Gifting 2018: Door Knockers

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Give the gift of a great first impression! This holiday give your friends and family a gift they, and their guests, will see every single day – a custom Walpole doorknocker! Walpole doorknockers are beautifully crafted and one of a kind, taking the shape of classic elements like sailboats, pinecones, and seashells. A doorknocker is the perfect gift – it will add class and style to your friend’s or family’s home without having to know their size or favorite color!

From scallops to sailboats to pine cones to the ubiquitous pineapple, Walpole’s doorknockers make a handsome and welcoming adornment. Our doorknockers are sand cast in solid yellow or red brass and lacquered for tarnish resistance. Mounting hardware is supplied for use on wood, metal, or fiberglass composite doors.

Here are a few of our classic door knockers.

Deep Sea Scallop Door Knocker: These hand cast doorknockers are sand cast in solid yellow or red brass and lacquered for tarnish resistance.  Mounting hardware is supplied for use on wood, metal or fiberglass composite doors.  Yellow Brass 6 3/4″ dia.

Nantucket Basket Door Knocker: Bring a bit of picturesque Nantucket to your front door with this finely crafted doorknocker. Made of brass this unique piece will add a lovely touch to your home’s exterior décor.

Pinecone Door Knocker: The pinecone is one of nature’s best decorations, adorning the trees and grass with their unique shape and beauty. Bring that natural beauty to your front door! Made of brass the Walpole pinecone doorknocker looks like the real thing, coated in a beautiful brass finish!

Sailboat Door Knocker: Set sail with this beautiful sailboat doorknocker! This is the perfect gift for someone who loves the sea, or just a great nautical theme. The classic sailboat is made of brass and would look perfect on your front door, for all to see and use!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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Gifting 2018: Birdhouses

Gifting giving is an art form. What do they want? What do they need? What are their interests this year? Luckily there are a few tried and true gifts that every homeowner can appreciate and get years of use out of.

The Lazy Hill Large Shingled House has eight compartments and a classic shingled design.

Sometimes you have to ignore technology and go back to the basics – like a sturdy and lovely bird house or bird feeder.

Lucky for you the Lazy Hill bird house and feeder collection is as timeless as it gets – crafted with the best materials that will ensure it will last years and years.

Even if bird watching isn’t a hobby of theirs these houses look great on fencing end caps, on posts, on porches and in so many other locations. These houses and feeders can attract a wide variety of birds and fill your warmer days with beautiful life and color.

A great place to start is with the popular Large Shingled House. This bird house is sizable and versatile crafted in durable solid cellular vinyl. This house can be placed on a post or on a number of different structures throughout a backyard or garden.

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Birds of every color and size will be attracted to this magnificent handcrafted feeder that features a copper or verde top and edging band.

Other great choices include the smaller, but still lovely Lazy Hill Coppertop House. This house has a metal finial for hanging and metal bracket for mounting. This house can even make a great front entry accent.

If you would prefer gifting a feeder you have many choices including the large Lazy Hill Shingled Feeder and the smaller Lazy Hill Small Tube Feeder. Both are great pieces that will attract birds from spring through autumn.

Shop the entire line of bird houses and feeders over on our website or drop in to one of our many retail locations.

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Autumn Lantern Post Decor

An important part of your homes’ autumn exterior is a lantern post. As the days grow shorter it is more and more important that your entryways are well lit for safety and security. A lantern post with lantern is one of the best ways to achieve this whether you are on a budget or not.

While a lantern post is beautiful on its own it is also a great opportunity to add a little extra seasonal decor to the outside of your home. We have a few ideas for ways you can use this space and structure to celebrate the season…

Simple Corn Stalks

Corn stalks are an underrated elements of fall decor.

Corn stalks are an underrated elements of fall decor.

A lantern post is the perfect place to utilize corn stalks in your decorating. These look great gathered around the post and tied together with wire or a festive ribbon.

This is a look that is easy and cost effective. You can add other natural fall elements to the post like berries, flowers or corn to enhance the harvest look.

Strands Of Leaves

Leaves are a colorful, and natural, fall decorating tool.

Leaves are a colorful, and natural, fall decorating tool.

Another way to add a boost to your fall decor is to add some leaves to your lantern post. For this you will want to use fake leaves since real ones will disintegrate and fly away in inclement weather. You can find strands of autumn leaves at your local craft store in the wreath making section. If you cannot find a strand you can make your own with wire and fake leaves. Simply wrap them around the post in your desired density and secure.

Bows and Wreaths

Fall wreaths look as great on your lantern post as they do on your front door.

Fall wreaths look as great on your lantern post as they do on your front door.

If you want to do something quick and simple to add a fall touch you can place an autumn wreath or a festive bow to your lantern post. A wreath looks best secured near the center or towards the top of the post and a bow looks great just under the lantern itself.

