Category Archives: Entryway

February 24, 2014

Entryway Reveal

We shared a glimpse into a newly decorated space of our home on Instagram ages ago, and I’m finally feeling ready to call this space mostly done and share it today on the blog. I hesitated for so long because although the exterior appeared to be finished, there wasn’t a whole lot going on function-wise inside the actual piece. Let’s just have a look. Our new(ish) entryway!

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If we back up a bit, here’s where we’d left off last.

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We had added a simple wall treatment and grasscloth wallpaper to help brighten up the space, and we even laid out a few plans as far as what we wanted to see happen in the future of the room – all of which were nixed after having my design breakdown. Whomp, whomp. So the space just sat, while we figured out our home’s new direction and could come up with a cohesive plan. Which I was okay with, since the last thing I wanted to do was come up with a quick fix that I’d tire of months down the road.

And then I had my breakthrough. As I was wasting endless hours sorting through other people’s crap on Craigslist, as I do, I stumbled on this guy.

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Shut up.

Had I not just spent weeks gushing over Emily Henderson’s new design for Bri Emery, featuring this very same modular shelving unit? Yes, yes I believe that I had. Of course, $225 is a pretty big chunk of change, especially for something used on Craigslist, so we headed over to just check it out. Aka – me trapping Ricky in this stranger’s basement until he caved under my sales pitch. Well, luckily, he thought it was “pretty cool” (a 100% yes in man terms), and we both happily took this guy apart and brought him home with us the very same day.

Update: We later learned that similar pieces like these go for thousands of dollars on Ebay. Score.

What do I love about it? Please, let me count the ways. For starters, it’s the epitome of everything I desired in this post. It’s modular, meaning that all the cabinets, drawers and shelves are interchangeable, so it can be completely taken apart and reassembled into countless combinations. It’s a design lover’s dream piece. Kind of like, you get all the amazing flexibility of a newly designed furniture piece, except it’s vintage and beautiful and one of kind. And also, I love it.

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It’s a little hard to see in the pics, but although it definitely had a very loving previous owner (I wanted everything in their house), it had seen it’s fair share of wear as well. If I remember correctly, I’m pretty sure that I began removing hardware for cleaning and sanding it down for a new coat of stain the second we pulled into our driveway. No, I don’t have a single picture of that process, but it was nothing exciting or different than any other sanding/staining process that we’ve been through, so I won’t bore you with details. In fact, the stain was even a custom color we had made (I was trying to tone down the super orange tones that it naturally possessed), so I’ve got nothing for you. And the blogger award goes to.. Ha.

Now, reassembled, in the house, and styled months later, we have this:

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God, I love it.

When it came time to style it, I tried to really embrace a new color scheme that I’ve been wanting to work towards for our home, with bright yellows, mints, and hot pinks. Clearly, I took some notes from Emily’s design (who wouldn’t), on both the colors and the styling itself. Without feeling that I need to completely defend myself from critics, I guess I just want to make one part clear before I have people jumping my case. The girl is amazing. I love her work, which is so obviously inspiring me on this new design journey, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I figure, as long as I can continue to separate what I actually LOVE and what speaks to me from what I just appreciate as really good design that I don’t necessarily want in my home, then there’s no reason not to be inspired and embrace what someone else has already somewhat done.

I mean, I couldn’t be happier with the results. And that’s what matters right?

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Now, as I mentioned, the reason I hesitated so long to share was (ok, mostly because I went on blogger hiatus, but also..) that I hadn’t yet figured out how to make it a functioning  piece. Yes, it was pretty, but how do we make it work? I mean really WORK hard for our family? This piece is packed with storage options and there was no way I was going to let that go to waste. We lived with it for some time and did some serious reevaluating of all the problem areas we have in our home (a lot), before deciding on our solutions.

Now, it serves as:

• A Convenient Entryway Landing Spot – keys and sunglasses all get dropped into the yellow egg crate, phones and chargers live in the glossy teal box when not in use, and un-read magazines now have a nice home on the magazine shelf. This won’t always be our main entrance to the house, but for now, we have to make do. Someday, maybe we’ll actually be able to fit a car into our garage and enter through a mudroom that isn’t half-finished and completely non-functioning to the point that I close the door and avoid it at all costs. Someday.

