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Nothing brings loved ones and friends together like the holiday season. If you are like many San Antonio families, this is the time of the year when you have the most guests coming into your home. As a host or hostess, you will definitely want to give them a warm welcome.
However bittersweet the end of summer is, autumn comes with an opportunity to get ready for a new look, especially for the upcoming holiday season.
Holiday Curb Appeal
Start by taking a good objective look from the street in front of your home. What obvious problems haven’t been resolved? Where is your eye drawn and what is distracting you from a welcoming walk to the front door?
The Right Wreath
A wreath hung on the door is a traditional sign of welcome and holiday cheer. Take a little time to look around for something unique that will fit with your home’s style and color scheme.
More Fall wreath ideas here.
Lighting the Way
Installing lights along the pathway to your door is also a good way of making your guests feel that warm welcome. If you already have outdoor lights, then consider giving them a thorough cleaning so that they can shine more brightly. Consider switching to modern LED lights, which come in many different colors to match your holiday decor.
While you are at it, take the time to clear debris and sweep off leaves, so that when the lights come on, you see the neat and welcoming entry. Another inexpensive way to add holiday charm is to put out a welcome mat with a warm holiday greeting.
Easy Re-design for Entry Elements
This would be a great time to add a fresh coat of paint to your front door. Be ambitious, give it a bold color. Use the same paint to spruce up your curb-side mailbox.
Are your house numbers readable from the street? New numbers in a modern style will not only help your guests find your home, but add a subtle design element to your entry. Here are some more great front door paint color and décor ideas.
Windows Look Out but they also Look In
Take a good look at your front windows from the outside of your home. A window treatment can look lovely from the inside, yet leave much to be desired from the outside. Do your window treatments show signs of wear and tear or fading from your home’s exterior? Do they enhance the overall color scheme of your home and complement the architecture? This season would be a perfect time to switch to some modern shutters, roller blinds, or energy-saving honeycomb shades.
Everyone loves the smell of the holidays. I know I do! Once you have decorated your exterior, you need to sustain the impression you have created to your guests once they open your front door. I find simmer pots to be the best for achieving that holiday scent. All I do is choose my scents and let simmer pots work their magic.
Preparing your home for the holidays does not need to eat into your bank account or take every weekend. Take time to inspect your home, see what needs some improvement and start now with a small project to improve the welcome for your holiday guests.