was continued into the pretty planters planted with vivid flowering plants
I really the black door against the white house and the way the green really pops here
This is a pretty entrance, the pairs of planters very symmetrically placed, its pleasing to the eye
When less is more, understated and simply beautiful
This pretty stone?entrance has a decorative limestone surround so it was kept simple as to not detract
Never met a black door I didn’t love…so elegant!
Being very symmetrically minded, I love the way this looks…beautiful colors too!
Beautiful wood stained front door is so stately against the white crisply painted surround, Fogarty
Perfection in my book!
Beautifully done with planters overflowing with plantations, a nice contrast to all the stone, Bacco
How about this unique pink door? Certainly makes a statement!
Love this door, this entrance, everything about it…..
Everything here is very monochromatic, I feel the topiaries?should be a smidgen taller
Love the lanterns, the planters are very pretty but not sure if they overpower here?
Classic and fabulous
A dramatic entrance featuring a limestone surround and black iron door
Some choose animal statuary to flank their front door, not my “thing” personally?
And just a little front door recap…….
Have a favorite? Would love to know which and if you have any suggestions or tips you like using to create a beautiful front door! Wishing you a wonderful day…..

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You had me at the front door…….

Good morning! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Ours was actually quite nice, found some time to spend with good friends, got to take a long walk with Teddy, started reading a new book and of course there was plenty of “house biz” to contend with. Not to mention I was sitting on the edge of my seat with all this craziness happening in Washington! While there is so much I don’t agree with, I am VERY relieved that an agreement was reached as the alternative in my eyes would have been catastrophic for our country. I am sure the markets will show their appreciation today! Now onto the fun part…….

What makes a more pronounced statement then your front door entrance? To me, it is the anchor of the house and one that can be enhanced by doing so many things. Everything from adding a pair of planters, to growing ivy on the facade, adding small amounts of statuary, a wreath, a beautiful knocker, placing a pair of stately outdoor sconces or a lantern at your entrance, etc….these all are the “jewelry” for a elegant front door entrance. Sometimes, less is more. If you have chosen as an example, a unique or bright colored door, that is making a statement by itself and If so, that might be enough. There is no perfect or one way to get it right…..there, like design, are countless formulas. Today, I take a look at many front doors I have collected over time, and while  some  are more my personal style then others they are all inspirational for one reason on another.

The possibilities are endless and in my old house I had a lot of fun constantly changing what went into my urns depending on the season and particularly loved dressing up my front entrance for Christmas and Halloween. So today is all about that first impression when you see a house and what does the front door/entrance tell you? Take a look and would love to know your thoughts and any secrets for decorating your front door that you might want to share!

This would have to be my dream front door, the ivy just makes it!
Something about the all white with fabulously detailed sidelights makes this so elegant and understated, Douglas Newby
This is so pretty! Love the ivy, pretty pediment and surround and appropriate sized lanterns for the single door
Something very pleasing about this bright yellow door, its very cheery and inviting
A beautiful pair of sconces flank this grand front door entrance, the pup is a nice accessory, not sure if I love the urns to the left, House Beautiful
Elegant, low key and classic, Goodwin and Tatum
A smaller understated entrance gets a pale aqua door and vintage looking planters, the ivy adds to the ” quaint cottage feel” Hooked on Houses
I am assuming most of this plantation was added for the holidays, interesting front door, I like the black against the cool tones of the stone
This is formal yet so welcoming, Brooks and Falotico
This beautifully painted glossy red door gets a bold pair of brass numbers and hardware, elegant!
This is very elegant, love the glossy black door, the single lantern and ivy growing on the facade
This understated front door is encased with a limestone surround
This more casual front door seen in Coastal Living gets a fun color
The black was continued into the pretty planters planted with vivid flowering plants
I really the black door against the white house and the way the green really pops here
This is a pretty entrance, the pairs of planters very symmetrically placed, its pleasing to the eye
When less is more, understated and simply beautiful
This pretty stone entrance has a decorative limestone surround so it was kept simple as to not detract
Never met a black door I didn’t love…so elegant!
Being very symmetrically minded, I love the way this looks…beautiful colors too!
Beautiful wood stained front door is so stately against the white crisply painted surround, Fogarty
Perfection in my book!
Beautifully done with planters overflowing with plantations, a nice contrast to all the stone, Bacco
How about this unique pink door? Certainly makes a statement!
Love this door, this entrance, everything about it…..
Everything here is very monochromatic, I feel the topiaries should be a smidgen taller
Love the lanterns, the planters are very pretty but not sure if they overpower here?
Classic and fabulous
A dramatic entrance featuring a limestone surround and black iron door
Some choose animal statuary to flank their front door, not my “thing” personally 
And just a little front door recap…….
Have a favorite? Would love to know which and if you have any suggestions or tips you like using to create a beautiful front door! Wishing you a wonderful day…..

