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How to Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway | Entryway Design Ideas

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Welcome to summer my friends! Summer is by far my favorite season. Michigan summers are beautiful and a welcome reprieve from our harsh winters and non-existent springs. It also happens to be the season in which my family entertains the most guests! We love a good BBQ and bonfire so today I am sharing how to create a welcoming summer entryway.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

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How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

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Easy Summer Styling Blog Tour

I love being inspired by others so I’m thrilled to join up for the Easy Summer Styling blog tour hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. There are so many talented bloggers joining me on this tour so make sure to visit them all. If you’re joining me from Lindsay at Aratari At Home then thank you for hopping over!

How to Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway: Outdoors

Summer brings so many fun events and is a busy time of year. While school is out we enjoy gardening, beach days, maintaining our 38 acres of land, all with plenty of fun sprinkled in. That means that I do NOT want to spend a lot of time creating intricate arrangements, watering dozens of patio containers or re-decorating my home constantly.

So I’m excited to share these simple steps for how to create a welcoming summer entryway without all the fuss.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.
How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Add Simple Potted Plants

The easiest patio planter you will ever find is a potted Boston Fern. These ferns thrive with part sun to shade and once or twice a week watering. If you live in a very hot climate, you might try succulents instead! I also have a two-tiered hanging planter that can easily be filled with vines or a simple arrangement of low maintenance annuals.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Choose a Door Wreath that Packs a Punch

Don’t neglect your front door! Whether you are a fan of wreaths or not, you should always decorate your front door. You can try a basket of flowers, decorated monogram, or a character piece that you love! This beautiful wreath is full of summer flowers with hydrangeas, ferns, magnolia blooms and plenty of greenery.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

And don’t forget to welcome your guests with a smile and food. If all else fails or you simply don’t have time to spruce up your home prior to guests arriving, feed them, laugh with them, love on them, and it won’t even matter what your entryway looks like. 🙂

How to Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway: Indoors

Let’s journey inside, shall we? We tend to have a doors-wide-open mentality when guests arrive. If the weather allows it, I love to have my doors open to avoid the awkward, “Do I knock? Do I walk right in? Do I stand here and wait until they notice me?” feelings. 😉

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Entryway Design Ideas | Create Zones

Once our guests are inside I want them to feel as welcome as possible. That means that I want them to feel at home. They need a designated space to put their belongings, a seat to sit on to take on and off their shoes, and a table to put their potluck goodies on until I can come grab them. And I want the entryway to showcase my favorite pieces!

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

I created a simple gallery wall full of unexpected items. A print I purchased in Polland in high school, an architectural piece that was a gift from my parents, a vintage corbel that I scored on a junkin’ day with my mom, plus the standard mirror that every person who’s ever eaten corn on the cob at a BBQ will appreciate. And thrown into the mix are my practical items like hooks for coats and hats and a bench.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.
How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Add Nature

Summer means that the outdoors are lush and green, so why should the inside be any different?! I love a beautiful centerpiece of fresh flowers but that doesn’t always happen. So in its place, I sprinkle faux foliage everywhere! Easy to take care of, never wilts, never needs to be watered, and mostly child-proof.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Tip 1: Put a smidge of water in with your faux flowers!

I bet you didn’t know those tulips were faux! A little water added to a faux arrangement makes them look like the real deal. 😉 And I even add nature with my decor! This lemon tree pillow is another summery addition of plants with its beautiful imagery on lightweight linen.

If you’re looking for ideas of beautiful faux plants, you can find over 25 of my favorite faux florals and foliage {here}. And if faux flowers aren’t your favorite, then I have also pulled together 6 indoor plants for the black thumb {here}.

Tip 2: Pop off faux flower heads to create a shallow floral centerpiece.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

If you have room for a centerpiece on your entry table, then I recommend keeping it low. This is mostly because my tall centerpieces end up getting knocked over by one of the 20 kids we have at our get togethers! But it is also just a simple way to add a pop of color without a lot of work.

Just pop off the heads of your prettiest faux flowers, add a bush of greenery, and nestle it all into a shallow bowl or vase. Bonus points if the bowl or vessel is a character piece on its own!

