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I hope you enjoyed the exterior tour of our front entry. Now on to the interior!

interior entry progress collage

This corner of our home has come a long way. Again, rehabbing the original front door was the biggest project in this space and you can read more about that here. In addition, we added weatherstripping around the door jamb to prevent drafts. The mortise handset looks just as good from the inside!

interior entry 1

Our house doesn’t boast a foyer. The front door opens up into our living room. To carve out an “entry” I placed an oversized chair perpendicular to the door which visually separated the living room from the entryway. DIY wood shelves line one wall but don’t take up precious floor space. A durable sisal rug designates the area as an entry. I didn’t want the door to stand out in the living room so I painted it the same white as the trim.

interior entry 3

A woven bench, petite in size, sits next to the door. It’s the perfect spot for slipping shoes on or off. It also comes in handy for boxed deliveries. The design is simple but the woven top is a nod to patterns and textures found elsewhere in our home. The wooden knobs provide a place for jackets and bags. I keep a sweater wrap here to throw on on chilly mornings. The hanging brass and string art is a fun touch.

I should point out that we typically enter our home through the mudroom at the back of the house. We keep outerwear, backpacks, shoes and other outdoor gear in there. This setup by the front door is mainly for guests or quick trips outside to grab the mail or get a kid on / off the bus.

interior entry 4

The great thing about the coat hooks is that they have a built-in shelf which is ideal for stashing a pair of sunglasses, a set of keys or incoming mail. I couldn’t help displaying a rock Mabrey gave me and some live greenery. A framed photography print picks up on an antler theme that runs throughout the house.

interior entry 5

A major drawback to the original entry was that it was extremely dark. Removing light-filtering screens from the trio of windows in the door let light pour in and I hung a mirror to reflect the natural light even more. It’s nice for quick once-overs, too, before heading out or answering the doorbell. I love looking into the mirror and seeing our living room from a completely different perspective. It’s kind of amusing to see our open kitchen-living space flipped around! (Sorry, I’m a visual nerd.)

interior entry 6

The gold frame of the mirror ties in with other brass and gold elements in the room. My goal was to make the entry function with style but I didn’t want it to be a focal point. I kinda just wanted it to fall to the background.

interior entry 2

I hope you enjoyed the tours of our little entry! It’s nothing to write home about but it works for us. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when decorating a nearly nonexistent entryway:

*Optimize floor space. Keep as much furniture up off the ground as possible to provide a clear path for traffic.

*Create a dropzone. A modest bench, some coat hooks and a shallow wall shelf do the trick!

*Less is more. Don’t go overboard with the decorating. One really good art piece is sufficient. Do add personality with one or two meaningful objects that you’ve made or found.

*Hang a mirror. It doesn’t have to be huge. A dainty round mirror suspended from a leather strap achieves the same effect as a larger, framed mirror. They both bounce around light and provide a spot for checkin’ yourself out.

*Blend well. If your “entry” is part of a larger space, decor choices should jive with the rest of the room. Repeat materials found elsewhere in the room.

Sources:

door – original, vintage
door paint – Benjamin Moore White Dove in semi-gloss
entryset – Emtek*
framed print – Minted*
wall hooks – West Elm
small concrete planter – JoAnn’s
brass and string art – DIY
bench – Target
mirror – Wayfair*

*This post was sponsored in part by Wayfair, Minted and Emtek. Items marked with an asterisk were chosen by me and kindly donated by these companies. All opinions and images are my own. See more of my entry over on Wayfair. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

For fun, a little before-and-after action…

interior entry b&a

The top photo was taken the day we closed on the house. Really, any “after” would look amazing compared to that!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

59 Comments

Love love love!! I always enjoy seeing what you do around your house. You have a great eye for styling spaces – and the before/after comparison is amazing!!

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25.April.2014

I love that print. I just checked out their site and found art that I’d love for my entry hallway too.

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25.April.2014

So jealous of your ability to layer without looking cluttered!

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Your entry is lovely…and so organized – I am truly jealous! I can’t seem to keep the shoes corralled in our entry…LOVE that bench – I passed by one very similar on clearance at our local Target this week. Might have to go back and get it!!

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Loveeee everything about this!

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25.April.2014

Beautiful! Your style is amazing.

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It looks fantastic! I’m especially in love with the photography print! :)

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25.April.2014

Love it!

What is the source for the rug?

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25.April.2014

I love all of the brass elements!

http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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25.April.2014

I am so impressed that you had the imagination for that transformation. That before is rough! Your style is beautiful and you’ve really turned that place into something quite lovely and inviting.

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25.April.2014

Beautiful!
I would like to know the source of your big black and white/beige basket in the living room! I love your style!

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replied on April 26th, 2014

Target a few years back!

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25.April.2014

Love everything about your entryway space and that Amy Carroll print! She shot my wedding and I’m obsessed with her work!

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25.April.2014

Love it, of course! And it certainly blends with the rest of the space. Wondering where you got that cute tiny square planter?

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replied on April 26th, 2014

JoAnn’s! It was $2.

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25.April.2014

Love the whole space and that door-lovely!

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25.April.2014

Really great! I love it

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25.April.2014

Great entry !! Love it !! ❤

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25.April.2014

Ooooh! Loving the new design. I have been struggling with the same issue of a front door that opens right into the living space. It is great to see how you carved out an entry. Thanks for the source of inspiration!

