Friday, April 16, 2010

Welcoming Touches

 
Welcoming touches throughout a home tell family and friends "I am so glad you are here".  I frequently think of home decorating as a process of layering.  Decorating happens from the structure of walls, windows, and flooring, to the necessary elements like lighting and window coverings.  The next layer are the furnishings that fill the spaces of the home.  This becomes the palate for the elements that make your home uniquely you --- the finishing touches that create welcome and personalize each space.   Starting at the front door, wreaths or baskets of blooms can welcome the guest.  They don't have to be elaborate or fancy; a simple or rustic arrangement will do.  Throughout the house, pretty plants or floral bouquets can be tucked in corners or added to small tables here and there.  A chalk board in a kitchen center, a pretty tin of pencils, a gathering of objects by theme, and candles grouped by height on a pretty tray can exude "welcome" to those who enter into your home.  Look around the space where you live.   Is there a cozy throw nearby that someone can curl up with to read a book?  A board game in view that can signal old-time, slow-paced, relaxing fun. Even an ottoman can signal to guests that you would like them to stay awhile as they put up their feet and read from the interesting magazines set in a basket nearby.  Tiny touches.  Welcome!  

10 comments:

  1. Hello La Tea Dah...You are right. It is so important to make everyone coming to our homes feel welcome. Nice ideas! Sincerely, Susan

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  2. So true La-Tea-Dah,
    layering is the fun part xoxo Clarice

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  3. Hello my friend - I am finally getting a chance to catch up a bit after a whirlwind week of becoming a grandma again! I love this post you shared. It spoke to my heart so much that I printed it out to read and re-read again. It sparks my imagination and gives me ideas about my own little 'non-entry' entry area to my home. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas - you have inspired me once again!
    ~Adrienne~

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  4. Love that bunny pillow.

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  5. Isn't it all those extra touches that shows our personality when people enter our house?

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  6. Wonderful reading, thank you! I love your folk art rabbit pillow! You've given me a lot to think about. I feel like my front porch is welcoming, but I must evaluate my entrance. :o) Have a beautiful Sunday!

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  7. So what does a dead plant signal? :-)

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  8. I love the "tiny touches" of a well loved home.

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  9. I just came in from outside giving my backdoor a makeover and rested for awhile reading blogs. Wonderful ideas, thank you for the insight!

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