Create a Cozy, Welcoming Entryway for the Holidays

blog-entryway-farmhouse-holiday-hygge-1Having a home that exudes “hygge” — that safe, cozy feeling that makes you want to come in and snuggle up with a warm, fuzzy blanket and a steaming cup of hot cocoa — is something most of us strive for during the holiday season.

Whether you’re staging to sell or just decorating for your own pleasure, one of the first steps in establishing that welcoming vibe for your home is to create an inviting entryway. This space is literally the first impression people will have of the interior of your home and sets the tone for the rest of the house. And during the holidays, you want visitors (or if you’re selling, potential buyers) to feel your house is a place where they can relax, unwind, and feel at home.

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For example:  We loved this cozy, farmhouse style entryway we found on Pinterest (despite my best efforts, I could not find the origin of this photo — if anyone out there knows, please contact me here, as I would love to give them proper credit). This entryway is simple, inviting, comfortable–full of “hygge” for the holidays!

Since we thought a lot of you would enjoy this entryway too, we recreated the look with another FREE Mood Board and Shopping List for our tribe– just click the button below!

Our Shopping List has direct links to every single item on the Mood Board, which means you can easily recreate this beautiful farmhouse entryway with just a few clicks of the button and have all of your decor items delivered right to your door. How simple is that?!

Want to take your design a step further? Our Mood Board even includes specific Sherwin-Williams paint color suggestions!

Do you have a beautiful space you want to recreate for your home? Three Bears does more than just home staging! Our e-Design Packages are super affordable, convenient, and ENTIRELY ONLINE, which means we can serve clients just about anywhere! We can expertly design your room with furniture and decor from well-known brands that you can buy online and have delivered right to your door! And if customized design isn’t really in your budget right now, take a look at our Ready-to-Go™ Mood Boards, now on sale through December 24, 2018! Whether your budget is big or small, we’re here to help you create a space you’ll love that’s “just right” for you!

Tips for Decorating Your Holiday Mantel

There’s no place cozier during the holidays than snuggled up next to a warm fire, even in sub-tropical Houston! Okay, so maybe some of us still have the air-conditioner running at the same time…BUT a festive fireplace is definitely a focal point during the holiday season. Decorating your mantel can be a challenge, so we decided to share a few tricks and tips to make your mantel merry and bright this winter.

  • Use layers. Overlap decor of varying heights to create a more cohesive design. A good rule of thumb is to use a large weighted piece at the back of your design (like a mirror or a piece of large art), then add candles or taller pieces, and finally some smaller filler decor or greenery in front.
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Photo via Whoovie

  • Balance your design by putting complementary decor opposite each other. Your display doesn’t have to be symmetrical, but the items should have similar visual weight, scale, or form. Try placing larger decor on the ends, while centering shorter items (and if that doesn’t work, reverse it!).
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Photo via MidWest Living

  • Simplify color. Use no more than three colors to keep your mantel from looking overly embellished. Since your fireplace is already a focal point, use muted lighting and colors to set the stage for your holiday display.
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Photo courtesy of Ideal Home via Brewster Home

  • Vary texture. Texture and shine add a big boost to a mantel with neutral color. Mercury glass and pops of sparkly gold or glitter add radiance and a little holiday glam.
  • Add a garland. Opt for simple color palette that has variations in texture for a classic holiday look. And make sure it’s the right length:  the dangling ends of the garland should only hang down from the mantel about 1/3 of the way to the floor.
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Photo via Whoovie

What tips do you have for holiday mantels? Share your secrets with us! And if you know someone who’s thinking of selling their home this holiday season, consider a gift of our DIY Home Staging Guide! It’s filled with lots of information on how sellers can sell their homes quickly and for more money!

*Feature image photo credit: www.personalcreations.com