Welcome to my HOME!
You never get a second chance to make a first impression- or so they say. The entry way, though often over looked, is an import part of an interior design scheme. This is our first chance to introduce the story of our homes. Think of it as a movie trailer. Enough details are given to hint at what is to come, without giving away the entire plot line.
Ahhhhh…..A blank canvas! A small space is a great opportunity to experiment with bold wall color choices
So what little hints does this entry way reveal? I think it tells the story of some things old, some things new, some things striped, and some things blue.
The space is not just pretty, it is functional as well. White garden stools offer a quick little seat for anyone looking to take off their shoes. Plus, the dresser provides extra storage for keys, hats, mittens, and gloves.
I hung floor to ceiling length curtains to the windows flanking the front door. The effect? Privacy and a softening of the space! The fabric has a nice vertical repeat. This bold chinoiserie pattern offers great contrast to the horizontal stripes.
As for the pillows? They provide proper scale to the stools and add further softness to the entry way. Plus, let’s be honest…leopard print is one of my favorite “neutrals”.
Tip for mixing patterns: A safe way to master the mix is to follow this easy recipe:
1 stripe + 1 floral + 1 geometric = simple perfection. This formula works best if each of the three “ingredients” are of a different scale. In this case you see a large “floral” added to a medium stripe and finished off with the small geometric dot of the leopard.
I have two other striped areas in my home. I wanted the entry way to hint at the drama without copying the pattern. For anyone trying to mimic this wall: The light stripe is 7 inches and the dark stripe is 3. Speaking from personal experience, the smaller the stripes the longer the project takes. However, I feel like this space was well worth the extra effort.
I have a crush on this tear drop chandelier. I found it at a British auction in dilapidated condition…AKA it was ugly and broken! I painstakingly cleaned the crystals, repainted the metal, and begged my sweet husband to rewire it for me. Orginally it was a drum shaped fixture, but I added the bottom layer of crystals (stolen from one of my other chandeliers). I adore the way the light bounces around the entryway.
Don’t give me any musical props for owning a piano. It’s for the kids. However, that doesn’t stop me from upholstering the bench in a designer Dalmatian fabric.
I enjoy painting and have created most all of the art in my home. I must tell you though, this was my least favorite to produce. Sure it was an easy way to pull in all the colors from my design scheme. Plus, the scale is amazing… However… it required math and measuring! I find this much less enjoyable than pretending to Bob Ross in my garage 🙂
Thank you so much for taking the time to tour the entryway of our military rental. Hopefully you feel inspired to experiment and personalize your home. Come back next week for the reveal of an utterly chic tiny house I recently decorated!
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