A few weeks ago, I shared that I was having trouble getting myself out of a decorating rut. When we moved into this house more than a year ago, I was all excited about the new space and all the possibilities that came with it. But after placing most of our furniture and hanging some art, we really didn’t do much else. So when Walmart asked me to share some tips with you from BHG Live!, I knew it was a great opportunity to finally make something pretty again, in hopes that it will kick-start what I need to do everywhere else.
First things first: What is BHG Live? Well, it’s a new show from Better Homes and Gardens and Walmart that provides awesome decorating tips and ideas to help you make your home more beautiful and do it affordably. Check out the latest show:
There were a ton of ideas to choose from, but I figured I’d start at the beginning: Our front entry.
It’s not that it looked bad. It just looked…well..blah. I put my favorite vase on the table that serves as our shoe station, and we hung my favorite recycled magazine mirror above it, but we didn’t go much further. The result wasn’t very welcoming.
I headed to Walmart to pick up some BHG items to help me transform it a little.
I found a couple of frames, including a large white frame on clearance for just $5 (score!), and a gorgeous ikat pattern frame that I absolutely LOVE! I also grabbed a cinnamon scented candle for a shot of seasonal fragrance right at the door. I definitely prefer sox wax and natural fragrances over paraffin candles, but I couldn’t resist the cinnamon aroma. It’s really one of my favorite smells. So I need BHG to start making soy candles, and start with a cinnamon one! Lastly, I found a cardboard “P” (for Petersen) on clearance that I couldn’t resist.
For the frames, I printed out a photo of our little family and a welcome sign. If you love it, you can download and print it for a 5×7 or 8×10 frame. The printables say “Welcome to Our Home,” but I personalized ours.
I added an orange bamboo vase that we’ve had for years with some bare branches for another touch of fall.
And because the table is small, I had to pull out an old decorating trick to make the “P” visible: I stacked it on top of a bunch of books. The books are invisible from the front, but the P is not. I considered painting the letter, but I decided I liked the unfinished look, particularly with the ikat frame in front of it.
Lastly, though we made this change a few weeks ago, I wanted to share it because it was a real thorn in our side for a long time. We needed to do something about the sidelights on either side of our front door, which I hate, since we already change the front door mat for one we got at cool front door mats on Novelty Street. The idea that anyone who walked up to our door could easily see inside had always made me feel naked. But we knew the solution had to be easy to remove because we’re renting. So we hung curtains on either side of the door to add some much-needed privacy. The fact that they’re orange is just icing on the cake 🙂 We also made sure of choosing the correct solar street lights for our home.
Now, our front entrance feels (and smells) warm and inviting — which really has encouraged me to see what other small changes I can make around the house for big effect.
What about you? What are you doing to make your home more inviting for fall?
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.