We've covered curb appeal, front-door illumination, and seasonal décor in recent posts—the approach to your home, in other words. Entering the home, the entryway should have a few things, both for yourself and for visitors.
The bare minimum an entry needs is an ambient light source, mounted to the ceiling. Whether that's a stunning chandelier for a grand entrance or a handsome flush mount for a lower-ceilinged foyer, that is the basic level, and it allows plenty of opportunity to add allure.
The basic level is meant to establish a basis to build on, and here's where a foyer may become truly welcoming. It's considerate to have a mirror near the entrance, so visitors can get a quick check on their reflection, smoothing down windblown hair. If this mirror is above a table, illumination from decorative table lamps may assist in seeing oneself, while also contributing plenty of charm. Sconces flanking a mirror provide optimal light, sidelighting people's faces while complementing the ambient layer. They also set a great first impression for a classy home.
A table near the entry is the perfect canvas for creating a welcoming seasonal tableau: a scenario integrating natural objects, decorative accents, art, framed photographs, and colors that speak to you. For Thanksgiving, this may include your own take on the cornucopia, or horn-of-plenty. Naturally, it's also a good space for things that are always grabbed right before leaving, or need to be set down and can be easily misplaced—a dish for keys, a little USB charging station, etc.