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Guest Picks: The Entryway: Your Home's First Impression
Yellow Brick Home
My home is still in the renovation stages, and with drywall and demolition dust settling everywhere, the smaller (read: more manageable) entryway has been on my mind. While the foyer itself is also under construction, I'm daydreaming about the tile, the light fixture and the perfect console table. I think it's OK to have fun with color and punchy pieces in this kind of smaller space. After all, the entryway makes your home's first impression! — Kim from Yellow Brick Home
Dessert Plate - CAD 38
Stay organized. A pretty tray is the perfect landing zone for your keys, wallet and loose change when you first walk in the door.
Rose Wallpaper, Flamingo - GBP 72
I can't get enough of this wallpaper from Abigail Ryan Homewares. With such a bold pattern, it could go on one accent wall in the entry, or you can stick a piece in a large frame if you're afraid of commitment. Either way, one roll will go a long way.
Hampton Carrara Polished Tile - $14.99
The contrast of fresh white tile (with a slight gray grain) would look stunning if juxtaposed with hardwood floors in the rest of the home. This skinny tile would look especially fun done in a chevron pattern.
Alice Demilune Console - $249
For a smaller foyer, this half-circle console will take up little space, and still has room to hold your keys and a vase of flowers.
'I Love You Because' Print, Gray - $49
This has always been one of my favorite prints from Row Boat Press. Using a dry-erase marker, fill in the blank when you're coming or going. Leave a sweet note for your partner, roommate or kids.
Orbit 7-light Chandelier - $389
I love this contemporary take on a traditional chandelier. A great light fixture will draw your eye up, and chances are that this will make your entryway feel a little grander, no matter its size.
Sapphire Large Ceiling Lamp by Zuo Era - $838
Coming in at close to 40 inches in diameter, this light could be the "welcome home!" splurge you're looking for. While I wouldn't normally consider a light in this price range, my home's foyer can be seen from both the dining and living rooms, making me reconsider saving those pennies.
Lacquer Umbrella Stand - $295
Something about seeing an umbrella stand in the entryway feels extra fancy. You've already got the essentials (a drop zone for keys, a mirror to check your hair on the way out), but this is the added touch that really pulls it together. Now, to find a cute umbrella for stashing!
Eleanor Frameless Mirrors - $79
They're ornate without being overly girly, and they're modern enough for my husband to get on board. Win-win.
Swinging Hare Door Knocker - $40
Who wouldn't love to knock on your door with this little guy? I love a good dose of quirk and humor.
Cord Chandelier - $2,000
This chandelier may knock out the entire budget, but with the wingspan and perfect, breathtaking design, it'll be the topic of conversation. Forever. Period.
Copper Brushed Rectangular Mesh Basket with Swing Handle - $5.75
Perpetually running out of closet room for shoes, I always keep my go-to pairs in an entryway basket. This inexpensive copper catchall is pretty, not to mention practical to boot!
Magical Thinking Bird Stamp Rug - $44
I can always find excuses to lay down a rug in any room, and the entryway is no exception. The birds in this one are so subtle that you almost don't realize they're birds at all.
Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint
While chalkboard paint has been everywhere lately, it's still fun to leave notes and reminders for everyone in the home. If you don't want to commit, paint it on any wooden board, then frame it up and hang it by the door.
Tork Brass Dripping Mirror - $229
It's gold. It's large without being monstrous. It would look amazing against the Abigail Ryan floral wallpaper. Done, done and done.
Smart Glass Top Console Table - $199
The glass top helps keep this console feeling visually light, and my husband loves a touch of chrome in a room. This console would look perfect under the Eleanor mirrors with a beautiful vase on top.
Lacebark Carpet Tile, Pearl - $12
I love textured rugs to help conceal any dirt, but Flor tiles are my favorite. If one gets soiled beyond repair, it can easily be swapped out for a new square. I used to have Flor tiles in the entryway, and they were a great durable solution for my family and pets.
Matte Brass Pedestal Table - $195
This brass pedestal table feels fancy without being fussy. It would add a richness to the entryway and make a sweet little drop zone for your keys.
Grow Old with You Terraruim - $125
This "Grow Old with You" terrarium pulls at my heartstrings. Because it should stay out of direct sunlight, this is a great solution to bring in a little green to a shady foyer.
X-bench, Brussels Charcoal - $695
Tucking a small ottoman or bench under your entryway console is great for grabbing at the last minute — whether you have extra guests that need a place to sit, or if you just want to prop your feet up at the end of a long day. Velvet melts my heart, so this one is right up my alley.
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