8 Entryways That Give a Warm Welcome During The Holidays

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Images: (1) The Handmade Home (2) Sadie and Stella (3) Decor to Adore (4) Truvalu Home Environment

The time for carolers, hot cocoa, and entertaining is upon us making this holiday season and it’s the perfect time to revamp your entryway. As a first look into your home, it’s important to create an entrance that captures the spirit of where you live. Do you want it to scream “someone fun and interesting lives here!” or “in here, you will find a peaceful refuge”? Whatever it is you want to communicate, this is the place to do it and here are some tips on how to help your entryway reach its full potential:

  1. Seating. Providing some type of seating arrangement like a bench,,velvet settee or a chair (like the ones you see above) is especially important in creating a warm, welcoming environment. Plus, it provides guests with a comfortable place to sit if expected to remove their shoes.
  2. Artwork. The entry way is a wonderful place to exhibit an art collection, allowing you to establish a color scheme and style for your home. For maximum effect, group them in a simple arrangement.
  3. Color. Add a dash of bright color to create a funky focal point to the entry.
  4. Wallpaper. When applied to a small section of a space, wallpaper can provide an added boost of personality to a room.

8 Entryways That Give a Warm Welcome During The HolidaysImages: (5) San Giorgio Mykonos (6) Country Living (7) Vogue (8) The Visual Vamp

  1. Organization. This hotel in Mykonos, Greece (top left) uses a series of hooks on the wall to allow guests to hang their items. This subtle detail of providing practical elements is essential for a well-utilized entry.
  2. Side tables. A long side table allows you to divide and conquer both style and functionality. The side table featured above (top right) is utilized for the storage of books and the placement of objects. I always find that I leave my keys right by the door so having a designated place to do so that is both stylish and convenient is vital in an entryway.
  3. Fresh flowers. There’s nothing that says hello quite like fresh flowers. It reads, “I thought about the details.”
  4. Round table. Growing up, my mother decorated our entryway with a round table displayed with various personal collections. I always loved how it created a focal point to guests and acted as an instant conversation starter.

How do you wow your guests?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.