Sunday, September 27, 2015

Adorn your front entry for fall

From football parties and wine tastings to trick-or-treating and Thanksgiving, the fall entertaining season is upon us. Celebrate its arrival by giving your front door or porch an autumnal redo that will welcome your guests for any occasion. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Make it sparkle – begin your transition by tidying up a bit. Wipe down your door and give it a fresh coat of paint if needed. Clean surrounding windows, vacuum any cobwebs, and change lightbulbs if necessary.

Hang a beautiful wreath in rich and vibrant hues and upgrade your doormat– nothing says “welcome to our home” better than a colorful wreath and a fresh, clean doormat.

Replace faded, summer annuals in window boxes and planters with fall’s signature flowers – mums, asters, salvia and ornamental grasses will last well into the season. Embellish arrangements with bright and playful pansies, which do exceptionally well in cooler weather.

Pile on the pumpkins and gourds – stack short, flat pumpkins in urns for instant topiaries, arrange mini pumpkins in wire baskets, or line your walk with pie pumpkins. Use all white pumpkins and mums and watch them glow in the moonlight.

Incorporate baskets, buckets and wine crates lined with burlap into your display to create a rustic, farmhouse effect.

Add some glitz – use lanterns with battery-operated, outdoor candles; orange and black paper lanterns in covered areas; or hang strands of mini lights. Many are available in fun shapes like pumpkins, leaves and bats.

Be mindful of scale and proportion – if your entrance is tall, think big. Adjust your décor to take advantage of the extra vertical space.

And don’t forget the old standbys like corn stalks and bales of hay. With a few simple embellishments, your home’s entrance will be ready when the guests come knocking.

Happy Fall!

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