Updated Entryway and Bringing Spring In!! May 15, 2014 | Y’all entryways are tricky. They are truly the first impression that your home and style makes on someone when they walk in. It’s a delicate balance of making guests feel immediately comfortable upon entering your home, yet still easing them into your design style and making them excited to see more of your home. Talk about a fine line to walk. Our entryway has been tripping me up since day one and I have blogged about it before. It’s awkward. Kinda narrow, half of the wall goes all the way up to the second floor, the other half only goes up 10ft, it’s also very open to staircase, formal living room and the family room. Geez how on earth can I possibly make a flow through space that is pleasing to the eye and inviting without losing our style?! Well, with lots of dead ends and quite a few elements that didn’t work….I’m happy to say that I think I’m finally there and we now have an entrance to be proud of. Where we started: With the old design, I was going too neutral because I felt like I had to given that I did not want to overwhelm upon first walking in. I kept adding clutter to make it more my style somehow, and turns out I really needed to add back the color and get rid of the clutter all along. It’s now inviting, but not overwhelming and I think that it’s a good introduction to what you’ll see throughout the rest of the house and that’s lots of color and pattern. One Kings Lane has an amazing Resource Guide and I came across an awesome article on how to curate the perfect entryway. I was able to hit almost every single point…which is why I think that I am so pleased with how it comes across. See below showing how I executed these helpful tips from One Kings Lane… The lighting was tricky, I knew that the buffet lamps that were there didn’t work, but the space is fairly small and my beloved gourd lamps were too chunky. I came across this pair at HomeGoods and the color immediately struck me as fun, yet not over the top and the shape was perfect, chunky enough but still skinnier than a gourd. So I took these puppies home and the loads of compliments I got on them while on the way to check out was just icing on the cake. Adding the pops of color through the lamps and the throw pillow really brighten up the entryway and make it feel so fresh and ready for Spring! I have also been dying to use the hot pink mini cacti, so I created my little succulent garden that is the perfect fresh element to the entry vignette (all for under $25!). I love how now that the entryway is clutter free, the patterns in play and fun colors really play off of each other, what do you think? So, what would you say if you were my guest?? This space has been so tricky for me and I’m more than happy to give it the “done” stamp. If you are like me and have a space that’s tripping you up, a design dilemma, or just want daily inspiration…you have got to check out One Kings Lane’s Resource Guide. It’s a wealth of information and gorgeous inspiration! Now tell me, how are you bringing spring into your home?