Small changes can make a big impact, especially in small spaces. Consider changing up your porch's welcome mat each season for a fresh look. In keeping with the warm gray tones of this porch's outdoor decor, a graphic lattice-patterned mat is swapped in.
This dog house, featured on HGTV All American Handyman, is perfect for a pint-sized family pet. Vented sides, a functional front door and a welcome mat make it a comfy outdoor spot for your four-legged best friend.
The spectacular natural setting is utilized to full advantage in this elegant design which creates unobstructed viewing for a Sedona Azek deck with Dekorator balusters. To maintain the warm, earthy tones of an Azek deck, use only cleaning and maintenance products recommended by the manufacturer. You also need to avoid using rubber or vinyl products (welcome mats, planters) on the deck as they may cause discoloration.
Soybean, also known as edamame, earns its spot on the challenging list because of how much critters love it. Grow a crop of edamame, and you’re rolling out the welcome mat for deer, groundhogs and rabbits. These animals consider soybeans candy. Take care to protect plants as soon as you plant, which shouldn’t be too early, because soybean is very cold sensitive. Wait until temps are reliably above 55 F.
When the owner of a run-down, century-old row house near D.C.'s Union Market asked Kerra Michele Huerta to help renovate their space, the designer leapt at the chance to get creative. After the construction crew dug out the basement to create a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment with a full kitchen for guests, Huerta stepped into the entryway and used remnants of unsalvageable pine floors to design a "welcome mat" inlay in the new foyer. The coat rack was repurposed too; though it seems right at home next to the bright red art, it's actually comprised of old pipes.
Roll out the welcome mat for butterflies with one of their favorite flowers: butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Nectar- and pollen-laden blossoms beckon other pollinators, too, including bees, hummingbirds and other insects. Orange flowers are standard, but you can find varieties with yellow blooms, such as ‘Hello Yellow.’ A native plant, butterfly weed offers summer-long bloom when you remove the first round of spent flowers. Plants are slow to wake up in spring. Consider marking the spot to avoid disturbing still-dormant plants with early spring gardening. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 24 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
It’s not unusual to visit your tomato patch and discover fruits with all kinds of problems. Heavy rain can cause tomatoes to crack as roots absorb so much water that it literally makes the tomatoes split their skins. This is a big problem with cherry tomatoes especially, but happens with all types. You might also discover tomatoes that critters have been nibbling. Squirrels, chipmunks, deer, even turtles will chomp at ripening tomatoes, seeking moisture. Slugs, earwigs and stink bugs also attack tomatoes and break the skin. Anytime you have a tomato that’s damaged, the best tactic is to remove it from the garden. Bury it in your compost pile, toss it into a far part of your yard, carry it indoors to drop down the disposal—do whatever works for you. But definitely get rid of it. Problem fruits roll out the welcome mat to other pests (fruit flies, wildlife) and diseases. If possible, bury the problem tomatoes to try and contain any pest outbreaks.
Through the port cache, the owners can access a passageway that leads into the main house. Two terra cotta planters stand on either side of the arch, with a floor mat in between them to welcome visitors.
Located in the heart of Miami Beach on trendy Collins Avenue, the budget-minded Generator Miami features pet amenities like dog bowls, treats and a comfy mat for your pet to chill on. The hotel welcomes all dogs under 20 pounds for a one-time cleaning fee of $50.
A vintage wooden bankers bench and a fun wood circular hooks gives a warm welcome in this entryway. For a whimsical touch, the wainscot was painted with a contrast painted liner and was carried through on the doors. A durable Chilewich mat added protection to the floors but also added cheerful color to the floor. As a final touch, artwork was framed above the bench to elevate the sophistication of the entry.
Celebrate the start of spring with an inviting nature-inspired tablescape. "A simple blossom-themed wrapping paper is the inspiration for this table setting to welcome spring. A variety of candles and a pedestal holding an egg-filled bowl add to the fresh feel of the table," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. For a subtle contrast and touch of drama, black place mats are added beneath simple aqua dishes.