Heather Hastings

An inviting front door creates some serious curb appeal. Here are some simple suggestions that will help you dress up your exterior entryway.

Be Natural

Accenting your door with wreaths adorned with flowers, fruits or greenery is a fresh way to create an inviting ambiance.

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Nothing says summer like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. So, why not welcome guests with a zesty wreath made of lemons, like the one pictured here? Get crafty and make your own or check out Etsy if you’d rather buy instead of DIY. You can also incorporate other citrus varieties, using the wreath pictured below by celebrated floral designer Ariella Chezar as inspiration.

The Flower Workshop

If you prefer flowers, create a floral wreath from the annuals in your garden or assemble a gorgeous bouquet, like the one pictured below.

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In addition to wreaths and hanging door decor, you can adorn your entryway with potted plants, colorful flowers or even fruit trees!

Say Something

No need to roll out the welcome mat with this friendly decor. Say “hello” to this modern, yet playful boxwood wreath. Eucalyptus leaves also make a simple yet elegant backdrop for a DIY  message. Chalkboard gives you the option to customize your message and works beautifully when paired with a colorful floral arrangement.

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If you’re going for a bold look, put writing on the wall (literally). Blogger Start At Home Decor likes to change up her greeting seasonally.

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As always, look to Pinterest and you’re sure to be inspired by all the creative DIY projects.

Get Festive

Summer is the season to kick back with with a fruity drink donned with a cute umbrella. Get the party started from the minute you walk through the door with this adorable party umbrella wreath. It cost this blogger $10 and one hour of her time to create.

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Another easy, breezy idea for a wreath is to use pinwheels, like the one pictured below. We’ve compiled a few DIY options here, here and here that look simple enough to tackle on a rainy afternoon.

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We’d love to see how you’re dressing up your door this summer. Share your pictures with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Rocky Hullette

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Since 1995, Mary Rigdon has been producing award-winning farmstead artisanal cheeses from Saanen goats on her land outside Atlanta, Georgia. Lovingly known as Farmer Mary, she started researching dairy goats and practicing making cheese with books from the library after a trip to England where she ate delicious cheese, milk and yogurt. Soon, she was making cheese for her family and buying land. What started as a 12.5-acre farm is now 40 acres and a thriving business that services some of the best markets and restaurants in the Atlanta area.

Farmer Mary took time out of her day with the goats to answer a few questions about her experience.

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What’s special about your goats?

They are a world-renowned Swiss breed called Saanen, known for their milk production and sweet disposition. The woman I purchased my first goats from was an excellent farmer. She had a healthy, accredited herd with great qualities. Recently, some folks from Saanen Valley in Switzerland came to Georgia and heard about our goats. They came for a tour and even wrote a feature about them to be distributed in their hometown!

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Pictured: Three new kids resting on Nature’s bedding, getting ready for a nap.

What’s the most rewarding part of your work?

The same things I found rewarding years ago are what I find fulfilling now. I love dairy farming – working each day to get a little bit more milk, a little straighter leg, or utilizing the land in the best fashion.

Part of the reason I started selling cheeses, rather than making cheese just for my family, was because so many people with allergies and digestion problems contacted me. We do our best to keep our cheese a pure product and many people find that goat’s milk is gentler on their digestive systems than cow’s milk.

I also love that people are using goat’s milk and goat products around the world. At the farm, we receive visitors from so many countries – most recently, from Venezuela and Bosnia. Goats are universal.

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Pictured: Two of Farmer Mary’s goats relaxing on a bed of Nature’s at a market.

Why do you choose Nature’s Bedding for your goats?

There’s a feed and supply store nearby that has been my go-to for over 25 years. Before I found Nature’s, the bales I bought from them were difficult to separate and use. One day, probably about 10 years ago, I went to another store and saw Nature’s. I gave it a try. I loved it so much that I asked my regular store to stock it. I’ve been using Nature’s ever since.

What I love about Nature’s is that it flakes easily and does a great job absorbing moisture. There are no heavy bales to separate. When my children want to help out, Nature’s chips are so manageable that they can spread them. And I like to stack the packs to create a playscape for our baby goats – they love jumping on and off them!

