When this cute couple wrote to us for help with their front room and entryway, we were excited to create something light and welcoming for a house that says “why hello there” every time they enter. Here’s their letter:
We’re looking for beachy, light and airy entryway and front room with clean lines, kid-friendly style and a fair dose of whimsy. We’re big fans of relaxing colors and things that make us smile. The rug in the front room can go and we also would like a runner for the entryway (maybe jute for both rugs?). We’ll also need new end tables and lamps for either side of the couch, and we need decor for the walls, a chair, a coffee table, etc. Only the beige couch, entryway piece (bench with long, upright mirror), and hallway credenza have to stay. We’d love a new wall color, not only for the front room but also for the adjoining stairway wall. We favor greens and blues and I probably overly avoid patterns and tend to stick with monochrome blocks of color — to a fault. One challenge is figuring out how to store the shoes at the entryway. Without fail, either the floor of the coat closet ends up being a pile of shoes or there is an ever-expanding array of neatly-placed pairs of shoes flanking the entryway bench and it just gets out of hand. I’d also like a small entryway table that I can hide two backpack hooks underneath. Oh and I’d love if you could work a star into the space (even subtly as it’s a symbol of my children and my husband). Thanks so very much, in advance. – Jean & Andrew
This space is already open and flooded with light- two things that really help to create a welcoming and inviting vibe from the second you step through the door. So here’s our handy dandy mood board full of colors and pieces to bring out that beachy & whimsical style that Jean and Andrew seek:
Here’s the mood board breakdown.
1. Our color palette for the space will be light and beachy with hits of green and blue just as Jean and Andrew have requested. For the walls we’ve selected a gorgeous blue-gray-green tone that changes with the lighting and the time of day (Glidden’s Gentle Tide) and for the accent wall running up the stairs, a light and airy gray-tan tone (Glidden’s Quiet Light) will complement the beachy blue in the foreground for a welcoming combination. We’ll also be bringing in some dark wood furniture pieces, some mirrors and metal, and tons of texture for that layered and casual feel with style for miles.
2. Since Jean and Andrew wanted to replace their current oversized green arm chair we hunted down a sweet patterned slipper chair (now 15% off with free shipping) to work better with the small scale of the room and inject some movement and interest into the space (thanks to the soft pattern). And instead of positioning it in the same spot as the existing chair, we though placing it in the near right corner of the room (angled in towards the coffee table and the couch) would create an airier layout and allow the coffee table to breathe a little. Oh and patterns are super kid friendly since they hide imperfections, so we have a feeling Jean and Andrew will be super happy with this addition.
3. We hunted down the perfect piece for Jean and Andrew to hang (in a crisp and simple white frame) above their existing credenza. This beachy and interestingly cropped nautilus shell works perfectly with our color palette for a chic and geometric effect.
4. When it comes to end tables for either side of the existing couch, we totally dig these discounted Victoria Hagan for Target ones with gorgeous lines and an elegant x-detail (one of our favorite things in the world).
5. And since Jean and Andrew requested that a subtle star be incorporated into the design, we thought these glammy mirrored star votives (on sale for $15) would be just the thing, placed out of reach of the kiddies on the existing credenza for some added sparkle.
6. Another item that we think would look right at home on that credenza (the first thing you see when you walk through the door) would be this whimsical lamp (which reminds us of a beachy sea urchin) to add glowy ambiance and texture to spare.
7. Jean and Andrew also mentioned they would like a small entryway table for next to their door (not pictured) so we searched high and low for something narrow enough to fit the space and devoid of a bottom shelf (to facilitate backpack storage underneath). And after much searching we discovered these classy little nesting tables from Pottery Barn (on sale!) which we think would look great greeting people at the front door.
8. And for our two new side tables flanking the couch, we’d love to see two of these beachy blue lamps (the cheapest we’ve seen of their kind). Double swoon.
9. Because there’s a window directly behind the couch, instead of one large piece of art, we dug up two tall and skinny mirrored candle sconces (no wiring necessary!) to hang on either side of the window for an open feeling (mirrors= more light bouncing around) and a bit of soft romance. Oh and Jean and Andrew should remember not to hang those sconces until they’ve hung their curtains (high and wide on the window for added height and drama) since wide-hung curtains eat up wall space and they’ll want the sconces to look centered after the curtains go up.
10. Here’s another accessory to add to that beachy-chic feeling. On the side table or the console it’ll look pretty and natural in that glossy white finish that John and I always adore. Oh and it’s only $29!
11. The coffee table is another Victoria Hagan for Target find (we actually own three of her accent tables ourselves, so we can vouch for the quality). The clean lines merged with the rich chocolate tone will anchor the seating area and create the perfect surface for coloring, resting a sippy cup, and a plethora of other kid friendly things. And it’s 15% off with free shipping so the purchase will truly be painless.
12. Here are those jute rugs that Jean and Andrew requested (perfect for a light and airy feeling- and they’re super low maintenance). The brown 2×5′ runner will be great for hiding dirt (and isn’t too long for the hall like many other eight or nine foot runners). Plus at $20.99 it’s a bona fide steal. The natural sandy toned jute rug will define the seating area in the front room while creating a cozy layered look on a dime (the 6×9′ one is just $149- a total deal compared to similar versions at Pottery Barn). The reason we’re replacing Jean and Andrew’s old 8×8 square rug with a 6×9 new one is because the new seating arrangement (with a rectangular coffee table cantered on the couch and a slipper chair in the front right corner angled in towards the coffee table and couch) will facilitate a rectangular rug that makes everything feel more open and balanced.
13.This whimsical little rope accent table (on sale no less) will look adorable next to the new slipper chair in the front right corner of the room (and every arm chair deserves a side table for book and drink placement). It’ll add even more texture for that truly layered casual look that just screams chic & beachy to all who arrive.
And we didn’t forget about the shoe storage solution or the curtains and blinds. We dug up this shoe storage system for the back of the coat closet door to instantly create order and make putting away little shoes fun and fast. As for the curtains and blinds, we think replicating the look in our living room would work perfectly with Jean and Andrew’s new palette, so snagging some Vivan floor length curtains from Ikea along with some bamboo blinds from Walmart will take their space from almost there to ooh la la.
So there it is. Jean and Andrew’s inviting and airy entryway and front room full of style with a smile. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (we now whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement!