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Enliven Your Entryway by Kirsten Grove

Your entryway offers the first glimpse into your home, and guest blogger Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove discovers how to make the most of this often overlooked space …

A Simple Transformation

I’ve never really focused on the design of my entryway, aside from it having some pretty wallpaper in the past. That’s mostly due to the fact that it’s an odd space because the front door is so close to the wall. I’ve never been able to find anything skinny enough to place against the wall, but lucky for me, I found the perfect pieces from hayneedle.com, which have taken my entryway from dull to dynamite! Here’s what I did:

Enter style and function.

Style and function unite at first site … of your home.

Entryway Essentials

The piece that I needed most was an entryway table. Like I said before, I needed something super skinny and compact. The Convenience Concepts Dakota Console Table is perfectly perfect for this space. It’s skinny and smaller in scale, but wide enough to put accessories and art on top. I also love the mix of wood and metal.

Another thing I desperately needed was a coat tree. Our coat closet is tiny, and as we entertain a lot, we tend to have coats and purses draped all over our house. I wanted something sleek and non-abrasive, and I found the fantastic Teepee Coat Rack – Satin Steel. It’s modern, easy on the eyes, and it gets the job done.

Because we live in a rental, I can’t put up permanent wallpaper, so I was thrilled to see that hayneedle.com carries Tempaper. I wanted something delicate, yet fresh and modern. In the end, I chose the Tempaper Peonies Self Adhesive Temporary Repositionable Wallpaper, and I LOVE IT. It’s my favorite detail in the entryway. It goes with just about anything! I tried pairing it with lots of art options, and they all matched up brilliantly.

Accessorize with a purpose.

An organized, stylish entryway says welcome with a wow!

It’s All in the Accessories

Accessories, whether decorative, functional, or both, complete any space. Personally, I needed a basket for shoes, a tray for keys, a vase for flowers, and a really nice, reliable rug. I found them all at hayneedle.com, and I adore them all. The Concord Antiquities Kerman Panel Rug – Gold has a nice vintage effect. I’ve gotten several compliments and a few inquiries about it, and I’ve only had it for a few weeks. I also chose the Ceramic Clay Pottery – Distressed White Pot. I put fresh flowers and greenery in it almost weekly. For my keys, I got the Zuo Modern Pentagon Plate. I love the shape and size. Last, I chose the Colonial Mills Flowers Bay Storage Basket – 18 diam. x 12 in. because of the space it has for shoes. The combination of these accessories gives my entryway space an organized, yet organic feel.

How important is your entryway space to you? Do you want to freshen up your space?

-Kirsten Grove, guest blogger
www.simplygrove.com
SimplyGrove22@gmail.com
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