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Thank you Farmer Mary for sharing your experience and choosing Nature’s!

Heather Hastings

As the cycle of spring peaks, here’s a fresh idea: go green! Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, is a burst of springtime succulents that invite the beauty of the outdoors in. Check out this video to see Greenery in action.

Greenery’s lush hue makes it an excellent choice for accenting natural wood and crisp whites. We found plenty of inspiration to bring Greenery into any home. Check out some of our favorite designs and color schemes below!

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This design uses a grid scheme that plays well with the classic white judges paneling and trendy green color.

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The green here has two purposes: Accenting the crisp ceiling beams and elevating the room. This is a fun play on a classic design that really opens up the space.

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This design is a modern twist on a classic detailed chair rail. The chair rail was painted to match the tone of the walls, creating a subtle texture that allows the color to be the focus.

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Another green-centric take on a classic design, this room uses moulding to create interesting depth in monochrome walls and ceiling. The wood tones and cozy textures soften the bold color take-over.

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The large framed doorways in this room accent the green walls peeking out. This design is a subtle way to include a pop of color without overwhelming or compromising your home’s established character.

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Ready to freshen up your spring home improvement list by adding pops of green? Check out our Green-spiration Pinterest board for more ideas. Don’t forget to share your progress with us. We’d love to see your use of Greenery!

Heather Hastings

In our last blog post, we explored accent colors that complement crisp white moulding. This time, we flip the switch and look at the impact color can have when applied to the moulding itself. Before we go any further, let’s start with some basics.

Experimenting with moulding color creates a bold focal point; so keep your walls neutral. Just like you wouldn’t clash two bold colors or contrasting patterns within the same outfit, the same rule applies to moulding and wall color. It may be even more important in your home considering it is much more difficult, costly, and time consuming to change out.

Now that we’ve set the stage, let’s get down to the fun stuff—moulding color options!

Shades of gray

Warm taupes and cool grays are great if you want to color match moulding to your interior doors. Check out these examples that were featured on Houzz. These grays are anything but dull!

Bold black

These examples, also featured on Houzz, show that black moulding can actually open up a space. Additionally, it can create depth and accent architectural details such as floor patterns and windows.

Natural wood

Regardless of whether you opt for dark or light shades, or matte or glossy finishes, wood colored moulding creates a rustic look that complements modern farmhouse design. There are many creative ways to incorporate wood moulding. Wood can add architectural interest, like in this geometric design by renowned interior designer Steven Gambrel. Or, it can be used to add warmth to a picturesque reading nook, like in the example below.

Cool color

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If subtle is not your design preference, then make a statement with juicy colors such as tangerine, lemon and lime. Check out the transformation of this once-outdated playroom by interior designer Bailey McCarthy. Or, dress up a simple kitchen with a pop of sunny yellow, like in the example below.

We will continue to explore color on our blog, but for now, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts on color moulding options in the comments below.

Heather Hastings

When you think about moulding, what color comes to mind? I bet it’s a classic, clean white. White is one of the most popular colors for moulding, and that’s why we chose it for Finished Elegance, Woodgrain’s premier interior moulding line that is easy to install and requires no painting.

If your moulding is white, you can select a color for your walls, or even ceiling, that creates a unique space. Are you painting the walls in a room with Finished Elegance already installed? Because of its unique coating, you can easily wipe any mistakes or spills on Finished Elegance right off!

Below are some examples of beautiful, stand-out rooms where the moulding and color really make an impact. Which one is your favorite?

Pinewold Cottage, Portland, Maine

The combination of moulding styles in this room makes the ceilings feel taller while simultaneously creating a cozy feel.

Casual Elegance Master Bedroom, New York

This room’s designer chose an understated blue for the wall color that emphasizes the dramatic white moulding beautifully.

Sonoma House, San Francisco, California

This designer utilizes different shades of tiger-eye to create a monochromatic color scheme that showcases moulding throughout the home.

If you want to experiment with bold color without painting an entire room, consider an accent. For inspiration, check out this blue strip between moulding in this cheerful dining room.

