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BEST WAY TO MAKE A BEACHY ENTRANCE!

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Show personality by adding something unexpected. A weathered oar, a life preserver or great door knocker, invites conversation. Enhance your curb appeal with nautical elements.

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Greet your guests with a garden. Plant boxwood  topiary in decorative urns for architectural excitement.

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A timeless white picket fence against a boxwood hedge frames a picture perfect facade.

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A pair of urns filled with fresh flowers by the front door makes a grand entrance. Keep it simple, stick to one pop of color, for maximum impact when choosing flowers. Choose from coastal classics, such as pink geraniums, blue hydrangea, white impatiens and ivy, are simply beautiful.


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Deliver a successful statement with simple color schemes. A splash of  blue, yellow, black or grey with shiny chrome or brass accents are sure bets for an eye catching palette. Get creative and do something unexpected  by bringing the indoors outside. Swag a curtain on the exterior to draw guests in, as Garnish has!

A little planning and creativity can transform your drab entry in to a fab entry!

What To and Not to Avoid:

First, do the dirty work and then decorate.

Clear out clutter, too many figurines or pots are distracting.

Throw away or move all unnecessary extras.

Maintain an exterior for a tidy appearance.

Sweep, wash and repair, anything broken or dirty.

Replace broken lighting with new bulbs or fixtures.

Clean the glass and get rid of dead bugs and cobwebs.

Top 5 Classic Elements to a Welcoming Entry:

1. Crisp new doormat

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2. Paint front door

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3. Flower and boxwood filled urns

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4. Add personality with signage

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5. New address numbers

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Freshen up your front door with this how-to list and greet your guests with timeless beauty.

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BEACH STYLE

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Easy breezy dinners in casual open kitchen spaces invite people to join in long conversations and second helpings… Move your dining room out of the formal space you never use, and create a new space to hang out. Bring people closer to the heart of the house.

Glastonbury Urn $369 restorationhardware.com

 

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Relax… grab a book, find a comfy chair and kick back in a slouchy robe to escape for a few hours. Crisp white slipcovers are inviting and forgiving if you live with kids and dogs… Just toss in the bleach and Voila’, chocolate hand prints are gone.  Lazy days… don’t get out of bed before noon on Sunday… Surf the net, read the “funnies”, enjoy a big latte or just… relax.

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Comfy pillows and throws in nautical stripes beg anyone  to sneak a nap. Baskets and containers are a great way to organize and hide mags or throws and to create a relaxed look.

Oversize Seagrass Basket $129 westelm.com
Port Stripe Pillow Cover $35 potterybarn.com

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Bring the outside in, borrow from nature to add architectural elements to your design. Branches from the garden in a big vase or a collection of seashells from the beach in a big bowl are easy ways to add style. My favorite time of year is when Hydrangea are in bloom… A beautiful armful of blooms in a big vase is an easy way to fill the room with color… So enjoy the outdoors all year round.