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• A Makeshift Office Area – No, typically I do not sit here to use the laptop, but it’s a nice cubby to hold it when not in use, as well as a few office related supplies (haven’t added those yet), since we don’t currently have a desk area anywhere else in the home. I’m thinking a few simple desk organizers in here to hold small notebooks, pens, etc. would be enough. Sidenote – we attempted to match the stain inside this cabinet to the rest of the piece with multiple failures before finally resorting to a coat of white paint. I apologize in advance to all the paint on wood haters out there. I tried.

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• File central – We have long needed an easily accessible place to store frequently used files that aren’t kept in our other file safe.  I’m crazy obsessed with this solution. It has transformed our lives having everything so organized and at hand. We were able to fit four of these inexpensive file boxes in there, containing anything from our paid bills, medical records, school paperwork, pet info, electronic manuals, etc. You know, the fun stuff. We actually only filled half of the space, so we have plenty of room to grow. Hopefully, not with more bills.

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• Printer & paper storage – The lower portion of this side we’re using to store our printer, paper, and printer accessories. It’s probably a little strange for most people to have these things in the entryway, but our home is by no means huge and our entryway just happens to be right in the heart of the home. It’s pretty much the same room as both the living room and kitchen, where we spend most of time, and since we don’t have an office, this makes sense for us. What didn’t make sense was trekking back to the master bedroom, where it was previously stored in a bookcase, every time we printed something. Probably not a forever solution, but for now, it’s working just fine. Also, can I say how much joy these pink paper trays bring every time I open the doors?

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• Stationary and Bills – The three drawers on the lower righthand side of the unit are still developing, but I have a pretty good idea of what’s going to stay. Most of our bills are paid online at this point, with very little actual paper to be managed, but the little bills-related supplies that we do have is kept in the top drawer, along with some stationary supplies, and our household binders. A work in progress for sure, but it’s nice to finally have a place for them to call home. I didn’t photograph the other two drawers, also still coming along, but one is holding all of my camera supplies – batteries, lenses, tripod, etc. and the second is storing my Silhoutte Cameo and it’s accessories. Speaking of which, I really need to master that thing and use it to it’s potential.

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• Barware Storage – Umm, because what good office/entryway doesn’t have wine? Again, this doesn’t work for everyone, but this side of the shelving unit is maybe two feet from our kitchen’s refrigerator and island. It’s the perfect location, sort of casual like a bar cart could be, located near the living space as well, and it cleared up an entire cabinet in the kitchen by moving all the glassware. We keep a larger wine rack in the pantry, plus a wine cooler in the island, so I really have no idea how those bottles even got in there. Just keeping it easily attainable from anywhere in the house I suppose. Kidding. I’m Preggers. Anyway, if you’re looking for bar-related goods, this is where you’d find them.

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Two other small updates that we made in this area of the house that you may have noticed are the addition of a storm door (which explains the open front door in the other pics) and a few coats hooks. Most days, we now keep the wood front door open and the sunlight just pours in. It’s fabulous. Natural sunlight = key to my heart. We’re still planning to make a few tweaks to the storm door come spring time, so we’ll share our progress in that area as we go.

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We moved a few things around in the living room, no wait, everything in the living room (more on that soon enough), and the placement of the previous mason jar coat rack just wasn’t making sense anymore. Relocation to the laundry room maybe? Instead, this new wall space that would easily be concealed behind the open door was a great landing for three of these coat and hat hooks.

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While this single wall may be small in scale to all the other space in our home, it’s easily my favorite space to date and it serves as such an inspiration as I work to bring the other rooms up to date.

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Because this disaster that we call a dining room is a fine example of that happening…


A few things I didn’t source:

Ligurian Houses Abstract Art Print
Crosley Ranchero Radio
Glossy Teal Storage Box (Homegoods)
Yellow Ceramic Egg Crate
Brass Rhino (Target – no longer available)
White Knockoff Eames Chair
Pink Striped Throw Blanket
Penguin Figurine (Homegoods)
White Jewelry Box
Yellow Front Door


July 24, 2013

Laugh It Up

At least, that’s what I keep telling myself as I write this post.

