OUR HOME :: ENTRY HALL

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You know what they say – the entry hall {or foyer} is the most important “room” in your house because it’s the first impression that visitors see. It’s also a functional space that needs to meet certain needs: a place to drop keys & mail, check your hair before you head out the door, etc. Today I’m sharing my front hall with you as part of my ongoing home tour.

First let me tell you that we moved from a house with a very small rectangular entry way, to this house with a nice wide entry hallway that had a multitude of possibilities. I mean, as I’ve been shopping around I’ve seen large architectural pieces that could make a dramatic statement. I’ve found some gorgeous long benches and tables that would add great character. And I’ve seen molding inlays that would certainly add a lot of class. But when all is said and done, I use part of that entry wall as a plain backdrop for many design shoots {like this dessert table here} so any dreams I have of creating a dramatic entrance are put on hold, and here’s what I’ve done instead….

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As you enter, the hall opens up to the sitting room and studio space you can see here. The plain wall is where I’ve put a contemporary parsons table that serves as the place to hold keys, mail, sunglasses, and pretty accessories.

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  • On the table I’ve placed my personalized Lucite tray from A Blissful Nest, a gold box from Target, and a pretty candle from Daily Grommet.
  • I wanted something to add drama to the space so instead of hanging a mirror above the table, I placed a full length mirror from HomeGoods, behind the table. I love how it reflects in the space and makes it feel less “hall” like, partially due to the fact that it goes all the way to the floor.
  • Art work is important too, so I leaned one of the drawings I got in Paris, up against the mirror. I have a thing for layering art work, lately.
  • I’m slightly in love with my ghost chairs too. They are great used in styling projects, and look modern and chic throughout the house. I put one next to the entry table so I could put down my purse when I walk in, or sit down to put on shoes as I head out.

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  • To further carry out the form & function idea, I added a wire basket underneath, to hold gloves, and scarves for winter. Now that we’re heading in to warmer weather I’ll have to think of something else to do…
  • To add something natural to the area I placed this open wood table I found at HomeGoods. I originally bought it for another space but found I liked it here better. It brings an earthiness to an otherwise modern vignette, and it holds more of my books which is an overflowing collection around here.

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  • Finally, I added a large abstract canvas on the opposite wall, which reflects nicely in the mirror. I thought about placing a couple of smaller prints on this wall, but decided something big and bold should take up the entire wall.
  • Further down the hall is the powder room and the not-so-pretty thermostat. I took the idea from this room on The Hunted Interior, to place a small empty frame around it and it turns it into a conversation piece!

So that’s our entry hall. I’ve checked off all my must-haves for this space and love how it looks and functions. Even still, I find my self constantly thinking about the next table I’ll get for the space, or how will I change up the accessories, etc.  That’s part of the fun of decorating though – it’s never permanent!

Have a great day!

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Tammy Funk says:

    How beautiful! In your old house the entrance did feel more closed in. I love how open and spacious the new foyer is. The grey and white colors against the darker hardwood floors is soothing on the eyes. Classy and elegant with an eclectic inviting feel. I never wood have thought to add the wooden table to hold the books, but it adds interest and warmth. I think sometimes, I am guilty, of trying to be too matchy, matchy with our accessories and the space ends up being all the same color and boring. Good job on this space!

  2. It looks beautiful-You did a wonderful job!

  3. Looks great Chris! Loving that giant mirror ….. oh and that pinecone candle ;). Great job!

  4. I really love the wooden piece that is holding the books…and you’re right, it totally works with the modern look! Beautiful, but I’m not surprised your home is lovely :)

  5. Really beautiful and dramatic! I love the juxtaposition of the full-height mirror with the table, and the play of reflection and mixture of finishes and furnishings. Very well done!

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