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We rehabbed the original front door back in the fall. (Read about it here and here.) And now that we’re actually using it, it’s time to spruce up the entry.

I should point out that we don’t have a true entry or foyer. The front door opens up into the living area of our great room. To create the feeling of an entry, I placed an oversized chair perpendicular to the door and hung DIY wood shelves on one wall. This setup hugs the front door so when you enter the house there’s a “pause” or a moment before you step foot into the living room. Don’t mind the zigzag floor poufs. Those things act as bean bags for my kids and they get moved around a lot – from the entry to the living room to the boys’ bedroom and back. More than likely, they’ll get booted from the entry.

I want the entry to have a clear purpose (welcoming guests, taking off shoes, hanging coats and bags, etc.) but it needs to have the same vibe as the rest of the space. Adding a few key pieces will optimize the entry’s function and style.

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Outside, I’ll be adding satin nickel house numbers, a crazy cool doorbell button, greenery in a sculptural planter, and a striped coconut fiber doormat to make the plain entrance more inviting. A fun bubble umbrella might make an appearance, too. The simplicity, texture and clean lines of the items hint at what’s going on inside the house.

Just inside the front door, there will be a woven bench, steel & wood coat hooks and a framed “Staredown” print.

I scored the hooks for $35 due to a pricing error in West Elm’s winter catalog. They were listed at $35 in the catalog and I immediately went online to order them but was disappointed to find them listed at $60. I sent an email to their customer service department kindly stating that I thought they should honor the price in the catalog even if it wasn’t the correct price. They did!

I had a hard time finding a bench that was the right size, style and price (preferably less than $100) for the entry. But on a late night date with myself at Target, I found the woven cotton and jute bench marked down from $110 to $82. (It’s now priced at $77.) It’s the exact size I was looking for and the organic vibe is my jam.

*UPDATE: I checked to see if Target would do a price change on the bench. They said they couldn’t since I bought it more than two weeks ago. I asked if I could return it and then turn right back around and buy it for the $77 clearance price. They said yes so that’s what I did just today. Aw yeah. Who used to work in retail? This girl.*

I want to DIY a simple wall hanging reminiscent of a dreamcatcher to hang near the front door. I love the gold and string fiber art featured on The Merrythought last month. It will be my inspiration.

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A thin-framed mirror will go on the wall perpendicular to the door. I had a hard time finding a mirror I liked that was shallow enough for the narrow space between the wall and door when opened but I finally hunted one down. FYI: It’s already hung and the way it reflects light from the trio of windows on the front door it nothing short of amazing.

Of course, there will be a few surprise (!) last-minute accessories to liven things up even more. I’ll be working with Wayfair (like I did for my workspace reveal) to bring this project to fruition. It should go live late April / early May and I’ll be sharing all the nitty gritty details along with before-and-afters right here. Stay tuned…

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images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking, linked within

41 Comments

17.March.2014

I love it. Show us the mirror soon! Will the bench go next to the door? Is that where I will sit when I take my shoes off? : )

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replied on March 18th, 2014

Sure, unless you come in through the garage or back door…then you can use the bench in the mudroom ;)

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17.March.2014

This is exciting! You always have great ideas, good luck!

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17.March.2014

How exciting! Can’t wait to see everything come together.

I have a quick question about your door, as I’m about to use the exact same style door for my house. Is the glass in your door clear, or slightly frosted/opaque? I love the look of clear, but wondering about privacy, etc.

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replied on March 18th, 2014

Ours is clear glass. Our house sits back from the road a bit and the windows are so small you can’t really see much through them. We’ve never been ones to close off windows anyhow. At night we pull down blackout shades in the bedrooms and we have privacy glass in our bathroom windows but that’s about it. We live in a fish bowl!

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17.March.2014

I Love the Zig Zag poufs! Do you mind telling me where you got them?

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replied on March 18th, 2014

West Elm but I don’t think they’re available anymore. Land of Nod and Target have similar, less expensive options.

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17.March.2014

I’m looking forward to seeing the mirror! Our entryway is exactly like yours in that it opens directly into our living room area. I’m thinking of purchasing a storage bench to hide shoes & cold weather gear (hopefully I won’t need to worry about that too much longer!) and offer a seat whenever someone is putting on or taking off shoes. Haven’t yet found one that I like, though!

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17.March.2014

I love your plans and can’t wait to see what you do. Like a lot of people, I have the same design dilemma of a front door that spills into the living space. I love how you are making it work! Thanks for the inspiration.

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17.March.2014

Ha! I just pinned that bench last night while browsing the Threshold line, and I thought of you. I knew you’d love it!

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18.March.2014

Have you checked out the house numbers at Home Depot? They actually have some pretty nice looking modern numbers.

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18.March.2014

Love it! But, um, did you really go to the effort of lugging the bench to return it and then buying it straight away to save $5?

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replied on March 18th, 2014

Nope ;) The customer service people were nice enough to do a *pretend* return and re-purchase. I had the receipt with me and was there anyway grabbing some other items. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask about the price adjustment. When they said no to the adjustment and I asked about returning the bench then re-buying it at the clearance price, I said I would be back another day to return it then. I wasn’t rude or pushy. After a moment, the clerk said she would go ahead and return it without having the bench in person. I think she took pity on me since I had all three kids with me. Haha! I have worked in retail and, honestly, just a little kindness towards customer service employees can make all the difference in their answers.

