8 Ways to Personalize Your Front Entryway


By: Becky Harris
 
Those special spots around the home that make you pause and smile are design moments. In this series, we’re looking at these powerful features room by room and considering why we love them. The entryway is a place where a great design moment can make a big impact. The front entry sets the tone and foreshadows what awaits inside. It’s your best opportunity to welcome visitors and delight passers-by.
 

 
Extend your personal style down the walkway. This fabulous black and white front walk acts like an inviting tile rug. It suits the crisp white home with its glossy black door and wrought-iron fence. I don’t know about you, but it makes me eager to see the inside of the house.
 

 
Add a bold color. On this 8-foot-deep porch, there’s ample room for Adirondack chairs and two buckets of potted flowers. Note that matching the buckets to the door reinforces the design moment.
 
This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to transform a home’s facade. At the same time, it makes your home feel more welcoming and personable.
 
Door paint: Agave, Benjamin Moore
Door: Therma Tru
Lights: Sausalito, Forecast Lighting
 

 
Add a charming screen door. This door in Maine celebrates the local fresh cuisine while letting the breeze blow through the house. It gives the coastal home personality, while inviting folks to relax and get casual.
 
Screen door: Wooden Screen Door Co.
 

 
Punch up a portico. Those large stone columns, that gracefully curved roofline — this portico is welcoming and offers shelter from bad weather to anyone fumbling for keys or waiting to be ushered inside.
 
Adding a portico is a great way to dramatically change the look of your house without breaking the bank. There are so many design opportunities with this one move — rooflines, columns, the material underfoot. Use the ceiling to hang a light fixture, or paint it an accent color like haint blue.
 

 
Treat your entry like a gallery. This sculpture makes a big statement next to the pivot door. Its scale is just right for the height of the overhang, and the white behind it provides the stark backdrop it calls for.
 

 
Frame the door. Here, playful topiaries add a formal French garden touch to the modern farmhouse simplicity of this home. They also reinforce the pleasing symmetry of the sidelights.
 
Whether it’s ferns, edibles or fanciful topiaries, flanking the door with potted plants adds life to an entry. You can also make your style mark via the pots you choose. Give a midcentury preview by using bullet planters, show your love of classic gardens with urns, or choose rectilinear vessels for a clean-lined contemporary look.
 

 
Try a unique door style. This wood and glass custom pivot door has a large presence thanks to its 5-foot width and floor-to-ceiling height. The fact that it pivots is an unexpected treat — entering a home through one is an unusual experience.
 
Door: custom design by Moore Architects, made by TruStile
Lights: Rutherford, Restoration Hardware
 

 
Get creative with your house numbers. A friend of the homeowners designed this unique house-number panel for them. The numbers were cut into bead-blasted stainless-steel. They add a graphic architectural touch.
 
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Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Pick the Perfect Paint Color

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth, the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

 

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

 

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

 

 

How-To: Pick the Perfect Paint Color


How To: Pick the Perfect Paint Color

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth, the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint isle.

 

1. Bring in Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

2. The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

3. Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers now sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

4. Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

 

5. Choose Your Drama: Take a look at the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

6. Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

7. Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50% tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch ups.

 

8. Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

9. Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

10. Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high volume, low pressure sprayers at most home improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

Of The Day: Get Updated In 2014


Happy New Year from the Ebby Blog! We thank you all for making 2013 our best year yet, and we hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! To start of the new year, we’re bring you five tips, big and small, for adding value to your home. Even if you’re not selling, we hope these tips will inspire you to update and make 2014 the best year yet for your home.

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1. Light and bright: Light and ambiance are important in every home, no matter the size.

Keep it simple: Add table and/or floor lamps, having light at different heights is important in achieving the right ambiance. Open your blinds and pull back your curtains to make the most out of natural light.

Go big: Knock down a wall to create a more open floor plan, which will allow natural light to flow more easily around your home. Or widen doorways, which should be less costly and will also allow more light in.

For inspiration: A Place to Build or A Place to Entertain

 

2. Curb appeal: They say don’t judge a book buy it’s cover, but most of us still do.

Keep it simple: Mow your lawn. It’s really that easy. Invest in a lawnmower, or borrow one from a neighbor, either way it will make a huge difference in an unruly yard. Plant some flowers and maybe some bushes, too. No matter the color or variety, they will add life and interest to your yard.

Go big: Add a path to your front door or fix up your driveway, you can find many DIY’s online or hire someone to help you out. Then, plant some trees to add interest and height. They’ll take time to grow, but, like so many other things, your home is a worthy investment for time and money.

For inspiration: A Place to Notice

 

3. Outdoor space: A deck or patio creates an entirely new way to experience your home.

Keep it simple: If you’re pinching pennies this year, you can find cheap outdoor furniture at many of the big box stores. Throw down an outdoor rug, some chairs, and a table to create a gathering area in your backyard.

Go big: DIY or hire out to create a wood deck or laid-stone patio. From there the possibilities are endless- cozy furniture, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, an arbor- let your imagination run wild!

For inspiration: A Place to Go Outdoors

 

4. Apply a fresh coat: Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to update your home.

Keep it simple: Apply some fresh of paint, in the same or a new color, to refresh your walls. You’d be surprised at the difference a few coats it can make!

Go big: Buy painter’s tape or hire a pro to detail your walls in the latest chevron or whatever design tickles your fancy.

For inspiration: A Place to Create or A Place to Welcome Others

 

5. The kitchen: Many say it’s the heart of the home, so give it the attention it deserves.

Keep it simple: Buy some new stools or chairs to change things up. Or paint your cabinets and switch out the hardware.

Go big: Islands are all the rage and don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. If you have the space and the budget, consider adding an island with some seating. Updating your appliances and your backsplash are also very effective ways to update the look and feel of your kitchen.

For inspiration: A Place to Cook

 

We hope these tips will help you start your 2104 on the right foot. If you need some inspiration for updating your home or a specific room, head over to our Pinterest page. Thanks for joining us for OTD!