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2.22.2021

a warm welcome

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i've been busy creating a fresh look in our entryway -
it's a small area and so easy to change!

addressing the change of seasons was an easy task:
color offers warmth and a happy welcome this utilitarian area.
by incorporating a few soft touches, some interesting textures and elements,
and ways to tackle the detritus that often gathers here in this 'drop zone',
it's gone from a pass-thru area to one we notice and enjoy a bit more.

as usual, i didn't spend a cent to restyle this area - 
i shopped the house and pulled a new look together for nuthin'!

continue reading for some simple decorating tips...


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the table was a thrifted find, and is lightweight and easy to move from room to room.
it works well here for spring & summer.

there is an overhead light - but honestly, it's very harsh. i'm not a fan.
so adding a table lamp that will cast a warm glow
makes this a much more cozy and welcoming spot.

a simple chair in a white linen cover adds a spot to sit and put on shoes,
while the fabric helps to soften the hard lines in this space.

the wall 'art' is just an old cupboard door that i keep changing...
it has been painted and repainted and had stuff glued onto it ad infinitum.

a tip for you: if you have a coat rack or a pegrack in your entry, don't fill it up!
leave some empty hooks so that guests have a spot to hang their coats.
(i know, it's been FOREVER since any of us have had house guests...)

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the pegrack on the wall is my favorite feature!
we bought the old, weathered wood porch post - which was already cut in half! -
at a local barn sale. (from Peggy at Down Home Country in Corona, California)

then we searched high and low for interesting hooks to add to it...
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on the far right side, we found three hooks with ceramic letters on them - to spell JOY.

when we moved into this house, we decided that the name of our home would be 'Joy'...
there are numerous references to that in the house, both seen and unseen.

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the two hooks in the center of the pegrack are new:
the 'faucet' hook is new - i wanted to use a real faucet but this was way easier!
the white hook was actually a darker ivory when we found it, so i painted it white.

there's another kind of hook under the gray hat - but i'll save that reveal for my next post.
it's a fun idea that i used in the past.

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 the pegrack holds the usual scarves, hats, totes, purses, etc. that entries do.
then i added a few enamel buckets to help it work a bit harder,
hanging one by the bail handle and the other from a length of ribbon
so it would hang a bit lower, for interest. 

another bucket on the table top holds mail,
and hidden in the cute lunch pail beneath the table 
there's a rag to wipe off shoes!

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providing containers in this area that are pretty as well as functional
makes it easy to keep things tidy - AND to find what we need!

i might add some terra cotta pots with (faux) daffodils to the tabletop later in spring,
and vases of seashells for summer - along with a straw hat!

i hope you can see how easy it is to freshen up a small area like this seasonally... 
and will look around your home to see how you can try it, too!

links to previous related posts:

warm up your home with color

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