I confessed a major screw up a few weeks ago, regarding how we’ve decorated our home in the past. It felt glorious, but honestly, also a little overwhelming. In efforts not to drown in this mess we’ve created, and to continue moving forward, I’ve chosen to start with one of the rooms that we spend the most time in, to sort of, recover. The living room.

The last few times we touched on this space it was looking like this (minus the new grasscloth entryway):

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It’s lovely, don’t get me wrong. But honestly, it says nothing about us. Zero personality. Well, zero of our personality. If it were all back in the store, not a single thing would be calling my name. Not a single thing would come home with us. Notta.

Obviously, some things need to go. It’s about to get real here people. Everything with an “X” is getting the axe. And by axe, I mean Craigers is coming for you.

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Crazy, right? I mean me. You think I’m crazy, right? It’s cool.

I told you, we messed up big time. Nearly every single item in this room is getting the boot. Let’s take a closer look.

Sofa & Pillows – Sofa never fit the space. Came from our previous home. Just plain doesn’t work in this room. Pillows are not meant to stick around for years. MUST. SWITCH. THEM. NOW. 🙂

Ottoman/Pouf – Cute, but not here. Maybe the girls’ room? Too glam for us.

Rug – This makes me cry. Way too much yellow going on near the front door. I like the rug, so it may stay somewhere else in the house (master bedroom?).

Dresser/Media Console – Ricky wants to beat my head against the wall for this one. He’d keep it, but I say go. It’s beautiful, but it’s super trendy, too big for the room, and the herringbone makes my eyes bleed. There, I said it. Anything chevron/chevron-esque, please get the eff out of my house. Thank you.

Art Prints – A good quick fix, but I need some “real” art in my life. Something that inspires. Something colorful, and less symmetrical.

Curtain Panels – I’m almost as tired of ikat patterns as I am chevron. I think getting back to my classic roots is the name of the game here.

Front Door – Ok, this isn’t technically going anywhere. But it will be getting a fresh coat of paint 🙂

Desk Area – This space is already gone, as you saw in this post. Which, while we’re on topic, go ahead and toss these plans as well.

Now, just what exactly are we keeping you ask? Well…

• Flooring
• Pallet Wall (but the other walls may get a fresh coat of paint)
• Ceiling Light (I think)
• Umm, that’s it.

It’s nuts. But also, really, really fun. Yes, we spent money that didn’t need to be spent and lost hours, if not days, on projects that are going down the drain, but that is one heck of a terrible reason to give up on a room. You win some, you lose some. New plan: I’m going with my gut on new purchases, staying the heck away from Pinterest, and taking. my. time. I’ll be back next post with my main source of inspiration for, well, not only this room, but our entire house!

June 4, 2013

Put Some Grass on Those Walls

Yesterday we played catch-up with a few quick updates we’ve been planning around here, and today I’m back to share our progress. Our first step in giving the entryway a mini makeover was attacking a  wall treatment. As I mentioned in the past, our main goal here was to lighten this side of the room. The last time we shared the entry it was looking like this…

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However, in real time, after moving the office to the bedroom we’ve been living with this:

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Even after lightening the photo quite a bit you can still see how dark, not to mention uninviting, the space is. And please ignore the random collection of pieces. Pretty much every single thing in this photo is a temporary filler and will go elsewhere as we find replacements.

To ensure that the end result would in fact be significantly lighter, we started by framing out and painting the lower two-thirds of the wall in a bright off-white (a custom match to our Ikea Adel cabinets in the kitchen/dining room).

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 Ricky just used a few basic 1×3’s to make the frame, the same size boards as used on the craftsman door trim around the front door. It really helps the space feel as one, like it was always there, and brings so much character to the room. I always felt like the pallet wall, opposite the entry wall, was really heavy in the room and pulled your eyes directly to that side of the room. This new feature is definitely helping to balance that out. The pallet wall was another reason we opted not to do the typical board and batten within the frame. We felt like all the horizontal pallet boards mixed with vertical board and batten slats would just be too much for the room. So glad we recognized that before it was too late.

