A front door is everything when it comes to that first impression of your home, but for some reason, updating our door is a project that we all seem to put off. I recently connected with the Therma-Tru team and collaborated with them to give my home some added curb appeal, and this seemed to be the push that I needed to actually make the project happen. I swapped my old door out with a craftsman-style Therma-Tru Benchmark door, which was available exclusively through Lowe’s and I am so, so, so, happy with how it turned out.
My #1 goal when searching for a new door was to choose a door that was more energy efficient than my last door. Living in a 30-year-old home, we’re finding that the doors and windows haven’t been great for keeping the temperature comfortable in the house. Since our front door gets pretty harsh afternoon sun, a Therma-Tru Benchmark door was a great choice because the fiberglass material doesn’t warp, shrink or swell as the temperature changes. These doors are super low maintenance and simply need to be wiped down occasionally.
French Farmhouse Style Door
I’m obsessed with the French farmhouse look, and that seems to be my home’s identity these days. Keeping my taste in mind, as well as the latest home trends, I chose a black French farmhouse style door with windows on top. As I stated above, I am so happy with my door choice and I’m so glad I went with the black instead of the white like I initially wanted. My house is a light grey color, so the black door just made more sense.
The ordering process from Lowe’s was very simple. Unfortunately, my door wasn’t available in-store, so I had to place a special order and then pick it up in the store. This added a few extra weeks to the project, but the door was worth the wait.
Lowe’s has so many Therma-Tru Benchmark doors to choose from and you can go with a door with a new frame or without. Since our home had a 30-year-old frame, we had to replace the whole thing. My husband and I have no experience installing doors, so I had a family friend come over to help out. He installed the door in about 3 hours.
My door’s model # is B30SD8BKCR6LEKVRN in case you’d like to order the same one. My handle set is model # F62 ADD GEO 622, and then we added a Yale electronic keypad where the deadbolt goes.
Halloween/Fall Porch Decor Inspiration
I totally scored in the pumpkin department this year. I found a local pumpkin supplier that sells to the public for $.31/pound. I literally got all of these pumpkins for only $41 and I couldn’t be happier with how they all look on the porch. If you are looking for great Halloween or Fall porch decor ideas, Pinterest has some great inspiration, but I thought I’d share a little bit of what I did this year.
Some essentials that make your porch look festive are:
- Layered door mats
- Galvanized metal details (I went with a garden bucket)
- Dried wheat bushels
- Fall colored mums
- Wood details (I found my clicquot club wooden box at a local antique store)
- Rustic lantern (I filled mine with mini pumpkins and gourds)
- Fall wreath
Layered door mats have a been super trendy for the last couple of years, and instead of going with the popular black and white gingham look for the bottom mat, I found this fun orange and natural woven rug that served as a great contrast with my black and white hello mat.
I played around with the arrangement of the pumpkins and gourds for quite a while, but I finally settled on more of a layered look. My girls like to rearrange them constantly, so I try not to stress too much about them.
I hope this article provides you with a little bit of inspiration as you decorate your front porch for Halloween and Fall. Stay tuned as I swap out the Halloween look for more of a Thanksgiving look.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Therma-Tru Benchmark, available exclusively at Lowe’s.