Remember, your ceiling can make an impact as well. This room showcases neutral walls, white moulding, and a deep blue ceiling for a contemporary feel.

For more inspiration to jumpstart ideas for your home, check out this gallery on Houzz. If you aren’t sure which color to pick for your walls or ceiling, consider Pantone’s color of the year as a starting place: Greenery

We would like to know where you stand on color. Please share your ideas with us in the comments below.

Heather Hastings

We at Woodgrain are committed to the environment. That’s why over 99% of the wood fiber we process is used as a product. This sustainable practice is often referred to as upcycling. The official definition: the process where you transform by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

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Our line of Nature’s horse bedding is a great example of upcycling. All Nature’s products are created from sawdust, fine shavings and trim materials used in the manufacturing process of our millwork products. Another great example is Proof—an eyewear company started by descendants of the family who founded Woodgrain. Proof’s glasses are crafted from sustainable materials—including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and even repurposed skateboard decks.

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So now that you’re more familiar with upcycling, let’s bring it home. Take a look around your house. Surely there are items you want to donate or even trash. Can you think of some ways you can reuse those items? Here are some ideas to get you started:

This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers.

Repurpose an old dresser drawer into a new, custom piece of furniture. PopSugar has over 200 brilliant ideas for cool upcycling projects, but this chic dog bed by DIY Show Off is my absolute favorite. This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers. Genius!

I would have never guessed this headboard started off as a door.

How about that old door you’ve had in your storage shed for years? As you can see in this blog post, Remodelaholic looked at 100 different ways you can use your old door. Our favorite, add a little crown moulding to the top of an old door to create a classic headboard, like this one by DIY blogger Infarrantly Creative. Gorgeous!

Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn wood redwood.

If you’ve got an old door lying around, you may also have some random pieces of trim. We’ve found the perfect idea for moulding that can provide function and beauty in your home: The architectural moulding pedestal. If you’re lucky enough to have decorative moulding on hand, you can create an ornate work of art that doubles as a dining room table centerpiece. We love the craftsmanship on this piece from The Cultured Artisan. (Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn redwood.)

We will continue exploring upcycling ideas on our blog and would love to hear about some of your favorites. Show us an example of how you’ve upcycled doors and moulding in the comments below. We may even feature you in a future blog post. Happy upcycling!

 

Nate Swanson

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While classic styles will always remain popular, each year brings new trends in interior door preferences. These are the popular styles we’re seeing so far this year:

Sleek and modern. With minimalism gaining more and more ground, many people are turning to strong, functional materials, especially for common rooms and home offices. Primed shaker and flat panel doors will continue to be a popular design option.

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Bold neutrals. Crisp white is a timeless look for most interior styles, but adding colors like grey, espresso, or black creates beautiful contrast for natural wood accents and flooring. With design options ranging from 1-panel to 6-panel, Woodgrain shaker doors offer a variety of choices that will look good in virtually any color.

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Clean lines. This year, less is more when it comes to door styles. The trend toward a modern look means staying away from ornate details. Think minimal and stick to simple designs.

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Which door trends are you most drawn to? Click here to browse our full collection of door designs, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Brian Michaels

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While spring has officially sprung, it still feels like winter in many parts of the country. What are you doing to keep your horses warm? Some turn up the heat (literally) while others layer on blankets to provide warmth. However, what goes inside your horse’s body is just as important as what goes over it.

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Horses need lots of hydration to regulate their body temperatures. Be sure to provide your horse with enough drinking water that will not freeze over. One owner suggested a trick to keep the water from freezing by keeping an apple in the trough. The horse bobs for the apple and it prevents the water from freezing.

Horses also need to fill their bellies with food. According to equine specialist Dr. Carrie Hammer, DVM, for every 10-degree change below 30 degrees, a horse would need to eat two additional pounds of feed per day. So, throw in a few extra bales of hay when sheltering your horse in the winter.

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But perhaps one of the most important things you can do to keep horses warm is to give them extra bedding. Just make sure to keep it dry and clean to prevent waste-related illnesses.

