Entry refresh for this season’s One Room Challenge is all done! And here is how it looks…
If you’re following on Instagram you already saw a few peeks, but even then I made changes in the space right up to the deadline. So glad I finished! But I can’t say I got here without lots of indecision, slow progress, and way too much time internet shopping. Here’s where the space started six weeks ago:
Totally fine, but I just really wanted something that felt lighter and tied into the style of the rest of the house. I had debated round table or console table, and ultimately went for the console table just for something different.
Even though the table partially covers the board and batten wall I installed, I really like it. And having the opportunity to add more color to the space with art/accessories on this table is great too. I first styled the console table with all neutrals and I kept walking by it feeling mildly depressed so added in the color. I do love a cheerful space.
Once I decided to ditch the round table we needed a new light (the existing one was too low) so I ordered this gold one, which I love. I wanted something fun that would work for our 8 foot ceilings and this one was perfect.
After the great round-table-versus-console-table debate, the second hardest part of the room was the bench. I mean really, it shouldn’t be that hard to pick a bench. But I struggled. Worst part for sure was when I committed to this incredible hand-crafted bench from a local store, went to buy it (after looking at it/stalking it for two weeks) and literally the person in line in front of me bought it. And of course it was one-of-a-kind. So instead I went for this bamboo bench I could order online and have delivered in two days (yes, the two day delivery was key to many of the decisions in this room).
I like that the bench brings in the lightness I wanted and isn’t too showy. It lets the pillows do the talking. And while this is no oversize round mirror (which I do love) I was pretty happy to go with this small(er) one to keep things simple and let the focus remain on the entry table.
The new board and batten, table, bench, and light are the biggest changes but I also took the entry refresh opportunity to update the existing storage bench situation I built several years ago.
Mostly I took out all the old junk and simplified. And hung my daughter’s and my matching hats – these totally crack me up. There’s almost no hope the entry bench will stay looking so clean and empty (I blame the kids’ backpacks, my weekday/weekend purses, and the ever-present need for a jacket/sleeves in Seattle) but at least I’m hoping it stays a little less cluttered. And side note, I’m into the neighboring pink leaf print and much brighter jute rug.
One last little spot I love, although not technically in the entry, is the stair landing.
I just feel like it is so inviting to have a little stool, greenery, and art on the landing.
So, I think that about covers the refresh. But I’ll go ahead and answer some unasked questions:
- What about that cool pinkish rug you had in your mood board? Well, I have it and love it, but it looked really bad (too small?) in the space. So it needs a new home.
- Whoa, isn’t that entry weird with a big open space in the middle? I’m sure some people think so but it works for us. More space for cartwheels!
- Can you really keep those plants alive in there? Questionable. But I’m willing to give it a go. My nearly-dead fiddle fig in our master bedroom sprouted three new leaves this week, so I’m feeling optimistic.
- Where is the [insert item here] from and what is the wall color? Wall color: gray walls are Benjamin Moore London Fog and board and batten wall is Benjamin Moore White Dove. Sources: console table, lamp, wood kiwi bird, yellow/pink print, body print, egg vase, cream/turquoise basket (Target Threshold, old), tassel pillow, mini yellow vase, larger white vase, bench, fur pillow, colorful boho pillow, mirror, plant basket, rug, stool, white ribbed planter, pier print, pink palm print, light. What am I missing??
If you have other questions, shoot. Otherwise, go spend your free time checking out all the room reveals over at Calling It Home – they do not disappoint. And tell me, do you have a favorite spot in our new entry? I think this bright pillow situation might be mine.
Thank you so, so much for checking out my space and following along with the progress!! XOXO