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Gorgeous Custom Art – Lindsay Skinner Studio

I discovered the most Gorgeous Custom Art – Lindsay Skinner Studio on Instagram a while back and instantly fell in love with her beautiful artwork.

I am not typically drawn to abstracts since they typically have a more modern feel, but Lindsay’s work is dreamy, elegant, and colorful – exactly how I love to decorate our home.

Lindsay reached out and asked if she could create a piece for our living room, and I was ecstatic. For years, I have had a mirror hanging over the sofa because I never found a piece of art that really worked. So the mirror just hung there waiting until the perfect piece was found.

Lindsay created that perfect piece of artwork. Her whimsical piece was inspired by the colors in the room and playfully mimics both the floral art and the floor rug and transports you to a dreamy wonderland.

Gorgeous Custom Art – Lindsay Skinner Studio

Lindsay is a self-taught artist living in Springfield, Missouri, and you can purchase her artwork online or request a custom piece at her site: Lindsay Skinner Studio.

Lindsay’s husband made the custom gold frame for the artwork, and I love that they make the perfect team for her small business.

What do you think of Lindsay’s artwork? She also will create custom bridal paintings of a bride’s wedding flowers and sells floral pieces on her site.

Want to see more of our home decked out for the holidays? Go here to see our Christmas-decorated home and here to see how I decorated our Christmas trees.

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Christmas Tree Decor Ideas

Every year I get excited to decorate our Christmas trees in our living room and wanted to share some Christmas Tree Decor Ideas.

For me, there are three important things to consider when decorating a Christmas tree:

  • Color
  • Repetition
  • Texture

Color

I love to match the color of our trees with the room they’re in. For these trees, I used shades of pink, green, and blue.

Repetition

Repetition helps a tree appear more professional – like it has its act together. Most of the things on my tree are repeated at least 10 times.

I do have a tree dedicated solely to our vacation and homemade ornaments. It’s absolutely charming and has a beauty of it’s own, but I do like the uniformity for our more formal space.

Texture

Texture helps make the tree more interesting, and I added everything from shiny to beaded ornaments as well as various faux floral stems.

I loaded our Christmas tree with warm white lights and began by adding various floral stems I found at our local Hobby Lobby.

I break them up into much smaller pieces so I don’t have to buy as many stems and they don’t overwhelm the tree.

I added faux pompeii grass in a pretty rose color I found in the wedding decor section.

I love this faux silver dollar eucalyptus. It not only looks great as Christmas decor, but it’s perfect for vase filler year-round.

Play around with your shades of colors like I did with this more yellow-green faux fern.

These candied berry stems are as festive as you can get!

I wanted to add some blue, so I found these frosty blue branches.

After the floral stems are added, begin adding ornaments.

I never tire of the classic round bulbs in rich hues.

These candied pears were a Hobby Lobby find several years ago, and unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything similar (and as affordable) yet.

I added more classic bulbs in different shades, shapes, and textures.

And the result is the perfect tree(s) for our space!

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Christmas Decor Ideas

Christmas Decor Ideas
I found this beautiful floor mirror at Hobby Lobby. Wait for their 50% off sale on mirrors, and it is a great deal!

Today I’m sharing a holiday home tour in hopes of inspiring you with some Christmas Decor Ideas.

Once Halloween is over, I begin pulling down all the holiday decor from the attic. If it is our year to host Thanksgiving, I leave the dining room fall but deck the halls everywhere else.

Christmas Decor Ideas

I bought this outdoor garland after Christmas several years ago. It was a fantastic price, lights up, and I hang in using rip ties.

The urns, lanterns, wreaths, and door garland are all from Balsam Hill. Their product is more pricey, but it lasts for years and is worth the investment.

I kept our dining room decor simple this year. I hung a couple of plain pine wreaths using black velvet ribbon and added a garland across the back of the buffet (which lights up).

I love my flameless battery taper candles and found the candle log centerpiece at Tuesday Morning.

