We all know that first impressions are important. Steal the show as soon as guests walk in this holiday with a decked-out entryway featuring plenty of natural greenery, bursts of red, and rustic elements. These five easy touches will quickly set the scene for Christmas cheer.
Traditional Christmas colors live large against a mostly white backdrop in this home. Start with the spot you see first when walking through the front door—the mirror on the wall directly ahead. It's the perfect place to hang a wreath of fir and berry branches. Rather than putting holes in the wall with nails, tape or tie a red ribbon to the mirror frame. You could also swap out an existing photo, mirror, or piece of artwork and hang the wreath in its place for the season.
A carved log basket on the entry table offers a place to display small wrapped gifts. Wrap a few host gifts that you can grab as you dash out the door to holiday parties. If you don't have real gifts this size, just wrap empty boxes in coordinating pretty papers and tie them up with bakers twine or ribbon. Continue the rustic scheme with vintage candlesticks, a stump stool, and a woven basket for stashing hats and gloves.
Whether they're just for show or waiting for you to practice your turns on a frozen pond, a pair of ice skates is a nod to the winter season. Nestle them on the floor next to the basket, or hang them up with sprigs of evergreen inside. If you don't plan to use them for skating, look for an old pair at a vintage shop that you can repurpose as decor.
Don't limit Christmas plants to just firs and pines! Potted red geraniums can lend their vibrant color to your entryway. Bring your perennial geraniums inside for the winter or purchase some for the holidays at your local garden center.
If you have a set of pillars, a front staircase, or porch, you're in luck! These columns were practically begging to be gracefully draped in garland. Stop at a home improvement store for long evergreen cuttings, then wire them together. Attach berries and pinecones for extra detail, if desired.
Tip: To keep your garland smelling fresh all season long, wire in new trimmings after a few days or just before a gathering. The woodsy scent will be there to greet friends and family when they arrive.