You may already know I live in the country. We have no curb, as we live on a gravel road. Our gravel driveway is a half mile long. No curb there, either.
Our house is too far from the road for any passerby to see the appeal. But, appealing to visitors is important, whether you live in the country, the city, or the suburbs.
Our Mennonite neighbors have a saying when they open the door to greet us.
“Welcome here!” they exclaim with a big smile, as they step aside and motion us through the doorway with a sweep of their whole arm. Wow, now that’s a welcome, and it draws us in!
That’s the feeling we want to entice, whether passing by our home or stopping in for a visit. We want our home to express a big “Welcome here!” from the curb (or the gravel).
Step 1 – Tidy Up
A manicured lawn and landscaping help bring proper focus toward the front entrance. Neatness limits distractions. (See 6 Tips To ROCK Your Landscape.)
Step 2 – Use Pairs
Paired objects work together to provide a frame, bringing the focus between them (in this case, to the walkway and on up to the front door). The pairs that come into view along the walkway lead the eye up the path toward the entrance.
Pairs are formal. To soften the formality, be playful by showing a little of your family’s personality.
We could have opted for gargoyles or lions at the entrance. That might be your style, but it’s not ours. We have a concrete bulldog and eagle representing our opposing universities are teamed together (sorry, pun intended) to welcome our friends. Who needs gargoyles, right? Much too serious.
Step 3 – An Interesting Focal Point
Something decorative at the front door (like a wreath) attracts the eye. I’ve hung the Burlap Bag Floral Spray on our door – with a summer Magnolia blossom. Change your wreath with the seasons to keep it fresh.
Clearly, a brightly colored front door (like red!) would completely add to the curb appeal wow factor. But, HH likes the stained door. If I had my druthers….
Do you have something fun at your front entrance?
Or, maybe a red front door?
I’d love to hear about it all, y’all.
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I’m joining several of these parties this week:
Monday: METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY at Between Naps On The Porch, MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY at The Dedicated House, MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY at Alderberry Hill.
Tuesday: PROJECT INSPIRED LINKY PARTY at Cupcakes and Crinoline, INSPIRE ME TUESDAY at A Stroll Thru Life, TUESDAY TRIVIA at Memories By The Mile, TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY at The Gunny Sack
Wednesday: WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style, WE DID IT! WEDNESDAY at Sew Much Ado, WEDNESDAY’S ADORNED FROM ABOVE BLOG HOP at Adorned From Above, WHATEVER GOES WEDNESDAY at Someday Crafts
Thursday: SHARING WITH THE DOMESTIC SUPERHERO at Domestic Superhero, TABLESCAPE THURSDAY at Between Naps On The Porch, OPEN HOUSE PARTY THURSDAYS at No Minimalist Here, TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY at Stone Gable.
Friday: ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY at The Dedicated House, FABULOUSLY CREATIVE LINKY PARTY at Jennifer Rizzo, FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY at French Country Cottage, WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS at Crafts ala mode.
Saturday: SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY at It’s Overflowing, ONE SHARENDIPITY PLACE at The T2Women, BLITZED ON PINTEREST LINK PARTY at On Sutton Place