31 Days of Idea House Giveaways: Day 14, Emtek Entry Set

August 14, 2015 | By and | Comments (44)

Love the 2015 Southern Living Idea House? Every day in August, we are giving away the items you need to make the look your own.  Check back daily to see the product and enter to win!

Courtesy of Emtek

Courtesy of Emtek

A new Emtek Entry Set ($240) is exactly what you need to give your entry an instant makeover.

How to Enter: How do you make your home as welcoming as possible? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. George Ehrmann

    This is Classic and Timeless, It shows Style and Grace a Real showstopper.

    August 15, 2015 at 10:58 pm
  2. Janice Sutton

    A pineapple door knocker signals welcome to my guests before they enter my home. Once inside, they are greeted with offerings of sweet tea and a variety of homemade canapés.

    August 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm
  3. kathy

    My Living room opens to my kitchen (the biggest room of the house); i offer them some sweet tea & whatever i’m making.

    August 15, 2015 at 9:06 am
  4. Tracy

    An open floor plan, comfortable furniture, great food, & lots of love!

    August 15, 2015 at 7:58 am
  5. Patricia Caradonna

    I keep the house clean and smelling fresh. I always light a yankee candle when my guests come over. I offer them a cold or hot beverage and we always have a large spread of food. My house is bright and the shades are open to let the light in.

    August 15, 2015 at 7:57 am
  6. KaAnn Bartels

    Open, light area with small seating. Immediately opens to living area on one side, kitchen on other side and family area straight ahead.

    August 15, 2015 at 7:24 am
  7. melikegarfield

    “Welcoming” can be tricky thing at times. Given our varied family schedules (I work 3rd shift), balancing our “small” home between the craziness of daily life yet remaining inviting is an unending act of will (and cleaning schedules!)

    The first lesson I learned was having a “home” for things in the home. It makes straightening up easier — as well as cleaning faster. We also make sure to have varied comfortable seating for everyone, as well as a place for our cats to share in the get-togethers. Our two cat-boys are sweeties and the elder, Wrigley, usually escorts people to the main living room, vying for attention. It is our only room big enough to host a crowd — and he knows it!

    We also try to keep a variety of snacks and beverages on hand. You never know what might strike want. My boyfriend is great at keeping the music and lighting mood appropriate. Since we love long conversations, our living room is very worldly (and literary) with a varied collection on books, music and yes, videos as needed to suit the flow of the night and wants of our guests. Something as similar as a globe might strike a new thread of conversation. Heck, I can’t tell you how many times we have guests just crash out on the sofas after a long night of quality conversations.

    I think in the end being comfortable is a balance between the needs of the guests and hosts, providing a safe and relaxing space to enjoy and celebrate the flow of life.

    August 15, 2015 at 12:00 am
  8. LaLa

    Our home is very comfortable. It is very cozy and not at all stuffy. Starting with the huge porch overlooking the river. The porch is usually where everyone gathers in the warmer seasons and with the fire pit roaring we have even spent many a chilly evening out there We have wool blankets in a chest just for such occasions. The wicker furniture is large and comfy. The porch swing is usually fought over by young and old and the rocking chairs are also a big hit. There is also a large able and chair set where many long and leisurely meal have been served or long talks over coffee and doughnuts in the early hours of the morning…

    August 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm
  9. Katie Crider

    If you come and visit us during the summer months, you will be greeted by cold a/c, beer, and homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. If In the winter months, you’ll be greeted by my famous (to my husband) cookies, a warm blanket and some hot coffee. The guest bed is always made in the softest sheets. Following my mother-in-laws cue, I find out my guests favorite things and have those readily available. And last but not least, some dog kisses and snuggles will make our guests feel right at home!

    August 14, 2015 at 10:48 pm
  10. Ann Beard Etier

    Our guests are welcomed by 3 overly friendly canines who love people.

    August 14, 2015 at 10:11 pm
  11. Teddi G.

    As a true Southerner, I believe in opening my door to everyone with a “y’all come on in and set a spell” welcome, just like my granny used to do.