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replied on March 18th, 2014

Aha! I did wonder at that :-) it’s nice they did the. Where I live shops don’t give you the sale price if you’ve bought previously, but I did once manage to get a price reduction from an online clothes store who announced their sale 12 hours after I put in a big order. It was the Christmas spirit then!

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18.March.2014

Where did you find your chevron floor pillows? I’ve been looking for something similar and hasn’t found anything I really like. Thanks!

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replied on March 18th, 2014

They are the zigzag floor poufs from West Elm. I bought them on sale last year. I don’t think they’re available anymore but Land of Nod and Target have similar, less expensive options.

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I’m in love with that planter!

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18.March.2014

A date with yourself at Target…I sure do have a lot of those myself! But Target’s home decor stuff is really stepping up its game and I can’t help but at least *look* over there when I go, no matter what it is I actually need.

In your foyer, I love that little brass lamp and how it looks almost like it’s looking to the front door, waiting for people.

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replied on March 18th, 2014

It’s like a big brass eyeball, isn’t it?

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18.March.2014

I just saw a DIY version of those planters!
http://www.hellolidy.com/2014/01/29/wood-plant-stand-tutorial/

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replied on March 18th, 2014

Nice!

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18.March.2014

You mentioned the poufs migrating back and forth between the living room and the boys’ room. You haven’t shown their room for quite a while, and I’m wondering if there have been any changes you’d like to share — maybe when you do their closet reveal?

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I’ve had my eye on those woven benches at Target for months. MONTHS! And yet I still haven’t pulled the trigger. I keep thinking they’ll discount them further but $77 is pretty darn low!

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18.March.2014

I LOVE the case study planter- I’m on the fence about buying it, but the DIY option here is compelling as well:
http://retrorenovation.com/2012/08/02/how-to-build-a-mid-century-inspired-planter-stand-in-8-easy-steps/
My biggest issue will then be to find a nice pot, but I’m hoping Ikea will have some nice options this summer.
PS- I’m totally digging that mirror as well.

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replied on March 18th, 2014

Yeah, I’ve seen some great DIY’s of modern plant stands!

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18.March.2014

Okay, so this may sound a bit crazy/stalker-ish, but I admire your style so much that I tend to determine the “worthiness” of a décor item by asking myself: “Is this something Dana would use in her home?” One thing I haven’t been able to figure out is the kind of welcome mat that you’d use…. This post answers that. LOL Obviously, I’m not wanting to copy your home item for item, but I do admire the overall look, as it’s one of the few styles that my hubby and I BOTH like! ;)

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replied on March 18th, 2014

I do that too! But I usually insert “Nate Berkus” or “Thom Filicia” or “Emily Henderson” or someone else’s name who has a design aesthetic I admire. It does make it easier to decide.

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18.March.2014

Have you ever considered putting shelving, even though it will be shallow, on either side of your TV? Even if they were just picture ledges?

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replied on March 18th, 2014

Thought about it…but, like you said, it would be shallow and useless to us so we decided against it.

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18.March.2014

That staredown print has been in my cart for months! I love that you like it too! What size are you getting? I think i have three different sizes in my cart…I can’t decide.

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19.March.2014

I guess if I really wanted to, I could scroll and scroll back to where you said you purchased your couch from, but I’m just not down for that today (pregnant with a 1yo with a cold and ain’t nobody got time fo dat). Anyway, where did you say you got your couch from? I love the clean lines and my husband loves the leather.

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replied on March 19th, 2014

I have wanted to know the same thing and don’t have any good excuses as to why I haven’t searched for it! Ha! I have been wondering when you will update your “see my house” tour with the Underdog. It would be really sweet if it included sources when you do! :-)

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replied on March 19th, 2014

Hey ladies! Here’s the link for where she got the couch:).

http://www.housetweaking.com/2011/12/14/we-bought-a-sofa-or-couch/

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replied on March 19th, 2014

Great! When can I hire you? ;)

replied on March 19th, 2014

House tour coming this year – promise! And it will include source lists.

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This is gonna be so great Dana. I love that the exterior will give a great preview of the awesomeness that awaits inside. I love the mirror and the placement of it. I also understand how difficult it is to “create” a foyer where there isn’t one and in your case its even more tricky to do so in limited space. I love watching your house become a home layer by layer:)

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20.March.2014

Hi Dana, i would love to know where you got the whole wall shelf system by your front door? (sorry if you already shared that info)

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replied on March 20th, 2014

It was a relatively easy DIY! Find more about halfway through this post…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2013/08/01/library-day/

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07.April.2014

Do either of those light switches by the door control an indoor entry light? We have the same set up when you walk in… shelving to the left except we have our dining/kitchen area to the right so there’s a chandelier (which we’re hoping to replace with something more industrial) hanging 5 feet from the door. I’ve been searching for an entry light that also has an industrial feel but isn’t too obtrusive since we don’t technically have a real entryway and I don’t want it to compete with the dining light…

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replied on April 7th, 2014

We don’t have a foyer or entry light. One switch is for the exterior lights. The other is for the track lighting in the open living – kitchen space. There’s a dimmer switch for the track lighting by the garage man door but not here. To suffice, we usually leave on the floor lamp in the living room if we’re coming home after dark. It’s close to the front door and has a three-way switch.

We typically enter the house through the mudroom though. We recently installed a motion activated switch in there because the switch’s placement made no sense. Basically, we had to walk through the mudroom in the dark to flip the switch. The motion sensor solved that!

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09.April.2014

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