Monday, March 30, 2015


Lots can be said about curb appeal.  That's the preface.

Opening the door.  First chapter.

Loretta Young knew how to do it: the doors, the dress, the twirl. You wondered what was in store.


Opening your front door, people see into your life, your mind, your heart.  What impression do you want to make? That's what your home is all about.  Keeping the architecture in mind, throw in a dose of personal style, then add the perfect amount of personality.  It all has to fit.  Size of space has nothing to do with it.  Be narcissistic, in an inviting way.  

Unless you're a total narcissist, then put a sign on the door: "No Trespassing."  Or leave it totally empty except for mirrors. Then it's all about you, as the door swings open, YOU. Then there is this option– don't invite people over, they probably don't want to come anyway.

Take one - lights, action.
There's a knock at the door.

You answer, wearing ?
House coat? Unexpected knock.
Towel? 911 knock.
Jeans? A casual encounter.
All gussied up? A special evening of entertaining!

The entrance is the main artery of the house.  Every room should connect in some way.  Lots to be considered.  Don't give the whole look away. A hint. A glimpse.  

Think about lighting, placement of art and furniture.  Think about movement, flow.

Color is important!
Bold: fasten your seat belt.
Pastels: where is little Bo Peep?
Black: drama.
White: speak a little softer.

Don't make it a yawn fest, no matter how small.  Opening your door should be exciting for a guest.  Your foyer should be a 3D reflection of yourself. Don't make it awkward for anyone, even frenemies. Especially frenemies! Stun them! How'd that BITCH pull this off!

Warm and fuzzy? 
A stuck-up bitch? 

All of these can fit into the walls of the entry foyer, just don't make your guests need a xanax as soon as the door opens.  

An entrance like this says a great deal about the host, and what you are about to experience.  White, serene - black, drama - contemporary art, edgy - 18th century brown wood French chest, usually a yawn fest but not in this foyer - warms it up, contrasts against the spectacular terrazzo floor and iron rails.  The antique French military officers hat and epaulets - personal touches. Circle staircase - action!

"Whats up? This is going to be an experience".

Good food, interesting conversation.  The mix suggests surprise.  Trust me, the hosts are going to be decked out.  Though it's stark, formal, and sophisticated, there is a factor that puts you at ease. Makes you want a complete tour. You know it's going to be exciting, fun, stimulating.

Then, the evening  is over.

Your Exit.

How do you express your gratitude?  Keep it simple and sincere.  If there is a hug, make it real.  Fake hugs and awkward kiss kiss makes people want to puke – they can detect them a 100 miles away.  

Example of a BAD Exit!

Your mother should have taught you better!

 Unless it's "The Walk of Shame" and then there would be a different kind of Entrance – I smell another blog.

Loretta Lynn still got it going on!
"You Ain't Woman Enough" 

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