Sometimes though, we neglect to take a closer look at our entry. If you saw spider webs hanging from the ceiling, or weeds growing up between the front steps, you might not be so dazzled with my door's beauty. Keeping our front porch tidy can be overlooked as we pursue our busy lives. As I vacuum my porch and around the door, I remember my mother sweeping our front walk every morning. No, I don't do this chore every morning, but when I vacuum the entry floor, I open the front door and vacuum the porch too. It takes only a few extra minutes, and I can be confident I won't be scaring away my visitors.
If you're like most people, you want the front entrance of the home of your heart to welcome visitors and also to keep them safe as they traverse to your front door. The best method to assess how well your entrance measures up is to put yourself in your visitor's shoes and look through their eyes. What do you see and what do you feel?
Perhaps the most important change we made was building steps through the landscape. The gentle progression is a lot easier on the eye as well as the body. We also painted the garage doors a contrasting green and added windows. These made our entrance much more inviting. Turns out that pesky post was not essential for support, so it was removed. We added a handrail for those who have difficulty with stairs and made the tread slightly deeper.
Full disclosure: I Photoshopped the stones on the posts in the top photo. During our year-long remodel, we unearthed a big pile of river rock that we plan to apply like those in the photo this summer. Even if you don't have image-manipulative skills, studying photos of entrances in magazines and Pinterest can help you decide what elements will work best for your home.
The changes we made were modest but highly satisfying. If you're not entirely pleased with the vibe of your entrance, you might want to start with a simple adjustment like putting flowering pots by your entrance. Something as easy as that can make a big impact on how you welcome visitors. Whatever changes you make, let them reflect your personality and that of your home.
From Home of the Heart, warmly yours,
I loved writing about Meg Cary's interior design career in my romance, Home of the Heart. Meg worked on some pretty spectacular projects that I've only dreamed of. But my greatest pleasure has been exploring what's involved in creating one's personal Home of the Heart, both helping others as well as the evolution of my own home design. I'll be sharing with you what I've learned over the years as an interior designer.