We have quite a few activities planned up at our A-frame cabin in the coming month for the holidays and while I’m still definitely aiming toward an essential minimalist decorating approach (catch more about that here) for this home, I thought a little bit of holiday decor would be a welcomed greeting for us and our family and friends.
Of course we couldn’t just hang a wreath and be done with it though. The locks needed changed and if we’re going to change the locks, might as well swap out the door, right? We’ve been down this road before and I knew that simply “swapping out the front door” could lead to a major project if the door wasn’t an exact match for the jamb. So I studied doors on Lowe’s.com and found the exact brand the former door was and looked in that brand, and at the same size, for a door that suited us better–hoping it could just be screwed into the existing jamb. I found a simple 9-light insulated entry door for $200 that was perfect and it fit!
We also added a keyless lock pad (that we can continually change the code) for easy entry for guests.
We considered painting the front door, but decided to wait because we have plans to paint the exterior of the A-frame as soon as Spring hits. The exterior is currently a very red-rust wood and with the light orange roof–it’s a lot of one note. We’re dreaming of painting the whole thing a dark olive like the photo below from Atlanta Homes Mag. Swooon.
But, as usual, we don’t keep our future plans from enjoying a space now. I ordered just a few perfect wintry pieces from World Market for the front door. A frosted pine cone wreath and some ribbon to hang it. Some bells on red and white cording to hang from the door knob. A small icy tree wrapped in felted burlap and a black and white carpet tote that I put some logs in–honestly, this bag!? It’s good! I could look at World Market’s site forever and I’m still always pleasantly surprised at what they have.
(kind of a rough .gif progression–sorry! I didn’t have my tripod.)
I love the idea of using functional pieces as decor when possible, too. And the snow shovel was already by the front door area and I thought, “You know! I’m going to need you and you’re cute anyway. Prop yourself right up here.” And voila. A wintry holiday front door at the cabin with minimal effort and minimal stuff.
That ribbon also comes in red and I need to order about 4 more rolls, stat. I love it so much.
We’re so charmed by this cabin–all the antlered hooks left behind, the imperfections, and of course, the view. I can barely wait to enjoy the holidays here. You can recreate this look using the items below (all on sale!):
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