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*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Taylor who has the perfect spot for the “Torched” print!

Myra contacted me about adding function and style to her family’s foyer. Even though the entry is spacious, the family is having a difficult time making it work for their lifestyle. With two young boys in the mix, the entry needs to provide organization for shoes, outerwear, a diaper bag, pumpkin seat, mail, keys and other miscellaneous.

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As is, the walls are only primed and the space is broken up by french doors that lead to a living room, an open staircase, a doorway and a coat closet. There isn’t enough storage near the front door so discarded shoes and hats turn into tripping hazards. A clunky bench blocks the french doors. The dresser was originally meant to hold small outerwear items but instead it has become a catchall for odds and ends, like board games and items left behind by guests. Myra isn’t sure it’s the best fit for the space. She and her husband recently spruced up the stairs with new paint and stain. They would love for the open staircase to be more of a focal point as it’s one of their favorite things about their home. And Myra wants the foyer to feel more inviting – both for her family and for guests – as it’s the main point of entrance. She leans towards neutrals, natural textures and hits of black and gold.

Here are my ideas for Myra’s foyer…

inviting + family-friendly entry

1 – First up, I would keep the wall color light. Benjamin Moore super white would look bright and clean. If white walls aren’t practical for Myra’s family, a light gray (i.e., Benjamin Moore gray owl or stonington gray) could be great. I think the front door would look more substantial with a few coats of black paint. Try Benjamin Moore onyx. Hanging two rows of hooks (one at kid height, one at adult height) on the sliver of wall just to the left of the front door as you enter would provide immediate storage for everything from jackets to backpacks to the diaper bag. These leather and peg hook racks are so handsome. A more affordable option would be to DIY similar racks using stained wood boards and black hooks from a local home improvement store.

2 – Since the staircase wall is the view that greets the homeowners and guests upon entrance, it should feel welcoming and act as a focal point. This is the place to hang art and add a few accessories. I would repurpose or sell the current dresser and bring in a narrower one with straighter lines so as not to compete with the staircase. A small teardrop lamp on top of the dresser lends warm ambience and makes the large space feel more intimate. The “Torched” art print has an organic vibe that helps to soften all the sharp angles in the entry. I would frame it and hang it a few inches above the dresser then lean the bird art (currently near the front door) in front of it for a casual, layered effect. A gold leaf-like bowl can corral everything from Hot Wheels to keys to the baby’s pacifier. Because it’s metal, it’s virtually indestructible. Greenery is always a good thing! Keep a large floor basket next to the dresser for miscellaneous items such as random toys, stray socks or a bike helmet.

3 – Textured rug squares in putty or taupe are perfect for high traffic areas. They’re so good at upping the cozy factor while simultaneously hiding dirt. The antique bench is too bulky and completely crowds another great feature of the foyer – those glass doors! I would like to see a simpler bench used elsewhere in the space. (More on that in a minute.) For immediate hidden storage near the front door, I would hang a slim shoe cabinet on the wall where the bird art currently resides. The cabinet is meant to hold shoes but it’s also great for smaller items like gloves and hats that don’t always make it into the closet or dresser. The plastic material is family-friendly (just wipe it down!) and inexpensive but could be dressed up by wrapping the sides and top in plywood. The top horizontal surface is a great spot for dropping keys or mail. Hanging a small round mirror above the shoe cabinet allows for quick once-overs. I love the leather detail on this one!

4 – Between the coat closet and staircase (on the window wall) I would provide seating with a bench. I like the simple design and natural materials of this one. The cork looks really organic and should be crazy durable, not to mention a little more forgiving to lil’ ones than the hard corners and arms on the current bench. A sturdy basket, shoes and/or the infant pumpkin seat can be slid underneath the bench and out of the way. I always think it’s a good idea to have a basket at the bottom of a staircase to corral items that need to be taken upstairs. Just grab the basket on your way up and go! A kilim pillow lends color and pattern. (Every room needs a pillow. Duh.)

5 – To finish off the space, I’d switch out the traditional chandelier with something more modern. I absolutely LOVE the lines and black finish of this blacksmith chandelier. The finish ties in to the metal legs on the bench, the black ink in the artwork and the leather loops on the hook rack.

Lastly, I would also encourage Myra and her family to utilize the backside of the closet door. A clear hanging organizer can keep extra pairs of shoes in check along with other small items like scarves, hats, gloves, etc. I know keeping an entryway (no matter how large or small) tidy with kids present can feel like a losing battle most days, but I’ve found that having a system in place is essential. It doesn’t take much to quickly throw hats in baskets and shoes in cabinets and hang bags and coats on hooks before walking away. When there’s a place for everything, it’s a cinch. I hope this gives Myra and her family – and maybe even you – some ideas for injecting function and style into one of the busiest spaces of a home.

After making it through all that, I’m excited to announce today’s giveaway! Minted is offering up some art for the taking. (I seriously can’t stop thinking about that dreamy print above.) See entry details below.

PRIZE: one $200 credit to Minted

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a physical shipping address. (No P.O. boxes please.) One entry per email address. This giveaway is open to international readers!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “MINT ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before 9:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 15th. One random winner will be announced Monday, November 16th.

*BONUS* I’m throwing in a signed copy of Lovable Livable Home to the winner! John & Sherry were nice enough to send me an early copy but I had already preordered one. I met up with them when they were in town last month and asked if they wouldn’t mind signing my preordered copy for a giveaway. They were game so it’s up for grabs! Shipping is on me.

Good luck!

Do you have a space in need of help? You can email me at housetweaking (at) gmail (dot) com with photos and a description of your space for consideration for a complimentary mood board and blog feature. I’m not able to help everyone but I will do my best to select spaces with the best potential. Thanks for reading!

967 Comments

09.November.2015

Mint me! Love your ideas for the entryway!

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09.November.2015

Great giveaway! We just moved to a new place and have lots of blank walls! I love minted (also YHL)!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Although apparently that’s too short a comment to actually post . . .

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replied on November 10th, 2015

I know. Thanks for not being a robot ;)

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! I like the chandelier you chose.

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!! Love everything here!!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! I love the vibe of the mood board. my favorite piece is the bench. so cool!

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09.November.2015

Mint Me!! I would love some new artwork :)

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09.November.2015

Mint me! I’ve been lusting after a Kelly Johnston print and would TOTALLY pull the trigger with $200 to put towards the 44 x 44 inch framed print.

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! Love minted.com! (also would love a copy of lovable livable home!)

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09.November.2015

Great ideas! Mint me, please!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! I’m such a fan of Minted’s cards and now I love their art too!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Although I think it’s sad to see that dresser with awesome character go.

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replied on November 10th, 2015

It doesn’t have to go for good…it could be repurposed in another room where the scale is more appropriate.

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! PLEASE!

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09.November.2015

Mint Me! I love the return of the mood board! Always so inspiring…

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!!! I would love to spruce up my entry

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09.November.2015

Mint Me! Love all these entry way ideas!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! I need to spruce up…every room ;)

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09.November.2015

mint me!! Love all of your ideas here

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!!

I have been looking through all the photography on Minted and they really have a nice collection to choose from!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Love all your ideas!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!!!! Great mood board.

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!

Thanks for sharing your mood, I’m feeling it.

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09.November.2015

Mint me please!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!!! Would love to order some oversized art for our family room from Minted!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! Perfect timing to inspire my upcoming laundry room makeover!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Love your suggestions. Moving to a new house this weekend and need the help!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! Love the moodboard!

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09.November.2015

Mint me, please!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Love the mood board!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! I love a good mood board – thank you for bringing one back. :)

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09.November.2015

Mint me!

I’m totally going to steal some of these ideas for my entry. It’s in dire condition.

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Would love this :)

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09.November.2015

Mint Me! I have been lusting after the Blue Mountain print by Jenny Partrite so fingers crossed!

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09.November.2015

Mint Me! Would love to win this prize, and love this entry!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Please!

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09.November.2015

Mint me!! Love these mood board posts! So much inspiration for even me with my tiny enty! And I would love to have LLH…and sighned, how awesome?! Thanks for the chance!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! Minted is my favorite!

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09.November.2015

Mint Me! I’ve had my eye on several pieces from Minted for a while!

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09.November.2015

mint me! I have lots of walls that could use some prettying up!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! Please :)

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09.November.2015

Mint me! I have my eyes on few prints…

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!

I love all your ideas for that entry. Nice job.

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! Please :D

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Mint Me! I love LOVE Minted!

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09.November.2015

Mint me! Great ideas for the entry!

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09.November.2015

Mint Me! Please!

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replied on November 9th, 2015

MINT ME! Love these ideas!

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09.November.2015

MINT ME!! Yeah international readers ! :)

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09.November.2015

MINT ME! And thanks for having such a great blog, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my visits for the past few years. :)

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