Today I’m so excited to be joining two of my favorite blogger friends, Cindy of Rough Luxe Lifestyle and Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home, for one of their monthly Project Design challenges. They’ve invited me and 6 other bloggers and designers to participate in an entry way refresh for spring. I have to admit, as thrilled as I was to be included, I was also a little hesitant. My entry way is not very large, and by far the darkest room in my whole house! But, since this is a design challenge, I decided I would challenge myself to see if I could improve this area!
My main problem, light, is not something that I can readily fix. While we are planning to replace our front doors with windowed front doors in the future, that’s not in the cards at the moment. So, the first thing I decided to do was to swap out the two tables that occupy the space. Both of the tables in the entry were dark brown and I didn’t think they were helping the situation! Not only did I not need any more dark wood in there (my floors are already fairly dark), but they weren’t really reflective of my taste anymore, either.
The new console table is from Wisteria. The narrow width of this console is perfect here since I don’t have a lot of room here, and the pale grey color is exactly what I was looking for! I also added a basket under the table for more visual interest. Vintage baskets add so much character (you can read about my love for them here) and I think the texture really updates the space.
The mirror, sconces and prints are all antiques, as is the cast iron urn. I filled the urn with dried artichokes from Pottery Barn. Adding anything green or natural, even of the dried variety, instantly adds a feeling of spring!
This urn is one of my favorite things – I use it in every season! It is vintage and I purchased it at a flea market. I get a lot of inquiries about it on Instagram and here on the blog, so I tried to find some similar ones below. You can also try Etsy, Ebay, or even One King’s Lane.
It’s amazing how just some simple changes made such a big difference!
And this little demilune table I decided to keep. It’s such a classic shape, and this wall is only three feet wide so it’s difficult to find something that fits. For that reason, it made more sense to paint it rather than buy something new. And I love the way it turned out! I’ve never used chalk paint before but it was very easy and I love the off-white color. Again, I was so surprised by how lightening up just one piece of furniture affects the whole space so dramatically!
I love flowers all year, but at spring in particular they really add some much needed freshness. This may be somewhat of a no-brainer, but honestly, nothing can add life to a space as quickly as fresh flowers!
The little vase is from Anthropologie and I’m loving the pop of color it brings! Not only is green Pantone’s Color of the Year, but it’s also a great color for freshening up a space. The marble eggs are something I’ve been collecting for a while now and I always bring them out for spring. Mine are vintage and I’ve kind of found them one at a time at flea markets and online, but Williams-Sonoma has a collection that is just gorgeous, and very reasonably priced – no getting up early needed!
This demijohn continues the green theme and since they are very on trend right now, it adds that little punch the area needed.
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I hope this has given you some ideas on how you can update your own entry. By simply updating your furniture with a lighter version, adding fresh flowers and natural elements, some texture, and maybe a trend or two, you can make big changes in a small space!
Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you’ll go on to visit the other bloggers and see all that they have to share as well!
Project Design Participants
Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home
Cindy Hattersley at Rough Luxe Lifestyle
Cassie at Cassie Bustamante
Claire at Claire Brody Design
Amanda at Dixie Delights
Sheila at Maison de Cinq (that’s me!)
Kim at Northern California Style
Susan at Our French Oasis
Becky at This is Happiness