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Swimmingly beautiful pool houses

Good morning……OK, granted a pool house is often not at the top of the “must have” list but is often a “would like to have” item. If I were to ever have one, I dream of having a small one, as cozy as your imagination can make it, with a tiny kitchen, a perfect crisp white marble bath, a small charming bedroom with just the?right lighting to ?escape from my family to,?have reading sessions in, entertain in, and use for an overflow of guests during the holidays, the one part I could live without, cannot wait until. I mean its multi functional right? So in thinking about it, a pool house really is a great idea, a multi purpose space…heck, you can even have a small office there, maybe set up an artists studio to nurture that budding painter in you….. the sky is the limit. So today is all about the perfect pool house. Some are quite grandiose, others on a more restrained scale, ?I would be happy to have any of the ones below to escape to in solitude bliss?enjoy with my family and friends…how about you?



Fabulous pool house in the Dominican Republic….bet it gets used year round!
This is what I would call the ultimate pool house…facing the ocean! WOW!!
Pretty pool house by Brooks and Falotico,love the big open area in front that’s covered
I like this design idea, with a big open patio in the middle, Brooks and Falotico
Love this open kitchen…gorgeous!
The ever so important outdoor shower, belongs to the above home
Love this outdoor space complete with fireplace between the two small “houses”
Love curtains in an open space…and seeing the breeze work its magic…Elle Decor
One practical design is when the pool house is actually an extension of the main house, as shown here..would imagine you would get much more use of the space
Another angle…pretty loggia
Hariri and Hariri designed this ultra contemporary and dramatic pool house
Gorgeous Hampton’s pool house, House Beautiful
California pool house almost looks like a hotel setting!
Perfect views from this pool house….love the soaring ceilings!
Love this pool house…the open spaces are just so elegant and refined
Love the South Beach/St. Tropez vibe going on here…..those lights are add a neat touch
Don’t you love overstuffed wicker for a pool house…beautiful!
Dramatic pool house lit up at night by Jamie Beckwith
Gorgeous interiors of above pool house, Jamie Beckwith
Cabana of Lance Armstrong…quite spectacular…rivals a Four Seasons or Ritz!
This large pool house has a large covered area, makes it practical and more useful
Beautiful soft colors grace this pretty pool house bathroom/changing room
Love this idea…for the pool house shower! House Beautiful
Architects Bill Curtis and Russel Windham designed this gorgeous pool house to mimic the main house, in all its gorgeous white Southern glory
A beautiful covered patio on one end of the pool house offers shade from those hot southern afternoons, all that’s missing is a round of mint juleps!
Always loved this elegant and understated space..the cozy fireplace makes it a place I could see curling up in with a glass of wine and a good book, Arch Digest
Pretty Georgian styled pool house, Grew Design Inc.
Beautiful dramatic loggia attached to small pool house
Pretty multi tiered pool house and pool setting…dramatic
Gorgeous pool house shown as a “mini me” by Michael Smith architects
Interiors of above home…..like a home one could live in year round!
Another view of the covered porch….love an outdoor fireplace
Living room of above home
Gorgeous Neo Classical?styled pool house in Palm Beach, Bruce Bierman
Another shot from Palm Beach pool house
Love the navy and white here..so crisp and clean
Love this bedroom….mighty nice for even a regular home, much less a pool house!
An understated pretty gazebo inspired pool house is very elegant, John Oetgen
Elaborate pool house with centered fireplace….beautiful landscaping but a little busy for my taste
Jay Jeffers designed this cheerful space filled with?different shades of blues
I love outdoor settings like this one attached to the pool house…how neat to have an outdoor fireplace….feels like you are almost in Tuscany! Jamie Garza
Ginger Barber created this simply elegant pool house as a year round “summerhouse”
So what do you think? Would you take the plunge if you were able to? Is it practical to you, to have a pool house or do you think it would just sit empty most of the year, a glorious home to all those spiders that would be nesting in your stored pool furniture? I think the ones where they are semi attached to the house probably get much more use, unless a pool house is doubling as a guest house (if the space and budget allows) what a great little escape that would be! The only prerequisite for me would be to have an outdoor fireplace…love them and it makes it a space you can use even on those really chilly nights.?Love to know your thoughts..have a wonderful day!
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Swimmingly beautiful pool houses

