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A Warm Welcome

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     Your front door is the welcome you present to all who approach your home. Colorful, traditional, quirky or grand, your style speaks to the world and beckons visitors to enter. Have you taken the time lately to study the message your front door is sending?

After a long brutal winter, your front entry may be showing the effects of weather through rust, tarnish, fading paint or dead plants. With warmer temperatures and sunny days ahead, take time to evaluate your entryway so it shines this spring. Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we have everything you need to dress this area up and welcome your guests in style.

First consider the paint. If the color is fading, or you’re ready for a change, liven up your door with a fresh coat of paint to get this project underway. Many homes feature traditional colors for entry doors, but lately, more personalized and unique door colors seem to be a trend.

Once the paint is dry, continue the updates with new entryway hardware. This traditional oval single-door deadbolt entryway set in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish provides an old-world elegance to your entry and is simple to install.  We offer this complete set with tubular latch mechanisms, strike plates, complete knob sets, internal mechanisms, deadbolts and all mounting hardware. Everything you need for a successful installation is included.


Traditional Oval Single-Door Deadbolt Entryway Set

Next, add new house numbers for easy recognition of your street address. This often overlooked detail is attractive and makes your house stand out. The house number shown is made in solid brass and measures 6 inches tall. This durable solid brass casting comes complete with the mounting hardware and is available in Polished Brass (Shown), Antique Brass, Weathered Flat Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze.


6 Inch Tall Number 1 in Polished Brass

     In addition to those updates, consider adding a new kick plate as well.  Kick plates are a simple eye catching way to make your front entry stand out.  Our kick plates come in a variety of finishes and heights. Our smallest plate is a non-standard 5 inches tall, with a width that can range from 27 to 42 inches. Our largest plate is a substantial 10 inches in height and a width range of 28 to 42 inches. Finishes for the plates offered include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and more.

Lastly, complete your project with an elegant planter filled with colorful annuals. Look in the Attic & Company provides many choices for that finishing touch as well. We offer an assortment of planters in a variety of colors and styles to festoon your entryway in beautiful blooms. Below are just a few samples of our colorful planters.


Porcelain Floral Planter – Measures 17 Inches Tall with an Antique Bronze Finish Metal Base.

     These featured improvements will declare a warm welcome to friends and neighbors. Let Look in the Attic & Company help with your front entry spring clean up for beautiful and lasting home improvements.


Craftsman Mail Slots

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     If you have ever seen a Craftsman style home you can appreciate all of the hard work and thought that goes into decorating them and making sure that every last detail is perfect.  One of these details that is often overlooked on other styles of homes is the mail slot.  While these usually aren’t installed as functional pieces any more, they still add a special touch that makes the front door seem a little more finished and inviting as opposed to being a solid piece that can often seem cold and uninviting.

The oil-rubbed bronze variety of finish is most popular for a craftsman style decor.


     The Craftsman style does not have an intricately decorated feel to it.  Instead, the focus is on how various pieces are created, and using materials and craftsman that are local rather than using a mass-marketed piece.  The simple four square cutout design found in each corner adds just enough detail to make the piece distinguishable from any mass produced items.  Since they are hand forged and decorated it is almost expected that each piece be slightly different than the next with no two exactly alike.  The ability to let these flaws occur and appreciate them rather than turn your nose up at them sets the Craftsman style apart from many other different architectural styles.  Some of the homes that utilize these mail slots actually do have them installed as functional pieces. This craftsman/mission style mail slot is perfect for craftmen or mission style homes. The simple design lends itself to this style which focused on the quality of hand craftsmanship over perfection in design.


     These pieces are available in the oil rubbed bronze, antique brass and polished brass and come in two different sizes.  It is important that you measure your current mail slot before ordering to ensure that you get the right size piece for your door.  Oil rubbed bronze is the most popular choice when it comes to hardware and decorating a Craftsman style house, and really makes a huge statement that the polished brass cannot.  All necessary mounting hardware is included in the purchase of these pieces.

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August 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

Heavy Brass Door Knocker, J. Arrington Estate Collection

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This is another great brass door knocker from the J. Arrington estate, Bali, Indonesia Villa auction.  The Arrington’s had some interesting décor choices in their home.  Each of their exterior doors had door knockers, but the curious thing was that each and every interior door also had a door knocker.  This was often done in homes that had multiple rooms that were used for boarders or for visiting family as privacy is highly regarded by other countries but nearly loathed in Indonesia.  Indonesian culture does not have a lot of privacy and as many of the Arrington’s cleaning staff and chefs were Indonesian, they were asked to use the door knockers before they entered a room.

It was interesting to see some of the items that came from the villas as it mixed pieces from the United States, England and then aspects of Indonesian culture.  A very eclectic selection for interior decorating and right in line with the J. Arrington mystique.

This particular piece is very heavy as it is hand crafted, solid brass and was on a very thick door.  The more thickness to a door requires a heartier door knocker to allow for the inhabitants to hear the knocking.  This piece, along with others from the J. Arrington estate will be recreated and made available shortly.

Written by antiqueswriter

January 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm