Ring My Bell
Wow your guests from the get-go with a new doorbell. The starburst shape of this solid brass ringer comes in brushed chrome, lacquered brass, or polished chrome. $33 from Rejuvenation.
Even house numbers can look striking, especially when they are four inches tall and boast a dark, aged copper finish. Against a light-color house, these would really stand out. Starting at $6.39 from Target.
Wipe Your Feet
An old-school knocker makes it fun for visitors to let you know they’ve arrived. Here, a cast brass woodpecker version does so with a sense of humor. $40 at Anthropologie.
Shine a Light
Installed on either (or both) sides of your front door, lights canmake a home's facade look warm and inviting. This aged bronze wall lantern (with its glass shade reminiscent of a jam jar) uses vintage style to achieve a cozy look that's on-trend. $14.85 from The Home Depot.
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A galvanized planter box near the front door, or on a windowsill, offers the opportunity of seasonal planting while adding a welcome dose of countryside loveliness to the front of your home. $59 from Pottery Barn.
Please, Mr. Postman
This bright and bold mailbox asserts its functionality with a no-nonsense combination of slots, one at top for letter-size envelopes and another for larger pieces of mail, e.g. magazines. On sale for a splurge-worthy $58 (down from $78) from Chiasso.
Add some extra sparkle to your front porch with strings of caged lanterns. Whether framing the front door or hanging loosely over railings, these lights offer layers of charm. $24.99 from Smith & Hawken at Target.
Say It with a Sign
It's important for guests to feel welcome, so let them know that they are! This welcome sign in a warm copper finish does the job with great style. $14 from Rejuvenation.
Few things transform an entry more dramatically than color. Premium Grand Entrance interior/exterior door and trim enamel from Benjamin Moore offers a rich, weather-resistant finish in either Satin or High Gloss. Pick up a quart (all you may need) for $34.99 and spice things up!
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