As you drive through any neighborhood, look around and you’ll find yourself unmistakably drawn to a “welcoming” house. A good house is like a good person: upon first meeting, you want to know more about them. Part of “feeling welcome” is being intrinsically drawn to a kindly and tender spirit. Conversely, a bad house is just like a boorish person: there’s not much else behind that cloddish front (I’m looking at you, McMansions). One quick glance and you’ve got the whole story. What draws you to or repels you from a certain house? I’ll bet it’s similar qualities that initially attract or repulse you from a person.
The careful composition and arrangements of a well-designed entrance can bolster that feeling of invitation. And geniality is not a matter of style; a formal entrance can be just as beckoning as a casual one. Whether dressed up or down, a house (just as a person is) can be heartfelt clad in either garb. Consider an entrance as built arms, amiable and outstretched, gathering and bringing you in from the cold.
Now, what may I get you to drink?
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
The winner of last week’s giveaway, an autographed copy of “Art of the House”, is Courtney Czarnecki. Congrats, Courtney! You can welcome this book into your home. Thanks to all those who entered.
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