wel­com­ing EN­TRY

Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series -

As the say­ing goes, you only get one chance to make a good first im­pres­sion. En­sure yours wel­comes friends and fam­ily with open arms. Start with a cov­ered porch or por­tico over your front door so visi­tors can stay dry in in­clement weather as they wait for you to an­swer the door.

Once in­side, the foyer should be an im­me­di­ate re­flec­tion of your per­son­al­ity, set­ting the stage for the rest of your home. Make sure the space is large enough to ac­com­mo­date sev­eral peo­ple at a time. (A good rule of thumb is that one per­son needs 2 feet of space to af­ford enough room to re­move a coat.)

In­clude an am­ple coat closet and a bench or side­board to al­low them to set bags or gifts down as they give you a warm, wel­com­ing hug. And add a mir­ror so they can per­form a quick check be­fore en­ter­ing the party (it will also make the space ap­pear larger and brighter).

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