12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

After seeing a that front door and entry inspiration from our first 31 Days post, I got all giddy again about fall front entry ways. I’ve always been a bit obsessive about the entry to my home. I want my entry to feel warm and welcoming, especially in fall! It really doesn’t take more than a few simple tricks to go from blah to “welcome home.” So, how do you get that warm and welcoming ambience?

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Tip 1: Start with a focal point. It could be a striking table, cabinet or bench. If you have no room for furniture, use a bold and fabulous mirror to grab attention and reflect light around the room. Collections of photos in frames can also be a focal point. If your entry opens right into another room, make the focal point in the adjoining space as welcoming as possible.

Tip 2: Add a lamp or candles to give your entry a warm glow at night. A dark entry is not very welcoming. Wall sconces can be used if you have no surfaces for candles or lamps. Find lighting with a great shape and personality if possible!

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Tip 3: A coat closet is handy, but not as charming as an interesting rack or creative hooks (see yesterday’s post for more super fun and creative ideas!). You could make a creative coat hanger for your wall with just about anything (shutters, an old door, a wood step ladder…and hooks.)

Tip 4: Usable seasonal accessories can set the cozy mood (think wool blankets, cute boots, scarves and mittens!). Hang them from hooks or put them in baskets!

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Tip 5: Layer objects such as books, baskets, old trunks, crates or footstools under open tables and benches to give a cozier feel.

Tip 6: Stack books or use footed plates or pedestals on table tops to bring more warmth and height to accessories — and try my leaning technique for art or mirrors!

Tip 7: Try a basket or tray to corral smaller items on a entry table to give it more presence and texture!

Tip 8:  Whenever possible, go for BIGGER objects or wall hangings rather than several little items. Bigger items make striking statements.

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Tip 9: Use at least one interesting piece that gets people talking! Look around your house and see what conversation piece you could put in your entry.

Tip 10: Have fun with changing accessories — use your entry table or a focal wall to showcase a fun holiday display.

Tip 11: If your entry is a little boring or drab, try a pop of unexpected color on the door, a lamp, throw, shelf or table! Maybe change out your ceiling light for something more striking like the star light (above) or wallpaper even just one wall with a bold patterned paper. Or, paint your ceiling an unexpected color!

Tip 12: If your entry way is cold, try a textured wallpaper like grasscloth or wood walls to warm things up, or add a cozy striped, patterned or textured rug to the floor.

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}

Autumn Action step:

Go look at your entry right now. What if you don’t have a real entryway? Ok, don’t let that stop you, you have a door, right? Use today’s inspiration to think of a few simple ways to create a little more ambience by your front door or entry. Everyone has enough space for some charming details.

Take a picture of your entry and put it on my so we can see!

12 Tips for A Welcoming Fall Entry {31 Days of Autumn Bliss Day Two}


Tell us about your entry way in the comments! Do you like it, not like it or what would you like to change about it?

Would you like to follow along with this series? Check out the other posts in 31 Days of Autumn Bliss!

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}:
Entering the Season of Autumn

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of AutumnCome in! Welcome!

I have to admit something to you all. I completely stressed out trying to figure out what my FIRST 31 Days of Autumn Bliss post should be.

What can one say to properly invite you all into the most wonderful season of all?  What will inspire you to want to relax here, feel comfortable and at home and then come back again for 31 days in a row?

How do I explain why I will I be writing on the topic of Autumn for 31 Days in a row? Oh, the pressure.

We all live in different countries, states and parts of the world. Some of us are sweltering in 100 degree heat, some of us have never fully experienced an Autumn season.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

Why do I find Autumn so inspiring?

If you are a reader of this blog, you will hopefully understand what I am about to say.

In my mind, Autumn is not reliant on the temperature of the air outside. It is not dependent on a turning of the leaves. It is definitely not just a precursor to a long cold winter. It isn’t about pumpkins and black cats on a mantel.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

Autumn is A Season of Contentment

I look at Autumn as a season of embracing the life I always dreamed I would have as a homemaker. Do I  have to have the perfect life or home I dreamed of back in the day in order to be content right now? Of course not. I have a life worth being grateful for every day. But do I embrace it? Do I savor it? Or am I saving that contented life for some other season? (when I buy that new house, when I have more money to decorate, when I don’t have to work or when I have more time to stay home and enjoy my life?)

Autumn is a time for me to create a sense of peace and contentment RIGHT NOW with my home and my life. That feeling of contentment is not something that is always handed to us on life’s silver platter of gifts. It is a feeling we can easily lose sight of in the midst of life’s challenges and disappointments.

Autumn is a time to slow down and embrace the home and life we have.

Do we need the perfect temperature or fall colors on the trees for that? I think not.

Embracing the blissful season of Autumn is a choice.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

For the next 30 days, we are going to do more than just dream wistfully about Fall, we are going to get off our rumps and do some nesting!

We’ll consider how to embrace Autumn in each room of our home, find practical ideas to inspire us, and we’ll have fun sharing fall homemaking rituals along the way. I’ll share some of my very own fall favorites around my house!

Oh, and I’ll share Autumn treats and go on some Fall drive by’s too (you can’t fully embrace Autumn without tasty treats and Fall drives, right?) Some posts will be super sort, one image or thought of inspiration, some will be long like this one, but all will be filled with things I love about fall and hopefully will inspire you too!

I’m so excited! Tomorrow I’ll show some more awesome entryways, so stay tuned!

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 1}: <br>Entering the Season of Autumn

Are you with me? 31 Days of Autumn Bliss!*

PS. I got a new FALL BANNER on my blog!! Did you see it? Click over here if you are on a reader or facebook! Made by my friend Jamie @ , he created my original banner and fall-i-fied it for me this week!

Meanwhile, please visit the other wonderful and inspiring ladies who are contributing to this collective 31 Day series, each with their own topics! They are all amazing ladies with great hearts so enjoy each and everyone of them this month! Find the whole list of bloggers right here!

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