our entry

Well, hello. Welcome to our home.



This is what you see when you walk in the front door:


A jute rug from IKEA, an old cane back chair that desperately needs to be reupholstered and a large hanging window.

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The curtains are from IKEA {of course – I think ALL of my curtains are from there} and hung from clips. We love having so many windows at the entry, but in the evenings it is nice to close the curtains for privacy {and it keeps 8pm solicitors from knocking on the door!}.


I like having a dresser right inside the front door. Our hats, gloves, scarves are stored in the drawers. It is an old piece with authentically chippy paint and I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to paint over it.  The mirror was a funky oak piece {probably from the 70’s} found at Goodwill and then painted Rushing River by Sherwin Williams {the same color as Audrey’s bed}.  It is kind of ugly, in a pretty way.


Looking through the window that separates the entry from the dining room.


The lamp is from Walmart and then I recovered the lampshade using this Waverly fabric.



I made a new print for the entry in honor of the season.

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Can you tell I like monograms? I really do.


And these vintage word cards make me happy.


Looking from the entry into my office {and a little sneak peek at the changes in there – I know, I just finished the office and I’ve already rearranged it : welcome to my life}.


Ryan bought me this photo carousel {from Potterybarn} a few years ago and it works perfectly for holding stationery. Kind of random that we have a display of notecards in our entryway.

Some updates I’d like to do someday:

1. Add a real exterior doorknob to the front door.


2. From the day we moved in, I’ve wanted to wallpaper the space in this amazing wallpaper from Farrow & Ball.


But we need to have moulding installed around the doorways and on the posts before I can wallpaper, so most likely, this is not a project that will happen any day soon {unless our friend Courtney comes to our assistance – hi Courtney!}

3. I love this light fixture.


taking inspiration from this amazing entry:

via inspired room

{via cottage living, I think}

4. I think a fun rug would be : well : fun.

One like this one {in brown}:


or this:


I like that these first two are indoor/outdoor as this spot gets lots of wear.

Now this one is a totally impractical choice as it is white and expensive, but it is fun:


And maybe I should stretch a little and choose something less neutral. I really love this rug and someday when I have an extra $1098, I would like very much to have this in our living room.


I wish you could come over for real, but thanks for visiting via photos!

Hope you enjoyed your stay

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92 Responses to our entry

  1. Ashley October 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    #1. I love entryways. I’ve never had one but if I ever do I’m putting a dresser in it. I’ve always liked that idea and I love yours.
    #2. How in the world are you able to get away with having that great, big, gorgeous window hanging from your ceiling? It would be a safety hazard in my home of 4 kids. I’m just really impressed that your home is so lovely and yet you have small kids. How do you manage that? Your kids must be little angels ;)

  2. Traci October 3, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    That window is SICK! I love how you used it! How amazing that it was the perfect size for your space?!

  3. Amanda Eck-TheEckLife October 3, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Well in the BC days (Before Children) I would NEVER have considered traveling alone. But the 3 small children I now CRAVE being alone! And Napa does sound awesome. or somewhere along the West Coast where the leaves are changing colors and the antique shops are full of goodies. Oh how fun it would be to sleep in, have a quiet breakfast with a warm cup of tea, then a day at the shops-thrift stores & antique shops & outlet malls-oh-my!!! Lunch would be at some quaint little deli, and dinner would be room service and a good chic flick!! ahhhhhhhhh -p.s-can I go now? p.s.s. – can you send this to my husband for a hint? LOL

  4. Shelley October 4, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    Ooooo… I’m in love!!! I’ve been itching to see more pictures of your house, thanks so much for posting. We too have windows on either side of our front door and I’ve been unhappy with our solution (frosted looking window film). But, the way you have hung those long curtains over the door with a rod is gorgeous, and I would never have thought of that! I’m so looking forward to looking out of my windows again :D

  5. Kelly October 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    I don’t think there is much not to love about your entry as is. Its something I would strive to achieve. Anyway, where is that beautiful door knob from. That glass know if soo pretty.

