Inviting Entryways
By Karon November 2012

An inviting entryway starts with the front door. A wreath always says welcome to everyone who enters your home.

A nice size rug at the doorway catches mud and leaves from traffic, and a runner makes for a cozy cushion under your feet. Soumak rugs or flat weaves are easy to keep clean and come in a variety of patterns and colors.

Coats and jackets should be kept in the hall closet, but if space is limited add hooks to hold sweaters, scarves, and hats.

Baskets also work well for so many things – like holding umbrellas, shoes, and scarves, or keeping Fido’s leash and favorite toy close by.

I love to see an unexpected piece like an old chest of drawers used in an entryway. Fill the top with items that you love – like books, pictures, and a few collectibles that showcase and symbolize you and your interests. This gives your guest a glimpse of what you love and may start a conversation or two. A tray or platter, ceramic, silver or woven, holds the daily mail and keys. A touch of greenery adds a splash of color. Try to place a chair close by for a quick place to take your shoes on and off, or catch a tie and briefcase after a long day at work.

A narrow hall table leaves no room for clutter and will allow enough space for a lamp or a large candle in a glass hurricane to illuminate the hallway at night.