Welcome to another case of “why didn’t I do this sooner?” Our realtor came in and asked, “Can you make the entry any lighter and brighter?” and I was like “I sure can, and thanks for asking”. I had a larger piece of furniture there, which I loved (you’ll see it below) but I also had some options in our garage… Let’s lighten it up. But first, let’s get into where it’s been the last 4 years.
When we first moved in I had found this pretty pine piece on Craigslist. I LOVED it and maybe should have kept hoarding it. Ugh, furniture purging regret is real.
I, too, wanted the entry to feel happier so we painted it this Swedish gray which was a total fail as it didn’t pop off the walls at all and it wasn’t the kind of monotone look that we were going for. Read about the process here.
THEN we painted it this blue which I loved a lot more and seriously wish that I still had for our move to Portland. But the good news is that it landed in this Feel Good Makeover and worked so well in their space. And yes we move the rug closer to the dresser based on the shot because it looks super weird to just have a corner peeking into the shot.
Then I bought this amazing rosewood vintage piece from Midcentury LA (my favorite vintage store in LA and yes, they sell online).
This piece provided a ton of storage (kid puzzles in the bottom, and entry drop zone in the top). I loved it but when Howard (our realtor and fun fact, owner of this house) told us to lighten up the entry I agreed that this piece could be “lighter”.
I had this piece in the garage which I was hoarding for our move and was so excited to try it here. Once I did, I realized that it should have been here the whole time! Also, we moved the original light fixture in the entry to a junction box over by the laundry room, which we NEVER even realized was there until our realtor pointed it out. Then bought that new super affordable one and installed it in the entry. I actually thought it was going to be much wider, but that’s because I have overconfidence in my mental measuring skills and didn’t actually break out a tape measurer. It still works, I just thought it would have more presence.
The mirror is from Target (that I had in my garage), and everything else I’ve had forever. In a perfect world the mirror would have been a horizontal pill/oval as this one is kinda crammed between the sconce and the dresser, but I still really liked how it modernized the space.
I bought that dresser from the flea market for $200 a few years ago and it’s a good long hoard based on its size. It’s just kinda easy to make it work in a million places and yes a dresser can be your entry table. I am also a firm believer in a shoe basket and this one is so pretty.
That rug is my favorite rug of all time. All I want is a magic wand to make it 10×14 to put in the living room but for whatever reason, the rug gods have never made a saturated blue large rug. I know because I’ve looked. I’m sure there are new versions out there (or will be now) but it’s not the same. The dark blue with the brighter teal and the caramel/brown tones are just so beautiful together. If anyone knows what type of rug this so I can try to find a bigger size please let me know. It’s my perfect rug.
There we have it. The door is Rectory Red by Farrow & Ball in a high gloss on the exterior and semi-gloss on the interior, and if you are looking for the perfect bright red I can’t recommend it enough. A lot of you mentioned that I should repaint it on the inside to be less jarring – like a blue or neutral, but I absolutely didn’t agree. I LOVE that big pop of red in the entry. And I know that the rug might seem awkward in that space, and maybe it is, but it also makes me so happy even if I have to move it around for shots. The final “entry” is done and yes, I wish I had done it this way from the start 🙂 xx
In case you missed any of the other reveals so far check them out: The Living Room | The Kid’s Shared Bedroom | The Basement Guestroom/Office | Basement Bathroom | Elliot’s Room | Kitchen and Dining Room | The Front Yard
**Reveal Photos by Sara Ligorria-Tramp