front door makeover…

Does your front door say “Hi..come closer…knock on me…there are fabulous people inside.”?

A hundred years ago, I was a realtor, and by the end of the walk to the front door, I could usually tell how well a showing would go. Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t realize the impact that their walkway, porch and front door have on visitors. A Santa doormat isn’t cute in February!

Your front entry doesn’t have to be grand, it just has to be really tidy and have elements of impact. I’m guilty of not paying enough attention to my front entrance. The sandblasted angel in the oval glass panel on the door just isn’t doing anything for me anymore. It was actually the selling point for a TV production company that shot an episode of a series at my house, but it has got to go. I think the angel is actually whispering to me, “Help. I’m stuck in the 80’s and I can’t get out!”

If you’re considering fixing up your entry, I think the door is the most important feature (as long as you’ve fixed the potholes in the sidewalk and the exposed wires on the doorbell first). A new door or a lick of paint can instantly add curb appeal. Unless you hate your neighbours, choose your colour carefully–purple is rarely a wise choice.

This makeover is featured on Country Living Magazine’s website, and it’s a good example of how much impact a simple change can make (try to look past the Christmas decor). I am madly in love with the red light fixtures.

Here’s another good example from Apartment Therapy. Red packs a punch, even in really small doses.

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British invasion…

There are a couple of design trends that I’ve been noticing lately, and I just thought I’d share them. For those of you who are way ahead of me on the trend front, please bear with me (actually had to Google that to make sure it isn’t “bare”–I can hear my teacher sister gasping for air).

There’s a bit of a British invasion happening. I’m seeing more and more Union Jack flag decor–from an entire couch covered in Union Jack leather upholstery to clocks and pillows. One of the items I’m bringing in for spring is a metal pillar candleholder in the shape of a British crown.

I found this image on a lovely blog called White Alder Home. The Union Jack pillow really packs a punch of style.

photo courtesy of Google images

This wall hanging by Fire Horse Textiles was featured on MadeByGirl. I just love the green take on the iconic Union Jack

The other trend that I’ve been noticing is animal skin prints–especially zebra. They were hot when I was a kid, and it looks like they’re making a strong comeback. Giraffe prints are a fresh (even if they’re classic) take on this exotic look.

This is another photo featured on White Alder Home.

This is a room designed by Miles Redd a celebrated Manhattan designer

photo courtesy of Metropolitan Home magazine

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