At this point, I feel a bit hesitant using the word “makeover.” Maybe because I have makeover-itis and transform my home on the regular, about every 6 months?
Does the word then lose its appeal? Perhaps “revamp” is a better term.
Anyhoo, with my in-progress living/dining room
makeover revamp, I also painted my entryway back to beige. And just like my MO for the living room, the focus was to transform the foyer into a cohesive, warm, and appealing space.
One thing that didn’t change in this makeover was storage. My kitchen is right across from the entry and lacks sufficient cabinet space, so I love using these RAST dressers to store items like dish towels and grilling utensils. Additionally, I store typical entry items like hats, gloves, and workout gear I take to the gym here.
I also revamped the portière with gray linen curtains I previously had in the living room. Coordinating my entire first floor in the same colors makes for fun when I get bored: I just swap items between rooms and bask in the joy of newness without spending money. These curtains match perfectly with my gray sofa and I love the texture linen adds to a space.
Another key component of the update was adding a statement piece. Even though we spend a minimal amount of time in our entryways, they still deserve some love. Using a statement piece like a large work of art is an easy yet powerful way to show that love.
This painting was actually from my previous living room scheme. I loved the composition so I revamped it with colors from my in-progress living room makeover: lots of neutrals with touches of gold and silver. Here’s the painting in its former life:
I also threw in some more texture with some jute rugs. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a great way to arrange these, so I placed them in an L-shaped fashion. But hey, this is an example of real world decorating: it may not be the most visually pleasing, but it sure is functional! I’ve also placed a stool in the entry–it makes tying boots so much easier. The stool was another reincarnation: IKEA’s MARIUS made over by hot gluing hemp rope to the seat.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper entryway without some form of a landing strip. At one end of the dressers, near my DIY Eames-inspired coatrack, I have a dish for outgoing items like sunglasses and keys. The dish is a cheapie from IKEA (HULTET), which I made over with deep brown paint on the bottom and gold on the inside.
One the other end, I have a wire basket to store incoming mail. When it gets full then I take care of it–I’m lazy like that. One of my favorite houseplants, the ZZ plant, also resides here to give a welcoming vibe. Candles are another inexpensive way to make an entrance feel warm and homey, so I added this funky, 70-ish candle holder from Target.
A proper entry also deserves a mirror. Hanging across from the dressers is a large vintage mirror I scored at a local consignment shop. It’s perfect for checking your hair or your teeth for a wayward piece of cilantro before you head out the door.
This was probably the easiest makeover I’ve done yet. It’s nice when that happens. My favorite part is the large artwork; every room should have a statement piece, right? Now I’m back to making over my living room. Yippee!
Is your home’s entrance decorated? Do you also make over this space like the rest of your home? What’s your favorite part of your entryway?