I need some jazz and pizzazz for an entry way

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We just purchased a fantastic (for us) 1980's home... I would love to create a beautiful and unique entry and desperately need inspiration. I appreciate your thoughts and ideas on where to start. We are in south FL with mosquitoes a huge threat to our area - so no standing water or fountains. Thank you for viewing my project.
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q i need some jazz and pizzazz, cosmetic changes, home decor, home improvement, Left entry 4 ft deep by 9ft long great corner window into formal dining area
Left entry - 4 ft deep by 9ft long - great corner window into formal dining area.
q i need some jazz and pizzazz, cosmetic changes, home decor, home improvement, Left entry Shade with no rainfall
Left entry - Shade with no rainfall
q i need some jazz and pizzazz, cosmetic changes, home decor, home improvement, Right entry 9ft deep by 18ft long
Right entry 9ft deep by 18ft long
q i need some jazz and pizzazz, cosmetic changes, home decor, home improvement
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  • Betty benesi Betty benesi on Sep 13, 2016
    Your home appears to be fairly contemporary. If possible, go to your local library and search out books on mid century homes for pictures of entry ways. I'ts a good place to start. While your front doors are pretty they don't fit the style of the house. If you can afford to, I would replace the front doors. (The existing doors would probably bring good price if sell them!) You probably would want a more simple front door with single lites in obscure glass or clear if your front entry doesn't face a main street. As for planting, I would consider succulents in pots or drought tolerant plants. How about turning the larger area with the roof opening into a little sitting area with cute wrought iron table and chairs. You could easily add inexpensive tiles or pavers set in sand to the area.

  • Bonnie Woolever Bonnie Woolever on Sep 13, 2016
    A pretty fountain may look nice in the left entry. With a small pump it would not be standing water.

    • Meli Meli on Sep 13, 2016
      Remember what she said re fountains and skeeters?

  • L. Criswell L. Criswell on Sep 13, 2016
    Your left covered entry in full shade would be an excellent spot for a small table and two chairs or a beautiful bench, to sit and to enjoy the privacy. Add a vertical sculture to stage it.

  • Liz Plattsmier Liz Plattsmier on Sep 13, 2016
    I have a few pictures - I would need to scale down some of the plans for the small space.... which would say compliments the lines of the house

    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 13, 2016
      As there is already a lot of rock ,personally I do not think you need a border. A metal statue will compliment the empty area as a focal point.Since the rocks may be hard to plant,you can do a portable garden with different textures,heights,colors etc. based on your hardiness zone.Look through fine gardening magazines for ideas you may like. As another suggestion live in the house for awhile to get a feeling on what you would like it to look like.Landscaping takes a lot of planning and what you think you want now may not be want you want down the road. Been there and done that.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Sep 13, 2016
    Depending on your budget - paint your front doors a bright color like turquoise or replace them since they are very dated. I grew up in Florida and know that there are lots of plants that will do well in shade and heat - ask your neighbors and your local nursery what will work best. Enjoy your new home!

  • Liz Plattsmier Liz Plattsmier on Sep 14, 2016
    Thank you all for such great advice....

  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Sep 14, 2016
    The following link is for indoor plants however I think w/ the smaller side that is shaded these plants might work. Here is a link for plants that grow in the shade. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/232639136979065...

  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Sep 14, 2016
    Here's a link for plants that keep mosquitoes away https://www.pinterest.com/pin/277815870741979...

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 14, 2016
    I agree, paint some nifty colors. and peek around and ask neighbors what plants are working best. (don't count out founatains, remember running water will not breed your mosquiitos, only standing water). And if you want creative? Think building in an aviary.

  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Sep 15, 2016
    I don't know what your budget is but here goes.....I love to play with lighting and see what interesting shapes and shadows I can achieve with it....The left side with the total shade and no rain would be a perfect place to use some back lit wall art....With the contemporary house this would be striking....The right side with part shade would be a great place for some of the shade loving succulents....You've got a great blank space to have fun with.....Look in architectural magazines to see what some of the high end homes are doing and then scale down...Let us all know how it turned out.