Create a Welcoming Entryway

Hey all!

I’m so ecstatic to be visiting here at RTSTH!  I usually hang out over at Fantabulosity, my blog where I share what’s going on in my crazy life as a mother of two young boys and a wife of a super busy Real Estate Developer.  When I’m not busy being the CFO of our family business, chasing my kiddos around, or out on a date with the hubby… I LOVE to organize, decorate, entertain, and have a glass {or two} of wine.  😉

Being married to a Real Estate Developer, means that we move, A LOT.  Not, once every 5 years a lot… like 5 times in 2 years, a lot.  Yeah.  We’re crazy.  But one positive to moving a lot, is getting to re-DECORATE, A LOT!  No matter where we have lived, or what type of house we have lived in… I always make sure to create a welcoming entryway.  It’s the first thing your guests see when they arrive, and it’s the last thing they see when they head out.

5 Ways To Create a Welcoming Entryway

5 Steps to Create a Welcoming Entryway

  1. Start with a base.  This could mean adding a piece of furniture like I did in our entryway above… or if you’re lacking space, you could always add a small round table, or even hang a long rectangular shelf on the wall.
  2. Add a personal touch.  I feel that it’s such a great idea to add photos of your family in an entryway.  {I like to showcase photos of my kiddos and our family pictures here.}  This helps give a welcoming “feel” to the home, and gives your guests something to look at when they arrive.  This could also be a great conversation starter if you’re having someone over for the first time!
  3. Create a pop of color.  I love… I mean… LOOOVE… fresh flowers.  I try to always have fresh flowers in my home, if my wallet allows it.  For an entryway, the fresh flowers can give it a pop of color like, “Look at me!”  If you’re not in to fresh flowers, you could always add a pop of color with a vase, decorate bowl, fake flowers, etc.
  4. Leave room for guests.  Normally guests will arrive with something in tow.  This could be a jacket, a purse, a diaper bag, bottle of wine, etc.  It’s a great idea to always leave a space where guests can drop off what they don’t want to hold on to.  This could be a coat rack, open area to take off their shoes, a table to set their purse/keys on, etc.  Make it easy for your guests to “take their coat off, and stay a while.”
  5. Keep it tidy.  My house in NEVER clean.  I have a toddler and an infant.  I would totally be lying to you if I said, “my house is always spotless.”  But I will say I always TRY to keep my entryway tidy.  Why?  You never know when an unexpected visitor will stop by, and I bet you’d love for them to have a first impression of your home as a nice and tidy space.  Am I right?  {Now, when they take a few more steps in, they may have a different opinion, but hey… if you’re lucky they’ll only stay right outside the door and only see your entryway, which is tidy and welcoming.}  😉

Every entry way is different.  Some homes don’t really have a designated “entryway,” but if you get creative enough, I can almost bet that you can make the area around your front door very welcoming to your visitors.

I thoroughly enjoyed being here!  I hope you found the 5 steps to create a welcoming entryway helpful!  What else do you think would make an entryway welcoming?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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5 Steps to Create a Welcoming Entryway

 

About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

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