"Your home doesn't start at the front door," says landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy
, author of the new book Home Outside. "A well-designed entry should have layers of elements that extend a welcome from the curb to the stoop." We asked Messervy to tell us what makes these three exteriors so effective.
"The archway frames the front door, pointing the way inside, and picks up the white trim on the house. When the gate is closed, it forces visitors to slow down and appreciate the details, including the gate's pointed top, diamond cutout, and the lantern overhead. The red door and sidelights pick up the brick walls, which are softened with greenery. Continuing the walkway's paving into the courtyard also helps reel you in toward the door."