entry ideas

Now that we’ve been living in our house for about 3 1/2 months, we are feeling pretty settled.  And now is the time I start getting ideas of what I want to change and update.  Non-renovation, decor updates are what I’m going to be making myself, without the help of a professional.  I think if I concentrate on one room at a time, I can make sure everything gets done.  It’s sometimes hard to shop with Z for home decor when he jumps all over the place, “This would be great in the living room”, “Where can we put this?”, “Can this go in the basement?”.  My mind doesn’t work well that way, and we end up walking out of the store with nothing.

First up, the entry way.  I thought the best place to start is the place that every guest sees first.  It also happens to be the place Z and I walk in and out of every day.  We don’t have a door into our home directly from our garage, so the front door gets used a lot.entry before 1

As you can tell from this picture, our entry leads into MANY areas, so this “room” definitely needs to be able to transition well into all parts of the main floor.  I plan to keep the floor tiles, front door, and light fixture.  The door and fixture have been recently updated and the tiles run down the hallway into the half bath, and it’s just not a project we plan to attack right now.  The terracotta-looking tiles weren’t my favorite at first, but they have been growing on me over time.  From this angle you can tell that we need a bigger rug.  Especially now that winter is coming, I want something that fills that entry space.  A 4×6 fits perfectly without overlapping into other doorways, so I’m on the hunt for one that has a subtle pattern and hides dirt stains.  Oh, I’d also love to find a wooden screen door to put up next summer.  The front of the house doesn’t have great air circulation, so it would be great to be able to have the door open, and the pupster would love looking out too.

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I am also on the hunt for a rectangular mirror to put on the empty wall next to the door.  It’s always nice to have a mirror by the entry to give yourself a once-over before heading out.  In case you haven’t been over, the little doorway here leads into the office.

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Here are our closet doors, which I’m considering painting.  There is a lot of wood in our house that makes it feel really dark, so I’m trying to figure out a game plan for all of it.  Some wood (like the wood in our kitchen), is pretty and high-quality, but most is boring 80’s trim.  These doors sort of land in the middle.  I need to sand one of the doors on the top because it sticks, so I might just go for the paint job.  I’d also love to paint the trim around the front door and the doorways to the other rooms, but it’s hard to figure out what to paint right now if I’m not painting the other rooms at this time.  What do you think?  I’d be painting them a soft white.

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Here’s the hallway that leads to the half bath and kitchen, which I’m not touching for now.  Also, the stair railings include railings that go all the way across the upper level, so those are a project for another day as well.

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Looking out from the front door, I’d love to add some art or photos to the empty wall by the stairs to add some more visual interest.  {Please excuse our rumpled sofa cushions, thanks to the pup}.

What are your thoughts on trim painting in a transition area?  I don’t want it to look partially done, but some lightness would make it feel fresh.  I’ll send out an “after” post when I’ve made progress, but don’t hold your breath on timing. 😉

Happy Wednesday 🙂



  1. House updates! Fun! Heaven knows I love that stuff. 🙂 Painting trim is relatively easy, but it can be so hard to figure out when and where to stop. If you started painting it in the foyer, are there apparent stopping points? When we painted trim, we did the following: sand REALLY well, dust off/clean thoroughly, prime at least twice, paint at least twice. If I were you, I might wait to tackle that another day, when you plan to really go gangbusters with a lot (or all of) the trim in the house. The black front door looks nice, maybe you could paint the closet doors black? A hard decision – those doors look so pretty, even though they are wood. Also, maybe a different wall color could help soften all the wood tones, something related to the black, maybe a light grey? Or even a greyish blue? Another idea – consider a giant rug that covers a large area of the entry, if not the entire thing. It might make it feel more unified and again soften the brown/red tones that the trim and floor tile have going on. Indoor/outdoor rugs can easily be cleaned and might even be on sale right now. I don’t think it matters at all that it overlaps into other doorways. A pop of color on an entry bench or row of hooks could be fun – a bright teal or mustardy yellow, maybe? Other thoughts…maybe a lamp on that side table you see in the living room, next to the big artwork…a black frame at the bottom of the stairs that mimics the one right around the corner that you have hung up. Love love loooove this stuff and can’t wait to see what you choose! Post more pics! xoxo.

    1. Love your suggestions!! It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the front door is actually dark brown. I really like your idea of a bigger rug for the whole entryway, and I like the idea of hooks but Z ruled it out because of the closet. A bench might be out too b/c the door swings open towards the wall. I like the idea of a cooler color on the walls too, but I might end up in the same dilemma with painting this transitional room. Maybe I’ll just stick to furnishings for now? I agree with your lamp idea, that space by the table needs something tall! 🙂

      1. Also meant to mention…we recently replaced our storm door, and bought the same kind that we installed in the old house: Larson, ordered from Lowe’s. It’s good quality and didn’t break the bank. It has a glass panel that slides down on the top half of the door to let the breeze flow in if we want to. It’s super nice to be able to have it open in warm or cold weather and have it sealed (with all the glass) but to also have the option to open the screen. I like having our neighbors be able to see that we’re home, and vice versa, especially considering we’re home all day. The doors aren’t the easiest thing in the world to install, though, so consider having Lowe’s do it for you? Anywho, more details than you prob wanted! Sorry. 🙂

  2. Okay, apparently I can’t shut up…I just bought a coat rack for our foyer, even though we have a large coat closet too…N vetoed it too, but I insisted. Who, whether you are going in and out all the time because you live in the home, or are visiting, regularly hangs up their coat with a hanger? Yeah, not too many people. Maybe you guys do! But we are terrible at it. The hooks have been huge for us for gathering hoodie/coat/dog leash clutter.

    How much space do you have left on that wall when the door is swung all the way open? Maybe a narrow console table (HomeGoods has tons of that type of stuff) or even one of those white shoe cabinet thingys from IKEA that everyone raves about could fit there, even after the door is all the way open. You could put a bowl to catch mail, keys, etc on the table, a mirror above it, etc.

    1. For the screen door, I’d really love to find a wooden one, because I adore that slam sound a wood door makes :). I’m weird like that. I’d love to win over Z on a hook or rack of some kind, our jackets definitely don’t make it on the hanger every time we come in. There is some room left for a little table or something to throw keys on, which would be handy and would help get them off the kitchen island! Maybe I’ll try to find a wall hanging with hooks and a place for keys.

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