For my office, I added a large Christmas tree to the front window. I bought some silk ribbon and added bows, and bulbs in gold, white, and various shades of blue. The larger pink bows are ornaments I found at Hobby Lobby.

I love having two trees in our living room. They aren’t exactly the size, so one of the trees sits on paint cans but you’d never know thanks to the tree collar (which is from Big Lots).

I added a green garland across the mantle from afloral and the stockings are from Kirkland’s.

I will share how I decorated the trees in our living room very soon.

In the kitchen nook, I added three wreaths I found at Joann’s and hung them from a thick, silky burgundy ribbon.

I love hanging my Lindsay Letters art every year, and you can find the Lamp Post and the Glory to God on her site.

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2023 Decor Trends

I had the honor of joining the High Point Market Design Influencers tour this fall where we saw firsthand the 2023 decor trends.

If you’re not familiar with High Point Market, it is the largest home furnishings trade show in the world. There are 2,000 exhibitors throughout 180 buildings with over 10 million square feet. There are two shows every year – one in April and one in October with around 70,000-80,000 attendees from over 100 countries. 

(L-R) Barry & Jordan (Brownstone Boys), Laquita Tate, Eneia White, Megan Molten, Alvin Wayne, Sara Davis, Shauna Gleen, Will Brown, Ariene Bethea, and Erin Wheeler.

I had heard so much about High Point Market, but nothing prepared me for how huge this event is.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos outside the showrooms, but there are blocks and blocks of showrooms. It’s incredible!

We toured the following sponsor showrooms:

  • Crypton, Inc.
  • Anna Elisabeth
  • Rowe Furniture
  • The MT Company
  • Debrah’s International Co, Ltd.
  • Dorel Home
  • Hooker Furnishings
  • IMC InterHall and Suites at Market Square
  • Jaipur Living
  • Sherrill Furniture Company
  • The MT Company
  • Theodore Alexander
  • Universal Furniture
  • Varaluz
  • Whalen Furniture

2023 Decor Trends:

Vintage-look

Not everyone can afford vintage pieces, but there are many gorgeous vintage reproductions that can provide similar charm.

Hooker Furniture had an entire room dedicated to the charm of Charleston and had vintage decor and furniture reproductions (top left). Jaipur Living had gorgeous rugs that mimicked the look of vintage rugs (top right).

Hooker Furniture

Neutrals

Neutrals are still everywhere, but there is a rise in “pseudo neutrals.” Pseudo neutrals aren’t limited to white, creams, and tans – instead, they add a subtle touch of color like pale pinks and lavenders.

Theodore Alexander

I think it’s a way to subtly train the neutral lovers to slowly embrace color.

The Color Green

Many of the showrooms were filled with color – especially the color green.

Sherrill Furniture Company

Green is a color of balance and harmony. It lends us a clearer sense of right from wrong since green incorporates a balance of both the logical and emotional. Green is one of the most-seen colors in nature reflecting life, rest, and peace. It is also a sign of growth, whether that’s in a physical object like plants or in our income and wealth.

It’s a beautiful color, and it’s not surprising it is making a resurgence in home decor.

If you want to learn more about decorating with the color green, go here.

Art Deco

Jaipur Living

Art deco is back – a style that first appeared in France in the 1910s (just before World War I). It flourished in the United States and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. I saw circles and geometrics in everything from furniture to lighting to rugs.

Hooker Furniture

Curves

Curved furniture was all over the market this fall. Curves and playful and fun and make for a happy home – something everyone craves after the past few years.

The MT Company

In the past century, curves appeared in the 20s with Art Deco and then again in the 70s in funky and chunky designs.

Bouclé

The word bouclé is derived from the French word meaning “curled” or “ringed.” Bouclé can refer to a yarn (made from a series of looped fibers) or the fabric made from it.

It looks and feels like a lamb or poodle, and I have to admit that it is relaxing and cozy. But, this is one trend I’m ready to see leave sooner than later.

