Before & After: A Front of House Makover (with an Orange Door)

before and after garden frotn door makeover

I KNOW that orange freaks some people out and certainly it is a bold choice for a front door.

As you might know, my front door (on my nearly black house) is orange and I LOVE that color combo. But after looking at this house makeover, I have decided that orange and grey might even be better.  I think Lauren and I are kindred spirits in embracing the orange.

before and after front garden makeover

Lauren admits that the exterior makeover has a little way to go still (yes, I agree it probably needs more planting interest) but it is already waaaay better don’t you think?  I can’t wait to see it in the summer.  This BTW is only one small part of a huge makeover of the whole interior of the house. (and it is pretty fab and worth checking out over at pure style home).

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. jil casey on April 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Love that orange door with the gray!

  2. Jessie on September 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Hi! I was going to paint my front door red, but then was coming across photos of orange doors. Our home is gray and I think I may just go for the orange! Your front door looks fab. Would you please tell me what brand/color of paint you chose?
    Thank you so much!

    • rochelle on September 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Wow – I don’t remember — I can tell you it was a benjamin moore paint — and will take a look in the paint cal stack to see if there was any left with the color label.

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