Do you slide on a dab of lipstick to enhance your complexion and wardrobe? "Certainly," you say. "After all, my face is the first thing people see." Well, it's the same thing with your home. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, your guests see your doorway before they see you. So, why not add a little touch of the season for a cheerful welcome at the door?
Keep in mind, especially during these challenging economic times, that less is more. Your touch of autumn shouldn't look like a movie set. Subtlety actually works far better and is much more economical. One simple item well presented speaks a greeting so much better than a shout of holiday clutter.
Here are some suggestions of how to bring the fall season to your doorway. Select the one that best fits your living situation, personality and budget.
come in a variety of seasonal styles. Most popular are circular silk autumn flower arrangements and circles of colorful autumn leaves.
are perfect for a cheerful reminder that the Halloween, Thanksgiving and autumn seasons are upon us, especially if a chilly evening adds its touch of frost to your pumpkin.
come in a beautiful variety of shapes and colors. Think how lovely a large bowl or basket of gourds would look on a small table beside your door.
in a basket, copper pot, pitcher or tea kettle beside the door adds a cheerful atmosphere and is easy to throw together with some thrift shop silk flowers.
in a nursery pot placed inside a basket look beautiful and can last quite a while if you remember to water them.
is inexpensive and easy to find this time of year. Stand that fella beside your door and he'll be greeting everyone with a "Hello" right to the end of November.
always add a classy touch, no matter where you place them. How about a small grouping with a pretty ribbon and a sprinkling of acorns sitting on that table near the front door? Different height candles in your choice of orange, yellow, green, cream or brown would look great.
brings a smile to everyone's face. Consider a covered jar of seasonal candy like candy corn somewhere near the doorbell. A colorful ribbon around the jar with a little stand-up note that says, "Help yourself!" would surely be a sweet way to greet your guests.
traditionally speaks autumn. You can fill it with flowers, gourds, miniature pumpkins, or artificial fruit. Be creative and don't forget that pretty autumn ribbon.
in ceramic or glass hung on the wall beside your door is perfect because it can be left up all year long. It only needs a simple change of fresh or silk flowers to welcome in each season. Imagine how lovely a few chrysanthemums and wheat stalks would look for autumn. Then, replace them with poinsettias and a few sprigs of evergreen for December. You get the idea.
Of course, the choice you make depends a lot on whether you're adding the autumn touch to an exposed doorway, one under a porch or covered patio, or a doorway in an apartment hallway. No matter which one best fits your situation, there's no reason why this seasonal accent should be costly. Take advantage of yard sales, thrift stores and craft shops for inexpensive supplies. Sprinkle in a little of your own creativity and – Voila!
Most Important of all …Be sure to remove your autumn doorway accent at the end of the season. Nothing looks tackier than a dusty wreath of autumn leaves still hanging on your door come springtime. If you use non-perishable materials, you can save your autumn doorway creation and reuse it next year.
So, are you inspired? See what ideas YOU can come up with for a decorative autumn doorway accent to greet your guests.
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