In my opinion, the entryway is one of the most important rooms in a house. Think about it. It's the first room that your guests see when they walk into your home. And if you're like me, it's the area where you "decompress" each time you walk in the front door. And by decompress, I mean kick off my shoes, throw down my bag , drop off the mail.... basically, toss my junk everywhere!
So when Christie emailed me about designing her entryway, I knew that the room needed to be pretty, inviting and functional. Kind of a tall order for one space! Christie lives in a beautiful home with a large entryway area. Annnnd, get this- she told me she was all for DIY projects!! An e-design dream come true for me!
Wanna see what I came up with?
(you can click on the picture to see it larger)
Here are a couple of my favorite sources for the design.
Clothespin picture frame- this frame is perfect for an entryway because you can switch out the contents. Cute new Polaroid of your kiddos? Check. Birthday postcard from Grandma? Perfect. Notes for the hubs? Clip it to the frame! You can whip one of these up pretty easily by using this tutorial I shared back in the beginning days of my blog. Here's the version I made for my sister.
Stair makeover- Because she said she was game for big DIY projects, I suggested that Christie transform her gray carpeted stairs to this sophisticated look. You can find a most incredible tutorial here, courtesy of the one and only, Kate! Hey- ye DIY ask and ye shall DIY receive! : )
Baskets- Looking for functional and chic? These Pier 1 baskets are perfect for the entryway space.
Black painted door- In order to bring some presence to the space, I also suggested that Christie paint her entry doors black. One of my favorite neutral-to-black-entry-door transformations is Cassie's, which you can see here. It's such a powerful (inexpensive!) idea.
Christie loves the design. In fact, she's already started painting the space with the color I suggested! Hopefully she'll share "after" pictures with all of us soon : )
Are you interested in a Ten June E-Design? If you need help designing a room or even just getting started with design ideas in your home, I'd love to help! Check out my E-Design page or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Make sure you stop by Courtney's today as she continues her fabulous "Take Five" series!
And I'm also over Shelli's today too! Come say hi!