December 1, 2010
by kimberly reuther
Holiday Tips for Your Front Entrance
There’s a quote, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Never is that statement more true than at the holidays as you prepare to welcome dozens of guests and proudly showcase your home in all its festive splendor. By now, you’ve brought out box after box of ornaments and garland for the tree, you’ve traded your first born child for the dining room centerpiece, and you’ve tucked beautifully wrapped packages in every nook of your home. But don’t forget your front door & walkway as this is truly the first impression of your home.
Here are some tips and photos to help you make it just as stunning as your interiors:
1. Think outside the circle. Yes, the typical circular wreath can be beautiful on your front door and there are so many varieties. But why not do something more unique? I love this idea of using stockings on the door; it adds so much personality. I’m also always a big fan of the coned swag which complements the shape of your front door.
2. Make a statement. Again, this their first impression so don’t be afraid to go overboard with ribbons, garland, lanterns, hanging ornaments, oh my! Add details to your existing architectural features or just make it up as you go along! Incorporating elements into you walkway makes a cold walk to your door much more inviting!
3. Be organic. It’s outside so it doesn’t need to look like a staged holiday card. Make it asymmetrical, add a few branches and functional elements. Forge a ribbon out of tree bark, or add feathers for a bit of unexpected whimsy. As long as it reflects your personality, you can’t go wrong!
by Kimberly Reuther, Interior Designer & Founder of DesignSpeak (previously posted on AT HOME’s website). Read more of Kimberly’s blog posts here.
Photos courtesy of Twigs & Moss and Pottery Barn