But based on the amount of bouclé at the market, it probably is here to stay for a bit.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been on the rise for several years now, but I have to mention it since it was visible in almost every showroom.

The MT Company

Sustainability

I didn’t take any great photos that are good visuals for this, but I have to mention sustainability as a trend because it is something that almost every showroom mentioned on our tour. Companies are becoming more interested (because their consumers are as well) in knowing about the processes involved in making the product as well as the sources.

And before I sign off, I have just a few more photos to share with you (I have so many it is hard to narrow it down).

I love a grand entrance and Theodore Alexandar did it perfectly (top left) while I couldn’t help but be obsessed with this chesterfield sofa that RECLINES from Hooker Furniture (top right).

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Geometric Wall Mural

I was inspired to create this Geometric Wall Mural after seeing the 2023 FrogTape® Design Trends. Travel is the trend for 2023 (we are all ready for some change of scenery), and here are the four design trends:

  • Redrock Renewal
  • Bohemian Bazaar
  • Nordic Nature
  • Midtown Modern

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® . All opinions are 100% mine.

You can see more details on these design trends HERE, and I chose to add the Midtown Modern design trend to our home.

The Midtown Modern trend is all about a “rich” urban lifestyle using saturated hues like black or navy. Accent with bright brass and use plush fabrics like velvet and satin.

I added the look to our home by creating a unique geometric wall mural. I painted the base coat in a high-gloss finish and l created a design using FrogTape® I painted over the wall with flat paint, removed the tape, and I had a unique and gorgeous accent wall.

To create your own Geometric Wall Mural, here are the supplies you will need.

Supplies for Geometric Wall Mural:

  • 5 rolls of FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape – Green, 0.94 in. x 60 yd.
  • 2 rolls of FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape – Green, 1.88 in. x 60 yd.
  • Drop Cloth
  • 1 quart of high gloss finish paint
  • 1 quart of matte finish paint
  • Level
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Tray
  • Scissors
  • Exacto Knife

How to Create a Geometric Wall Mural

  • Paint the entire wall with a high-glossy finish paint.
  • Plan your design. I found an image online and decided to begin with a grid pattern to create the geometric design.
  • To create the grid pattern, I used .94-inch tape for the lines and used 1.88-inch tape for the spaces. Begin at the center of the wall – use a level to make sure that the first line is straight. Continue to proceed across the wall.

If the wall was recently painted (less than a month), use FrogTape® Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape.

  • For the horizontal lines, begin at the top of the wall and continue down the wall repeating the taping pattern.
  • Once the wall is a large grid, begin to work on the details. Using the printout I found online, I drew out the pattern in sections.
  • Once the pattern is drawn out, take the Exacto knife and cut away what isn’t needed. Be careful not to press too hard – you need just enough pressure to cut the tape and not damage the wall.
  • Next, create the diamond pattern using fresh tape and cut it with scissors.
  • Once the pattern is complete, make sure the FrogTape adheres wall to the wall. I went over the entire wall with a dry paint roller.
  • Finally, it is time to paint the matte finish paint.
  • Once the paint is dry, carefully pull back the FrogTape.

  • Enjoy your new accent wall!

Watch the entire process of creating the geometric wall mural here:

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How to Set a Beautiful Table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there isn’t a more perfect holiday for learning how to set a beautiful table.

This post is a sponsored post by Tuesday Morning. I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.

I am often asked about my favorite source for home décor finds, and Tuesday Morning is high on my list with its great deals (20-60% less than department stores) and high-quality brand-name items. I found everything I needed to create a beautiful table at Tuesday Morning.

The Importance of Setting a Pretty Table:

  • It shows your guests that you think they are important enough to put in extra effort for them.
  • It sets the tone for the meal.
  • It influences the appearance of the food served (which is important for me since cooking is not my gift).

How to Set a Beautiful Table:

Use Linens

Adding linens instantly elevates your table setting. Consider a tablecloth, cloth napkins, and/or a table runner. Linens are an extra touch that won’t go unnoticed by your guests and are a great foundation for setting the perfect table.

