First impressions are always important — at least, at Tuscany Fine Furnishings we think they are. Let’s talk about entrances; nothing extends a better welcome to your guests than a beautifully appointed exterior receiving area. Before entering your home or business, a visual impression is made and sets the expectations for you and your guests.
Here in Georgia, we are fortunate to live in a climate conducive to placing live seasonal plants at our entry doors. Topiaries placed in scale-appropriate, healthy, and manicured containers make a pleasing statement. When using potted annuals, keep them fresh and current with the season, and discard and replace those faded leafless plants that have overstayed their welcome.
I can’t say enough about your doormat. First, ensure that your front entryway doormat is in mint condition. Also, the doormat you choose to use should be appropriately proportioned to the space where it will lay. There are so many high-quality options for doormats available these days, making it easy to find the perfect choice for your home.
Doors and Fixtures
It is essential to keep all glass doors and light fixtures sparkling. Regular pressure washing will be sure to keep your entrance mold free and inviting. If you embellish the door with a wreath or similar object, choose something that enhances the entry rather than one that becomes an obstruction or distraction.
Most of us don’t have the luxury of having a butler receiving our guests as we wait graciously in our salons. Instead, we will most likely be greeting visitors in our foyers, making another first impression. Foyers easily define your taste and style when you carefully appoint furniture, wall art, and accessories to the space. A beautiful size-appropriate rug or inlaid floor is sure to be noted. In addition, the area should remain free of clutter.
A staircase can be dramatic and impressive. However, one cluttered with piled objects waiting to be carried up or down certainly has less appeal. A well-placed mirror over a console table serves you and your guests, and vanity wins every time! When space permits, a center table boasting a magnificent fresh floral arrangement is stunning.
An “empty” guest coat closet fitted with boutique-style hangers, a handbag shelf, and a full-length mirror attached to the inside of the door reflects a thoughtful host.
Powder rooms are another place in your home that will impress your guests when they are perfectly appointed. If you are contemplating wall coverings, this is the place to do it! Whether the room is glamorous or simple, please anticipate your guests’ needs. In the absence of a chambermaid providing a fresh linen hand towel, be sure to have an ample supply available. No one wants to share a soiled towel. Monogrammed disposable hand towels are always a nice touch. A decanter filled with mouthwash is often an appreciated surprise in a guest powder room. Placing a simple bud vase with a fresh floral stem will define your attention to detail. A powder room wired with stereo speakers ensures privacy and comfort and is sure to make a positive impression.
Remember, your home will continue to impress your guests as it unfolds before them. But, most importantly, remember that you should be the first to be impressed with your environment!