Decorating Your Front Door for Halloween

It’s that time of year again!  Pumpkin spice lattes are back at our favorite coffee joints, fall scented candles fill our homes with the delightful smells of cinnamon and apples, and our children start counting down the days until they can don superhero and princess costumes, proudly walk their neighborhood, and fill up empty bags with candy.

But here in the South, Halloween isn’t just about trick or treating.  Neighborhoods, churches, and schools use this spooky holiday to come together and celebrate family, friends and fun.  It is not uncommon to drive through neighborhoods on Halloween night and see families sitting outside on lawn chairs, chatting and laughing with their neighbors and friends, while children play pretend superhero and fairy tale games nearby.

Considering this dynamic, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see entire communities with front doors elaborately decorated for the holiday, each door displaying an exciting Halloween theme.  The only thing better than a gorgeous front door, is a gorgeous front door dressed up for a holiday.  In celebration of the season, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of our favorite Halloween decorated entryways.

These homeowners dressed up their six lite single entry wood door with elaborate ornaments and decorations.  We think it has a bit of a Mardi Gras feel to it.


It didn’t take much to jazz up this gorgeous custom wrought iron double entry door for the holiday.


These homeowners kept it classy and oh so Edgar Allen Poe by decorating their French Acadian style wood door with ravens, skeletons and white pumpkins.


We love the fun and playful side of the Halloween decor surrounding this solid wood single entryway.


These Halloween fans are keeping it simple with a custom wreath and pumpkin topiaries, letting their gorgeous wood with iron front door do all the talking.


Let’s end our list with a bang!  It must have taken some time for the family behind these leaded glass double entry wood doors to put together this Halloween masterpiece.  Look at all the intricate details!


Did you decorate your front door for Halloween?  If so, we’d love to see it!  Snap a quick photo and post it to our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ page, and show off your own unique door dress up style.


Ten Unique Home Decor Uses for Salvaged or Vintage Doors

We love Pinterest!  Where else can you find so many cool ideas in one place? We also love old doors, so we started a board which displays some creative and eye catching ways you can incorporate old doors into your home decor or re-purpose them into something entirely new.  Here are a few ideas from our board titled Door Decor:


This DIY door shelf tutorial is a winner! After giving the front of you house a “face lift” with a new entry door, use the old one to make this striking decor piece!


Here’s another DIY door bookcase idea. This one would work great with old wood or glass panel doors.


Might be our favorite “salvage door turned furniture” piece yet! Loving the color, the bench, the shelf… everything! What a genius way to turn vintage doors into functional “art” for your entryway!


Add some chalkboard paint to a salvaged door, and create this unique and chic organizational decor!


Here’s a new take on an old door. Introduce some character to your home by switching out an existing interior door with a vintage replacement.


There is nothing better than a good DIY home decor tutorial, and this one sits at the top of our list. DIY couch out of old doors?? Yes, please.


This combo of purple walls and vintage door headboards is a match made in design heaven.


Use an old door to make a unique outdoor table.  Just slap some paint on your door, and pick up these cool table legs at Ikea!  Love the contrast of muted aqua and bold red!


Hang some old shelves on a door and add some crown molding and paint and you have a charming hidden doorway!  Perfect for fun loving grandparents and helpless romantics.


And last but not least, BHG has a fantastic DIY article about how to turn an old screen door into a pot rack holder! It’s absolutely adorable and can be done in a cinch!

Happy Designing!

**Doors by Design sells custom wrought iron doors and wood doors.  We also have stock iron doors and stock wood doors available as a budget friendly option.  Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect entry door for your home!

Doors by Design’s Iron and Wood Doors

We sell beautiful, wrought iron doors, and custom and stock wood doors. This video displays a sampling from some of our most recent installs. Visit our website at, and call/email for a free quote today!

Decorate Your Front Door for Thanksgiving

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to recycle your pumpkins into Thanksgiving seasonal decor.  We did some research and gathered together these photos to give you some inspiration for your own front door autumn decor. 

Decor Chick posted this cozy front door set up.  The colors really pop against the black and white, 6-panel entryway and the colorful doormat is almost too pretty to step on! 


Wagons are a great way to display your fall pumpkins and other fall decor.  Check yard sales, antique stores and websites like Craigslist throughout the year to find a used one at a great price.  Stencil a message on your pumpkins for the added cute factor.


This orange, red, and brown autumn decor color scheme is the perfect compliment for this beautiful craftsman style door.  Check out the fun fall toppers on the porch lights, and all the little details in the handmade topiaries.



