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Create an Inviting Entry

After the front porch, the entry space gives the next first impression of your home. Here are some simple ways to let your entry say, "Come on in!"

Make room for guests' belongings. Create an obvious place for guests to hang their coats and bags so they feel right at home right away. If you don't have a coat closet, you can make a creative coat hanger for a wall with just about anything (shutters, an old door, a wooden stepladder...and add hooks). If you want guests to put belongings in a bedroom, remember to tidy the room before guests arrive!

Consider the cozy factor. Drape a seasonal table runner on an entry table and place a textured rug in the entry to make it warm and welcoming. You can also add a basket of textured blankets and cute scarves and mittens hanging from hooks.

Create a focal point. This could be a striking table, cabinet, or bench. In smaller entryways, a bold and fabulous mirror can grab attention and reflect light around the room. You can also display a collection of photos in frames. Whatever your focal point is, feel free to embellish it further for your gathering (greenery around the mirror, flowers on the table, cloth bunting banner, or a string of twinkle lights by the photos).