Article by Darlene Schacht
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Every once in a while, I pull up to someone’s house and it just feels right. There’s something about the entrance that draws me in. It’s not one particular thing really, it’s the small things that make a big difference. The subtle that’s simply sublime.
I’ve seen some extravagant articles on boosting curb appeal that are nice, but would cost far more than I’m willing to spend anytime soon. That’s not what we’re going for here. We’re going for affordable, beautiful and practical. And, we’re not planning on breaking the bank while we do it.
If you want to boost your curb appeal, and give your guests a warm welcome, here are 7 small things you can do:
1. Put out a welcome mat. A welcome mat is another ways of saying, “I’m glad that you’re here, friend.”
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2. Paint your front door. All it takes is a little can of paint to transform a front door. And yet, this small step can make a huge difference in setting your house apart from the others.
3. Hang a wreath on the door. Wreaths have been around forever, and although they’ve changed their look over time they are still a great way to dress up a house. Here’s one I recently did. Click here to find the tutorial.
4. Put a tall porch sign out by the door. It used to be that welcome signs were just for businesses. Now we’re seeing them everywhere. The price on these are about $50.00 and up, but I just made my own for a fraction of the cost. Instead of the usual “Welcome” I went for “Home Sweet Home.” I’ll post a tutorial later this week along with the stencil I used, and the reason why I chose white.
5. Update your address numbers. There are all kinds of creative ways to update the numbers on your house. One of my favorite looks is stencilled numbers on a colored door. This really makes me want to change my door right now!
6. Plant some annuals. If there’s anything I learned from my mom it’s that annuals make for a beautiful yard. I’ve always leaned toward perennials because they’re easy and come back free every year, but they don’t give me the same fullness and color that perennials do. What I like to do now is have a mix of both.
7. Put potted plants near your door or by the walkway. It’s a beautiful way to welcome friends through your yard and into your home. Look how beautifully the flowers frame the entrance in this photo. I’m in love!
About the Author:
Darlene and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve raised four children and have welcomed two grand children into their family.
She began her publishing journey about fourteen years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
Being the youngest of six girls in a house without boys gave Darlene the opportunity to watch, to listen, and to learn what it takes to manage an organized house.
My P31 Home is a warm blend of Darlene’s writing and love for a comfy, pretty, and organized home. It’s a small corner of the world where faith, family, and home come together in one beautiful place.
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