First Impressions

The allure of the entry at Number 23 Avenue Junot is an important point of transition. The front gates are where visitors move from the avenue to the enclave.

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Hotel Particulier

The entry sets the mood and style of your home too.  It's a personal invitation to what lies beyond, therefore, first impressions really matter. Even if you don't live behind the Arley Gates, welcoming entries should begin well before the porch or front door. 

Arley Gates

Arley Gates

Your entry, large or small is an important design element that helps unify your house and garden.

 Architectural elements as well as plantings can help. These elements make a house come alive with a sense of identity.

Brick renovation by Brooks and Falatico

Brooks & Falatico Architects

The front of this home has such a sense of energy, enthusiasm, and warmth! It says, "We're so glad you're here!"east coast charm via cote de texas

via Cote' de Texas

Your entry should declare, "This is who we are; this is how we live." 

Slate blue with stone entry

Have you ever approached a house and been unsure of where you were supposed to enter?  You see the front door but see no clear way to actually get there.  The garage door looks promising, but you have to weave between cars to get to it.

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If you have the space, you can create your own version of a "red carpet," offering family and friends an area where they can feel embraced before they reach the door.

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photos via Sunset

The standard at the end of this walkway tells visitors at a glance, "This is the way."    

foggy entrance Other signature elements such as paths or this handsome front door almost always announce "enter here."

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Don't you always appreciate a well-defined entry? I know I do.

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Enjoy!

7 comments:

SPLENDEROSA said...

Lisa, I completely agree with you. And I love how you led everyone down the path to discovery. An entry is really important. Excellent post, darling one.xx's

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I <3 door ways :)

Francine Gardner said...

Great post! I also find it essential to have a well defined entrance. This is the challenge in my house, where new guest do not knoe where to enter as all doors open onto the courtyard...

Jo said...

So beautiful! I guess I'd better get outdoors and start working on ours.

Jo

A Country Farmhouse said...

All very gorgeous! All so wonderfully inviting!
xoTrina

Alicia said...

Charm, elegance what more could you ask for???
The East Coaster blew me away.

Millie said...

Our entrance is so confusing, people end up scratching their heads & wandering down the wrong driveway into our nieghbours!! A lovely post Lisa, & a timely reminder to define things a bit better at The Hedge & make it a little easier for visitors.
Millie ^_^