How to Create A Warm & Welcoming Entry

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There’s nothing like coming home after a long day! Does your home welcome you in? With a chill still in the air this time of year (and many places blanketed in snow), it’s nice to walk in the door and feel instantly cozy, welcomed and at peace! But if your entry leaves you feeling cold or unsettled, here are a few simple and practical ways to welcome your family home (excerpted from my book, Love the Home You Have).

  • Keep your entry tidy and welcoming so your house is one you want to come home to and hate to leave!
  • Light a candle and turn on your lamps for a cozy, welcoming ambience as you and your family come in the door.
  • Turn on some music when you arrive home. It might set just the perfect tone for a relaxing evening.
  • Timers can be wonderful reminders to turn on a few lamps, turn on the heat on a cold night, or turn on a coffeepot or a crockpot with a hot drink, an appetizer, or dinner.

You can set the mood your want for your home in so many ways!

Here’s another surefire way to create a cozy (and affordable) ambience for your entry (or living room!): scour secondhand stores for unique pieces to add character and personality! Umbrellas with wood handles, old walking sticks, repurposed metal buckets and plant stands, old crates for organizing, funky tables, rustic and metal frames and art.

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I shared so many of my favorite tried and true decorating tips, including methods for adding color and texture, mixing patterns, my how-to formulas and helps for decorating and organizing your home in The Inspired Room book, my new best-selling coffee table book (which was just released just before the holidays!).

You’ll discover the help you need to arrange furniture to create perfectly comfortable and welcoming rooms, simply by pulling together what you already have. And if you don’t have everything you need right now, I offer simple suggestions for what you should be on the hunt for next!

I poured my heart into this book with the hope that it would encourage and help you create rooms you will LOVE to be in right now and spaces that can evolve with you and your style over time!

You can order The Inspired Room book for under $20 on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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You can find more encouragement and ideas for homemaking and decorating your home (on any budget) in my New York Times Best Selling book Love the Home You Have (order on Amazon or Barnes and Noble)!

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