Decking the halls, literally in my case, to welcome our family and friends is so important to me, especially at the holidays. I’m excited to show you how to create a festive entryway for Christmas.

This season, is all about an old fashion Christmas for me. You will see alot of round jingle bells, garland, stems, trees, and many shades of red, green and white!

“There is little in life so reassuring as a genuine welcome.” – Robin Hobb.

Affiliate links are used in this post. Read my full disclosure here.

It’s going to be a fun day! Wanna know why?

Today, I’m participating in the Celebrate Christmas Home Tours Hop with some of my talented blogging friends, graciously hosted by Leen from Sand Dollar Lane.

If you’re new, I want to welcome you to my Cottage in the Mitten! My name is Kim. I love a good cup of tea, home decor and I’m passionate about my family! I’ve lived in Michigan my whole life and can I just say, it’s a pleasure to have you here visiting!

If you are coming over from my good friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew, wasn’t her kitchen and dining room lovely! Kelly always shares a pretty home!

A Small Cozy Entryway

We have a front door, side door and a back door. You access our back door through a privacy fence and therefore, no one every uses that door to enter our home.

Our side door is used most often, even by family and friends who are visiting. Rarely do people use our front door. You can see how I decorated my side door in my post 3 Easy Ways To Create A Simple Christmas Porch.

The side door opens into a long hallway. I have an antique sofa table there and I always keep it decorated for the season.

The Side Entry Details

The sofa table we have was Big Al’s aunt’s. We were told that it’s about 90-100 years old!

I love it and it still looks amazing!

Leaving a table runner on it, helps keep table looking good and from getting any unwanted scratches.

First, I hung this new sign that I am obsessed with! It’s so important to have joy in our lives and this sign is perfect for the season

Next, I doubled up on the table runners. Starting with a cream colored runner, on the bottom, I then layered with a red and white striped one.

I chose to use two types of garland. One is a red and cream felt garland. I used it last year on my Simple Christmas Table. Don’t you love how things look differently when you use them in different spaces?! When you can, I think it’s important to add some greenery. If you don’t have any faux garland or stems you can always forge some outside. It’s inexpensive and so pretty!

I used a eucalpytus garland my friend gave me. The two paired together was just enough for the size of the table!

Adding some different styled trees, a Santa and a jingle bell were the finishing touches.

What says welcome and is more cozy on a cold winters night than a few festive blankets? I used my blanket ladder and a basket to add some of my favorite Christmas blankets.

Did you see my Cottage in the Mitten blanket? If you don’t know what that is, you can read all about it in The Journey.

My Front Entryway

Sitting just inside my front door, is a small narrow cabinet. Just like the table at the side door, I like to keep this one styled for the season, too.

Remember when I said you would see garland and jingle bells? Well, this cabinet has them, too! I fell in love with the big jingle bells, this summer, at The Found Cottage market! I knew right then and there that I would be using them this holiday season.

The garland that I have on this cabinet is my absolute favorite! It’s so realistic and easy to manipulate. The garland looks great when layered, too.

Adding a simple white pitcher with some holly berry stems was inexpensive and a great way to add that Christmas red!

Some candles and a decorative tree rounded out the decor!

How To Create A Festive Entryway For Christmas

Well, there you have my festive entryway! I hope you enjoyed it and it has inspired you to create a space with new and old treasures!

My friend Cindy from DIY Beautify is next on our tour. Her red and white cottage Christmas bedroom is a must see!

Happy decorating and Merry Christmas!!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

Sand Dollar Lane  //  2 Bees in a Pod  //  At Home with Kristy  //  Exquisitely Unremarkable
  Our Crafty Mom  //  Hearth and Vine

Zucchini Sisters  //  Postcards from the Ridge  //  Southern Crush at Home  //  Amy Sadler Designs
 Pasha is Home  //  Simple Nature Decor

Worthing Court  //  The Tattered Pew  //  Cottage in the Mitten  //  DIY Beautify
Thistle Key Lane  //  At Lane and High  //  Feet Under My Table

White Arrows Home // Aratari at Home // White Lilac Farmhouse
Cottage on Bunker Hill // Bricks ‘n Blooms

My Family Thyme  //  Southern Home and Hospitality  //  Songbird //  Shiplap and Shells
Chalking Up Success  //  Pure Happy Home

You May Also Love

You’ll Also Love


  1. Kim,
    I love your use of the traditional red, white and green. It really makes you feel the Christmas vibe. It is hard for me to get into the Christmas mode right now due to my latitude but seeing your pretty decorations will motivate me when I get home. Not looking forward to that snow though. Burr!

  2. A Merry Christmas entry! Love the heirloom pieces..remember family members and all the places they filled those that passed them, laid their hat, bag or keys…. The bells are my favorite too. Will be shopping for a large one or two. Love your Christmas blankets, will need to order one for February or March this year for my niece.

  3. I love that Christmas quilt and was so glad to see it showcased…and that large gold jingle bell is my favorite…wish you had a link for that one and it would be coming home with me. I’m with you…I love that sign!

  4. Kim, your entry looks so beautiful. I love the greenery that you have used. It happens to be one of my favorites too. And who doesn’t love all those giant jingle bells… I can’t wait to see some of the others in the tour. Thanks for sharing with me.

  5. I’d love to walk in and be greeted by such cuteness! Your home looks like the best mixture of homey, happy and fun. Glad I got to see it!

  6. I love everything about your Old Fashioned Christmas, Kim! Every single detail is so pretty and beautifully styled! It’s hard to pick a favorite item because I love everything! So much fun blog hopping with you!

  7. Yay for your festive and beautiful entryway all decked out for Christmas Kim. I always wish we had an entry but it just wasn’t in the cards so I will definitely be living through you. Gotta love that big and beautiful jungle bell. It’s the perfect detail for your holiday vignette. Merry Christmas my friend.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *