It has taken a very long time to reach this point of typing words for the first post here – a lifetime of home design obsession, years of blog reading, over a year of blog design and logo study, a year of WordPress research, (because I was such a chicken about it) and last but not least, more than a month of working on the layout to get it ready for inviting you in. But the place is finally ready. Hallelujah! So welcome to my home here at Talk of the House.
I feel like you are new friends who are visiting for the first time, and I’m both excited and nervous! If you were here in reality-land I would invite you to come in the front door.
This is the real front door of our home. This is the door I want people to come in. It opens into our little foyer, and you can then walk straight into our great room….but I have a problem with this door…
Do you see this door here?
This is the door everyone comes in, and I can’t figure out why they do. (It’s not always open.) I don’t think it looks any more inviting than the other door on the outside. In fact, when you come in this door you are faced with a wall hung with bookbags and jackets, doors concealing one of the world’s smallest laundry rooms, and our study which is usually being invaded by monstrous piles of books and paper. I can understand people using this door if they park outside the garage. It is the closest door to it, but here’s the crazy part: They park in the parking space out front and walk right past the real front door to come in this one. I just don’t get it. Does anyone else have this same issue, or am I the only one who even thinks about this? (That is entirely possible.)
I’ve been searching through dozens of pictures on the internet to see if I could find something that might inspire some solution. There are a lot of beautiful front doors out there. Perhaps painting it yellow would draw attention to the real front door.
Young House Love
(above and below)
Maybe I just need to sit on the steps out front like the woman above. That might be a little hot in the summer here in Georgia though.
Or perhaps I need to replace it with folding front doors. They could just walk right on in it without having to knock or ring the bell. (This house is amazing, but how in the world do they keep out the insects? It’s in South Carolina, for Heaven’s sake, so I know they have insects.)
Maybe I need big green shutters beside it to draw more attention to it…(I do love this shade of green!)
Red doors are my true love (especially at Christmas.) I have already tried painting it that color, but it just did not look right…not nearly as pretty as this one.
Or perhaps I should replace it with a beautiful stained one with a transom window above it (and replace my old lights with these gorgeous carriage lanterns too while I’m at it.)
Maybe I just need to leave it open like this gray one. I love how you can see all the way through the house here.
Unfortunately, I am not sure any of these ideas would make our visitors change their habits. Perhaps putting one of those yellow police tapes with “Crime scene – do not cross” across the other door would deter them……….Then again……….probably not.
If you have the same problem, or even better, if you have an idea for a solution, I would love to hear from you!