05/28/2013 10:56 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The First Thing People Notice When They Come Over, From Maxwell Ryan (VIDEO)

What's the first thing visitors will notice in your home? Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy had a surprising answer when he joined me on this episode of Mondays With Marlo.

People don't notice if your home is stylish or how it's decorated right away, Maxwell said. Instead, the focus is on whether visitors feel comfortable -- and that's based on how your home smells and what the lighting is like. Clutter and cleanliness also play a role -- if it's dusty or dirty inside, that will be reflected in how it smells.

Watch the full interview here.

For more on sprucing up your space, see Maxwell's tips for a beautiful home.

Maxwell Ryan's Tips To A Beautiful Home

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