How To: Create A Welcoming Entry

I’ve been thinking about the entry way to my house…the approaching winter, with its crazy predictions of heavy snowfall, has me looking for ways to make my entryway a more inviting and functional space in my home.  Last year I spent lots of time fighting the snow and mud my kids kept tracking in and I’m hoping to make some changes this year so it works better for my family, and looks better too!

Entryways are hardworking rooms and are your home’s first impression…that’s a big job!  I’ve partnered with Dutchcrafters to show you how to put together a beautiful entryway whatever the size or style of your home.  Dutchcrafters specializes in Amish-made furniture that is not only hardworking and functional, but beautifully designed to work with a variety of design styles.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces styled together with other fun finds from Target, World Market and Birch Lane.

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Your First Apartment: Dutchcrafters Shaker Collapsible Coatrack | Dutchcrafters Amish Hardwood Plant Stand  | Dutchcrafters Amish Eco-friendly Basket | CB2 Removeable WallpaperTarget Shadowbox Mirror | Target Black Vase | Target Chevron Rug
Your First Home: Dutchcrafters Amish Pine Hanging Shelf | Dutchcrafters Amish Shaker Hall Table | World Market Sebastian Crates | World Market Seagrass Basket | World Market Indoor-Outdoor Rug | World Market Clock | World Market Cement Lamp | World Market Paisley Lampshade | World Market Floral Dish
Your Forever Home: Dutchcrafters Amish Round Mirror | Dutchcrafters Amish Gateway Bench | Birch Lane Jasmine Rug | Birch Lane Schoolhouse Basket | Birch Lane Sommerton Wall Sconce


Do you do anything special to your entryway as the cold weather approaches?  Any tips to share?

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Fall Color Palette: Warm With a Bright Accent

Just a quick post about color today…busy working on some fun projects for clients that I hope to share soon!

I love the unusual color palette in the Room of the Week.  It’s a gorgeous mix of deep colors, warm neutrals, and that delightful jolt of turquoise.fallcolorpalette copyI think it would make the prettiest fall color palette.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorite finds for the season in these pretty colors on Instagram throughout the day!  And, I’ll be back tomorrow with a really fun post featuring some gorgeous furniture from a new-to-me online retailer (how’s that for ambiguous?!).

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Piece de Resistance: 8 Ornate Mirrors

I can’t help but choose that ornate mirror staring at me in the Room of the Week as the piece de resistance. Its Hollywood Regency style is just the right amount of creative tension for this eclectic room.Barrie Benson - Projects - ranch redo - Slide 0 - © Copyright Barrie Benson Interior Design. All rights reserved by Barrie Benson and/or the respective photographer.A mirror like this is a great way to fill the large wall space above a sofa…establishing it as a great focal point in the room. If the extravagance of the Hollywood Regency style doesn’t mesh with your own, I promise there is an ornate mirror that probably will. Here are 8 of my favorites in 8 different styles.ornatemirrorforeverystyle copy

SOURCES (the mirror and sofa in each scenario are from the same store)

Which style are you?  Or are you an eclectic mix like the Room of the Week?

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Put Together Your Own Elegantly Eclectic Room

On her website, Barrie Benson describes her style as a juxtaposition of “modern with traditional” which she has labeled “South of Modern,” and I think it’s elegant and eclectic.  Using this room as our guide, we can learn a lot about creating our own eclectic rooms. Here are a few tips:southofmodernstyle copySOURCES: Purple Sofa | Modern Valance | Blue Patterned Rug | Red Throw Pillow | Blue Floral Pillow | Vintage Embroidered Floral Throw Pillow | Midcentury Style Chair | Ornate Mirror | Modern Blue Vase | Table Lamp

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The Anatomy of an Eclectic Rancher

For my third week of sharing ranch houses this week, I thought I would go back to the very first interior designer I featured on my blog (you can see my first post here…), Barrie Benson.  She is one of my favorite interior designers, and she has the prettiest eclectic style.  The room I chose is from her own home, a ranch house she renovated, and you can see more pictures here.  Let’s take a peek…

anatomyofaneclecticranchhouse copyI’ll be back tomorrow sharing my favorite smaller details in this room.

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