    • emily October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      the door knob is from Rejuvination.

  6. Ashley October 5, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    I love the be thankful print – do you know the name of the font?

  7. Kacey October 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    I just love your entry so much! Sharing on my little blog today. Hope you don’t mind!

  8. Ann October 7, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    So delightful! Treasures everywhere!

  9. Amanda October 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Just love your home. You may already know this but they have the round brown rug available at overstock. I actually got it for my kitchen about a year ago and its held up wonderfully. It comes in two sizes.

  10. Autumn December 14, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Please tell me where you got that amazing window and how you put it on the track?

  11. Emily Lauren December 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Your talent is ridiculous! I am in love with every room you touch! Thanks for all the amazing inspiration!!

  12. shelley January 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    the window separation is really, really amazing. do you have a another post about how this came to be part of your home? i’d like to know more… love, love, love it!

  13. Kristy S. February 4, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    you have such a cute house! love it!

  14. molly February 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    hi! i am new to you blog. i really enjoy it!!!! i just finished the book page wreath for my kitchen. i LOVE it so much. it is just what i was looking for. thank you so much for posting your projects.

    you are inspirational.

  15. Kelli-Beth February 26, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    We have a dresser in our foyer ~had it for years~ and we have referred to it as “the hat box”. I’m not sure how that name came about, however … it holds hats! and mittens, and scarves, and the bottom drawer has the puppies coats and misc outerwear… but the “hat box” is wonderful and it wouldn’t be home without it.

  16. Melissa February 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    pained window is an amazing solution to a ‘room divider’. Love it!

  17. Sarah February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I love your idea of hanging curtains by your front door / sidelight windows! I’ve been trying to come up with something & you just hit the nail on the head for me! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas & inspiration!

  18. Christina June 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Your work is AMAZING! I can not wait to begin my little projects. What color paint is this in your entry way?

  19. jo April 12, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Emily, fantastic idea in your entryway to cover with a curtain. it must keep your home warmer as well.

  20. alexa April 30, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Okay first of all…. I love LOVE love your house…. and second how did you make the beautiful paper flower on your front door?


  21. Petrin Diaz May 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    I like all your stylish ideas (no matter they are simple and easy to copy!)….i am a retired Interior Designer, and now with cost of life by the skies, we have to use our creativity using what is around….My idea about decorating means re-decoration , improving things you already paid for…with a nice combination of colors you can renew any corner of your house and feel the difference, with very little inversion….thanks for your nice pictures and explanation….i love each one… Petrin from Puerto Rico.

  22. Janet June 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous space!!! What color did you use on your walls??? Love it.

    • emily June 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      It is the color of all of our walls – Relaxed Khaki by Rhodda paint.

  23. Carol September 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Your front entry inspired me and have painted my door black, put up side curtains and put down a large tapestry rung in the entryway. LOVE IT Would really like to know how you made the wreath on the front of your door with the book pages.

  24. Amanda November 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Absolutely love the wall color you’ve chosen. I am in the process of purchasing a home with the same color hardwood floors and have been struggling with what color to paint the walls. What color is that exactly?

  25. mar January 1, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Love this! What wall color did you use to pull this all together?

  26. Justina July 14, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Where is the front entry way rug from ??

    • emily July 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      it is from ikea.

  27. trina November 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Emily, thank you for sharing your home with us. I just finished my sidelight curtains this week and I love the warmth it adds. Still need to get some tiebacks but they’re up! I used a dropcloth for the panels which I plan to stencil. Instead of a rod I used drawer knobs retro fitted with hanger bolts and hung the panels on them using clip rings. Looks great!

  28. Lisa January 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Can you share the link for the exact curtains from IKEA? They are perfect!

  29. daphney April 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Do you recall which curtains you put in your entryway from Ikea? :) Thanks.

  30. Mary Ethel September 6, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    I really like your style of decorating. Do you remember where you got the border collie door stop? We have our second border collie and I would like to have a door stop like the one you have.

    Thank you and please continue to post your lovely decorating ideas.


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