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25.April.2014

Love it! This is basically the way our entry is arranged and we have the same situation – front door opening up to the living room – but mine still needs a few tweaks…I am so drawn to that photography art, too! It’s absolutely perfect for our farmhouse style so I think I’ll have to check that out!
Thanks Dana!
Leah: )

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25.April.2014

amazing! what a transformation. well done!

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25.April.2014

Looks great! Can I ask for a source on the floor lamp next to the couch?

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replied on April 26th, 2014

Target! It was silver. I spray painted it gold. Of course.

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replied on April 29th, 2014

Ah! I totally recognize the lamp now and love how you transformed it with gold paint. Do you mind sharing the brand and shade of gold spray paint you use? It’s hard picking a good shade of gold spray paint.

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replied on April 30th, 2014

I used Design Master gold medal to spray paint the tripod base.

25.April.2014

Beautiful and functional space – well done! I also love the leather couch in your living room. Where is it from?

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25.April.2014

Wow, it looks so good! Awesome job! Seeing the before and after must make you proud!

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25.April.2014

Seeing this beautiful of a space is such an inspiration! I especially love that bench, it ties in perfectly with the home. You have done such an amazing job with this home! Thanks for all the great pics.

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25.April.2014

Dana, I love it! I love your whole house. You’ve got a great eye for design. Any chance we’ll get an updated home tour soon on the See My House link>

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replied on April 26th, 2014

Yes! Stay tuned… (I know I keep saying that but it WILL happen.)

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25.April.2014

I love it all!! You created such a beautiful and functional space.

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25.April.2014

Hi Dana,

I love your blog and I love how your entry way turned out. I also have an front door that just leads into the living room and love how you set your up, gives me some ideas for my place. Look forward to your next blog post.

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25.April.2014

LOVE!! Love your space, love your style!

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25.April.2014

Awesome! What color are the walls? I tried to search through old entries to find it, but couldn’t easily. Sorry if I’m missing it!

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replied on April 26th, 2014

It’s Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige. Horrible name, wonderful color.

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25.April.2014

You have an amazing talent for creating a beautiful, serene space. Like the precious commenter, I too would love to know which paint color you used for your walls.

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replied on April 25th, 2014

*previous. (Oh, autocorrect.)

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replied on April 26th, 2014

Thanks Marita! The wall color is Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige. It’s not really a beige at all so don’t let the name fool you.

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25.April.2014

Dana, I love how you give so much thought to functionality when you design your spaces. This works beautifully (and bonus: is beautiful). Well done! Love the mirror.

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25.April.2014

I love love those curtains! Could you share where they are from/ which oneS? Id also love to know the paint color on the wall. Thanks!

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replied on April 26th, 2014

Curtains are from West Elm a few years ago. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige.

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25.April.2014

Dana,
This is fabulous. Once again, you have hit the ball out of the park on making function beautiful. Trendy, yet not in-your-face. You should be very pleased with your work.

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Beautiful job, Dana! It’s absolutely drool worthy! :-).

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25.April.2014

It really is an amazing DIY before & after. The one thing that catches my eye wrong is the top shelf extending all the way to the door wall. So much further than the other shelves and it just seems to crop the room. Maybe a straight on shot would prove me wrong?

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replied on April 26th, 2014

The wall that the shelves are on is huge – wide and tall – and it spans from the living room to kitchen. The thought behind extending the top shelf was that it would maybe “anchor” the floating shelves so they didn’t feel lost on that wall. Honestly, I’m not sold on it either. But we can always trim it down to match the others. Maybe a future tweak?

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26.April.2014

I love the mirror placement! Great tip for pulling light into a dark corner.
I started following your blog about 6 months ago when I googled ‘walnut countertop’ while trying to figure out how to finish and install a 3″ slab of walnut custom-made for my center island. You blog post popped up, I used the same product you did & took all of the stress out of that job!! I should have thanked you before now– thank you!

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replied on April 26th, 2014

Ahhh, I’m so happy the walnut slab worked out for you! We love ours.

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Gorgeous as always. I adore the print and the rock [minted is killing it right now].

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26.April.2014

Both our old house and current rental have no real foyer, so I love seeing how you deal with this. Fabulous results!

But– I think the photo over the hook/shelf thingy needs to be moved up another inch or so? Just to give a little breathing room to the things on the shelf. (I feel like a snarky AT commenter writing this, but I promise you I’m very much in awe of your style!)

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I almost got that bench at Target. I think I might get the one that blue and white instead. I’m back in the states now so I can actually go look at them in person instead of just dreaming on the internet!

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27.April.2014

I see a book in the making. GREAT tips!

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Looks amazing! What a transformation!!

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Wow, that space has come a long way! We don’t have a foyer either so it’s always inspiring to me to see how people create them. I love the coat rack especially!

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30.April.2014

Your house is one of my new faves. (Is that weird to say?) Love all your style choices!!!

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30.April.2014

Your style is so inspiring. I love the touches of gold. Ever thought of painting the silver railings holding up the shelves a warm gold?

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replied on May 1st, 2014

Love that idea!

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01.May.2014

Would you share your source for the rug in your entry way?

Thanks!

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replied on May 1st, 2014

It’s sisal from NaturalAreaRugs.com a few years back. It has a non-slip back so no rug pad is needed.

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