November 30, 2016

They say “you only get one chance to make a first impression”


A home’s front entrance says a great deal about who you are as a person or family.  Did you know your style choices may reflect your personality type?  Does the entrance to your home whisper a quiet elegance and sophistication or does it shout to the world that you are a creative free spirit type?  The way a home “greets” you can easily make you feel welcomed with enthusiasm or squirming to leave the way you came!


During the holidays or for special occasions we tend to pay more attention to festive decoration with all the family gatherings and parties on our social calendar…but why not maintain the warm welcome throughout the year!!


Enjoy the varied examples I’ve found and discover what you might want to incorporate into your home this coming year!


Simple lanterns filled with bright holiday ornaments, topped with aromatic pine boughs and whimsical ribbon bring cheer to this front door.  Photo: Better Homes & Garden



This Craftsman style home exudes charm!  The front door is absolutely gorgeous – with it’s custom wood design.  The festive wreath and swags are subtle in their color yet bold in their size and detail. Who wouldn’t feel welcomed in this home?  Photo: Thistlewood Farms



Sometimes it’s the simplest of details which express the most about a home.  It’s obvious that all 3 of these beautiful wreaths decorate the doors of coastal homes.  The use of starfish and seashells tucked into the greenery is a lovely addition to their holiday charm.  Photos: L – Naori; Top R – HGTV; Bottom R – Indeed Decor


Front door decorated with basket and greenery, as well as Kouboo basket showcase

A perfectly placed live Christmas tree on the front porch is a lovely way to welcome guests.  Place it in a natural rattan basket like these from Kouboo for added warmth and charm.  Photos: L – Confetti Style Interiors; R – Kouboo



A home’s foyer is the first room someone sees as they enter your “castle”…and in this case, the subtle coastal details such as this stairway post imitating a light house brings a smile to anyone’s face.  I love the elegance of the repeating lines whether in the door and window panels or the wallpaper.  This foyer is full of details, details, details!  Photo: Brookes and Hill



Garlands of delicate conifers and eucalyptus with a few satin ribbons are all that’s needed in this contemporary entrance.  ‘Nuf said.  Photo: Digs Digs



Consider a sophisticated vignette of metallic accessories and ornaments to add a festive feel.  With a few minor tweaks, this could remain all year long.  Photo: Centsational Girl



Rich natural textures, woods and vintage are my “go to” personal style.  Add a luxurious plant and memorable treasures from travels or second-hand shopping trips…and your entry way will speak volumes about your style or personality!   Photo: Kate Lines on IG



This cottage foyer has charm out the whazoo!  Surely one can smell the ocean breeze as you step outside!  Bold stripes, brick flooring and New England clues fill up this space better than any “welcome” mat could.  Photo: Better Homes



Look at the difference between this foyer and the previous one!  Brick floors ✔️, hall bench ✔️, runner ✔️, pillows ✔️…but that’s where the similarities end!  Each entry way welcomes the guest in a whole new style!  It’s our personal decorating mojo which makes each of us unique…and thank goodness for that!  Otherwise the world would be sooo boring!  Photo: Cafe Design


Chandelier hanging in an entryway with light-colored walls.

If your interior design style leans toward the more traditional, why not make a bold statement with a beautiful chandelier?  Kouboo’s beautiful seashell and capiz seashell chandeliers on the right are one-of-a-kind treasures sure to please!  Nothing ventured, nothing gained! 💡 Photos: L – Home Bunch; R – Kouboo



I absolutely L O V E  to entertain and these mini-bars are perfect for making a toast or welcoming friends to the party!  Photos: L – My Sweet Savannah Blog; R – Park and Oak



Bar carts aren’t just for spirits anymore!  Create a welcoming coffee and desert corner to ward off any chill from the fickle weather.  Simply change up the color scheme and details depending on the event!  Photo: Seattles Best



Imagination is the key to welcoming friends and family no matter the season!  The most important element is an open heart!  Happy Holidays all year through!  Photo: Style Estate Blog


I invite you to take a second or third look at your home’s front door, porch, entry way or foyer… and step outside the box to express your home’s own personal “welcome wagon”.