Friday, October 17, 2014


The entry to 822 was probably 
the major change we made as far as structure goes

after we cleared the wild growth
you could see the charming front porch and door (which I promptly painted blue)
but it was just too small!
Personally I could have lived with this because I loved it 
but the mister wanted a grand entry and finally won me over to the idea
You can't really see them, but those old lead glass and brass porch lights have a wonderful patina and  turned the most lovely shade of lavender...they are spectacular!

  • took out the old sidewalk and poured a new larger one keeping the curve
  • took out the old front door and replaced with stain glass windows
  • put double doors where the dining room window was...the large peak was already there
  • added the round porch and heavy rough cedar detail
  • changed the windows on each side to include diamond bevel windows
  • there are 3 other rock homes on our block with very white stone...we chose to leave ours aged

  • lots of ideas on your blogs and pinterest for doors and windows
  • door catalogs
  • googling photos of homes in Normandy and Cotswolds
  • again..the home just lends itself to how it should be...bones are bones don't you agree?

The entry today

the old entry today

one of my neighbors told me the lead windows were the jewelry to this house
I have to agree 

The mahogany doors are from Borano
The windows were custom from Doors by Decora
The stain glass windows are from eBay
All the cedar has been left raw
The porch stain is from Lowes (and I don't like it)
The knock out roses are from Lowes and I love them

I'm not sure why I was so not for this re-do...I certainly wasn't the one up on that scaffold in the cold winter snow with my butt crack showing!

I can hardly believe this project has long been over and will last the rest of my life no matter how long I live.  
I can't wait to invite you in!

~Favorite Thing~
the diamond bevel windows and the symmetry 
~Biggest Challenge~~
living with a front door that was two pieces of plywood in the winter


Karena Albert said...

Gina what a difference the new entry makes and I agree, the diamond bevel windows are gorgeous!
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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Gina, your home truly is magic. We did a huge change to our entrance as well, but yours is of grand proportions! LOVELY!!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Oh Gina so Grand and Stately, so inviting, I love it,

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Such a big change, but so worth it!

NanaDiana said...

That looks fantastic, Gina. It was well worth the plywood doors till the real thing got installed. LOVE the windows, too. The front of the house really looks "important" now. I love it- xo Diana

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

There is something about a grand entrance that I love. Did your hubby do the work?

Stacey said...

Talk about a grand entrance! Such beautiful home!

Heather - New House New Home said...

Can't believe what a difference that makes - you'd never know it was the same house!! Gorgeous!

Ann said...

yOUR HUBBY is right
a grand entry is the way to do it.
It looks so much more classy and lovely ♥

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That is the grandest entrance in the history of entrances :-)

Stacy Curran said...

I agree with the previous comment that it looks absolutely magical!! I love it !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Gina! So good to see your lovely comment this morning! Oh, I have shared my home and the before and after stages already...I don't know if anyone would be interested in it again! But thank you for asking. And thank you for sharing my post with your daughters!

I want to see more of YOUR home and all the nooks and crannies there are to enchant!!!! Have a lovely day, Anita

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

what a wonderful makeover. it looks like it was meant to be there, which is a real compliment. Thanks for all the links. We're dealing with door issues right now so these will help.

Minha vida de campo said...

Ficou belíssima, amei essa madeira natural. Sua casa é muito bonita. Um estilo muito lindo.
Bjos tenha uma ótima semana.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Gina, what a spectacular entry! I love the diamond leaded glass, it is the best! I love jewelry, so it fits the bill. It does look magical, you lucky girl :) xo Nancy

Brandi said...

Such a big beautiful difference, Gina! Your entry is stunning. Your new doors are gorgeous!