A Farmhouse Door

A Farmhouse Door

Fall Front Door

We got a new front door.

A new farmhouse door.

Doesn’t that seem like such a simple thing?

Nothing earth shattering.

Nothing even remotely unique.

Or inventive.

Or special.


But for me it is.



You see…..there used to be a really impressive door here.

It had leaded glass and swirl patterns of birds chirping to each other carrying banners intertwined with vines and leaves and all kinds of exotic plant life.

It was a door that made you sit up and take notice.

A real head-turner.

Everything about it…. said….look at me…..”I’m fancy.”


Now don’t get me wrong.

I like fancy.

I mean…..after all…..I do wear red lipstick.

And highlight my hair.

And wear sunglasses.

And if that’s not fancy….I don’t know what is.


Basket On the Front Door


But I live in a farmhouse….in Kentucky…..in the middle of the country.

So when it comes to my doors,Β I wanted a front door that was simple.

And looked solid and welcoming.

A door that made you want to knock on it.



A door that would always open for friends and family.

A door that would say…..”We have sweet tea inside and we’re about to start a bonfire out in the back pasture and we just picked some fresh vegetables and there’s a hot apple pie sitting on the stove and someone brought over a guitar and kick your shoes off and join us.”



And happy to be at the party…..with a little lipstick on.

Just like me πŸ™‚

PS Β Do you like your doors fancy or plain? Β πŸ™‚

PPS Β I am sharing this over at Rhoda’s.

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  1. Love your door! And love finding someone else who has a thing for simple doors and non of that leaded glass business. πŸ™‚ The decor is perfect as well… straight out of a magazine. I love that you have the mums in varying heights! You are so lucky to have enough space to spread out that gorgeousness on! πŸ™‚

  2. So Festive and Welcoming! Just adore it:)

  3. Oooooooooh, I have total door envy!!! I love it! We ordered a new front door and I swear I’m going to kiss it when it finally gets here!

  4. It’s perfect – solid and classic! I have been studying front doors so that we can change out ours, too, and I keep coming back to the classic paneled door. Yours looks beautiful all decked out for fall!

  5. Ah, fun to see my Willow House basket hanging!! Pinning to my Willow House board… love the festive fall look!
    xo Heidi

    someone should send Pinterest a warning…this might just be the pin that blows the whole thing up.

    I LOVE it on soooooo many levels.

    It looks so similar to the one I’ve loved from Pottery Barn for so long, except it seriously looks better.

    If your home hasn’t been featured in a magazine, it will be!

  7. Love your door. It definitely says living in the middle of Kentucky out on a farm with a bonfire in the back pasture and an apple………….wait a minute. Did you actually bake an apple pie.


  8. We have a front door just like yours…painted black….I am now looking at it with new eyes…appreciating my “farmhouse door”. Thanks for the welcoming reminder! Oh, we have relatives in Kentucky…on a horse farm….so we love Kentucky! Linda

  9. That porch is ready to party – lipstick, heels and a blinged out cocktail dress! Are you sure she’s not from Jersey?

  10. It’s stunning! We just painted our front door black and changed out the hardware to silver….what a difference! I love it! Your fall ensemble is divine! Living here in Arizona, it still feels like it’s summer with our temperatures in the 100’s:(.

  11. corn stalks! so glad you included them. no corn grown here! i like that you are true to your region. lovely.

  12. “Follow your bliss and the universe will OPEN DOORS for you.” ~ Joseph Cambell
    You are a shining example of it!

  13. Sorry it’s ….Campbell πŸ™‚

  14. And it does say all that.

    Mine must say…

    “BAM. IN YO FACE.”

    Just like Brendan says… guess it fits. hehe.

  15. Kari…your front door is “simply beautiful”…As you said, it says welcome and come in and have a nice conversation and share a glass of tea!….Love the corn stalks and all the gorgeous Fall decor….Pottery Barn will be very envious!!

  16. πŸ™‚ I like your new front door! And I think it accomplishes exactly what you wanted! And I think a new front door is a big deal! It changes the entire look of your house. Getting it right is essential! I’m debating what I want for an update on mine!

  17. Love your door and love your fall decorations! Wonderful!

  18. Beautiful KariAnne…and perfectly you.

  19. I’m not a fancy door type of girl at all. I really dislike those leaded glass doors in the fake wood tone from Home Depot & Lowes we see everywhere. Simple is always better in my eyes and your entry proves it. Totally gorgeous!

  20. You and your inviting and simple new door ROCK!! (You need to send this to the door manufacturer, they’d sell out in nanosecond!)

