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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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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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Design a Welcoming Entrance with Entryway Rugs

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A well-designed entryway is a marriage of form and function. To create the perfect entryway, incorporate the three P’s into your decor: Personality, practicality, and peace. Personality is the specific style you choose, and it sends a message about your unique perspective on the world. Practicality is the consideration for the many capacities of an entryway, including storage and traffic control.  And peace is the sum of the first two as well as so much more. It is the grounding and positive energy that says to everyone who crosses your threshold, ‘Come in and stay awhile’.

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Floor coverings play a major role in the three P’s of entryway design. For the most versatile effect, look for neutral runners that incorporate a sense of utilitarian beauty. The long, narrow proportions of a runner direct the flow from your front door into the rest of your space. Weighty materials like sisal or synthetic wool blends not only remain anchored beneath foot traffic, they also withstand years of wear and tear. Natural hues such as ecru, beige, and tan complement a diverse range of styles, while subtle patterns offer a dynamic sensibility that complements the rest of your entryway decor. Choose your entryway runner wisely and it will welcome you home for years to come!

Shopping Guide: 1. Patterned Runner 2. Traditional Patterned Runner 3. Traditional Oriental Runner 4. Sisal Runner 5. Neutral Runner Rug 6. Natural Fiber Runner

Images: 1. 2. 3

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Make a Fresh Start in the Entry

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It’s the first thing people notice when they visit your home, and it’s the only part of your home some people (like neighbors and delivery drivers) will ever see. Doesn’t it make sense to put your best foot forward? Having a neat, chic entryway makes coming home a pleasure — and gets you out the door with less stress in the morning. Your entryway works hard, but it doesn’t have to be all work and no play.

Give your entryway a fresh start by checking these 10 essentials off your list.

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1. A clean, clutter-free space. The first (and most important!) thing to do is clear away all of the stuff cluttering up your entryway and giving the space a good cleaning. Rather than keep all of your shoes and coats by the door, try keeping only the one or two you use most often, and store the others elsewhere. Likewise, clear away old mail, papers, and other items that don’t belong. Clean the floors and remove scuff marks from the walls.

2. A place to perch while taking off and putting on shoes. Being able to sit down while getting your shoes on or off is so much more civilized than awkwardly balancing on one foot — your guests will appreciate it! A bench or chair is a good choice for a larger space; a small stool or ottoman tucked beneath your entry table works well for tight spots.

3. Shoe, bag, and coat storage. If you don’t have a coat closet near the door, wall hooks or a coat rack and a boot tray are a must. A basket or shelf for holding bags is a nice touch as well. If you do have a coat closet, adding hooks inside the door and a shoe rack on the floor will make it even more functional.

4. A place for mail and keys. This can be as simple as a floating shelf with a few tiny hooks beneath it, or as elaborate as an antique chest with drawers — the point is to have one place where you always stash these key items. If you have a large drawer, use drawer dividers to keep it from turning into a junk drawer.

5. A mirror. A must to check for crazy hair and spinach in the teeth on your way out the door!

6. Artwork. Choose a piece of artwork that inspires you and place it prominently by the door where it can give you a mood boost as you are coming and going.

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7. Right-sized rug. Traditional doormat-size rugs (roughly 2×3 feet) are appropriate for some entryways, but if your entry is a different size or shape, you may want to look beyond the traditional. A larger rectangular rug (such as a 3×5 size) works well to fill out a larger foyer. If you have a long hall, a runner will give you ample room — I am especially fond of the Safavieh Chatham rug in blue, and the Safavieh Dhurrie in green, both shown above. Patterns like the hexagon print rug (shown above) and stripes, like the Surya Calvin rug, work well in the entry because they manage to hide dirt while being stylish.

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8. Proper lighting. Make sure your entry is inviting and cozy by providing ample lighting. A working porch light outside your front door is a must, plus an overhead light on a dimmer switch or a pair of table lamps inside. Multiple light sources with lower-watt bulbs are more flattering than a single, bright lamp.

9. Flexible extra storage. Always try to keep a little extra room in a basket, bin, or closet, for unexpected needs. If you live in a climate with cold winters, for instance, think about providing room for those winter hats and mittens, even if you are planning your entryway in the summer.

10. Something fresh and pretty...like flowers! Even if it’s a tiny bud vase with a single bloom, having a little something pretty makes coming home a joy. Treat yourself!

Rug Shopping Guide: Safavieh Chatham rug in blue, Safavieh Dhurrie in green, Dynamic Rugs Trend Collection in light gray, and Surya Calvin rug.

Photo Credits: The Glitter Guide; Sara Hicks Malone via Decor8; Design Sponge; Yellow Brick Home; The Glitter Guide.

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