Decorating Your Doorstep

We spend plenty of time imagining ways to make the interiors of our homes feel fresh and inviting, but it’s important to remember that the entrance to a home deserves to be regularly reassessed and refreshed as well. To help ensure that our houses will make wonderful first impressions, we asked Davis Dalbok, founder and principal designer at Living Green Design, for his advice on how to dress up a doorstep. Here are his recommendations:

  • The entrance to your home should “read” spacious and gracious. Be careful not to overcrowd the doorstep/entry foyer with too much clutter.
  • Unless your home is very formal, don’t feel like you have to have a pair of something (i.e. urns, planters, containers).
  • Don’t plant directly into your containers, and then have to deal with the water that would exit the container onto the hardscape. Rather, stage your seasonal displays with elevation materials, trays, liners and green moss to conceal the grow pots and give the appearance that the containers are “planted.”  Rotate with seasonal displays to keep the look fresh and relevant.
  • If you have to hang a wreath on your front door, make it original by infusing it with your own touches, elements that reflect your style and personality. Think woven fresh evergreens from the garden with floral tubes holding roses that were just cut. Also, don’t let the wreath overstay its welcome. Dried wreaths are not pretty, and having something dead hanging on your front door is bad feng shui. The same goes for urns stuffed with dried sticks or dried curly willow. A beautiful empty urn or vessel sends a better message.
  • Invest time and care to ensure that your guests will feel welcome and special upon their arrival. If there is adequate space, provide a  comfortable spot for early guests to relax and rest near the front door while they wait for you to arrive home.

Expert tip and photograph from Davis Dalbok at Living Green Design in San Francisco, CA. Brandon Pruett of Living Green is also a designer for the featured space.