Enchanting Entrances

    In order to get to Narnia, you have to go through the wardrobe.  To get to Hogwarts, you need to go through the pillar at Platform 9 3/4.  The Tardis is bigger on the inside and can take you anywhere in space time.  Adventure is always on the other side of an entrance and the same is true for your home.

    Your home is a place of adventures, memories, and love and all you need to do to enter this magical world is enter through the front door.  So, your door should reflect the type of adventure people will encounter and there are many ways to do this.

    Paint

    Paint your front door a vibrant colour that represents your family.  As a teen, I remember watching One Tree Hill and one of the characters was known as “the girl behind the red door.”  This made me want a red door.  A vibrant colour makes your house identifiable, whether that’s standing out among a row of beige doors or even being able to tell the pizza delivery guy that your house has the orange door.  Painting your door a vibrant colour gives your house some character.

    Red Door Turquoise Door Yellow Door Pink Door

    Patio Decoration

    Provided you have the space and you trust your neighbours, decorate your front porch.  In fall, get some hay bales, pumpkins, scarecrows, etc. and spiff up the entrance way.  Spring and summer, invest is some urns and have flowers.  In the winter, a Christmas tree or lights will help add a festive feeling to your porch.

    Spring Porch Summer Porch Fall Porch Winter Porch

    Welcome Mats

    Welcome mats are great for 2 reasons.  One is practical, people can wipe their dirty shoes on them and keep the dirt outside of your home.  The second reason, is they welcome people.  Invest is a creative welcome mat and let all your visitors know that you are excited to have them in your home.  This is also a great way to show off your personality.

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    Statement Glass

    This weekend I attended the Fall Home Show.  As I was walking around a noticed that a lot of the doors had, what I am dubbing, statement glass.  The windows weren’t simple panes; they had texture and style to them.  If you are a person that wants a more subdued door colour, this is a great way to still have an impact.  These windows added character and excitement to the doors.  Here are just a few of my favourites.  As you can see, they’re all dark brown/black doors but they still make a statement due to the glass in them.

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    Share your ideas and pictures for how you create a welcoming environment starting at  your front door.

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