Deck the halls - add some holiday cheer to the entryway

Rust eucalyptus wreath  /  Edge brass mirror / Mistletoe ornament Emerson console table / Water Drop blown glass bud vase / Bottle brush trees / Vintage stack of books / LED string lights / LED twinkle light wreath / Floral merry doormat / Savoy basketsbirch poleSong bird ornaments / Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Deadbolt

Once you've decorated your front porch and put up the Christmas tree why not spend some time adding a little festive cheer to your front entryway.  It can be as simple as a vase filled with fresh greenery but the front entry sets the tone for the rest of your home, so it's worth it to spend a little extra time making it merry and bright.

I'm a big fan of using what you have, shopping vintage and using natural elements to decorate but sometimes it's nice to freshen up your decor with something new. I feel like if you stick to what you love and not get too caught up in trends, you're on the right track.

Even if your entryway is small a little holiday decor can still have an impact. From garlands and wreaths to vases of fresh greenery and glittering string lights, it's the first stop to greet guests with a sense of your holiday decor.

I've partnered with Schlage Canada to put together an inspiration board filled with some of my favourite things that I've spotted this season, to help spruce up your entryway for the holidays.

Use nature to decorate

For me, holiday decor is all about the natural elements. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh  cedar, pine and boxwood. ls to the mix. Maybe you're lucky enough to be able to walk to your backyard and snip some fresh branches of greenery or berries to bring inside but if not then head to your local florist or green grocer. I also like the idea adding some floral to the mix. Instead of the usual red flowers try pinks, corals and peaches mixed with green. Although not foraged, I also love this eucalyptus wreath in an unexpected colour. It doesn't scream Christmas, so you could actually use it all year round. It's one of those pieces that you buy that can get lots of use.

If your entryway includes a staircase, a garland will add just the right amount of holiday flair. It's a low key, easy way to add some fresh or faux greenery. Just weave the garland through the slats of the stair railing or around the banister.

Don't forget the inside of your front door. It's the perfect spot to hang another wreath, especially one that can't go outside. I love some of the wreaths made from foraged finds found on nature walks or with dried flowers.

Speaking of your door, have you thought about upgrading to a smart lock on your entry door? It could be a great gift for your home. The Schlage Encode features a keyless system that makes it easy to unlock your door from anywhere when paired with the Schlage Home App or Key by Amazon app, or with voice commands using Alexa or Google Assistant plus you can set up access codes for guests. It's easy to install yourself and fits a variety of standard door sizes.

Buy secondhand, when you can

We're all trying to make a difference and reduce our impact on the earth. Besides buying less, one of the best ways we can do that is to buy secondhand. At this time of year, thrift stores and antique markets are stocked up with holiday decor. But don't just stay in the Christmas decor aisle. Look for pretty pottery that you can fill with holiday plants like Christmas cactus and Winter Berry, or glass vases that you can fill with greenery or flowers. There is almost always a basket aisle.

Antique markets are especially good for finding vintage ornaments. The bird ornaments in my inspiration board remind me of the vintage clip on bird ornaments that you can find at an antique market. Imagine them hangingfrom branches. Yes please.

Then there are books. Vintage books are my go-to decor item whether it's Christmas or any ordinary day. They just add instant soul to a room and besides I love them. Books (if they are pretty ones) and ornaments are my top two things I can rarely leave behind. They can be found at thrift stores and antique markets.

Add some sparkle.

Little LED string lights will do the job. Pop them in a jar, vase or wrap them around a wreath and they will add just the right amount of holiday sparkle. Candles are nice too, but stay safe and if you're not going to be nearby opt for battery operated candles or just stick to the LED lights.

Lay out the welcome mat.

A coir mat at front door is the perfect for absorbing slush and snow as you walk through the door. We always have a boot tray in our entryway at this time of year. Both help to keep your floor clean and dry. This holiday floral pattern adds a nice pop of colour to the floor.

Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own.

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