When Lowe’s Canada asked if I’d be one of their holiday bloggers and gave me the task of decorating an outdoor entry, I immediately thought of my Mom’s front door.
My front door has a glass and metal screen door that I’m not willing to remove, (I know, how weird is that? But I love that it feels like an extra window anytime of year when the door is open), and I already have some great pots, a new door handle and lighting so I decided it would be more fun to transform my Mom’s front door.
Plus she’s been in Finland for over three months and she’s finally coming home next Wednesday, hooray! I’ve declared that day as a national holiday to celebrate her arrival, I can’t wait!! How fun that it’ll be a surprise for her (unless she reads this blog post before she gets here).
So here’s her door right now.
Her carriage house was built 4 years ago on a limited budget. So she ended up with a front door handle that falls off regularly (not kidding).
And a light fixture that really doesn’t suit the style of the house.
What this door has going for it is the colour! She painted it the same colour as my front door last year (Cloverdale Paint 7669). It was easy, I just gave her my leftover can of green paint.
The first item I selected when I arrived at Lowe’s in New Westminster was a new front door handle!
Out of the four black front door handles on display, I chose the one on the far left. I liked the curvy shape and it happened to be the best price!
And here’s the lantern I found in the outdoor lighting department!
When I was going through some Pinterest boards to get some inspiration for the decorations, I came across this front entry but my Mom loves colour so this would not be enough for her:
I adore magnolia leaves (below)! I snapped up a few bunches at Lowe’s along with some cedar and pine fir boughs in the greenery department for my Mom’s pots.
Corrine (below) took me around on my VIP shopping experience. She said she was a frequent customer and loved the store so much she applied to work there! She loves the people she works with and says they feel like family.
When I saw this image on Pinterest I loved that it was just red and white. So I’m doing a similar theme on my Mom’s door in greens to repeat her green door.
The blue sweater I’m wearing I spied at Winners just the day before! It’s so hard to find colour in the winter and I was so cranky when I opened up a cabinet in my closet the other day only to find cream, grey and black sweaters!
During my VIP shopping experience, Corrine noted that I was wearing Lowe’s blue and I laughed and told her it was a happy accident but that kind of thing happens to me all the time. I’ll often show up with a colour that matches everything for a client or be wearing the right colour even though I consciously didn’t plan it in advance.
If this kind of thing happens to YOU, that’s a big clue that you should be in the creative field if you’re not already!
Here we are goofing around in the faux Christmas tree department! (I got the reindeer ears too).
Here’s my car full of all the stuff to make my Mom’s front door a thing of joy and beauty to behold! Can’t wait, I’m decorating it tomorrow!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers! I love and appreciate you all so much!
And a big thanks to Lowe’s for sponsoring this wonderful surprise for my Mom!
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