Hello dollies…welcome to this month’s Where Bloggers Live 02.2021: First Impressions. Today, the ladies and I are offering a peek into the entry into our humble abode. First impressions. The first things visitors encounter when coming to our home.
PC and I are pretty introverted when the world isn’t locked down by a pandemic. And the visitors to our home, with the exception of family, are few and far between, even in healthier times. If not for the locked gates on either side of the house, I am pretty certain family would come into our home through the back yard. But today we are looking at the front entrance into our home. The space where solicitors’ knocks fall on deaf ears. Where the pizza is delivered and the Amazon packages are dropped off.
WHERE BLOGGERS LIVE 02.2021
You may remember that this series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! I was fortunate to join this group of ladies mid-way through last year. And since then, my Where Bloggers Live posts have been among my most popular posts. Perhaps that’s little wonder as who doesn’t like to peek inside people’s homes and lives? For last month’s post, we shared from where we glean our inspiration. In the post before that, we opened up our guest bedrooms. Or the places where we ‘put up’ company when they visit. And before that, a look at our master bedrooms. This group has some fun things planned for this year. Hope you will come along for the ride!
S’il Vous Plaît Venez
Southwestern Style Porch
I grew up in southern style home in Memphis, Tennessee with a large, if not quite wrap-around porch on the front of the house. As few people used our front door in my childhood home as do my home in El Paso now. Southwestern style porches are simpler affairs. At least the ones in our subdivision. We have nothing more than this bit of tile covered by the balcony above.
I wanted a bench to help fill the space and make it look more inviting…for whom, I am not sure. The milkman? FedEx and UPS? And I like to decorate the bench with seasonal pillows and other things for various holidays.
PC laughs that no one ever sits on the bench. Now and then he will park there momentarily just to say it has been used.
Many of the houses in El Paso use wrought iron for security and decoration. Our door is combination of wrought iron and glass. Lots of home owners take the wrought iron further, and have their front porches caged in. Iron on all of the windows. We forget to lock our front door lots of times so I am thinking wrought iron on the windows isn’t going to protect us much.
Our weather has been so unseasonably warm that I have tied flip flops beside the ice skates on my winter wreath.
When we first moved in, we had a terrible time with solicitors. At one point they were more abundant than telemarketers. So, PC wanted a ‘no soliciting’ sign for the door. I ordered this pretty one from Etsy that the solicitors politely ignore.
Come on In
From the front door, guests…ha…step into a small entry way that leads to the living room and the stairs.
I am glad you can’t see much about the dining room table. It is laden with my mosaic and supplies. Work on it has gone so much better with the morning light streaming in the window beside the table.
To the left of the door as you enter, my husband has hung a plaque that his paternal grandfather made.
One of my Prince’s most prized possessions.
Many of the houses in the El Paso area feature built-in little alcoves just inside the front door. These spaces often become home altars that display figurines representing the Virgin Mary or Our Lady of Guadalupe. When PC and I were looking for a new home to have built, in every model we visited, we noticed these niches. And PC, being Baptist and not Catholic, called them Baby Jesuses. We started looking for Baby Jesuses in every house. The altar space in the house we decided on was taller than most and deeper, too, allowing for a larger statue to be housed there.
Or in our case, a wedding photograph, candle and some random but pretty geodes. As I was working on it, PC asked if I included a picture of the Baby Jesus in this post.
El Pasoans love their altars and Baby Jesuses. Check out this ‘sugar house’ or la casa de azucar located in northeast El Paso, just a few miles from my home.
Carry a Big Stick
Just inside the door to the right, in a corner, is one of PC’s baseball bats. At our house, we don’t have a big dog but we have a big stick for protection.
And you’ll also find a basketball. Which is not there to throw at intruders or uninvited guests. We take the basketball with us on a lot of our walks. Will toss it back and forth between us. And sometimes we even go down to the park to shoot baskets. On warmer days, you might find a soccer ball there as well.
There you have it. Where Bloggers Live 02.2021: First Impressions. Our entry way. So glad you came by!!
When we had our home built, there were a number of lovely floor plans we considered. Several of them had very dramatic entrances. Some with spiral staircases. Large chandeliers. One with a double staircase leading upstairs. But all of that seemed like a waste of space to me.
What does your entry way look like? Do you prefer something small and simple like ours? Or perhaps a grander first impression? I am anxious to check out the entries of my friends so please join me in visiting the blogs of the gals below.
It’s Fri-yay, friends. Hope you have something special planned for this Valentine weekend. We are hoping for snow. At which point, I will remove the flip flops from the front door!!
Whatever you do, stay healthy. And come back to see me again soon!!
Hugs and kisses,