Entryway Essentials

The entryway can be one of the trickiest spaces in your home to design. As the first space you see when you enter a home, the entry has to make a good impression! A house should flow as you walk through it, not be disjointed, and the entry is where it all starts. You want your entry to be functional, but also be an aesthetic preview of what the rest of what your home’s design is all about.

There are key pieces that go into making a great entryway, so we’ve gathered a few items that make the list of our ‘entryway essentials’. Take a look!

Console

You could interchange a bench here depending on what you’re going to be using the entry for, but in most cases we think a console table is the way to go! It’s an extra surface to house frames, art, candles, light fixtures, vases and storage, which is great, especially if you don’t have many other surfaces for things like this throughout the rest of your home.

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When looking for a console, consider the size of your space and what you’ll be using it for. Do you need (or want) to store extra seating (like a couple of stools) underneath? If so, go for one with no shelves underneath. Stools underneath a console can be a functional as well as an aesthetic choice for your entry.

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[Image Sources: Noir, Mr. Brown, CB2, Room & Board]

If you need storage for shoes, books, boxes, baskets, etc, a console with one or more shelves may be right for you.

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[Image Source: One Kings Lane]

Mirror

A mirror is an essential component for any entryway in our opinion! Not only does it make the space feel bigger and add another design element to the room, it’s always good to get a last glance at yourself before you head out the door, are we right?! 😉 Make a statement with a bigger mirror, or have a smaller one in a vignette with other frames and wall decor.

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[Image Sources: Making it Lovely, Arteriors, Society Social]

Key/Coat Storage

In terms of entryway functionality, having a place to hang your keys, purse, coats, etc. right when you get in is a great way to keep things organized. You don’t have to have a basic old wall mounted coat rack, though- have this be a part of your decor! There are lots of great looking wall mounted storage options to choose from that look good and work well.

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Rug

Having some sort of rug in your entry, whether it’s a runner or another sized area rug depending on the size of your space, is a great way to add another element to your entry’s design, as well as having the functionality of catching the debris from outside. We love giving the entry rug a pop of pattern or color to really make a statement when you first enter a home!

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[Image Sources: Domino, Old Brand New, Lavender Sky Blue Etsy, Dash & Albert, Surya]

Lighting

Depending on how high your ceiling is, you can either go with flush-mount or a pendant/chandelier. Don’t be afraid to go bold with this fixture! Even though it does need to mesh with the rest of your home’s aesthetic, the entryway is a place to show off your style.

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[Image Sources: ThouSwell, Ro Sham Beaux, Noir, Mr. Brown]

If you have a large enough console, a table lamp can also be a great option! Use one on one side with other pieces such as a vase or candles to balance the vignette, or flank both sides of the console with lamps, placing a bowl on top of a stack of books for a more symmetrical look. 

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[Image Sources: My Domaine, One King’s Lane, Jamie Young, Arteriors]

Although the entry can be a tricky space to pin down, it can also be one of the most fun spaces to design. We hope this has given you a few ideas if you’re in need of an entryway spruce up!

 

Bedroom Paint Colors

It’s amazing what a little paint can do to affect the mood of a room, don’t you agree? When it comes to painting, it’s important to first establish the aesthetic you want to create for your space, and this is especially true when it comes to bedrooms. Since most people spend at least 8 hours in their bedroom per day on average, you want to make sure that it’s a space that you feel comfortable and relaxed in, and what color you choose for your walls has a lot to do with that! There are so many routes to go when choosing a bedroom color scheme, so we’re here to give some examples of a few of our favorite bedroom hues that work with any style! Take a look:

 

Whites & Light Grays

Feelings associated: Clean, Light, Relaxing, Fresh

These are common wall color choices that are a great backdrop for any type of decor. Make sure to test these hues on the wall before committing to a whole room, as lighter colors like these are especially affected by light and other items in your room.

