First Impressions : Front Doors & All The Trimmings

Let’s Talk Front Doors,

We are finally at that stage where I am finalizing some parts of our new home and right now it’s millwork and doors.  I find myself paying close attention to the details and the “bones” of the house.  Particularly doors trim and windows.  First impressions like the front doors and trim will be very impactful.  I will have two double doors when you enter the home.  Mike and I drew the house plans out ourselves last year and took to our friend Bill Ellison of Caddworks to CAD out an engineer for us.  Along the way, I found I made the home very traditional – very European so to speak.  I call it “French Euro Country”.  I have tons of windows and love the look with a nice size pediment at the front.  The question now is…….glass doors to bring light to the foyer?  Or an old-world lot of millwork solid wood door?  Stained white French oak?

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The look of something old – just brings me so much joy and the front door really can set the tone to your house.  There will be a courtyard that you walk through and a small porch.  I will have a french door at the mudroom entrance it is at the far end of the front elevation see here:elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, lori ann tauraso, mike tauraso visit frederick,

So the question is what kind of statement do I want to make?  The front door sets the tone really is the first impression to your guests, family, and friends.  I already think about how I will decorate it for the holidays.  Our builders (North Market Construction – Frederick, MD) Sent us to TW Perry in Germantown, MD to get siding, windows, doors, and trim.  I gave them a few pics from my Pinterest board here are some favorites:

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This one below is my inspo and envision a big double entry door:  This is my favorite look by far.

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So today after our meeting we decided to go with the solid wood custom door!  It will draw inspiration from the door pictured right above.  I am so over the moon!  It will be stunning and give that rustic old world touch I have been dreaming of from the beginning.  I mean look at the hardware – just imagine it being a matte brass look!  Ahhhhhhhhh

Next, we moved on to trim and I had in my mind to do a really large baseboard from the start.  It is important to note that because it can change the placement of the windows and the types of casing you choose as well.  Mine is a whopping 7 inches high!  YES!  That says solid and European.  If you don’t do this in the planning stages if can be a really costly fix.  We will have some picture frame type molding going up the stairs like this :

You can see all I have used as inspo on my Pinterest Board HERE

My interior doors are similar to these very simple but grand at 8ft tall!

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For my fixtures I am going to do mixed metals but leaning more towards matte brass or satin finish – Rome & Emtek make lovely hardware and thinking to do some door handles like this: elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, elle decor, emtek, rome hardware, elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, AD Magazine, decor, emtek, rome hardware,

 

 

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I am also looking at marble for the large island ( 5ft x 12ft) thick edge no waterfall here and as much marble as I can afford for the master bath.  I am loving the Calcutta viola marble with strong veins and white background.elle decor, rue magazine, dc magazine, modern luxury, washingtonian magazine, dry run ranch, elle decor, emtek, rome hardware, emtek, calacutta viola,

I can hardly stand it – it is so elegant and strong and sexy – just what I want in my bath.  Luxury at its best.  Everything else will be white with matte brass fixtures.  I posted what I fell in love with on my instastories

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Well, a few of the items are finalized but some are still in planning sessions.  I will bring you with me to the local stone yard and we can see slabs in person.

Ciao Bella Until Next Time – xoxo

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