Image: Smitten Studio

I have always believed that entryways are an important detail in any home. It sets the mood for your entire space. We have a small entryway but I still decorated it and put my own personal stamp on it.

Here are some accessories/pieces that everyone should consider using-
Bench- Allows guests and owners to sit and remove shoes easily.
Sideboard- Great for added storage.
Mirror- Enlarges a space and allows visitors to have access for seeing themselves.
Hooks or Coat trees- Obvious reasons.
A tray- Great for storing keys.
Rug- Adds texture and warmth to cold feet.
Art- Looks cool.

Find more entryway inspiration below.

Image: Houzz

Image: Coco Lapine Design

Image: My Paradissi

Image: Asteria

Image: Carolina Iriarte



I recently installed Lutron’s Maestro Occupancy/Vacancy Sensing C·L Dimmer in our home’s entryway. If you missed the fun video, see it here. I wanted to give you an update on the dimmer and my post installation thoughts. First, the dimmer was very easy to install, if I can do it- you can! Second, it has been beneficial to my family in so many ways. My kids tend to leave the lights on (don’t most kids??), so the timed lighting is perfect for us. When I am carrying groceries and mountains of things left behind in the car after running errands, turning the light on is the last thing I can manage to do. It is so nice to have the lights come on when we open the door, as if we are being welcomed home. Thirdly, it is just icing on the cake that we have noticed some savings in our electricity bill. If you’ve considered lighting updates you have Simply Grove’s seal of approval on this family friendly and effortless LUTRON addition.

If you weren’t convinced before, read this and be convinced!

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This DIY couldn’t be more perfect for those of you in need of a coat rack, and did I mention you can EASILY  do this yourself?! Find a branch to weather or scuff, secure it to the wall in your entryway, and add metal hooks as needed. Bam, just like that you’ve added natural decor with purpose and have hardly spent any money! A win-win-win in my book!

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Unknown picture, does anyone know who this came from?

I love the simplicity of this entryway and it is perfect to do on a budget! Use this weeks get the look to create a “less-is-more” welcome for your guests here…

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Simply Grove presents Lutron Light Sensor. from simply grove on Vimeo.

I showed you images of my entryway makeover yesterday. Now I get to show you the techie cool part of the space. I teamed up with Lutron to promote their light sensors. The reason I am totally willing to back this product up is these sensors can help save energy and make life easier. I need more of both of those things in my life. Another detail about Lutron’s light sensors is how easy they are to install. If I can install them, anyone can! And it only takes 15 minutes of your time.

I installed Lutron’s Maestro Occupancy/Vacancy Sensing C·L Dimmer. The Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensors automatically turn lights on when you enter a space and off when you leave, making them a convenient way to save energy in a home or commercial space. They’re ideal for rooms where lights are accidentally left on. For us, it’s our entryway light. For others it could be the office, laundry room, pantry and even walk in closets. It’s also great for those moments when your hands are full and you need a third hand to turn lights on. These products work with various light bulbs types (incandescents, halogens, dimmable CFLs and dimmable LEDs) and feature ambient light detection, which means lights will only turn on if there’s not enough sunlight filling the space.

Watch my video above to see how the process was for me. You’ll love the end;) And PLEASE excuse my ugly bandaid. It’s a war wound that won’t go away!

Shop Lutron here and learn more about the Dimmer here.



Last Friday Hayneedle posted images of my Entryway makeover. I’m thrilled with how it turned out! I wanted to create a fun and stylish space so that when my guests walked in, they instantly felt a cool vibe. With the help of Hayneedle, I’m hoping that I created just that for my guests.

You can find the list of accessories and furniture pieces here on Hayneedle. Also, the awesome Bel Reef art piece on the console table is from Art.com.

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Check out my new entryway over on Hayneedle! I’ll be posting more pictures next week of the makeover as well as a nifty new detail that has changed our entryway from ordinary to high tech.

Go here for full reveal.

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I just wanted to give you a little progress on my entryway makeover. We took the old wallpaper down which exposed the original wall texture. It’s not my favorite so I was excited to cover it up with this Tempaper. To be honest. the Tempaper didn’t attach itself as smoothly as we had hoped. Mostly because of how dark the original texture is, it ended up showing lots of lines. Saying all that, it’s not our proudest work but it “works”.

We should have this project finished by this weekend. I’m excited to have a pretty entryway!

(Reef art via Art.com)


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I’m in the midst of doing a little entryway redo, involving Hayneedle again. I’m pretty excited about the direction I’m taking with this space. It’s going to be a very neutral, calming entryway. A new Tempaper design is going on the walls, I have a small entryway table coming and I’m finishing it all off with some cool accessories.

Don’t you love this giant black basket?? More info on it to come.

And of course every entryway is complete with a coat tree. This one is sleek and well sized.

Can’t wait to show you the reveal soon!



This stunning home, located in Finland, has a great combo of color and texture. When I first saw this home on The Style Files, I was immediately attracted to the dining area. I love the combo of the brass pendant with the colorful art. It’s a good example of how mixing colors and textures should happen. I’ve heard from a lot of clients that this white of a home wouldn’t work for their family and their needs. It’s definitely for a specific audience. I personally could definitely do it, with a lot of added color. Home of colour paint range has a variety of colors for color fanatics like me.

This book shelf adds some great color by using the spines of the books.

Also, a big fear for creating a space like this is, do you have to use an interior designer to create this look? It most certainly helps but doesn’t have to be a must. Homebase decorators can add an eye for the details and the cohesiveness of a space. Sometimes if you live in a space for a long time, you lose inspiration. I know! I’ve had it happen many times.

What do you think of this home? Could you live here?







Si from French By Design has done an exceptional job on her home (see entire tour here) and one of my favorite moments in her home is the entryway. It’s clean, simple and full of style. For a similar look, I have created a collage of items that will fit nicely in any entryway space. Remember that the key to this space is the crisp white walls.

1. Console Table 2. Clock 3. Art from Art.com 4. Wool Rug 5. Table Lamp 6. Paint Color 7.Wooden Shoe 8. Black Bowl 






A trend that we are seeing more and more in interior design is brass. Obviously brass and gold have been around for forever and designers have been using it for forever. But recently we’ve seen it being used in all styles of design. I’m particularly fond of it when used in lighting, hardware and other unexpected places. Above we see just a splash of brass in the sconce lighting. It’s just enough to give 0ff a super cool vibe

Below are a few of my favorite brass items right now.

1. Armstrong Armchair 2. Desk Lamp 3. Pendant Lamp 4. Candlesticks

Image via Dwell.



Isn’t this space divine?? Erin Loechner has done an incredible job creating a scandinavian getaway in her midwest home. Lucky for us, she is hosting a curated sale on Joss & Main inspired by her own home. The sale starts this Sunday but you can see a sneak peek here.

Isn’t her entryway the best??!! Hopefully their will be items in the sale to create a similar look for all of us fans!






I wanted to show you a sneak peek of a home I did last week in LA. The house itself is flipping fantastic so filling it with great design was a blast. Above is an area right off of the living room. You’ll recognize pieces from West Elm and CB2. My favorite detail is the Family light boxes designed by the Novagratz and sold at CB2. At night it glows perfectly. I also added some ceramic goodness from Heath Ceramics.




I’m thrilled to share with you this amazing house tour featured on Design*Sponge today.  Welcome to the Kren farm, owned by one of my dearest friends and her adorable family.  Joyce Alexander, who is a fantastic photographer, and myself (I styled the shoot) were thrilled to capture the beauty of this home.  Go on over to D*S and feast your eyes on the rest of this tour!


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