Today is extra special, because I am taking part in a blog hop and starting a new series! Myself and a group of home decor bloggers will be going room by room, sharing pictures of what the space looks like, how it has evolved and even some future plans. So, today’s kick off is Entryway tour and ideas – Room By Room series week 1!
This is the perfect time for a series like this. With it being summer and my kids home, like most of you; finding time to do a lot of home improvement projects with kids around 24/7 is just not realistic. So I am not sharing a ton of new content during the summer months. Don’t get me wrong, there is still lots of projects and inspiration I will be sharing, just at a slower pace than usual. Also, my blog has been going strong for over 3 years, and I know that the finer details of my home or a specific room get lost in the shuffle of new content each week. So this is a little refresher for each room. I will be sharing a slideshow at the bottom with any DIY projects I have done featuring my entryway, just to make it easy for future reference for all of you fellow DIYers!
Don’t forget to go and visit the other wonderful bloggers and their entryways! Links are at the bottom of this post.
I shared my outdoor tour last week, which you can go to and see a ton of pictures. But I felt that for this particular Entryway tour and ideas – Room By Room series week 1 I needed to share a few pictures of the front of my home. Since this is what greets people when they first come into our home, this is the official entryway.
Our home is in a beautiful neighborhood, in a small town in the Midwest, you cannot get more quaint than that. Kids run through backyard to get to their friends house, we wave at our neighbors and know everyone who lives on our street, and most in the surrounding streets. Our house was built in 1999, and we have been here for almost 10 years. We purchased it from Dale’s parents, who were the original owners. We have done a ton to make this our own, putting our own stamp on the home.
I adore our home, but this tiny entryway has been a struggle for me. It has a very small alcove with a closet. Other than that it opens up into the living room. There is zero natural transition from people coming in, they are smack dab in the center of our living room.
I have done a lot of DIY projects to visually separate the space as well as paint everywhere! I added wainscoting in the entryway and one wall in my living room, that has the gallery wall on it. This wall is the transition from the entryway to the living room. Without putting up a wall I was able to have a separation of the two spaces.
Painting the front door dark gray had a huge impact on this entryway! It was really simple to do also, only a few steps to revamping it.
One of my favorite ways to impact a home is to add custom lighting. When people think custom they think expensive, which is not the case at all. I purchased this light from Craigslist, it was gold and had a lot more flashy looking chains on it. I removed a lot of the chains and spray painted it black. Total I spent maybe $15 on this ceiling light! Yeah, adding custom lighting can be that simple and inexpensive!
I would show you the inside of this closet… but…. opening the door might cause someone to get hurt. This is a future project I want to tackle, organizing the closet more. I added the cute hooks, which work great for guests or for us to hang a coat, but the larger coats and bags and a few other items get stuffed in here. It is tiny and not at all being used to it’s full potential. I hope once the kids are back in school I can attempt to make this front closet have a better flow and organization to it.
I added this small bench to sit behind the sofa. It does to things being here, helps in adding that separation between the living room and entryway, and of course storage. People put their purses or shoes here when they come in. We have Wisconsin winters, which means lot of snow. Most people take off their boots in winter and this is a very functional place for them to take them off or put them on when leaving. I added the bold colors, texture and the wood trim. The details of it can be found in the slideshow at the bottom of this post.
This little wall has had a lot of different decor items hung on it. I have a big mirror that I got from my Grandma that I want to put here, but I need to paint the frame and repair the broken mirror.
With any entryway, big or small keeping the decor simple and low maintenance is important. This is a high traffic area, and almost always people enter into your home with “stuff”. People come up with a lot of baggage (see what I did there?!) Allowing space to walk in, set things down, hang up coats, take off shoes and a place for them to keep their bags is a great way to welcome people to your home. It cuts back on the chaos that is people coming over. We have three kids and two dogs, anytime anyone comes over it is a process of people, noise and items that have to move into the home.
Even when not considering other people, but just my family using the entryway we need this space to function. I would love to have cozy furniture and more decor here. But I simply do not have the space for it. I dream of a big entryway, an official foyer for my home. Who knows if I will get it. Making this space feel calm, relaxing, and pretty regardless of the size goes a long way. It’s not the size, but how you use it 😉 (What?! Yep, I went there). Seriously though, the entryway into a home is important. It welcomes people into your home, and is the first thing you see when entering. If my entryway is cluttered when I am schlepping in wet swim suits, groceries or massive bags of dog food; having to step around furniture or clutter just adds frustration to my heavy load. I need to walk in and breathe a big relaxing breath, I am home! I hope you enjoyed Entryway tour and ideas – Room By Room series week 1, next week on July 5th is all about kitchens. Be sure to click on the links below to see the other beautiful entryway spaces from some of my blogging friends. I also provided a slide show with all DIY projects done or featured in this entryway space, hoping to help out you lovely DIYers!