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Liven Up Your Foyer

Your entryway may seem like an easy room to overlook when it comes to decor, but it’s the first impression for your guests upon entering your home. Think about what you see when opening your door. Are there mismatched shoes scattered about? Purse on the floor? A stack of old mail? Can’t find your keys? Don’t fret! We’re here to help. Getting the wow factor in your foyer can be easy if you follow these few helpful tips. You’ll be a pro in no time.

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Tip 1. Declutter

The easiest way to see the light at the end of the tunnel is to clear the area. Remove the shoes, and recycle those catalogs from last fall. And hey look! We found your keys! Now, do a little dance because this was the hardest part.

Tip 2. Add Storage

The entryway might be one of the smallest spaces in your home, but let’s think about how you can add seating and storage. Even if your entry is a simple wall, add a bench or slim console with baskets below to act as cubbies. Suddenly you have storage and can stash all those cute shoes.

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Tip 3. Lighting

I don’t know about you, but half the time I enter my home, it’s dark. A task lamp on the console or brass sconce near the bench will not only make the space look cozier, but no more fumbling around for a light switch. Practical meets pretty.

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Tip 4. Hooks and Trays

Above the bench, add a few hooks for keys, leashes, hats, and coats. Do you rent and can’t put holes in the walls? No worries, add a small tray to the console to catch those keys and a coat rack for the rest. Neat and tidy.

Tip 5. Make It Bigger!!!

The easiest way to make a small space look bigger is by adding a mirror. Hang or prop a medium to large mirror against the wall.

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Tip 6. Add Some Personality

This hardworking space is really coming along, but how do you add a bit of your personality? Easy. Let’s think rugs…a runner specifically. By adding a pretty rug, you not only create a solid foundation to introduce the space, but you add pattern and color as well. Be sure to look for a multi-purpose rug that is perfect for indoor and outdoor use for better wear and tear.

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SHOPPING GUIDE

ONE: Surya – Picnic

TWO: Momeni – Baja

THREE: Surya – Storm

FOUR: Safavieh – Amherst

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House of Hipsters!

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The Most Popular Interiors of 2015

Another fantastic year is coming to an end but not before we do a round-up of some of the most popular interiors of 2015 according to you — our followers. We scoured our Pinterest page and found 15 of the most pinned interiors of the year.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Neutral and Indigo Living Room
Neutral + Indigo Living Room | Amber Interiors

Moody Corner
Moody Corner Space | Design*Sponge

Cozy Bedroom
Cozy Loft Bedroom | Derek Swalwell

Natural Light
Natural Lit Hangout | Tumblr

Colorful Shelving
White with a Bit of Color | Not Just a Housewife

Neutral Living Room
Patterns and Texture | The Everygirl

Colorful Entry
Colorful Entryway | C Magazine

Nook
Libary Nook | Houzz

Pops of Orange
Bright Accents | Pelle Lundquist

Overdyed Rug
Overdyed Statement Piece | Studio McGee

Cozy Living Room
Contemporary Symmetry | Design Rulz

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Metal + Wood + Color | Emily Henderson

Outdoor Space
Cozy + Stylish Outdoor Space | Blackbird

Bathroom
Bathroom with Style | Dwell

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Mudroom Makeover Ideas

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To have an orderly and stylish entry that you are proud to welcome family and friends into takes careful planning. Each member of the household (including the dog) should ideally have at least a small dedicated space to put away gear and store important items when entering and leaving the home. Baskets and wall hooks are essential, but don’t forget to include something purely pretty as well — you will notice that in each of the photos featured here, there is an equal balance of practical storage and aesthetic appeal. Incorporating artwork, meaningful photos, and cherished decorative pieces will put a smile on your face each time you walk in the door, so don’t skip that step! In the space shown above, hooks and baskets rein in the mess, while a high shelf provides the perfect spot to display a collection of black and white photos, and a paper mache animal sculpture.

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For a creative take (and one that works well in smaller spaces) consider a bulletin board framed with reclaimed wood, accessorized with hefty hooks, as shown here. Use art postcards, small photos, and inspiring quotes to create your own changeable display. Wall mounted barn-style lighting is an industrial cool look that also saves floor space in a narrow hall.

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On a tight budget? No problem! Just stack up a few wooden crates as shown here to make your own rustic storage cubbies, and fasten a few pieces of scrap wood to the wall. One board with hooks can hold your coats, while another fitted with bulldog clips can hold a rotating display of photos.

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If you’re feeling crafty, bust out the paint sample pots and go to town, customizing your wooden crates for a unique look in your favorite color scheme. Fasten your crates to the wall to transform them into floating shelves, or attach casters to the bottom to make a rolling shoe or magazine storage container.

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And of course, no mudroom would be complete without a sturdy rug to protect your floors from scuffs. Choose a darker hue to hide the dirt… you’ll be glad you did! If you have a no-shoes policy in your home (a great way to keep floors clean) it is helpful to provide a spot to sit while taking off and putting on shoes — storage benches with shelving below and seating on top offer a space-saving solution.

So now it’s your turn: Do you have a full mudroom, or just a tiny entry area? How do you organize your space? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Scarborough RugSafavieh Tunisia RugJack White BookshelfIsaiah Honey Oak Storage Bench.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Style Me PrettyVT WonenA Beautiful MessBrit + Co.

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10 Of Our Favorite Rugs Direct Spaces

We’ve seen some amazing home transformations with the use of our rugs so we’ve decided to share some of our favorites with you!

Studio McGee + Rugs DirectEntryway Design by Studio McGee | Surya Smithsonian Rug 

Studio Matsalla + Rugs DirectBedroom Design by Studio Matsalla | Oriental Weavers Kaleidoscope Rug

Jojotastic + Rugs Direct
Office Design by Jojotastic | Loloi Rugs Sahara Rug

Becki Owens + Rugs DirectLiving Room Design by Becki Owens | Loloi Rugs Journey Rug

Old Brand New Living RoomLiving Room Design by Old Brand New | Jaipur Scandinavia Rug

Grey and Scout Bedroom
Bedroom Design by Grey & Scout | Jaipur Striped Rug

PIrates and Peonies Living Room
Living Room Design by Pirates & Peonies | Kaleen Restoration Rug

Simple Stylings + Rugs DirectBreakfast Nook Design by Simple Stylings | Loloi Rugs Grand Canyon Rug

Crannyandme Living RoomCrannyandMeBedroomBedroom/Living Room Design by Cranny + Me | Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores Rug

Amanda Jane Jones Living RoomLiving Room Design by Amanda Jane Jones | Loloi Rugs Oakwood Rug 

Which room is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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