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Design lesson: A holiday entryway

Transform your front hall into a festive and inviting space for the holiday season.

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to make an entrance. My wife and I are big fans of setting up the front hall for the holiday season, and it’s worth investing a little time and money to remove clutter, spruce things up and make the space really impactful. Here are my favourite quick fixes to deck your front hall just in time to kick off the party season.
Photography by Barry Calhoun

1 Organize closets

Everyone has that one closet that turns into a dumping ground. Custom closet organizers can help you keep track of your outerwear, dog leashes, sporting equipment, bags, hats, and mitts. If you prefer, pick up a closet organizer and install it yourself in an afternoon. Clearing up the front hall clutter makes your place a home sweet home, indeed.

2 Deck your doors
Now’s the perfect time to replace that drafty front door with something new and inviting – and with a built-in window light, perhaps. The days are only getting shorter and darker, so why not let in some of that natural light we get this time of year? If you like the door you already have, double-check the weatherproofing around it. Save yourself some money on utilities by weatherstripping and increasing the efficiency of your front door, giving yourself the greatest gift of all: a lower utility bill.


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