    August 14, 2015 at 10:11 pm
  12. Sharon K

    Keep the front walk and porch clean and we change out wreaths on our front door seasonally. We also keep two medium size urns filled with seasonal plantings – all of which warms up the front of the house. Just inside is the entryway, where we keep scented wax warming, and as with above, with a seasonal fragrance. The most welcoming thing, for me, is extending a warm welcome and then making your guest feel comfortable!

    August 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm
  13. susitravl

    Clean house, comfy seating and always have something delicious for my guests to eat.

    August 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm
  14. Barbara DeMeuse

    We greet our guests with lots of lights. Our garage doors are flanked by lanterns on each side as well as can lights in the soffits. The path of the sidewalk is directed by solar lights. Canister lights illuminate the front porch. (And during the holidays, there’s a candle in the windows.) And when we open the door our faces are glowing with a huge smile that says “welcome”.

    August 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  15. Kathy Blackmon

    I like to open the door with a great big smile on, then with wide spread arms, offer a big hug to show who ever that I am truly glad that they stopped by to see me! We all need to make some time to visit with each other, sip coffee at someone’s kitchen table, or rock on the front porch in the afternoon so we can wave at kids walking home from school, or people strolling a baby out in the fresh air. We need to get to know our neighbors and slow down just a bit to enjoy life! Note to self!!

    August 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm
  16. kathy moody

    I feel your home should always reflect a feeling of ‘take off your shoes and stay awhile’ as guests visit. We have warm colors throughout our home, comfy chairs and pillows, music playing softly, and always have a variety of drinks and yummy food available. To welcome guests, our wide and long front porch says ‘sit a spell’ with wicker furniture, rockers, and anidriock chairs, ceiling fans, candles, jasmine and ferns complimenting our southern front porch which also conveys the old saying ‘ya’ll come back’! This new entry would add a welcome touch to our 12 paned wooden door.

    August 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm
  17. Brittany spivey

    To make our home a welcoming place we treat everyone who comes in the door as if they are cherished family! We never try to be perfect around our guests but always strive to provide for their needs and make them feel loved.

    August 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm
  18. Breena Dodot

    Always having something yummy planned for dinner…just in case company comes

    August 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm
  19. Gabe

    I make my house welcoming by never locking my door, which is why I could use this lock set! I welcome my kids and their friends throughout the day meaning the door is always open and during the summer there is usually a nice pile of dirty clothes and shoes on the porch from adventures in the creek and the woods.

    August 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  20. Paula Wallace

    With a warm smile and a hug!

    August 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm
  21. floridagld

    Clean, pleasant odors, flowers from the garden, a warm smile, offering of drinks and a bite to eat….clear pets from the room. Gracious host and genteel.

    August 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm
  22. Claire

    Food, food, and food. (Duh.)

    August 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm
  23. Joan Collinge

    Flowers blooming in the sprint & summer and step lights on in the evening on our paver entry to welcome any guests that decide to stop in & chat.

    August 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm
  24. clmdukes

    I have a nice doormat at the front door and I keep my porch and foyer clean and tidy.

    August 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm
  25. leslie

    Welcoming fresh flowers in a blue and white piece with an oriental rug, and a gold mirror above the sofa table make an entry special to me and remind me of home.

    August 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  26. Vicki Hopper

    I clean it and make it smell good.

    August 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm
  27. Jenn H

    Clean scent, nice welcome mat, and a sweet dog to greet you!

    August 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm
  28. karen s

    I welcome my guests through my red front door, into a foyer where I continue using the warmer tones such as peach-orange and brown. I use dim lighting from numerous sources throughout my home and offer seating and pillows that allow for comfy softness. I hope to convey to my guests to sit, relax, and stay a while please.

    August 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  29. Cheryl Harris

    Even though we live in the land of “round door knobs”, this reminds me of wonderful living in Germany with my young family. When your hands are full of children and parcels, you can still open the door just by pushing down. Sometimes wishing for the old normal makes you forget that there are other, sometimes better, ways to do things.

    August 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  30. Connie Crabb

    I have a square tin drink bucket on a stand that belonged to my sister. I keep it on the front porch & decorate it for the seasons/holidays as she did.

