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Create A Fabulous Entrance

Create A Fabulous Entrance

Your entrance says hello to your guests and a welcome back to you.  Your hello can convey drama, casual comfort or just love lives here--and be fabulous.  Believe it or not, the size of your hall or entry way doesn't really matter. If you live in an apartment or home where walls and floor space for a foyer are absent, you can still create the illusion of an entry with a screen or the placement of furniture.  Do read on.

Say hello with drama:  use bold colors, statement furnishings such as a tables and chairs and wall accessories:

Remember you don't have to have a large space to create an inviting color palette, such as the pink and gold in this image.  It's essence can be created with a period chair with a pink patterned cushion and a small (even a lumbar) pillow and a coordinating lamp.  Capture the gold in a lamp base and mirror.  Add a small table, particularly one with a drawer for keys and mail.  The furnishings in this image can easily be purchased at auctions, thrift stores that sell upscale, even garage sales. 

Discovered on Pinterest

Discovered on Pinterest

The image below is a wonderful examples of just a few choice pieces.  The fun wallpaper is called Beware The Moon Ostrich.  I absolutely love the accent color scheme of a dramatic black and white chair paired with the leopard animal print pillow and then juxtaposed with the soft red and cream of a beautiful and feminine artwork. 

See Decor Pad for more details.

See Decor Pad for more details.

Elegant, classy and bold is found in the example below.  The strong black and gold trims and accessories become even more poignant against the light taupe and cream striped wall.

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The next one is very definitely one my most favorites!  I need more adjectives to say this is indeed my most favorite entryway.  I have a very large mirror that once hung on the wall of my last home in Northern Virginia.  But now that I have downsized to a lovely coastal apartment, I've been toying with the idea of unpacking the mirror and lean it against a wall in the hall.  In fact, add more visual interest through layering and add an abstract stencil on the wall; add a small boxy modern table; and a collection of boxes and a small lamp. There is not enough room for bench but I love the idea of over-sized baskets.  Well, looks like I've got my entryway solved.  Okay, let's try a few more ideas for you.

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

Chests and credenzas are great for creating a fabulous entrance, be it dramatic or casual.  Not only can it make a grand statement but it also provides storage.

Discovered on Pinterest

Discovered on Pinterest

Discovered on Pinterest

Discovered on Pinterest

Discovered on Nordic Days blog.  I'm guessing but this wall storage unit looks like a shoe storage unit doubling as an entry way!  How clever.

Discovered on Nordic Days blog.  I'm guessing but this wall storage unit looks like a shoe storage unit doubling as an entry way!  How clever.

Creating a fabulous entryway is a great place to add a gallery: paintings, family photos or a collection of photos you love.  Your guests will always want to stop, admire and talk with you about your beautiful collection--and you will always be greeted with things you love that stop you at the door to make you smile.

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Of course, if it's glamour you prefer to see when your home welcomes you back, here are a couple of lovely decor templates.

My New Orleans Home.com.  (Oops, looks like someone forgot to remove the clear wrap from the lampshades.)

My New Orleans Home.com.  (Oops, looks like someone forgot to remove the clear wrap from the lampshades.)

Discovered on Pinterest.

Discovered on Pinterest.

Okay, so you live in an apartment or home where you open the door and look directly into your living space.  But you like the idea of having a little space that says "stop here first."  As I said above, and I've done it myself in an apartment, add a screen.  There are hundreds (probably thousands) of them from which to choose, such as solid wood designs, bamboos, framed with fabrics, glass art or just clear glass.  

You know the old saying, "Home is where the heart is." I say it begins when you open the door--smiling faces are the best.  Second best is a warm, fabulous "enter here."

Are you taking another look at your foyer or thinking how to create one?

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