Tuesday Morning has a huge selection of quality tablecloths, runners, placemats, and napkins at fantastic prices. I instantly fell in love with these sweet napkins with the mini pom trim.

Layer Textures and Materials

Layer textures to create a beautiful tablescape. I layered linens, woven placemats, and live flowers (mixed in with some faux florals). I also mixed a variety of finishes including glass, porcelain, and brass.

I found the glassware and plates at Tuesday. I love the sophisticated shape of the drinking glasses, and I am always on the hunt for white plates. White dishes are perfect because they can be casual for everyday use or dressed up for a special dinner.

Mix Traditional and Modern

Mix traditional decor with modern pieces for a little tablescape design magic. I love to tone down the ornate traditional looks with simple modern lines.

While shopping at Tuesday Morning, I instantly fell in love with the traditional turkeys and added a more modern wooden bowl with simple lines to decorate the buffet.

The cute pumpkin butter dish and gorgeous candlesticks are also Tuesday morning finds, and I created the entire look for under $100!

Select a Color Palette

For a more uniform look for your table setting, select a color palette. I personally prefer to keep the color palettes around 3-4 colors. A focused color palette will make your table look more harmonious and balanced.

In this tablescape, I looked for pieces that were shades of white/cream and brown, and I added more color (green and rust) in the florals.

I found the white plates at Tuesday Morning, and a set of four was only $12.99! There were several different white plate options, but I selected this setting for the subtle raised border detail.

Accessorize with Candles and Flowers

Keep your centerpieces low so guests can converse easily. Candles set the mood and flowers allow for extra color bursts.

Create floral centerpieces that are repeated down the table. Smaller juice glasses make perfect vases for these smaller arrangements.

I found this white log centerpiece complete with candles at Tuesday Morning. I loved the price and how versatile it is through all the seasons.

By spending a little extra time creating a beautiful table, you can create a memorable dining experience for your guests.

If you’re like me and love to make your home look high-end without spending a fortune, you should check out Tuesday Morning.

Tuesday Morning is one of my favorite stores to find unique and gorgeous home decor for every season and every decor style.

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Design Influencers Tour – High Point Market

On a last-minute whim, I applied to be one of the ten design influencers in the Design Influencers Tour – High Point Market. I was surprised and incredibly honored to learn I had been selected to travel to High Point Market in North Carolina next month!

While at High Point, I will participate in a two-day tour of sponsoring showrooms and receive an in-depth look at the exhibitors’ company history, brand positioning, and furnishings products.

What is High Point Market

High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world. It is the place where the latest home furnishings styles, trends, and products are introduced and is held in High Point, North Carolina.

The sheer volume of product and space at High Point Market is unparalleled, and it is an opportunity to see new lines, designs, and trends in every category for the home. 

High Point Market Furniture Market:

  • 12.2 million square feet of exhibitor space
  • 75,000 attendees each market
  • More than 2,200 exhibitors
  • 100+ countries represented

During and after the fall market, I’ll be sharing inspiring products and my favorite moments from the market. You can follow me and the others on the tour on social via #designinfluencerstour

The influencers selected for this tour include: 

Ariene Bethea of Dress My Room

Will Brown of Will Brown Interiors

Sara Davis of Sincerely, Sara D.

Shauna Glenn of Shauna Glenn

Barry & Jordan of Brownstone Boys

Laquita Tate  of Laquita Tate

Megan Molten of Megan Molten

Alvin Wayne of Alvin Wayne       

Eneia White of Eneia White Interiors       

Erin Wheeler of Sunny Circle Studio

The Fall 2022 Sponsors Include:


Anna Elisabeth 

Crypton, Inc. 

Debrah’s International Co, Ltd. 

Dorel Home

Hooker Furnishings

IMC InterHall and Suites at Market Square

Jaipur Living

Rowe Furniture

Sherrill Furniture Company

The MT Company 

Theodore Alexander

Universal Furniture

Varaluz

Whalen Furniture

The Design Influencer’s Tour was developed by High Point Market Authority in partnership with Esteem
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I’m excited to share my experience with you!

