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Do you love the inside of your house, but cringe at the thought of guests coming over because you don't have a welcoming entry to your home? That was us for the past three years! We have spent loads of time beautifying the inside of our home, which has left little time to do anything to the exterior. But we recently spent a little money and a little time to working on our entryway decor and for the first time I can say that I will be excited for guests to walk up to and through our front door! (PS- Don't worry, there is a complete source list of what we used at the end of this post!)
Want to see why I was embarrassed? This is what the front entrance of our home used to look like. See why I was kind of embarrassed? The old storm dorm was a mess, the built-in planters were full of weeds (and an old light we removed). It was bad.
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How to Create a Welcoming Entry With Simple Entryway Decor
Creating a welcoming entry begins OUTSIDE your home, so pay attention to the front of your house first. You do not have to spend a ton of money outside because small touches can make a huge difference. We started by adding some very simple and inexpensive plants to the planters and some hanging plants in my favorite and incredibly affordable hanging baskets. We also added a tall planter from Crate and Barrel to the stairs and I am shocked at what a huge impact that one small change has made; it makes the entire area feel more inviting. We have found that finding contemporary planters can be really challenging–so many of them seem too traditional for our taste. Fortunately, Crate and Barrel has tons of sleek options to choose from.
We also hung the most beautiful bird feeder I have ever seen. I love the pop of color it adds both on the exterior of the house AND from the inside looking out.
A while back, we made a new DIY screen door that you can read all about here. That certainly helped improved the appearance of our entry, but once I added my DIY wreath (tutorial coming soon) with the best wreath hook I have found the transformation became much more dramatic. Most wreath hooks seem flimsy and don't have any design elements at all. The one we purchased from Crate and Barrel is substantial and has a beautiful hammered finished. Changing the light fixtures helped spruce up the front door area, too :)
And never ignore your door mat. After spending hundreds of dollars replacing natural coir mats year after year (they are so pretty, but just don't hold up more than a year for us), we finally invested in this gorgeous, colorful Chilewich mat from Crate and Barrel that is made of PVC and polyester, so it should last for years to come. Though it costs more up front, it should save us money over time. We've also fund that finding a contemporary door mat that we love is really challenging. Most doormats are really traditional in design. Crate and Barrel to the rescue once again!
Once your exterior entryway decor is taken care of, turn your attention to creating a welcoming entry inside your home. I've realized over the years that my favorite homes to visits aren't just pretty, they are functional for guests. Most homes are functional for the families that live in them, but most of them also make guests feel somewhat intrusive and disruptive. It's happened to all of you, right? You go visit friends and aren't sure where to put your coat, purse or keys. So, you wind up having to ask and your things get put in a bedroom or coat closet somewhere, so your host has to then retrieve them when you are ready to leave. I hate that! I would much rather be able to stow my own belongings so that my hostess doesn't have to be bothered with it.
Well, I'm sad to say that we used to have one of those homes that did not have a convenient spot for our guests to stow their things. We fixed that problem by adding 1 piece of functional entryway decor. It's such an easy solution. We purchased this gorgeous coat rack from Crate and Barrel and hung it in our hallway. The hallway sits in between our front door and back door, so no matter which door our guests go to, they can easily hang their coats, bags and keys without having to feel like a burden or like their things are being held hostage. Like everything we have ever purchased from Crate and Barrel, the quality is incredible. You can even tell that the mounting hardware is in another league compared to other retailers. I can't believe this piece costs under $100. It's an awesome deal.
I love that the coat rack has a shelf on top of it. It's a perfect place to display some colorful and fun decor, including my new Kiwi Bird sculpture from Crate and Barrel that I am in love with.
Isn't it amazing how the addition of plants and simple entryway decor can transform your home into one that welcomes everyone who enters it? I so wish we had made these changes sooner!
Entryway Decor Source List
- Paint Color- Babbling Brook by Olympic
- Stenciled wall tutorial
- Coat rack
- Tall Zinc Planter
- Hanging baskets
- Wreath hook
- Kiwi bird sculpture
- Large Wooden Key
- Hello typography sign
- Map of the Southern section
- Typography sources
- DIY typography map canvas tutorial
- DIY screen door tutorial
- Bathroom door decal tutorial
- Bird feeder (the bird feeder I purchased from Crate and Barrel is no longer available)