    August 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm
  31. Pam Mangum

    Yes, I just had my front door refinished and it looks fabulous…..it is saying to me ” Put some new bling on me”!

    August 14, 2015 at 11:54 am
  32. JDL

    Ah, the entry…starts in the parking court flanked by a thick perennial bed (in pinks and purples) planted 10 Mother’s Days ago and pale pink Spirea; at the corners are planters–one a wire-frame rooster named “Bob”, now planted with purple petunias, and a two-level planter with mixed yellow and white petunias over Margarita Ipomoea. The cuving walk to the porch has low azaleas pruned to a low height that just overlap the stone path(thanks for the pruning, winter deer). A deep porch leads to the front door (which actually DOES need a replacement latchset), going past two seating areas of well-cushioned wicker. Through the front entry to the foyer with flanking demilune and urn and small Oriental the color of Albemarle red clay… the tall case clock, the view to the Arts and Crafts dining room, the open floor plan with 270 degree views of the hayfield and barn behind the house–just pleasant and pleasing and relaxing….

    August 14, 2015 at 10:19 am
  33. Jacqueline.alves@ppsd.org

    Feeling safe & secure when I go to sleep and when I am away for any period of time is why this lock would look “GREAT” on my home

    August 14, 2015 at 10:18 am
  34. jene davis

    I am charmed by this welcoming door jewelry as the perfect compliment to my front door on my SL Carolina cottage. My family and friends would linger a moment to feel a special welcome as the enter our cottage with a turn of this hardware. Everyone would feel impressed to inquire about the selection as they enter our home. I want the welcome to be more than just enter, I want it to express a Southern desire to stay linger here and stay a while! Ya’ll come back!!

    August 14, 2015 at 10:12 am
  35. Julie L

    In addition to the pineapple “welcome sign” on our door, we welcome our out of town guests to our New Orleans home with a giftbasket with local treats (pralines, hot sauce, gumbo mix, etc…) and brochures advertising local attractions! I try to have a fully stocked fridge with snacks/drinks for hungry and thirsty travelers, fresh linens, and designated storage space for their belonings. I encourage them to write in our bedside guest journal. It’s fun to read the entries over the years!

    August 14, 2015 at 10:10 am
  36. Barbara Marta

    Wreath With Coordinating. Exhibits Invitation To The Graciousness Inside. Thank You

    August 14, 2015 at 10:04 am
  37. Martha C. Grimes

    Easy access, well lit, and a welcoming front entry. That opening into a foyer with flowers from my yard and my favorite scent in the air. Comfortable furnishing that say come sit and talk with us.

    August 14, 2015 at 10:04 am
  38. Lizana

    Welcoming begins when guests pull into our driveway. We set lighting – outdoors, at the porch, and in the foyer – to warm, welcoming levels. Not too bright (like a shopping center) and not too low (like a bar). Comfortable illumination, including candlelight, continues throughout the house and outdoor entertaining spaces. .

    August 14, 2015 at 9:39 am
  39. Karen Ondayko

    A welcoming home has fresh flowers, pillows to cozy up with, and accessories that speak of good times and cherished memories so the guest has no doubt who they are visiting.

    August 14, 2015 at 9:39 am
  40. Stefanie E

    I like to change the wreath on my front door to match the season and to say “welcome”.

    August 14, 2015 at 9:34 am
  41. margaretc2014

    While I love my (very) old hardware, there’s no question it needs updating!

    August 14, 2015 at 9:28 am
  42. Kim Foster

    nice rugs and as little clutter as possible (hard to do with pets…)

    August 14, 2015 at 9:24 am
  43. Steve

    We make our home welcoming to guests – friends and family – in that we have comfortable and functional furniture, nothing too formal, no rooms are “off limits” or only for formal occasions and guests and family know they can help themselves to whatever we have, e.g. food and beverages at any time.

    August 14, 2015 at 9:24 am
  44. wendy

    Keeping it clean and clutter free with lots of comfy seating and interesting photos and items collected from my travels

    August 14, 2015 at 9:06 am

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