Good morning……OK, granted a pool house is often not at the top of the “must have” list but is often a “would like to have” item. If I were to ever have one, I dream of having a small one, as cozy as your imagination can make it, with a tiny kitchen, a perfect crisp white marble bath, a small charming bedroom with just the right lighting to  escape from my family to, have reading sessions in, entertain in, and use for an overflow of guests during the holidays, the one part I could live without, cannot wait until. I mean its multi functional right? So in thinking about it, a pool house really is a great idea, a multi purpose space…heck, you can even have a small office there, maybe set up an artists studio to nurture that budding painter in you….. the sky is the limit. So today is all about the perfect pool house. Some are quite grandiose, others on a more restrained scale,  I would be happy to have any of the ones below to escape to in solitude bliss enjoy with my family and friends…how about you?

Fabulous pool house in the Dominican Republic….bet it gets used year round!
This is what I would call the ultimate pool house…facing the ocean! WOW!!
Pretty pool house by Brooks and Falotico,love the big open area in front that’s covered
I like this design idea, with a big open patio in the middle, Brooks and Falotico
Love this open kitchen…gorgeous!
The ever so important outdoor shower, belongs to the above home
Love this outdoor space complete with fireplace between the two small “houses”
Love curtains in an open space…and seeing the breeze work its magic…Elle Decor
One practical design is when the pool house is actually an extension of the main house, as shown here..would imagine you would get much more use of the space
Another angle…pretty loggia
Hariri and Hariri designed this ultra contemporary and dramatic pool house
Gorgeous Hampton’s pool house, House Beautiful
California pool house almost looks like a hotel setting!
Perfect views from this pool house….love the soaring ceilings!
Love this pool house…the open spaces are just so elegant and refined
Love the South Beach/St. Tropez vibe going on here…..those lights are add a neat touch
Don’t you love overstuffed wicker for a pool house…beautiful!
Dramatic pool house lit up at night by Jamie Beckwith
Gorgeous interiors of above pool house, Jamie Beckwith
Cabana of Lance Armstrong…quite spectacular…rivals a Four Seasons or Ritz!
This large pool house has a large covered area, makes it practical and more useful
Beautiful soft colors grace this pretty pool house bathroom/changing room
Love this idea…for the pool house shower! House Beautiful
Architects Bill Curtis and Russel Windham designed this gorgeous pool house to mimic the main house, in all its gorgeous white Southern glory
A beautiful covered patio on one end of the pool house offers shade from those hot southern afternoons, all that’s missing is a round of mint juleps!
Always loved this elegant and understated space..the cozy fireplace makes it a place I could see curling up in with a glass of wine and a good book, Arch Digest
Pretty Georgian styled pool house, Grew Design Inc.
Beautiful dramatic loggia attached to small pool house
Pretty multi tiered pool house and pool setting…dramatic
Gorgeous pool house shown as a “mini me” by Michael Smith architects
Interiors of above home…..like a home one could live in year round!
Another view of the covered porch….love an outdoor fireplace
Living room of above home
Gorgeous Neo Classical styled pool house in Palm Beach, Bruce Bierman
Another shot from Palm Beach pool house
Love the navy and white here..so crisp and clean
Love this bedroom….mighty nice for even a regular home, much less a pool house!
An understated pretty gazebo inspired pool house is very elegant, John Oetgen
Elaborate pool house with centered fireplace….beautiful landscaping but a little busy for my taste
Jay Jeffers designed this cheerful space filled with different shades of blues
I love outdoor settings like this one attached to the pool house…how neat to have an outdoor fireplace….feels like you are almost in Tuscany! Jamie Garza
Ginger Barber created this simply elegant pool house as a year round “summerhouse”
So what do you think? Would you take the plunge if you were able to? Is it practical to you, to have a pool house or do you think it would just sit empty most of the year, a glorious home to all those spiders that would be nesting in your stored pool furniture? I think the ones where they are semi attached to the house probably get much more use, unless a pool house is doubling as a guest house (if the space and budget allows) what a great little escape that would be! The only prerequisite for me would be to have an outdoor fireplace…love them and it makes it a space you can use even on those really chilly nights. Love to know your thoughts..have a wonderful day!
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