XF 1.3 Adding an introductory paragraph to home page?

Sorry if this is more obvious than it seems - but in a nutshell I'm just trying to add an introductory paragraph or two on the home page above the category/forum listings.

I've installed in the base directory and would like to keep the home page at the root /; so while I briefly messed around with setting a page node as the home page, that doesn't seem to do the trick without redirecting the URL.

Styling a notice seemed like another option; but in the page criteria tab I don't see how to set one up to just appear on the default home page.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? My apologies again for perhaps missing the obvious.