And BAM, instantly brighter.

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I’ll have to share a picture looking from the front door into the kitchen area, it’s so light and airy. I’m LOVING coming home to this new space.

Now, for the upper half. We played around with the idea of installing a gray grasscloth wallpaper above the chair rail for quite some time before settling on an option. I looked into buying it online, and even ordered a few samples, but all of the options seemed really dark and heavy. Then I remembered reading about Kate purchasing gray grasscloth wallpaper from Lowe’s. I flipped through their books with no luck, but what I did find was their selection of in-stock wallpapers. They didn’t have any gray grasscloth, but what I did find was Allen & Roth’s Grasscloth in Beige. You can probably guess what this painting-fool was about to do 🙂

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At just $20 per roll and at my immediate disposal, I didn’t even question whether or not to give this project a try (most other grasscloths were only available by the double roll, costing $60+ and had to be custom ordered). I made sure to cut out a small sample of the wallpaper and paint it before wasting any time with the entire roll, and left it up on the wall for a few hours to decide if the color was a go. Which, for anyone curious, we chose to paint the grasscloth one shade lighter than our existing BM-Gray Husky wall color, with Ben Moore’s Silver Chains.

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The paper was pre-pasted so I didn’t have to mess with any crazy wallpaper glues either. Hanging was crazy easy, coming from a girl who has never wallpapered or witnessed the process. I just simply cut the paper to size, submerged it in water, and smoothed it out on the wall. I picked up one of those wallpaper water trays to dunk the paper in, which was manageable with smaller strips, but if you’re looking to wallpaper an entire wall (floor to ceiling) I might suggest using a spray bottle to midst the paper instead.

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In older homes the walls are never straight, so I was pretty much banking on a fight if I tried to precut the paper before hanging. Instead, I just left an extra half inch or so on both top and bottom and then cut the paper with an x-acto knife once it was snug on the wall. I found that using the smoothing tool to hold the paper in place, while I made each cut, kept the paper from sliding around or snagging.

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Even with the beige color, I was already loving the look.

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The seams were a little more noticeable that I had hoped for, but no worries, the paint takes care of them! From a distance they blended in quite well anyway.

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I allowed the wallpaper to set up for a few days before tackling the painting phase, which is not really a “phase” at all since I painted the grasscloth exactly the way I would have any other wall surface. Bonus – it covered in one thin coat!

I’ll admit, it did lose some of the texture, which could have been assumed since we were covering the variation of colors with one solid color, but it still has plenty close up!

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Form farther away, it blends perfectly with the other walls 🙂

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I know, it doesn’t even look like wallpaper. Which, I kind of love. It’s a nice little surprise when you get closer up!

Here’s a very boring, and very poorly staged version of what we’re planning for the space. Of course, the mirror needs to be hung, we’ll be replacing the console with a dresser, adding a few accessories, hanging a couple coat hooks, and we might swap out the chair. We’ll see 🙂

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We’ve almost wrapped up the mudroom lockers (I know, I’m jumping around on projects like a crazy person. Sorry, get used to it.), so maybe we could squeeze in DIY’ing a dresser for this space sometime relatively soon. That is, if we finish up Zoey’s closet this week. Whhhat? I know. We’re nuts. Why do we do this to ourselves? We’ll be sharing more deets later this week 🙂

June 3, 2013

Entryway Mini-Makeover Plans

I’ve been withholding a few updates around here (I know, bad blogger), but only for the mere reason that I didn’t find them interesting enough to share. Well, a few weeks later and this place is starting to look a little unfamiliar and I have some serious explaining to do.

Last time I shared our living room/entryway it was looking like this (minus the dot art that we replaced:

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My office space has always been near the front door, which I despise, but we had attempted to make the situation a little more manageable by adding a few new organizational tools. It was working great.. however, still directly in the path of the entry. So, we did a little rearranging in the master bedroom and were able to squeeze my desk in, opening up an entirely new wall of potential in the living room!