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Kitchen Counter Stools

I have been searching for the best kitchen counter stools for several years, and I finally found them!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safavieh. All opinions are 100% mine.

In the past, we have had fabric-covered counter stools. I love the look but they are not practical with kids. We have also had metal counter stools which although durable are not very comfortable (and I found they were rough on our wood floor).

I found these Gresley Indoor/Outdoor French Bistro Counter Stools by Safavieh, and they are perfect for our kitchen for several reasons:

  • Lightweight: They are so lightweight and easy to move which makes them incredibly practical, and I don’t have to worry about them scratching our wood floor.
  • Easy-to-Clean: These counter stools are so easy to clean. The material is wipeable and there is no need to worry about spills.
  • Durable: These counter stools are indoor AND outdoor which means they are very durable.
  • Comfortable: The high backs on these stools are very comfortable and perfect for everything from eating at the kitchen island to working on homework.

The stools come in several colors, but I chose navy to compliment the navy walls in our living room. The stools also come in bar height as well as the counter height I have.

The French bistro look of the counter stools is inviting and perfect for our kitchen. The exterior of our home is considered French chateau in style, so I like bringing a little French inside, too.

Our kitchen is celebrating its 5th anniversary this fall. Want to see more on this DIY renovation? Go here to see all the details.

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Living Room Decor

I am often asked about items in our living room, so today I am sharing the sources for our living room decor.

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Colorful Rug

I have had this rug for years, and I still love it! The navy grounds all the fun colors, so it is colorful without being too overwhelming in a space.

Large Bust Planter

This large bust planter is such a great conversation starter and is larger than most of the planter busts you will find.

Colorful Floral Art

This floral art is available here on my website. We have several different options, and this is the Lena – horizontal.

Plug-In Wall Lamp Set

This plug-in wall lamp set is my absolute favorite, and I have several sets hanging throughout our home. It is an inexpensive and easy way to add lighting to any room and doesn’t require an electrician. I like to hide the cords with paintable cord covers.

Velvet Pillow Covers

These velvet pillow covers are inexpensive, beautiful, and come in a huge selection of colors. They look great with any decor style.

Tufted Velvet Ottoman

This tufted velvet ottoman is one of my all-time favorites. It is such a pretty piece and comes in so many different colors. It works well as a coffee table and/or an ottoman.

Brass Candlesticks

I love the elegant, modern look of these brass candlesticks. They are timeless and work well through all the seasons.

The paint color is Night View by Valspar, and I have a tutorial for the paneled walls HERE.

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Exterior Home Paint Palette

I am often asked about our house colors, and I matched our colors to create a Dutch Boy Exterior Home Paint Palette.

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Exterior Home Paint Palette

  • Painted Brick: Our brick paint color is very similar to Dutch Boy 016W – Worn Pages.
  • Trim: Our trim color matches Dutch Boy 440-2DB Rhino-ed Gray.
  • Front Door: Painted in Dutch Boy 427-6DB Cattails

If you want more details on our front door, you can see more in this post.

I painted all the other exterior doors in a color that is very similar to the trim on our home – Dutch Boy Rhino-ed Gray.

Dutch Boy Rhino-ed Gray Paint

This is the side front door of our home and the Rhino-ed Gray is the perfect complement to our painted brick.

I painted our side garage door in the same color.

And also painted our patio doors in the back of our home.

I used Dutch Boy Platinum Plus Cabinet, Door & Trim Paint which is a water-based alkly enamel that goes on silky smooth.

I love the look of the semi-gloss, but I opted for satin since the rest of my home exterior is similar.

I love this paint because it is thick and coats well. It works well for exteriors as well as interiors, and I also used it to paint our home library bookshelves.

When looking for exterior door colors, I knew I wanted a warm gray to compliment our off-white painted brick.