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.
How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Add Comfort

The beautiful linen pillows I have spread throughout my home are the perfect summer addition to our entryway and living room. They are lightweight and comfortable for our guests to settle into. And when all else fails, they add some cushion for the kiddos who inevitably end up on the floor. 😉

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.
How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

How to Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway | Atmosphere

Perhaps the most important element of how to create a welcoming summer entryway is the atmosphere YOU create! If you’re relaxed and laid back then your guests will be too. If you’re casual about your decor then they won’t be afraid to mess it up.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

I may love to make my home inviting but I am NOT a fussy host. Mi casa es su casa. Does that mean that sometimes my guests have to figure out where the bathroom is by wandering my house? Yes. Does that mean they have to get their own drinks sometimes? Yeppers.

But will they ever go hungry or be uncomfortable? Nope. Not a chance. Part of inviting someone into your home is making sure they feel comfortable using the space as if it were their own.

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.
How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Bottom Line

Create a space your guests will enjoy and the decor won’t matter. This may have been a post on how to create a welcoming summer entryway, but I hope you walk away knowing that how you treat the people in your home is more important than how you’ve arranged your gallery wall or fluffed your pillows. 😉

How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

Be sure to continue on our Easy Summer Styling blog tour by heading to Amanda at Midcounty Journal next!

Be blessed and enjoy summer my friends!

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How To Create a Welcoming Summer Entryway. Easy ideas to design your summer entryway for easy, breezy, & simple entertaining. Welcome your guests with style.

40 Comments

  1. Sarah,
    What a stunning post, I am so inspired! The front door area turned out beautifully and appreciated the reminder of the ferns being such a great plant for so many reasons! And your gallery wall is perfect. My favorite part though has to be the way you encouraged us to think about the feel of our home. Thank you for this wonderful post, it is such an honor to be a part of this tour with you dear friend!! ~Brendt xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Brendt! I’m so happy to be joining you as well! Such an amazing group of bloggers we are privileged to work with.

  2. Hello, beautiful! Love your front entry … it’s the perfect Summer welcome, with its lush Boston ferns and fabulous wreaths! The Summer party continues as soon as you step in your front door, too! The wall gallery is gorgeous … love your seasonal pillows … and your console table is styled amazingly! Thank you for sharing your inspiring Summer tips with all of us … so happy to be a part of this blog hop with you!

  3. Sarah,
    As always your home is gorgeous. You have great style. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a great summer!

  4. Sarah, your entryway is so inviting and you shared wonderful tips! I particularly love your double front doors with those pretty wreaths!! I’m so happy to be part of this tour with you, and equally happy to have found a new blog that I love!

    xo Jenna

  5. Sarah I loved this post of yours! You had so many good ideas and points but I love your quote at the end about how it’s not about how you decorate but rather how you treat others! I have loved watching you transform this new home of yours. You have done it so gracefully! thank you for joining me on this tour!

  6. Sarah, I feel welcome in your home just after reading this post! It’s all so true! I love your use of faux flowers and the ‘no fuss’ aspect during the Summer months. Your doors are seriously my DREAM! Loved hopping with you XO!

  7. Grace,
    Wow, Jodie and I are so impressed and awed by your beautiful summer entryway styling tips! We can’t wait to put some of these to use in our own homes! We are always star struck by your undeniable talent and eye for design, and especially honored to be on this tour with you!
    XO ~ Jodie & Julie

    1. Thank you so much Julie! I appreciate your sweet words my friend! Your pops of pink are beautiful in Jodie’s home as well and I LOVED your post. So happy to hop with you again!

  8. I love, love this post and could not agree more that the atmosphere you create in your home goes WAY beyond décor….although yours is just beautiful!! As are you! Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. First, GIRL your front doors are my favorite thing everrr!! Secondly, I feel like we have a bond because we both are rocking the “wood trim” game, and thirdly, your entry is absolute perfection. Do not be surprised if you see a few of your ideas in our home!! It looks beautiful!

  10. Your space is gorgeous! I love your entry way and front doors. Great tips to create a welcoming entry and home for summer! Your home is relaxed and chic all at once! So beautiful!

  11. I love love love your summer entryway. It is so light airy and welcoming. Love the greenery ,the pillows, and flowers it all comes together beautifully. Fantastic combination of of all things summer!!!!!!!!

  12. love your living room layout and your sofa table. Could you show more pics of your living room layout?

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