Once complete, we plan to use the mudroom as our main entry point to the house, and only use the front entrance occasionally and for guests. It’s open to the heart of the home (kitchen, dining, and front living room) so we want the space to blend and feel casual as the other rooms do, but I’m still hoping to make it feel a bit more formal. Which, around here, just means not a dumping ground for everything we bring home.

I whipped up a quick mood board a while back to help the process move along. These are just the beginning stages of the space, but here’s the plan!

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First and foremost, the wall treatment. The front of the house receives a decent amount of natural light, but this wall in particular is SO dark. Even with the light streaming through the windows in the door, it’s still always significantly darker than the rest of the house. I’m hoping to really lighten up the area by painting the lower two-thirds of the wall in a bright white, framed out with a few 1×3’s. It’s not a full on board and batten look we’re going for, it’s really just a way to make the white look a little more intentional and give it some purpose. The upper third of the wall is going to be texture galore with a gray grasscloth wallpaper. So pumped about this mini-makeover. We’ll also probably throw a few hooks up there, near the door, for guests to hang their coats.

Outside of simplicity, another goal for this space is texture and layers. I’m hoping to achieve a room that is streamlined, but thriving with warm woods, high contrast, and a few colorful accessories. Since our floors are pretty dark, I want to layer on a lighter wood tone for a console table, like the dresser pictured in the mood board above. I’m actually really digging everything about that piece. The drawers provide plenty of storage for corralling miscellaneous accessories, while keeping them out of sight, and the lines are so simple and carefree. The price tag is making us think it could be a potential DIY project?

And a few accessories that we know are in the running – This Robert Abbey Lamp that I’ve been dying to use somewhere in our house and the rustic, wood mirror from our previous home that’s been eating up garage space for over a year 🙂

I’ve been slowly chipping away at it, in between entertaining the larger projects going on around here, so I’m hoping to share some really fun progress with you guys later this week!

April 4, 2013

Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial

When we first bought our home, just over a year ago, I was immediately drawn to all of it’s potential – possibilities for an open floor plan, one floor living, and enough outdated finishes to go around. One thing we’ve really enjoyed bringing into the home is character. Things like crown molding, solid-core craftsman doors, beadboard in the bathroom, and built-ins galore. I love ranch style homes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t infuse a few other styles as well. My all-time favorite upgrade we’ve made, that isn’t so “typical ranch”, is craftsman-inspired door trim. I say inspired because we’re definitely not experts, and who knows if we’re doing anything by the books here, but we really love the look and hope you guys can gain some inspiration from it too!

I’m almost positive that the only time I’ve shown our door trim here on the blog was while featuring our new front door. Which is a shame. Seriously. It’s beautiful, and I’m a little perplexed at what’s taken me so long to write this post.

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I mean, it’s everywhere in our house. Yet, somehow I’ve mistakenly hidden it.

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The day we finished trimming out the all the bedroom doors in the hallway was a little like Christmas for me.

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I love the simplicity, yet bulkiness of it all. And pair it with our new three-panel doors and we’re in business.

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So, since we’re in the midst of remodeling the laundry room, which just so happens to have FOUR doors, I thought it’d be a good time to share the whole process in action! It’s crazzy easy. Simple Craftsman Door Trim Tutorial |

First up, a look at the wood selection. (twss)

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We used three different sizes to frame out the entire door, as illustrated above. Rather than try to describe where each piece was used and probably lose everyone in the process, I’ll just show pics. It’s not rocket science 😉

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Ricky did most all of the work here, and after a little trial and error, he found it easiest to start by assembly the two side pieces.

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And instead of following up with the top portion directly to the wall, he built it independently first. A nail gun got the job done here.

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And he was left with this.

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Slap that guy up at the top of your door frame anddd voila! Instant character.

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Easy enough?

Obviously, we still have painting to do here, which we’re holding off on until all the trim work is done, but you guys get the picture. I love all these finishing touches. The end is in sight!