Just make sure that you secure either piece well otherwise you may be chasing it down the street with the wind.

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4 Ways To Decorate With Pumpkins

It’s finally fall! Everyone’s favorite season is in full swing and we are celebrating by adding some fall touches to our homes and yards. Looking to make a few fall touches to the exterior of your home using fall’s favorite vegetable? We have so many ideas for you!

Metallic Pumpkins

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Metallic pumpkins are great indoors and outside.

If you want to utilize pumpkins in your fall decor there are ways to do so creatively without cutting anything. A great way to add a little individuality is to create metallic pumpkins! This is easy to do yourself so you will have a custom look that will enhance your home. You can use spray paint to turn orange pumpkins into gold, silver, bronze or rose gold. A metallic pumpkin is a chic touch to any home.

Pumpkin Planters

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Filling up planters with pumpkins is a great way to celebrate harvest.

You have those planters so why not create something interesting? Instead of planting fill your planters and pots with small pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors and place them at your front entry. This is super simple and can look very chic with rustic planters. This plays up the harvest aspect of fall!

 

Monochromatic Pumpkins

A great monochromatic look from Town and Country Magazine.

If you love using pumpkins but also love to color coordinate you will do great with a monochromatic look for your front entry. The key to creating a stylish and simple arrangement is to rigidly stick to a defined color palette. A popular one is all white pumpkins, mums and light touches like corn husks and grasses. You can also opt for decor in natural colors like orange, brown, green and yellow or try your hand at a more unusual color like purple!

 

Printed Pumpkins

Amazing herringbone pumpkins from Women's Dat Magazine.

Amazing herringbone pumpkins from Women’s Day Magazine.

If you are looking for a challenge then you should try decorating with printed pumpkins! Achieving this look is all about creativity and preparation. You can use paint with stencils, free-hand, or even use tape or outer malleable materials to drape over the pumpkin. Be sure to select something that compliments your skill level and have patience.

Some fun looks can be plaid, houndstooth, polka dots, herringbone, paisley and more!

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Photo Gallery: Lantern Posts

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Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting

Hammond Lantern Post

Hammond Lantern Post with Beacon Lantern

There’s no better time to give your outdoor lighting an upgrade. As the days grow shorter the need for a little light in the driveway, walkway or at the front entry is no longer just a style choice but a practical one as well.

A lantern and post is an investment that will not only provide you with much needed light in areas of high foot traffic but one that will also boost your homes’ curb appeal. A great lantern and post will last you years and years and give you great opportunities as far as seasonal decorating and landscaping are concerned. A wreath at Christmas or a bed of flowers in the springtime – Can you picture it?

One of the most popular and versatile lantern posts is the Hammond Lantern Post. This beautifully crafted post features four recessed panels and a decorative cap, all crafted in low maintenance AZEK, an advanced wood alternative material. The Hammond Lantern Post can withstand even the coldest winter weather and requires little to no maintenance – no peeling and no rotting.

The beautiful Seafarer Hanging Lantern.

You can also add your own touches to your Hammond Lantern Post with size options as well as your choice of Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint if the standard white doesn’t suit your outdoor aesthetic. Additionally you can add a mounted bracket that can hold a hanging hand-crafted sign of your choice.

Each post compliments any one of the dozens of lantern styles we offer online or at our retail locations. A popular style (and the one featured in both of the above images) is the Beacon Lantern. This is a traditional lantern with single bulb and hurricane glass enclosed by four panels of glass and a beautiful brass finish. This classic lantern look also comes in a side-mount version for lighting up your front entry.

Whether your style is more traditional or contemporary we are happy to help you find the perfect lantern and post combination for your home. To see our entire range of lanterns and lantern posts visit our website or drop by a retail location.

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Beautiful Arbors – Photos

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Project Spotlight: Farm Neck Golf Club Custom Pergola

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Extraordinary custom pergola professionally designed and Walpole fabricated and installed at Farm Neck Cafe on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. This pergola shades the new patio.

In Oak Bluffs, MA, Walpole Outdoors crafted this spectacular, low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC for the cafe at the Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard.

Measuring 86 feet long overall, with a 32 foot radius beam, the pergola has twenty-one 8 inch square posts and three apexes. Walpole created a cavity in select joists in the apexes, allowing wire to travel through the columns and connecting to lights that illuminate the pathway and the overall structure. The combination of Walpole’s CAD department, in house metal fabrication, state-of-the-art manufacturing, and expert installation, resulted in a substantial custom pergola that was completed for use by the golf course earlier than originally estimated.

 

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The new custom pergola provides shade and seating for visitors.

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Lights are strung through the rafters to illuminate the pergola area in the evenings.

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The custom pergola curves to cover the patio area.

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View lookin up under the custom entry structure.

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Seating provides a good view of the golf course.

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This pergola is crafted with AZEK wood alternative material to ensure it won’t rot or split.

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