Exterior Paint Colors for Trim and doors

I narrowed it down to two paint colors.

Best Warm Grays:

  • Dutch Boy 439-2DB Scalloped Gray
  • Dutch Boy 440-2DB Rhino-Ed Gray
Warm Gray Exterior Paint Colors

They are both beautiful warm gray paint colors, but I obviously ultimately decided on Rhino-Ed Gray because it best matched my home’s trim color.

What are some of your favorite exterior home paint palettes?

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Painting Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture can quickly look worn after being out in all the elements, but paint is an easy way to refresh your patio furniture. Today I’m going to share a specific paint that makes painting outdoor furniture easy!

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I partnered with Amy Howard Home to share their Color of the Month.

The Color of the Month Club is a monthly subscription where Color of the Month subscribers will receive a new color every month exclusive to the club. This month’s Color of the Month is Curbside Shopper – a great neutral warm gray.

I have a couple of inexpensive chairs and ottomans that were starting to show their age. Originally I was considering getting rid of them because they didn’t fit with the rest of our patio furniture (see more of our patio HERE).

However, I am someone who believes paint can fix everything, so I got to work giving the pieces a mini-makeover.

Supplies for Painting Outdoor Furniture:

How to Paint Outdoor Furniture

  • First, place a drop cloth under your furniture.
  • Next, clean off your furniture. I just wiped mine down with water and a rag but Simple Green is a product I often use for more stubborn pieces.
  • Next, add a coat of One Step Paint. There is no sanding or priming required which is why I love this product.
  • I always like to add two coats of paint – especially for an outdoor furniture piece. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding another coat of paint.
  • Finally, seal the paint with Amy Howard Matte Sealer. It’s not necessary to seal one step paint, but it’s a great option – especially for outdoor furniture.

And that’s it! You’ll feel like you have new outdoor furniture without spending a fortune!

You can also paint outdoor cushions with One Step Paint, and Amy shares how to do that in this video.

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Pretty Front Door Paint Colors

I painted our front door black years ago, but I was ready for a change. While going through Dutch Boy’s color library, I came across pretty front door paint colors and want to share some of them with you!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dutch Boy. All opinions are 100% mine.

Painting your front door is one of the easiest ways to update your home’s exterior.

I always recommend bringing paint swatches home and viewing them at your home. Step outside to see how the colors change with the lighting. Our home faces the west, so the color at 7 in the morning can look completely different at 7 in the evening.

Even better than paint swatches are paint samples. I like to test out several different colors to see which one works best for my home.

I went to my local Menards and found a huge selection of colors. I wanted a blue for our front door and selected several different palettes – many of which included blue-green paint colors.

Pretty Front Door Paint Colors

Pretty Front Door Paint Colors

I narrowed my selection down to the following five Dutch Boy blue-green paint colors:

  • 425-2DB Frosted Olive
  • 427-5DB Cattails
  • 425-3DB Woodsy Gray
  • 429-2DB Rochester Gray
  • 427-4DB Silvered Teal
Blue-Green Paint Colors

I ultimately decided on Dutch Boy Cattails 427-5DB

If you have ever selected a paint color for a room, you probably know that the majority of the time the color will appear darker than the swatch.

However, with an exterior door, there is a lot of light bouncing around which means the color will most likely appear lighter than the paint swatch.

I ended up 3 shades darker on the color palette than I had originally planned.

Supplies for Painting an Exterior Door:

If you aren’t familiar with masking paste, I would definitely give it a try. You paint it on the windows. Once it dries you can paint over it and use a razor to cut around the windows.

The masking tape pulls off the window and you’re left with crisp paint line and paint on the glass!

I also added a little screen to hide the decorative glass in our front door.

I have never loved our front door and the decorative glass doesn’t fit with the style of our home. So I got creative and cute a piece to put over the glass. I adhered in with caulk.

The front door brightens up our home, and my neighbor across the street described it as a happy color.

I’d love to know – what are your favorite front door paint colors?

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