This front door is our favorite, not only because we love the way the colors pop off of the contemporary style blue and creme entryway, but also because in this blog article, the designer explains how she put together this entryway in less than 30 minutes!  





Decorate with rich, warm tones to warm up the crisp cool days of fall.  It’s like drinking a pumpkin spice latte on a chilly winter day.  We love the way these golden chrysanthemums, and white pumpkins compliment this old world style door.  The swatch of fabric above the door puts the charm factor of this entryway “through the roof.”  (no pun intended..)




Let us know how you decorated your front door. Post your front door pictures to our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ pages and show off your creativity to fellow door decor fans!



Interview with Bob Clark – The Past, Present, and Future of Doors by Design

I sat down with Bob Clark, the owner of Doors by Design in Daphne, AL, to chat a little about the history of the company, the evolution of the store’s product, and the company’s five year plan.

How many years have you been in business?

I started doing doors probably about 35 years ago.  I was doing remodeling back in the 70’s, but I didn’t start building doors until 2001.  Up until that point, most of my experience had been in remodeling: windows, doors, siding, decks, kitchens, baths, building additions, etc.  Eventually, I focused on just windows and doors and in 2001, my partners and myself opened our first door store called Doors by Design.

Where was/is the first store?

We opened our first store in Ridgeland, MS, right outside of Jackson, and it’s still there today.  In the beginning, we mainly imported doors from Brazil, but eventually we realized that there was also a market for custom doors, so we opened our mill shop in 2002 and started building custom doors.  Business was going well, and we had a solid product, so in 2003 we decided to branch out and we opened another store in Daphne, AL.

Tell us a little about your iron doors.

Soon after we opened the store in Daphne, one of my partners (my brother Lloyd) opened a third door store in Charlotte, North Carolina called Clark Hall Doors by Design.  That was when we realized the need for us to have our own iron door. Up until that point we had been selling other company’s iron doors, but we quickly realized that we could make a product better than what we were selling.  We decided to partner with Jesus Meta out of San Antonio, Texas.  We helped him build a factory in Monterey, Mexico, and we went to work creating our own iron door design.

We upgraded the hinges, but putting heavy duty ½ inch barrel hinges on all of our doors. We re-engineered the doors to make them more aesthetically pleasing by creating smoother lines, and making the window flush with the inside of the door.  We decided to make an elite model, which is built to withstand hurricane force winds up to 170 mph, and we made a lighter version which can withstand up to 140 mph winds.  Our doors can even be installed in homes in Dade county Florida, which is where they have the toughest hurricane code in the US.  Lastly, we chose to use a five and six step paint process which allows us to put a five year paint guarantee on our iron doors.  When we were selling iron doors made by other companies, we found that most of the time the paint wasn’t holding up to their five year guarantee.  Often times, we ended up having to go back and repaint their doors before the end of their guarantee.  I can proudly say that we have not had to go back and repaint even one of our iron doors. 

Where would you like to see Door by Design five years from now?

Our future is to expand into other markets, possibly even including the Caribbean and Hawaii.  We are currently working to set up dealers of our doors nationwide and in Canada, and we would like to work with lumber stores, window companies, door companies, remodelers, contractors, builders, etc.  Through our three store locations we have over 30 dealers now, but in five years time we’d like to double or triple that number.

What do you love most about this career?

I love to see when a house is reborn with a new entry door, but the truth is that seeing a new door installed is just the icing on the cake.  Customers come into our stores all the time with a very clear vision for what they want their new entry door to look like.  It’s a great feeling to help them bring that vision to reality and nothing is better than when a customer is really excited about their design and happy with the finished product.

Interview by: Asheley Clark

Doors by Design

Social Media and Marketing Director


DbD Helps You Narrow Your Choices

DbD Helps You Narrow Your Choices

With so many options to choose from, our customers often have a hard time narrowing down their list of favorites to just one. Arch top, circle top, or square top? Flemmish, clear beveled, or antique glass? Cyprus, Mahogany, Cedar, or Walnut wood? The list of options just keeps going on and on!

We know that choosing a new entry door can be overwhelming and we want to make sure that you choose the right door for you! So we came up with a solution. We can take a picture of your home and make a photo mock up of your top choices! It takes the guess work out of the process and allows you to see exactly how any style of door would look on your house. Of course, this is difficult to do with custom orders, but we will always do our best to help you get an clear vision of the finished product. This photo is a collage of one customer’s top three iron door options.

Call us today and we’ll help you find the perfect style door for your home, too!

Doors by Design Commercial

Doors by Design is on TV!  Check out our very first commercial, staring none other than our very own salesman, Judah Clark!