Making a Grand Entrance (or Exit)

May 20, 2017

By Gina Ross, Home Stylist


I know that you’ve heard it a million times, “You only have one chance for a first impression.”   

When I  think about that thought as it relates to our homes, the entryway is the first place our guests get a glimpse of who we are and the last impression before they leave.  





Hmmm.   An important place in our homes, yet so often one of the last places in our homes to get updated or to receive any TLC at all.   




The all-important entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home, and regardless if a home is massively grand… Wowza!!



Picture from designmag.it




Or, small, intimate and cozy…very sweet!


Picture from Decoist.com



Your home’s entry can (and should) be a “WOW” factor by thinking about a few simple ideas.


Be brave and go bold 

Have fun with the space. Don’t be afraid to play with pattern and texture. Choose unexpected pieces, as done in this recent entryway styled by K. Renee.   The console table featured is made from reclaimed railroad ties; the gorgeous beaded mirror adds a wonderful reflective quality and the hair on hide stool provides a place for guests to take shoes on and off.    All these pieces bring great textural interest.




Or, how about a console table that is like no other.   It could be the perfect statement piece for your home.




Think additional storage

If you need to store hats, gloves, bags and umbrellas in the entry, instead of piling those items on top of or around a console table, a chest can give your the storage you need and add beauty to the space.






Let there be light

If you have an entry that does not have much natural light, You can use a table lamp or beautiful chandelier to add welcoming light to the space.


Consider a comfortable place to land

A bench is a great way to say “welcome to our home,” while giving your guests a comfortable place to slip on and off shoes.




No Fail Combinations

A great piece of art, a beautiful piece of furniture, perhaps a stunning light, a fabulous rug and maybe a few simple accessories are all you need to greet your guests in a style that is all your own.






The entryway into our homes should be our own personal way of greeting our guests and making them feel welcome.   if you feel like this is a neglected part of your own home and not sure what to do about it, take a picture and stop on by so one of our home stylists can help you bring this area back to life.   





 Really, this area is one of the simplest areas to decorate to achieve big impact!


Make it a great day,

Gina