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Do you love to decorate your front door once the warm weather hits? I do! Some of you may know that we moved this past February (down the street from where we use to live) to a Mediterranean home out in the woods. Today I am sharing planter ideas for your front door along with some easy, inexpensive tips to add curb appeal to your home.  The front door and entrance is a great place to do just that.

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Here are some before pictures of the front door and house. I have done a significant amount of pruning, pulling out dead shrubs, edging and mulching so while the flower beds are not perfect, they do look much better in these pictures. I have often thought to myself in the past 30 days, “This yard may kill me.” -ha.

The winter really did a number on the bushes. We have a lot of yard clean up going on and re-seeding the lawn so in time, things will start to come together.

Many times when adding curb appeal to your home, it requires removing things, not necessarily adding things. Here is a picture of the house before with a giant Alaskan Cedar tree that was literally growing into the house. Not only was it too big for the area but the roots were pressing on the foundation so it needed to be removed.

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Our new house boasts a really cool front door and entrance. While I thought it would be a breeze to decorate, I struggled with the door area. I always love a beautiful wreath or some kind of accent on the door but I ended up leaving it as is because honestly, it just looked better.

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The first thing I always do when decorating a front entrance, is empty the space. I know that sounds crazy but I need a blank canvas to start. Plus, it’s always a good idea to sweep off (or hose down)  the house siding and floor area. Your front door and entry is the first impression to your home, so why not make it a good one right? Although, often times my garage door entry is the door everyone (including us) use and it always looks like a bomb went off inside the garage.


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Depending on how much room you have at your front door, planters are always an inexpensive way to add height and architectural interest to the front of your home.

My intent was to hang the cute watering can on the door as an accent but it didn’t look good. So I planted some small plants inside, and used it as a planter next to the lantern.


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The fern plant fit nicely inside of a hanging decorative planter and I love how the metal looks with the fresh greenery.

Often times, less is more when decorating and I had to remind myself of that when I was decorating our entrance. I found this adorable bike planter at HomeGoods and it’s one of my favorite items at our entrance. I potted mini flowers inside this terra cotta planter that I spray painted to add color. I added a white trim border around the top to brighten up the planter.

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The welcome mat from HomeGoods is sturdy and functional which I love. In my opinion, every front door needs a welcome mat or some sort of rug. An outdoor rug makes the most sense (like this one) or if you have a covered area, you may be able to get away with an indoor/outdoor area rug.


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I decided to flank the lower part of the stone staircase with black resin urns from HomeGoods which allowed me to add some color to the area. Most of the shrubs and bushes are green in the surrounding flower beds so I thought the pop of red looked nice. We haven’t lived here through a summer yet so I honestly do not even know what some of the bushes are so as the season progresses, we will find out! -ha.

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The landscape is fairly elegant and sophisticated so keeping with the existing style, I felt like red, white or even yellow annuals would tie in nicely. As I mentioned earlier, less is often times better. Meaning, don’t force something that doesn’t fit.

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Everything you see at our front entrance is from HomeGoods (minus the flowers). Whatever look you are going forward, take advantage of the nice weather and HomeGoods prices and fun outdoor items to easily spruce up the outside of your home!

Jessica is a paid blogger. You can find more of Jessica’s projects and multigenerational family at Four Generations One Roof .


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