  21. Your front entryway is lovely. Reminds me of New England where I’m originally from. I happen to love the bling of a glass front door and all the light it lets in. I have a glass door/sidelights and transom. It’s probably not the door I would have picked, but I still love it and all of the little rainbows it throws up on the wall.

  22. Good lord KariAnne, you need to set up shop as a decorator. I feel like I’m looking at a magazine every time I look at your photos.


    Send some of your brilliance my way, will ya?

  23. It engulfs you in “Welcome”…just as your heart does for your readers! Simply perfect KariAnne…

  24. Your old door sounds too fancy for most houses – love the simplicity of your new door. It will be great to change it up for the seasons. Your fall display looks like a magazine shoot. Congratulations!!

  25. This is a very nice door. I would have enjoyed seeing the fancy door, though this one looks pretty fancy just now so beautifully decorated.

  26. How inviting! It is simply a beautiful font doory. What a way to be welcomed.


  27. Simple on a front door is the best. We have the same one…it came with our house when we had it built like 20 years ago. We are out looking for a new one now, and I have decided that the simple front door works for us. That way as I decorate for the seasons the door is a nice base for all the “fluff”. You said it best when you talked about your door being welcoming. I always hope that is the way our front door is. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Oh MY….I absolutely LOVE your new door….but, I love YOU more !! :))

  29. Love the door!

  30. Beautiful, Karianne! I love all your decor, too. We had a white front door that I painted black at our old house. It made such a difference and I loved it.

  31. I LOVE your new front door! I was super excited this summer when my 100+ year old back door was replaced. The front door is next. Love the color, too! My exterior doors are black as well. Great job Karianne! Love the way you have it decked out for Fall, too!

  32. Barbara Schneider :

    I love ya friend. Miss you and your red lipstick. Feeling connected by reading your posts. Looking forward to having a glass of sweet tea with you again soon………..I hope. Hugs and smiles. Barb

  33. I love an uncomplicated front door, and this one is perfect. Black is such a great backdrop for any wreaths or decor…they will really pop off that color. Beautiful and inviting! Can I come over for sweet tea, and some pickin’-and-a-grinnin’? =D

  34. Kari!! I love your simple black door and especially how you’ve surrounded it with Fall joy. Just like YOU! Joyful! Thanks for linking up to the party. xoxo

  35. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers :

    Your door is fabulous! I love the fall decor…amazing! I love simple doors…

  36. I like my doors plain and I know what you mean. Seems so simple but makes you so happy.
    Your door decor is beautiful. I am your newest follower. Off to search your blog.

  37. okay- how come you answer the door for everyone else and when I knock you don’t answer! πŸ™‚

  38. I do like an eye-catching front door. Ours is not plain and simple, but it is not fancy either. We do have the leaded glass but no birds and twining vines LOL. Also the sidelights with leaded glass. I always have a wreath or something hanging either on the door or beside the door, and it always looks welcoming.


  39. Fancy or plain, like them both, but not all glass. Don’t want the UPS man catching me running to my bedroom half naked. And I’m gonna throw on some clothes right now and go fetch me some corn stalks like yours.


  40. Your door looks amazing! I prefer a simple door. We actualy found the original doors to our 1885 home in the basement and I have been begging hubs to put them on. They are simple yet elegant and the original turn bell is on it! Oh no with him being a contractor he says they are not efficient. I don’t care about efficient I care about appealing and beauty! I also enjoyed your post about count your blessings. Very true!

  41. So glad your turned in that fancy door for a freshy door! Looks fabulous my friend … you’ve been busy this week!



  42. Wow! I love everything about this porch! Especially the basket in lieu of a traditional wreath. It all looks great!

  43. Your front porch is beautiful, Karianne! I love a simple door, too…and mine is very similar to yours! But I don’t have the beautiful surround you have on your door! Your porch is so welcoming!

  44. I just found your blog via my cousin Cheryl! Beautiful – I live in KY, too, and I love the simple farmhouse look! Thanks for sharing!

  45. Karianne, your front door is so welcoming! I love your choice of Fall colors! The mums, corn stalks and leaf garland add so much! I love your Fall florals in the basket on the door. Baskets used on the door have fast become one of my favorite door items!

  46. Love it. I think those small things that other people might not notice are usually the things that you are going to like the most.

  47. Luv the door. Solid and says, welcome to the middle of the country… I too have a plain door. The white version of your from the looks of it. I am hoping it says welcome to the outskirts of the City πŸ™‚
    What a wonderful welcome!! Luv the corn stalks and mums… the basket and the vines.
    Cheers, Gee

  48. Your door looks solid and welcoming. Very suitable for the country. Love the colour.

  49. Your Fall door looks great, very welcoming. ! Love plain doors too, although my current door has oval glass in the center with the side windows to match. Aghh I can’t wait to change it.

