Pull up to your driveway and go up to your front door. What does your entrance say to the world? What does your front door communicate? Have you ever said to yourself, “If these walls could talk?” Well. They do! Even the outside of your house and the front door can talk!
Take note! Is your entrance tired and worn out, the walkway uneven and maybe even dangerous? Or is it inviting guests to come walk this way? Does your entryway say, “You are welcome to visit?” or does it look like no one lives there? What about your plants? Do you have pots full of greenery and flowers? Now that you know your home communicates what’s going on inside of you, you might need to do some reflection of your life and the life you live inside your home.
Get in your car or take a walk through your neighborhood, paying attention to what other homes are saying. Are your neighbors’ front doors stained or painted? Are their lawns and gardens nicely maintained? Is the lighting adequate? Why are some entries inviting and others are not?
This time when you pull into your driveway, approach your home like you don’t live there. Stand back and really see it; notice every detail. Then open your front door and say aloud the first words that come to mind. Are your descriptors fabulous and welcoming or startling and depressing? If the latter, your entry could be contributing to your stress.
Remember, your entry is the transition to your private sanctuary. It is the first impression space that welcomes both you and your guests into your home. I know what you’re thinking: With limited time or budget, my entry is not a priority. I’m saying your entry should be a priority. You are the most important person who will ever set foot in your home.
Trust me. I have designed entrances on a budget, and I have done them the way I always dreamed of living. Creating a memorable, sensory-scaped entrance will bring you joy as it welcomes you home every single day.
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