Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Welcoming Entryway for Your Thanksgiving Guests

There is an old English proverb based on Matthew 6:22 which states the "eyes are the window to the soul".  I think it can also be said that the front door of a home is the window to the soul of the home.  The front door and surrounding outer entryway is the first impression for our guests.  Fall entryway decor can be a fabulous way to make that first impression a lasting one.  With the abundance of mums, pumpkins, gourds, and other fall flowers available this time of year, you too can welcome your Thanksgiving guests with a festive atmosphere.   I thought I would put together a few fantastic examples for you to peruse, maybe with a cup of hot cider by your side.

This lovely entryway is compliments of the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  I love the corn stalks attached to the posts.  The scarecrows can be stored away until next October and this entry would be a delightful way to welcome guests for Thanksgiving dinner.

Notice the carved street number in one of the pumpkins pictured below from Cornerstone Homes.  Pumpkins and gourds can be used throughout fall; however, many stores begin to sell their pumpkins for a reduced rate after Halloween.  A teacher friend of mine purchased three buggies full of pumpkins from a local super store for all of 23 cents!  Not 23 cents each, three buggies full for 23 cents!  If you want to jazz up your entryway for Thanksgiving, check out the sales.
Here is another example with mums, pumpkins, and stalks.The golden light glowing from the door and windows gives this home a warm and inviting look.Another beautiful entryway!  This one is from Dysfunctional Design blog.  Okay, I would have to sweep up the leaves, but they look great here!
This entryway from Something to Some People is understated, yet lovely.  I think the pea gravel walkway lends a rustic look along with the stone dwelling.  I bet the owner of this home has afternoon tea.
Southern Living is known for beautiful photography and classic designs.  The addition of the lanterns adds a special touch to this welcoming front porch.
I hope I have inspired you with some last minute decorating ideas.  Head outside and make your front door and entryway a place where the eye lingers, the heart stills, and a smile crosses the face of your Thanksgiving guests.
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8 comments:

  1. All are gorgeous fall inspiration! I would love for my home to have an entry like the first picture!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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    1. I like the first one as well, Leslie. So welcoming on a cold fall day. I bet you have a lovely entry at your home. Thanks for stopping by!
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  2. They are all lovely entrances!! We use a simple wreath.

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    1. Hi Suzan,
      We have wreaths on our front doors too, along with a few pumpkins scattered around the porch. Last year, one of my Labs ate a chunk out of my coveted Cinderella pumpkin! It must not have been as tasty as he thought because he left it in the yard with just one large bite as evidence of the crime!!
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse
      Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

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    1. Thank you Linda! Don't you just love fall colors?! Of course, I am getting the itch to start Christmas decorating. Thanks for stopping by!
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  4. I love decorating my front porch. I always hop that it makes my friends and family feel welcome as well as bring a smile to the face of those who drive by. I enjoyed each of these homes so very much! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  5. Wow great ideas. I have a twig chair on my front porch. I should use it more in decorating. J

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