Welcome! Come on in.
All of my neighbors and family members know that they are always welcome at our house. There are usually warm cookies just coming out of the oven, delicious smells, and a house full of kids waiting for more playmates. Our door is always open. (Not literally, but you know what I mean.)
Now that my daughter is in Kindergarten, we’re excited to meet new friends. On Friday we invited another little girl and her mom over for the afternoon. It got me thinking… What do you see when you are coming to my house for the first time? So, I did a little experiment today. I walked in my house, through the front door (we usually come in through the garage) and tried to see this area with a new set of eyes.
Here it is.
The first thing you see when you come in is the living room, craft room, coat hooks, a basket for kid shoes, and my Craigslist-makeover shoe bench. I’ve always thought of my house as warm, cozy, and inviting. But after this little experiment, I can see that the entrance is lacking something. It feels almost stark once you get past the front door. I never really noticed this before. Over the next few days I’m planning to pour through my Fall Pottery Barn Catalogs and see what I can do to warm things up a bit. I don’t want it to look cluttered, but it’s definitely missing some warmth.
What do you think? What does it need? I’m thinking a warmer color on the walls, valances on craft room and hallway windows,and maybe a rug. Since I won’t be purchasing anything for this little makeover, I’ll have to be creative and use what I have. I’d love to get your feedback!