Begin at the Curb
When you turn your attention to the outside, it is important to keep your yard and walkways in good repair. Aside from the basics of sweeping, trimming and grooming, you may also want to add some ornamental plantings to your front yard to give your entryway a little more personality and color. Add low shrubs along walkways and a flower garden in front of the porch. Add a statue or a fountain by in the area by the front door to give a courtyard feeling to your front porch. If your porch is large enough add a seating area off to the side of the front door, and keep the area neat. Add a few bold pops of color to the porch with potted flowers. Use a bright colored throw rug to anchor your seating arrangement. Make sure that your porch is freshly painted and that there is not chipping of peeling paint. Assess your front door, and make sure that it is in good shape and consider repainting it in a rich shade or burgundy, black or a deep wood tone. Update any old light fixtures and replace old doorknobs and doorknockers with new ones.
Blending the Outside with the Inside
Now that you have greeted your guest successfully up to the front door, you want to make a great impression when you open your front door. Make a statement by adding a stunning, crystal chandelier to your foyer to give it a formal aesthetic. If you do not have a fountain outside, you may want to include one in your foyer. Add a mirror to your foyer to continue a formal feeling in the entryway. If you have a lot of wall space in your foyer, you can also hang a picture, painting or group of paintings. To continue a formal look choose dark wood furniture and place a table under your mirror, or you may prefer to use a small dresser with elegantly carved detailing. Add a huge flower arrangement in a cut crystal vase so that it relates to the chandelier and brings the crystal element down into the room as well. By maintaining your entryway and dressing it in formal elegance, you will be extending the warmest to anyone whom you invite to your home. END AKISMET -->
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