Emerson said, “Be an opener of doors.” The most important door a host opens is his or her own. One of the first things I wanted to change in our new home was our door. It’s the first thing a guest sees and I wanted its exterior to represent our interior; classic, a touch of whimsy and glamour, and a sense of history.
Take a look at your front door with fresh eyes. This is what our door looked like when we moved in.
I saw a cracked tile, an odd “pea soup green” color, and a bland silver door handle. This is not the first picture I wanted guests to have of our home. There was nothing vibrant or inviting about this entryway.
Doors are significant. Doors on a wardrobe opened into the world of Narnia. Iconic red glossy doors have welcomed guests into luxurious spas since Elizabeth Arden opened her first salon in 1910. A small, six paneled black door with a bronze lion head door knocker is perhaps the most famous door in London.
Get an idea and a direction before you get out a paintbrush. Here are the pictures that inspired me:
It was an easy transformation. I replaced the broken tile using hints from this DIY Tile Facelift Tutorial . One coat of black, high gloss paint, a gold fox head door knocker from Signature Hardware and a new door handle from Home Depot is all we needed. Our home is definitely not Ten Downing Street, but our door looks A LOT better than it used to look.
As a little girl in church, I remember struggling with the concept of “eternity.” I didn’t understand time not having an end. We lived our lives marking beginnings and endings. How could there be “no end” to something? It wasn’t until my mama explained the significance of wedding bands, that “eternity” seemed a little easier to understand. Circles, rings, wreaths… they have no beginning and no end.
Worn by the bride and groom, the husband and wife, they are outward and visible signs of eternal devotion. Rest assured, my love for you will have no end. Worn on his head, in the form of a laurel wreath by the Greek god Apollo, it was an outward sign of his devotion to his lost love Daphne. The advent wreath symbolizes our preparation for Christ’s return.
No matter the occasion, the “ring” or “wreath” symbolizes something powerful… it symbolizes something without an end. Rather it be a pledge to love you forever, a belief in Christ who is the beginning and the end, a continued changing of the seasons, or even a promise of the victory of the eternal spirit over death, the wreath heralds our belief in something greater than ourselves.
I can think of no better symbol to adorn our doors, especially here in the South. We need to grace our homes with the eternal sign of welcome to all those who traverse our threshold. I hope you are inspired by Spring to change your wreath, or perhaps hang a wreath for the first time. Besides being pretty, it can SERVE to remind you of something greater… something eternal. The wreath is seen, but reminds me of what is unseen.. it is temporary, but reminds me of the eternal.
My wreath is pretty simple for Spring. I started with a grapevine base that has white and cream berries intertwined with some natural green foliage. The result is a 24 inch soft , but showy look.
Please make sure your wreath is large enough. Err on the side of “too big” than “too small.” Dinky wreaths look really bad. (I hope a few people in my neighborhood miraculously see this post. I am sure they are really nice people, but they need help with their wreaths. GET A BIGGER WREATH… you have huge, beautiful, double doors. Your wreath looks like a door knocker.) I added a 4 inch, black and white cotton striped ribbon, tied into a classic, two-loop bow. I wanted something simple, with a French feel. You can find this wreath on my Etsy shop, HOSTandSERVE, and I recommend Shy Myrtle for all of your ribbon needs.