Paint your front door

I was in London this weekend strolling through beautiful Notting Hill, and surrounding the famous Portobello Market, quaint restaurants and fantastic boutiques, there’s a neighborhood with some incredible charm. House after house features major curb appeal with the most welcoming facades. Ornate knockers and bright front doors summon you up the steps. And these Londoners have stepped out of the safe zone–very few red, cobalt blue or black doors in this mix. Take a cue from our neighbors across the pond, and bathe your front entrance in a hue that’s bold and inviting. And check out these knockers too.

Orange front door

Draw guests in with a happy deep tangerine.

Orange door brass knocker
One to try: Benjamin Moore’s Orange Rumba and this modern brass knocker (available in several finishes)

Periwinkle front door

Let them come and knock on your pretty periwinkle door.

Periwinkle front door
One to try: Sherwin Williams’ Dazzle and this vintage iron door knocker

Green front door

You’ll be the envy of all your neighbors with a kelly green door.

Green front door
One to try: Sherwin Williams’ Derbyshire and a monogram door knocker (also available in silver)

Pink front door

Visitors will be tickled pink when they arrive at this daring front door.

Pink front door
One to try: Sherwin Williams’ Hibiscus and a cast iron black lion head knocker

A passion for patina

St. Pierre Cathedral
Patina is a tarnish that forms on metals like copper and bronze. Some say a patina makes something look dingy. I think it gives furnishings and garden decor character, which is exactly why I was so enamored with the copper-green spire that rises above the old town in Geneva, Switzerland. I asked Scott, the family photographer, to shoot it from every angle because I loved the way it looked in different light. From one side, the spire appeared bright turquoise but walk to a different vantage point, and parts looked gray, even black.

Spire in the sky
It was this variation of color that had me dreaming of this French-inspired outdoor space I long to create.

Geneva-inspired outdoor space
I originally had visions of making my own outdoor daybed using reclaimed wood and a metal headboard (it had the perfect patina) that I spotted on Craigslist, but then I found this coffee table, also on Craigslist and built the space around it. It’s not a true patina, but the painted base and coppery floral motif on top screamed French country, and I love it. Hanging outdoor curtains blocks light but also creates an intimate atmosphere. I would forgo traditional tiebacks for lengths of hemp tassels I would loosely tie. To offset these overtly feminine sconces, I would hang this rustic rectangular chandelier, the splurge in the room. Weathered wicker chairs create the conversation area around that Craigslist gem. To add just a bit of color and make this alfresco room cozier, bright pillows would be thrown into the mix. I would fill several vintage urns, like this one, with gorgeous blooms, then sit back, relax and sip my kir royal.

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