I’ve always been intrigued by front doors. Growing up, I would take note of unique doors and picture the people who lived inside. From imagining their furniture to their favorite foods, I could play out their entire lifestyle with one simple glance. Just like a game of “Paper Dolls,” I would piece things together in my mind to make their home the way I dreamed it to look.
As an adult, I still enjoy beautiful front doors and envisioning the families inside. The following are my tips for creating your own “Welcome” front door:
A front door should say “Please come in.” Guests enjoy the anticipation of walking into a well- loved home. Your front door is a personal representation of you and your family. Currently my wreath says “Life’s a beach.” I bought all of the material myself; star fish, burlap, sunflowers and sign. I know my limitations and had someone put it all together for me. It represents my love for New England, Maine and walking along the beach, eating fresh lobster and taking family drives through the little towns. My wreath will soon take on a fall theme, but for now, I’m enjoying the last few months of summer.
Whether it’s with a basket of flowers, a beautiful wreath, clean window panes, a simple door knob, or a decorative knocker, adorn your front door in a manner that says “I’m glad you are here.”
Before your guests arrive, make sure your door is clean and polished. Wear and tear adds a nice patina, but dirt is not acceptable. Outside windows should be sparkling when your guests walk up to your door. Your porch furniture should be clean for the guests that want to enjoy your front view. Check for stains and water damage on your outdoor cushions and repair or replace any cushions with worn out seams.
A clean sidewalk paves the way… Your seasonal greenery and green lawn must be well-manicured before you host a party or luncheon, and your doormat should be clean and ready for wet feet.
Here are a few of my most recent front door favorites:
I imagine this home has lots of kids and a refrigerator full of artwork.
I took this picture on vacation – it was a peaceful greeting.