Do you remember awhile back when I blogged about my front entry inspiration? Well, we've finally gotten a new mailbox, numbers, light and an entry mat and I think our entry is beginning to look a little more modern.
Here are the before pictures for your reference. In the "progress" picture you can see how close the walkway used to be to our house and how traditional the numbers and light fixtures were. There was also that sliver of a mailbox.
Here's how it looks now:
We did pretty well with getting most of the things on my moodboard. The Bobi mailbox came all the way from Finland. Tech Guy had his heart set on the blue colour which wasn't available here. We owe a big thank you to his sister and brother-in-law for bringing it back with them! I'm sure it wasn't too much fun to lug a mailbox with them. I'm so glad we were able to get the blue. It also has a Finnish key which is fun because it's so different from the ones available here (maybe I should have taken a picture of it as well). The planters are these ones from Ikea.
The light is clean and simple. It shines up and down. Again, an evening picture might have been a good idea! The numbers were purchased from Lowe's and we had to go with the aged bronze finish (as opposed to satin nickel) because of the light stone we have on our house. The colour ended up working really well as it matches the storm door colour. We also have these vanilla strawberry hydrangeas on either side of the front step. The flowers turn from white to pink.
This is the front door that's generally covered by the storm door. It's the original door that we stripped about 6 layers of paint from and then stained. The grip set is this one that we already had.
The door mat was purchased from HomeSense. It is completely made of some kind of plastic. It has thin loops kind of like a hooked rug. Little Pilot said, "Tama tuntuu mukavalta!" - "This feels nice!". It looks like Tech Guy thinks so too. :) I actually bought the mat in an orange colour way as well so I can switch it up if I want some more contrast. That threshold could use a sanding and re-staining too. House projects never seem to end!
One last photo so you can see a bit more of the walkway we put in last summer. Our old walkway was so close to the front window that it felt awkward when people came to the door. We had plans to move the existing plants in the flower beds forward this Spring, but with our foundation work (that will hopefully be done at the end of this month) it didn't make sense to uproot the plants twice. p.s. Can you spy the lens cap in the photo below? Pappa will be appalled when he sees where I left it!
So that's where we're at with our front entry. We'll see what ends up happening to the landscaping once the foundation work is completed. Happy Thursday friends!