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Blues & Greens:

Feelings associated: Calmness and Tranquility

These soothing colors are perfect for a relaxing bedroom, both in light and dark hues. 

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Charcoals & Blacks:

Feelings associated: Drama, Elegance, Sensuality, Sophistication

Dark colors such as black and charcoal gray can provide a sense of sensuality and relaxation in a room. If you like the idea of bold hues like these, but may not want to commit to a whole room, try painting the wall your bed is on as an accent wall in a dark color for added drama.

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There are many factors that go into choosing a bedroom paint color and it’s important to take into account the overall mood that the color will portray. What colors are you drawn to in a bedroom? Let us know!

Loving Lately: Exposed Wood Cabinetry
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Hey hey! We hope February has been good to you so far! Lately we’ve been crushing on exposed wood cabinetry in the kitchen and bath. While paint is always a great option for cabinetry, whether you’re trying to make them stand out with a bold hue, or have them blend into the background by going with a more neutral option, the natural warmth that having a bit of exposed wood provides for a room is unmatched. We’ve been seeing this trend pop up more and more lately and we’re totally on board with it! So naturally, we’ve sifted through tons of images to find our favorite examples to show off to you; take a look!

 

In the Kitchen:

Loving the harmony in this one- the tiled floor provides a nice barrier for the wood cabinetry and surrounding hardwood flooring.

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In the Bathroom:

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Lots of natural hues mesh well in this gorgeous space- we’re especially loving the contrast between the blonde wood vanity and black flooring!

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Patterned tiled floors are most always a good idea…especially in a small bathroom where the pattern won’t be overwhelming! Great use of contrast again in the whites, blacks, and natural woods below. 

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What do you think about leaving cabinetry exposed? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

White Sale Preview
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Our annual White Sale starts tomorrow!

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During this sale, we’re offering 20% off all in-stock bed and bath linens, and this year we’re including a single lamp sale and other random items at a discounted price. We love being able to have the opportunity to offer these discounts to help make your home a bit cozier at a smaller price tag. If you’re needing a bedding or bath linen refresh, be sure to stop by the shop this Thursday-Saturday!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the items that will be included in the sale- take a look!

Sheets & pillow cases from your favorite brands, such as NC Souther and Peacock Alley:

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Other bedding: duvets, coverlets, shams and blankets in different colors, sizes and embroidery patterns:

Below are the Matouk Serena & Essex collections- we have multiple colors in stock of these!

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Bath linens from companies like Matouk and Home Source:

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Single Lamp Sale

Our single lamps will be 60% off and will include these beauties from Arteriors and Barbara Cosgrove!

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We haven’t listed all of the brands / items that will be included in the sale in this post, so make sure to stop by the shop and see for yourself! The sale lasts this Thursday 1/26 – Saturday 1/28. We hope to see you there!

Shades of Green for 2017
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Happy 2017! We hope your holiday season was wonderful and your year is off to a great start! As we’re getting back to normal around here, we’ve been browsing for inspiration for the new year. We’re seeing a lot green being used in interiors and we’re loving it, and it makes sense as to why Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2017 as Greenery. 

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Pantone describes this color as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate”.

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While we love the symbolism of this color selection, we understand that not everyone will be eager to incorporate this bold hue into their home. Don’t give up on green in general, though! There are so many wonderful shades of this hue that can be used in place of the Color of the Year. Take a look below a some Green-spiration to use in your home this year!

On walls: It’s amazing the way a bold paint choice can totally change the mood in a room. For example, deeper jewel tones make for a much calmer end result than the more energetic room painted in Greenery (as seen above).

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Upholstery: If bold walls aren’t up your alley, an upholstered sofa, chair or settee is a great alternative to adding green in your home! Throws and accent pillows work well, too.

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In the kitchen: We love incorporating colors in the kitchen, and these touches of green in the rooms below are beautiful

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Furniture: Adding a bold accent piece of furniture can create a welcomed focal point in your room.

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What do you think about using green in the home? Let us know in the comments below!