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, 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.”

Simple.

Uncomplicated.

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

Just like me 🙂

PS  Do you like your doors fancy or plain?  🙂

PPS  I am sharing this over at Rhoda’s.

Comments

  1. Image for Jen Migonis Jen Migonis

    Love your door! And love finding someone else who has a thing for simple doors and non of that leaded glass business. :) 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! :)

  2. Image for Lisa Lisa

    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!

  3. Image for tara tara

    BEST.OF.THE.SHOW. 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!

  4. Image for Laura Laura

    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. Hugs, Laura

  5. Image for Linda @Nina's nest Linda @Nina's nest

    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

  6. Image for Nicole Shah Nicole Shah

    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:(.

  7. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    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!!

  8. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    :) 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!

  9. Image for Luci @ Bungalow At Home Luci @ Bungalow At Home

    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!

  10. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    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.

  11. Image for Anne Anne

    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. Sigh Send some of your brilliance my way, will ya?

  12. Image for Vee Vee

    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.

  13. Image for Debbie Hein Debbie Hein

    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.

  14. Image for Stephanie Durdan Stephanie Durdan

    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!

  15. Image for Barbara Schneider 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

  16. Image for Lori Z Lori Z

    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

  17. Image for Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers

    Your door is fabulous! I love the fall decor...amazing! I love simple doors... Hugs, Penny

  18. Image for Meg Meg

    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.

  19. Image for tinam61 tinam61

    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. tina

  20. Image for Bliss Bliss

    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. ~Bliss~

  21. Image for Traci Traci

    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! Traci

  22. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    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!

  23. Image for Gee Gee

    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 :-) What a wonderful welcome!! Luv the corn stalks and mums... the basket and the vines. Cheers, Gee

  24. Image for Sharon Sharon

    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.

  25. Image for Laura Ingalls Gunn Laura Ingalls Gunn

    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!

  26. Image for Susan Susan

    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.

  27. Image for jami at freckled laundry jami at freckled laundry

    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.

  28. Image for Brandy Brandy

    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.

  29. Image for Kelly @ JAX does design Kelly @ JAX does design

    You new door looks great all dressed up for fall :-) 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...

  30. Image for Elzabeth@ Blue Clear Sky Elzabeth@ Blue Clear Sky

    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.

  31. Image for debbiedoos debbiedoos

    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!

  32. Image for melissa@joyineveryseason melissa@joyineveryseason

    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)

  33. Image for CAS CAS

    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.

  34. Image for Beverly Beverly

    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.

  35. Image for Anne Anne

    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!

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