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  • We all love to make a lasting impression on guests coming to our homes for the holidays. There's nothing better than a warm greeting when folks are walking up to the front door. What does your entry look like? Is it welcoming, inviting guests to come inside and see the rest of the festive decor?

    I love having a welcoming entryway, but it takes a little bit of planning to create the right atmosphere. Your front door is a guest's first impression of your home, so make it a memorable one. Even if you don't have a grand entrance, there are many ways to make the front door festive and fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 
  • I love the idea of just using natural materials, like real spruce or pine wreaths and garlands, as the main decorations (above left). You can get winter greenery almost anywhere now, and this type display isn't hard to put together. Grab a pair of urns and layer them with fresh cut branches and natural grapevine balls. The dog with the cute green bow doesn't hurt a bit either!

    Another natural feel to the front door, this display uses grapevine balls and wreaths, with small glowing white lights wrapped around for much added ambiance in the evening hours (above right). The glowing lights will wrap guests in holiday cheer on this front porch!
  • A beautiful portico with chunky columns is the perfect spot to wrap garland with red bows (above). Along with some white icicle lights and a pretty wreath on the door, this beautiful entrance is charming and would make any guest smile.
  • You can't get any more festive than red and green for Christmas, and this beautiful front door (above left) with a pair of red and green wreaths is absolutely stunning. Place fresh red poinsettas down outside steps, interwoven with green lanterns and fresh greenery. This one is so happy!

    Don't have much time to decorate or want to keep it simple? A red painted picture frame with colorful ornaments hanging from a center bow (above right) is just the right small touch for a front door display.
  • There are so many ways to get your entry ready for Christmas and this garden display (above) is fun, whimsical, and budget-friendly since it uses things from around the house. Red is the focal point and really pops against the neutral porch and door. Galvanized buckets, amaryllis plants, pinecones, and just a bit of greenery make for a gorgeous holiday display.

    I hope these beautiful pictures will give you lots of ideas on how to incorporate some holiday cheer into your entryway.
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