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How to create a warm and inviting entryway for you and your guests

When guests arrive at your home or even when you come home, what’s the first reaction you receive from your guests or that you have when you walk into the door? Have you ever even taken the time to think about it?  No, most people don’t, but today I’m going to share 3 ways to create a warm and inviting entryway in your home.

Home entryway

What happens when the door is opened?

I know that sounds strange, but you and your guests experience your home well before they knock on the door or before you open the door with your key, but today we’re just going to focus on what happens when the door is opened.  It may seem like a small thing, but trust me it’s not.  It sets the tone!

I always say that your home is your oasis, your place of peace, the one place that you should want to be.  I used to always say that your place should be so comfortable and you should be so in love with your home that if you were stuck there, you wouldn’t mind, you’d love it!  I never thought that would become a reality, as I’m sure many of us didn’t.

Well, friends, as much as I hate to say it, we’re in that place now with the pandemic.  So, is your home that place for you?  

If not, that’s okay!  I’m going to help you get there.

SMELL

What are the smells?  Don’t think there’s a smell?  Trust me.  There is.  Is it pleasant?  Does it smell like rotten trash?  Let me tell you, I’ve walked into our home when we’ve forgotten to take out the trash and when I get home from work, I definitely remembered that I forgot to take it out!  That’s not what you want for you or your guests!

What’s the first thing that’s seen upon arrival? There’s a common mistake to think that your home experience begins when entering your home.  Your experience begins upon arrival!

What scents hit you when you walk in the door?  Is it a fresh, invigorating scent like eucalyptus, grapefruit, or peppermint?  Maybe a floral-like magnolia or lavender?  Whatever the smell, y’all, make sure it’s a good one!

Farmhouse living room

As soon as our front door is opened, you see our dining room table.  I always make sure that I add candles no matter how the table is styled so that when the door is opened, it’s the first smell that my guests are introduced to.

SEE

So what do you and your guests see? An unkempt yard or beautiful lights, landscape, and flowers? 

When walking to the front door, should the porch have been cleaned? Are there cobwebs everywhere? Is that beehive you’ve been meaning to take down still there? Or are they greeted by a beautiful wreath or other door decoration? Perhaps a cozy seating area or the birds chirping?

When you open the door, do you look a little disheveled because you didn’t take care of the items above?  Make sure the first thing seen is something that will put a smile on anyone’s face!

Once the door is open, the first thing you see is our dining room. I’m very particular about making sure the dining room always looks great because it is the first thing seen.  It’s full of color, height, and I try to make sure the windows are open to allow the natural sunlight to come into the room if it’s during the day.  If it’s at night, then to at least have them open a little bit to help leave a warm and inviting feel.

Before I did our stairs, there was always something missing once you arrived in the entryway and it drove me crazy!  I knew something needed to be done because that one area, once you walked in just didn’t have that some coziness the porch always had or the dining room had.

Once I added the stair decals, that entire area changed and for the better!  When the door is opened, the first thing you see is the dining room… When you walk into the house, you immediately pass by the stairs and of course, naturally, people immediately look up.  I used to cringe a little because it was just so blah, but now, those stairs have become a major focal point in our home, and guests and myself love it!

HEAR

What will your guests hear? Nice soft music, the dog barking, or the kids running around screaming at the top of their lungs? 

If you’ve got an Amazon Echo or Alexa, you can easily walk in and say, “Alexa, play….” and you can immediately have some nice relaxing music or toss your stuff on the sofa or floor and have a dance party to let out the frustration from the day!

Sharing your home with your guests is such a fun and enjoyable experience. But also remember that you are at your home more than your guests are and it needs to be just as warm and inviting for you!

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