Front Door Makeover

December 1, 2016



The holidays don’t leave a lot of time or money to work on home remodeling projects, but it’s pretty incredible what something as simple as a knob switch and a fresh coat of paint can do! We decided to give our front door a little update for the holidays, and I’m so glad we went for it. It is such a fresh change, and the merry bells make it quite a happy entrance. Here’s how we gave it an overhaul…

(front door before)
  (front door after)


The first step to the door makeover was removing all hardware and taping the edges of the window frames and door edges with painters tape. I went back and forth on selecting an exterior paint color for weeks before deciding on “Rainy Afternoon” by Behr. (It was a tie between burnt crimson red.) The door ended up only one coat of exterior paint, and it dried pretty quickly. You can get either a flat, semi-gloss, or gloss finish based on your preference.

After the coat of paint, we switched out the handle set. We had pretty standard lock knobs on before the update, and Gabe had been wanting to change the locks, and add more secure ones. He is much better at thinking of safety precautions than I am. So we found a door hardware combo from Schlage that was pleasing to both the guy seeking safety and the gal seeking aesthetics;) We really liked the camelot set with georgian knobs in the matte black paired with the color of the door. Gabe installed a set on both the front and back door of our main floor. Make sure to get your measurements on your doors and locks correctly before ordering to avoid any misalignment issues.

The project only took a few hours total, and it made such a visual difference, allowing the home to feel updated with minimal time. I kind of want to go knob happy and continue the switch outs on the main floor. After the door was finished decked the halls with some fir trees, mini lighted trees, and a eucalyptus wreath to make it a merry welcome for all who pass through:)

So come on over! The cocoa is ready.

P.S. Schlage is running a pretty cool sweepstakes right now giving away daily prizes to give your home a holiday upgrade including gift cards, Schlage door hardware and electronic smart locks, and the grand prize: a $5,000 Lowe’s gift card. Get on that!


This post is sponsored by Schlage and all opinions are my own.


Our Christmas Cards + Minted Giveaway

November 30, 2016



If Minted hadn’t offered to give you readers some gift cards, I don’t think I would have kicked myself in the pants to get these Christmas cards done! Now it will probably take me an entire month to write one hundred addresses and notes, but maybe with the help of a few old christmas movies and a few boxes of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate stars…

I’ll share our Christmas pics soon! Since we hadn’t yet done a birth announcement for Azelie (you know it’s your 5th baby when…), we did the folded card design with recycled paper and put her pic on the inside. Couldn’t resist sticking chub face on the back of the card either. It might be my favorite pic of Rocco to date.

There were so many designs to choose from. I had a tough time narrowing it down. Almost went with this one, and I loved their gold foil options. Also, if you all are more organized than I am and have your addresses on the computer, you can now have them added to your envelopes when you order your cards. Glory halleloo! I at least got to take advantage of adding return addresses.

As our second gratitude giveaway for you readers, we are giving away TWO $125 gift cards to minted!
2. Leave a comment with your favorite holiday tradition.

Winners will be notified via email on Dec. 6th.
Best of luck! Thank you for visiting IHOD each day!
(Announced the winner of the weekender bag in this post.)


P.S. If you are local to the Atlanta area, Chelsey Heidorn is your girl for Christmas photos!


A Cozy Him + Her Gift Guide

November 28, 2016



A cozy him + her gift guide:
Pajamas for him, pajamas for her (40% off today only)
Throw for him, throw for her (Use code cybermonday for 30% off)
Rugby stripe socks for him, Reindeer fair isle socks for her
Swedish fire torch setCandles for her (20% off today only)


I love the chance to gift him + her gifts, and recently gave a monogrammed mug set + flannel throw to some newlyweds. What cozy gift ideas would you add to these pairs?
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I’m ready to have all my chics home for Christmas! 

P.S. If you are an email subscriber, you will receive an extra gift guide and news about our big giveaway!


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