Painting the door frame of these French doors black calls attention to their beautiful arched shape, especially given the stark contrast against the white paneled walls, as seen on HGTV's Restored by the Fords.
The roofline is completely transformed, adopting a 'saltbox' style profile that's actually common to New England farmhouses. The structure gets new siding as well as French doors in raw wood finish, new windows, flagstone walkway and a newly planted oak tree — from the ranch of former president and first lady, George and Laura Bush.
HGTV Green Home 2012 was designed to accommodate parties, large and small. Both sets of sliding French doors in the Georgia room open to allow traffic to disperse from the front porch through the Georgia room to the courtyard, and, with accordion doors open, into the kitchen, living room and courtyard beyond.
In a huge contrast to its original imposing feel, the entryway is now sunny and welcoming with charming built-in window seats flanking the front door. The door itself is painted black, a handsome pairing with all the white.
Set a little back from the street, this adorably chic home uses a low wall to enclose the front yard, making a slightly more private space and enhancing its entertaining potential. Black paints crisply sets off the windows and front door.