My Garden Retreat

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photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

A New Entrance...and some news!

Welcome Everyone!

That is the sentiment that I hope my new front porch projects!

You might remember about this time last year, when we started the front porch/entry project.

How we reclaimed the boards...which were then used to clad our kitchen island...
And reused the existing ceiling that we found under two layers of false ceiling and vinyl.UGH!

Then in March of this year, The new entry was enclosed...

Trimmed out and then painted in late June.
(This is our second front door my friends,we had an issue with the first just didn't want to close properly!)

So, our new front door finally arrived...
It was installed...and..
Just this past week...

I was able to say..."Our front entry is now complete"
On the outside anyway!
The inside...
Well, that's a whole different thing! But we are ever so much closer!

After all of this...I truly just want it to say"

"Welcome to our home"

I  have some exciting news!
eeekkk!!! I am so excited!

Until next time...Have a fabulous rest of the week and weekend!

***After receiving several emails rather quickly...the color of the paint on my front door is :
Seafoam  Storm~from Valspar (Lowes) The french wire demilune table and chair were purchased at Horton's several years ago, the oversized mat is from Ballards and the siding color on the porch was custom matched to our James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding and trim which we have just begun installing.***

Hope this helps!


  1. I LOVE it!! It is very inviting. So serene and pretty!!

  2. Love your front entrance. Simple but elegant....looks wonderful!

  3. Donna,
    I LOVE the beautiful serene look of your porch! How exciting new cabinets!Can't wait to see them!

  4. Oh Donna, it is just lovely! That door is the style I'm considering for our front door! We had a new door put in 15 years ago when we moved in because you couldn't use the front door - if you did, getting it back closed was almost impossible - we are now considering replacing it again when we put new siding on - sometime in the next 15 years most likely!!! LOL! And SO exciting about your cupboards! Have fun seeing them go in!

  5. You have to post the colour you used on the front door - love it!
    The texture that batten board offers makes the entrance even more inviting. It does say 'welcome'.

  6. Proof postive that when one door closes...another opens and what a beautiful opening day this is!
    Your colors are soothing. I couldn't tell...did you paint the ceiling of the porch "Haint Blue"?
    You can't see me, but I'm doing a happy dance...conga style...over your new cabinets.

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  8. It's lovely. The trim, the door, the door color are perfection! A huge congrats for a job very well done.

  9. I am dancing with Deb about your new cabinets coming... woohoo!
    The front porch looks lovely and the colors are perfection... but I wouldn't expect anything less from you my dear one.
    Hope your day is going well

  10. Donna, It's beautiful!
    Everything you do is such a labor of love.
    I'm still dreaming about that soapstone in the kitchen.

  11. Donna, It is so welcoming. I truly love it..all!!! I have to admit, I peep over at your house everytime we go through your town.I love seeing how far you have come.xoxox, Susie

  12. Fabulous!!! what a wonderful color you decided on, no wonder everyone wanted to know what it was. It is just beautiful!


  13. Donna- Your porch looks beautiful. It is just gorgeous from wood floor to your door. I can't wait to see your kitchen cabinets- xo Diana

  14. Acabo de descubrir tu blog, me gusta los post que sacas, me quedo por aqui... saludos!!!

  15. I love it all, Donna. Will keep this siding in mind when we need to redo ours! :)

  16. i absolutly adore all that you do! you are the bomb!

    i can't wait to see the cabinets girl! i know you are gonna feel like you are in heaven when they get installed!

    love ya!


  17. So beautiful, Donna! I love your door and siding. Welcoming, indeed.

  18. I love everything you do!!! I thought your first picture was from Pinterest and your inspiration pic. Wow - it's your door. Just beautiful. I find the older I get, the more I want to do things better than ever, especially since it will be the last time I do them. My new motto is: do it to the best of my ability and affordability. Even though I am very handy, I am still limited in both of these areas, but I try to go a little further beyond my budget to get the best I can afford, and it always makes a difference. Your home is a real inspiration to me and I can hardly wait to see your kitchen.

  19. Donna, The front of your home looks so nice You are truly amazing all the hard back braking work is paying off, You should be so proud.. Can't wait to see cabinets.. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend...


  20. Love everything you are doing, such an inspiration to me. I am moving into a 60's ranch house but love french country, scandinavian style. You are giving me great ideas!! Di@Cottage-Wishes

  21. Yes that color on the door is so pretty! Well all you do is in the sophisticated pretty department! Love the entry Donna~please come to my house and do mine, will ya?


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