3 Alternative Ways to Refresh Your Entryway for the Holidays (Without Trying Too Hard)

By Brittni • Updated on 02/14/2024

3 alternative ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

Once November rolls around, I tend to get pretty excited about the upcoming holiday season. But I have to admit, I generally error toward the ‘not overly holiday’ side when it comes to decorating this time of year. So I’m bringing in some alternative holiday cheer early this year with the help of the folks at Framebridge. And focusing on cool artwork with a twist on the traditional Christmas color scheme to bring it all together.

So what did I end up doing? I rounded up artwork that was in the red and pink color family and used that as my base. Then added a couple of holiday decor accents (with a pop of green in there to tie in the color combo), along with a holiday scent (candle or infuser) and this little entryway is good to go for the holidays. So quick and easy.

Here’s the breakdown for 3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying to hard or spending a ton of time laboring over it)…

3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

 1. Artwork

I purchased prints from Leah Reena Goren and Kiki and Polly a while back, but they were still without frames. And Rachel and I made the pie chart art and the SUPER DUPER pieces together with a little bit of acrylic paint and some heavy paper from the art store.

If you’re not familiar with how the Framebridge process works, I can tell you its insanely easy. It works like this…measure your artwork (approximate sizes are fine) and choose your frame and matting styles. I did a floating mat for 3 of the 4 pieces and would highly recommend it if you have a signed piece where the signature is at the very bottom or you want to show off the edges of the artwork. The pie chart art, for example, is on BFK which means it has a deckled edge, so I wanted to show that off. And then the fourth piece is just a standard mat, so you can mix and match for a completely custom look.

After your order is placed, you’ll get your packing supplies shipped to your door. Then you just ship your artwork back in the tubes and/or flat packs they sent to you and wait for your framed pieces to come back. Easy peasy.

Want to try this entryway idea with some art you’ve been meaning to get framed? Use the discount code PAPERSTITCH20 at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order. Head over here to get started.

3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

2. Small holiday decor touches

I didn’t want to go overboard in this department, so I added two decorative bottle brush trees in alternative colors (dark grey and teal) to play things down. Then hung a wreath over a piece of artwork to keep things casual. And tossed in a couple of gold accents to add a little more glitz.

3. Candles or oil infusers

I keep an oil infuser hidden in that white hexagon container and just remove the lid when I want a refresher. I like to keep it concealed because I have yet to find one that I actually like the looks of. Plus, it keeps the entryway table more minimal looking.

Super Duper hand lettered art print

3 alternative ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying too hard)

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Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

That’s it for my entryway tips for the holidays. If you’re interested in trying out Framebridge yourself (which I highly recommend if you have any custom framing that needs to be done), be sure to use the discount code PAPERSTITCH20 at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order (offer expiries 1/31/16).

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Have any DIY ideas you’re hoping to try this year?

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14 comments | Click here to reply

Brittni, thank you so much for your note! I actually discovered gouache while researching online and have a small set at home I just got to try. Thank you so much for your reply, especially on an older post!


Hi Melissa. I made this a long time ago, so it’s hard to remember….but I think I did two coats of paint. I used a pretty thick, opaque paint to start, but don’t remember the brand. Gouache is another great option for paint that is very opaque and full coverage. Wish I could give some more suggestions, but that’s all I can think of.


I’m so inspired by your art! And, in particular the beautiful pie chart. I recently bought some heavy (watercolor) paper and acrylics and haven’t been able to create the same rich coverage you achieved. I know you used a heavier paper than I am, but can you provide any tips on which acrylic paint you used and how you got such a great, thick, opaque, vibrant color?

Thank you!!


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These are great tips, thanks for sharing! I love the “super duper” print!


Great idea. Rethink items you already have. Thanks.


I LOVE this! Can’t get over how sweet this entryway is. Might I ask where your adorable side table is from 🙂



This is SO cute! I absolutely love it! The artwork is gorgeous!

Monique | WritingMonique

Ich find those trees so cute! I think it’s overall a good idea to not overly decorate everything with too much holiday stuff.


Love the artwork! So nice x

Lina / lina-khalifa.blogspot.com


Thank you Riin. 🙂


That’s really sweet and nice ideas 🙂


Thanks Ashley.


Great post! I always enjoy an alternative approach to holiday decor and am absolutely obsessed with your color scheme. It looks great! 🙂

Ashley | Free Wills Studio
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