  50. Oh this is fall perfection at its finest! A truly cozy entryway.

    While we don’t have much fall here in Phoenix I would love for you to stop by to see where I did find a bit of fall.

    Have a blessed day!

  51. I like my door to be a huge embrace, and yours definitely is. Love it!

  52. simple, plain, solid kind of gal!

  53. Well, it’s about the finest front door I’ve ever seen. I just love a black door. The moldings around the door are wonderful. The porch looks so welcoming and lovely…just so pretty!
    Have a great Day.

  54. Very pretty and welcoming, Kari! I have a wooden black door too…no farmhouse or country to go with it though. I love a simple door, but I do want something just a little fancier with a simple, full glass front…just to let more light in.

  55. Front doors seem simple, but they aren’t. My door offers no privacy and doesn’t match my homes style or mine. I dream of a dark stained door. Your Fall Entry is stunning. You always have magazine worthy pictures.

  56. You new door looks great all dressed up for fall πŸ™‚ I much prefer a simple front door over a fancy one. Ours has glass with some sort of flowery swirly-do thing in pink and clear glass and brass trim. I keep painting the door different colours and hoping that the glass part will kind of fade into the background…

  57. I’ll be right over….listen for my know. I have beef stew and fresh biscuits that I’ll bring…you save some of that applie for me – okay girlie? xo great post!!

  58. The perfect door for the perfect house… love its simplicity.

  59. I love the simplicity of your black door- it is gorgeous!

  60. Love it! You’ve done a great job making your front entrance very inviting. I love the cornstalks on each side of the door too!

  61. I am like you in that I like my doors plain with a bit of lipstick. If you didn’t tell us this was your lovely front porch and new door I would have easily guessed a print ad, like Pottery Barn. Gorgeous and oh so perfect for Fall. Wreaths and pretty baskets look so much better on a solid door imo. We had a plain door that my brother (the window and door guy) insisted needed a lovely leaded glass and brass insert about 12 years ago. I like it and it suits our neighbourhood but I don’t love it. I hope to replace it one day.

  62. Well I certainly expect you to be wearing your red lips and sun glasses when I come a knockin! Looks fantastic. I really love how you dressed it up too..stunning for a Fall entry!

  63. Pure fall fabulousness!!! I love every single big and little thing about your front door and entry. It so warmly….with a southern accent….says Welcome!! “D
    Hope your weekend is extraordinary….just like YOU!

  64. I thought I was looking at Pottery Barn’s website for a moment πŸ™‚ Gorgeous Karianne!

  65. Splendor among doors, KariAnne–I love the pretty sign with the artichoke on the basket!

  66. Love your new door, Karianne! Your Fall entry is stunning, too! Soooo, what time is the bonfire?

  67. Why that’s the prettiest door I ever did see……I love those pumpkins too. It says Happy Fall Ya’ll!

  68. Hi KariAnne, Such a pretty Fall entrance! This should be on the cover of Southern Living magazine.

  69. I’m like you, I think a door says alot about what’s inside. I have a black door just like yours and love the “strength” of it. gorgeous porch, Kari!

  70. Your front door looks awesome, I often think I would like to decorate our door but I am just so lazy……………………lol

  71. I had a touch of fancy “city” door envy, but this morning I am blessing you for helping me look at my plain old front door (also in the country) in a whole new way … when I finally get around to refreshing the paint … it’ll be *perfect* :o)

  72. Very pretty door and your fall touches are gorgeous!

  73. Your front door looks perfect and all of your Fall decor is the perfect setting, Karianne! No, I can’t imagine a really fancy door on a farmhouse, even a farmhouse as lovely as yours.

  74. Oh, I just love your outdoor decor! Beautiful front and door and decorated so lovely. I invite you to stop over for a visit. Have a lovely week.

  75. Love the look, and love the fall decor. Thanks for sharing the Willow Welcome Basket, as well — it’s one of my favorite products!


  76. I looks wonderful, and your entry is calling our names. We’ll all be knocking at the door very soon. So … get to baking those pies. I’ll bring ice cream, and we’ll be fancy with pie a la mode.

  77. Your door looks beautiful all dressed up for fall too!

  78. Love your inviting door! I am a plain door kinda gal because we have a beautiful storm security door that I love! Keeps us warm and keeps the cold and heat out during the winter and summer!

    I need to get some new wreaths! Your door is gorgeous! I have phamily in Louisville and E-town! Kentucky! We are all wild about the Kentucky Wildcats! My niece Mary has a Master’s degree from the U of Ky!

    Good to see you here and have a beautiful weekend.

    I have a giveaway or two goign on! C’mon over soon! My door is always open for company at the blog!