Is your entry solely designed for functionality or do you use it to introduce the style and feel for your home?
Why not make it both!
When I bought my condo 3 years ago I was beyond excited to decorate it the way I wanted, a clean slate - a blank canvas. First thing I did was paint the walls with a neutral gray, and off I went furnishing 700 square feet. My credit card was getting quite a workout to say the least and, after investing in some big ticket items, I had to slow the decorating down. I put off the entry way til the very last because I didn't know what I wanted to do with it! The space is a little tight, so I didn't have the option of making it its own separate room. I spent many hour Pinning and still couldn't come up with anything I liked or I was too nervous to try...In the mean time, Jim Morrison hung behind my door.
I finally came across this Pin and it inspired me to do a circle mirror gallery wall combo. I liked the simplicity of all the white frames, but there are some super great gallery walls that combine lots of different colours and textures. I'll try on my next wall - baby steps!
I have so many photos I've collected over the years and enjoy framing pictures of my travels, so I knew I wanted a mix of both art, words, my favourite places with my favourite people. This was the mix I came up with!
- Heart of Gold - this was a gift from a dear friend AND my favourite Neil Young song. (similar one here)
- A Banksy Art Piece "There's Always Hope".
- London's skyline (dear to my heart from when I lived there briefly in 2014).
- My friend Kathryn and I with a backdrop of Manhattan.
I'm definitely not a knick knack person and there is a fine line between too much accessories and just enough, but details are a great way to add personal touches of you... even in a small entry way!
- The IKEA side table was upgraded with a new mustard rose handle (an easy inexpensive way to update a piece!). This knob's an oldie from Anthropologie, but you can find a similar one here.
- My keys hang on the slogan my mother feels she needs to repeatedly tell me: "Keep Calm and Carry On".
- My mail has a home on a cute heart envelope dish - it also holds left over change from world travelling (note the British pence). It's also a great dish to store other grab-and-go items (like my sunglasses so they don't get lost in the black hole of my purse!)
- An anchor door mat because nautical is always in and I need to display my constant life dilemma of Converse vs. Metallic heels.
This is my current entry way, I'm happy with the progress I made and my first gallery wall but I think an entry way might just be one of those spaces that's ever evolving... I'm thinking wallpaper next?
How will you welcome your guests into your home?? Get creative!