This is what it looked like when we moved in. Not bad, but pretty blah. Easy to miss.
Here's how the front entrance looks like now:
We still have more to do. The deck and steps will need to be replaced, but this is such a big improvement. First, we replaced the glass door with something that had more presence. We chose a fiberglass door with a divided light at the top. This provided more privacy, but still let in some light.
A scallop shell door knocker (amazon.com $45):
A woven twig basket for seasonal decor (amazon.com $15):
Then I replaced the existing light fixtures with these traditional onion globe lights. They really say coastal New England to me!
I also worked on adding some more landscaping including ornamental grasses, hydrangeas, roses, and lavender.
Finally, I built a surround for the air conditioner which unfortunately ended up on our front porch.The surround is not anchored to the porch so it can be easily removed if the unit needs servicing.