Warm Connections {Day 22}: Happy Autumn at the Front Door

Warm connections can start when your guests walk up to your front door.

Whether they’re coming for dinner, to pick something up or drop off, to grab a child, to drop off a kid, maybe even drop off or pick up a quick meal, no matter what, your front door area is important.

Everyone’s front porches are different, and my area is rather small, so I choose to keep it simple.

This fall, I chose beautiful mums.


And turned over buckets to add height. A garden bucket and a Home Depot orange bucket (color tied right in).

It’s colorful, seasonal, was very inexpensive, and it says to my guests, “Happy Autumn,” when they come to the door.

Warm connections also begin the minute you open the door, with a smile, with the words that come out of your mouth, and the way you make a person feel.

Can you remember a time you felt welcomed, right at the door?

If you don’t have time for seasonal decorating, how do you make your entry or front door area welcoming?

If you missed previous days to 31 Days of Warm Connections …
Day 1: Secret Ingredient to Warmer Connections
Day 2: Bringing the Beauty of Autumn to Your Table
Day 3: Multi-Generational Pear Applesauce
Day 4: Canning Suncrest Peaches with a Friend
Day 5: How to Find Contentment
Day 6: Encouragement with Easy Pear Cobbler
Day 7: Bush’s Garbanzos, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup for a Sports Family
Day 8: More About Others
Day 9: Technology Versus People
Day 10: The Table Experience with Bush’s Beans
Day 11: Dreaming of Autumn Guests
Day 12: Gathering Around a Homemade Life
Day 13: Sisters in New York City
Day 14: Giving to Those in Need
Day 15: Enjoying Everyday Sounds
Day 16: Life’s Small Moments
Day 17: Well-Designed Kitchen Counter
Day 18: “Now Time” and 5 Years at RE
Day 19: Taking a Chance and Chocolate Caramel Bars
Day 20: Harry and David, Nostalgia and Hospitality
Day 21: Even in a Messy House

And be sure to check out the rest of the 31 Day Participants!

9 comments on “Warm Connections {Day 22}: Happy Autumn at the Front Door”

  1. Nice! I like it – simple and lovely!!!

  2. Hi Sandy,

    I always feel welcome when I go to visit my parents. They have a little shelf outside their front door and it is always decorated for the seasons. But what makes me feel welcome is that the door is unlocked and slightly ajar that simply says to me…”come on in…we’re so happy your here…”

    For our front door…other than a pumpkin or two, I don’t really decorate for the seasons but I try to make our front porch look welcoming all year round with a statue of St. Francis with some forest animals around him and a welcome sign. Mixed in with the forest animals is a statue of our dog – a yellow “labish” rescue dog- (she also makes her appearance at our Christmas manger). We’ve been told by many a visitor that our dog, mixed in with the forest animals, always brings a smile to their face. :-)



  3. Question: Do you do anything to keep the critters from eating your pumpkins! I have 2 beautiful pumpkins that are on my front steps (along with 2 pots of mums!) and both pumpkins now have bite marks on them! :( Any suggestions?

  4. love your blog. I want to get some of your receipes,

  5. I also use mums and a fall wreath on the front door, I’ve yet to go get my pumpkins. Maybe tomorrow!

  6. I love walking up to porches that are beautifully decorated! I try to have something on my porch…it’s not quite what I want but it’ll get there.

  7. I’m in southern OR and I just found (and fell in love) with your blog! Love the small pumpkin in the back….any chance you found it recently?

  8. I love our front porch for this reason! I think it’s important for people to feel welcomed the minute they walk up the sidewalk or driveway, even if it is only my local UPS driver.

  9. I don’t have anything but a mat in front of my door. There is not really an entryway. At least not one that I consider an entryway. I have been thinking of getting some mums (the only flower that I seem to be able to keep alive). I never thought about pumpkins. I really like the bucket idea too. I may just need to go shopping this weekend.

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