If you’re looking for a safe and effective bedding product to keep your horses warm, look no further than Nature’s. Nature’s is made from non-allergenic Kiln dried pine, making it safe to use all year round. Nature’s high absorbency makes clean up quick and easy while leaving a fresh pine scent in your stable. To see if Nature’s is available at a feed and seed store near you, contact us.

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In the meantime, stay warm and let us know if there are any techniques you use to keep your horses toasty when it’s freezing.

Nate Swanson

At Woodgrain, we’re always expanding our product offerings to reflect innovative and current styles. This year, we’re adding 40 new door designs, and 7 of those belong to the new Barn Door Collection. This collection is one of my favorites because it’s so versatile. If you’re considering adding a barn door to your home, I hope the questions and answers below help you make the decision.

What inspired Woodgrain to create the new Barn Door Collection?

We’ve seen barn doors emerge as an interior design trend, and it’s one we think has staying power. Barn doors make a wonderful functional accent piece for a wide variety of rooms – from closets to kitchens to bedrooms and more, there are so many possibilities. Any door on a rail can technically be considered a barn door and the style extends beyond the classic rustic look. Barn doors complement modern, industrial, and traditional interiors as well.

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What options are available in the Woodgrain Barn Door collection?

There are seven new Barn Door designs and five different species to choose from:

  • Knotty Alder
  • Knotty Pine
  • Radiata Pine
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • MDF Primed Router carved

Doors in the collection offer 2/6 through 3/6 width options and are available in 6/8, 7/0, and 8/0 heights. Learn more about the options here.

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With these options, there are endless possibilities to design the look right for your home.

What distinguishes Woodgrain Barn Doors?

Products within our Barn Door Collection are constructed here in the U.S. and are built with Woodgrain’s superior craftsmanship. We are proud to uphold the industry’s highest standard of authentic stile and rail construction. Each barn door features a ¾” panel design to highlight the definition and elegance of the v-groove design. The mulls in each layout are full thickness and engineered to meet flush with the stiles and rails to provide a unique combination of beauty, strength and durability.

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We’re excited about the new  Barn Door Collection and feel that it will be a great addition to Woodgrain Doors’ product offering. We’ve showcased the collection at recent industry events, and I’m happy to see that others feel as excited about it as we are.

For more information about about the Barn Door Collection and distribution partners visit WoodgrainDoors.com.

 

Joseph Merkley

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According to the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, post-Super Bowl Blues are real, and not to be taken lightly. As a huge football fan myself, I can definitely relate. But why would I bring this up now when we’re in the throes of anticipation of the game?

Because no matter your team, scheduling some weekend activities to fill the Sunday football void will smooth the transition to off-season. Here are some weekend projects I recommend to take your mind off those (soon-to-be) empty Sundays:  

Wainscoting

Wainscoting encompasses a wide variety of paneling styles and is used to enhance many different interior spaces, including mantels, stairways, home galleries, and more. DIY blog Sunlit Spaces has a great list of wainscoting ideas here. When picking the style, consider the impact you want to make in your room. Do you prefer a formal look, or something more casual? Traditional or modern? Would you like to make a statement in the room or do you prefer a more subdued style? There are a lot of options!

A common style that fits many spaces is two-tone wainscoting. If this look is right for your home, I recommend purchasing Finished Elegance for an easy, durable installation.

Replace a door and repurpose the old one

Most of us have at least one pesky door nagging to be replaced – whether the style is dated, it blocks too much light, or the pets have ruined it. Replacing a door can transform an entire room. The first steps to replacing a door are choosing style and materials. Vanessa Brunner of Houzz has a great guide to selecting interior doors here. You can see a collection of customizable styles from Woodgrain here.

Once you’ve replaced the door, consider repurposing it. CountryLiving suggests 17 ideas ranging from entertainment console (for when football season finally returns!) to hanging picnic tables for summer entertaining.

Moulding art

Hear me out. Moulding art may sound like the worst possible football replacement, but Better Homes and Gardens has some awesome ideas here. My favorites are the kids’ art gallery and the headboard.

These three ideas are just the start – once you get on a roll, you may find that home improvement projects are the perfect football replacement. (OK, that’s clearly an exaggeration, but you can see where I’m coming from.) Let us hear about your results, and in the meantime, go Broncos!