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Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Entryway

Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Entryway #cottagestyle #entrywaydecor #casualdecor #coastalstyledecor #coastalstyle

Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Entryway #cottagestyle #entrywaydecor #casualdecor #coastalstyledecor #coastalstyle

1. Brooklyn Mirror, 31.”D, $320  |  2. Red Lake Console Table, customizable, as shown: 60″L x 20″D x 40″H, painted Lake Breeze, medium rub/glaze and distressing  |  3. French Country European Market Basket26.5″L x 20″W x 14″H, $145 and the French Country Loft Basket, 25″L x 15″W x 8″H +3″ handle, $110  |  4. Heritage Entry Cabinet Bench, customizable, as shown: 60″W x 68.25″H x 18.5″D, cup pull knobs, painted Antique White, standard distressing  |  5. Max Indoor Outdoor Rug, 100% Polypropylene, available in different sizes, 2’5″ x 8′ Runner, $236

The entryway is the first impression of your home and a great place to establish style.  This cottage style entryway exudes soft colors, organization, and simplicity for a casual lifestyle.  Providing places to hang coats, store shoes, and tuck away hats and mittens will reduce the chance of accumulating clutter and keep this heavily trafficked area neat.  We suggest the cabinet for hanging coats, the console table for your keys/wallets/phones, and the baskets stored underneath for hats and mittens!  We specifically chose a 100% polypropylene rug in darker colors to hide dirt and wear.  The two main furniture pieces are completely customizable so you can choose your own color palette to reflect your home’s personal style.

What are some of your tricks to keep the entryway neat?

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Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways

Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways #paintedstairs #blue #designtip #cottagestyle

Painted stairs are such a fun way to add color and personality to your home in an unexpected way – whether you are looking to jazz up your entryway or distinguish a back staircase.  We’ve collected six different ways to add a decorative touch to your stairs in one of our favorite colors:  blue!

Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways #paintedstairs #blue #designtip #cottagestyle

Navy Blue Stair Runner

Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways #paintedstairs #blue #designtip #cottagestyle

Stair Risers in Shades of Blue

Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways #paintedstairs #blue #designtip #cottagestyle

Blue Ombre Stair Risers

Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways #paintedstairs #blue #designtip #cottagestyle

Blue Stripes Stair Runner

Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways #paintedstairs #blue #designtip #cottagestyle

Navy Blue Steps & Railing

Blue Painted Stairs 6 Ways #paintedstairs #blue #designtip #cottagestyle

Cool Blue Staircase

Images (from top):  Apartment Therapy, This Old House, Brit & Co, Lushome, Making A House A Home, Paper Blog

 What’s your favorite painted staircase?

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Creating Your Own Gallery Collage

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

How to Hang a Gallery WallImage: Holly Mathis Interiors

Filling a blank wall can be a daunting task, but what better way to fill a blank space than with the things you love? By collaging items together into a cohesive statement, you create visual interest while also expressing a little bit about who you are.

A great starting point is deciding what kind of look you want to achieve.  Is it a symmetrical, traditional and classic look, or an asymmetrical, funky and abstract look?  Determining what style fits in with the space allows you to then begin to decide what you want to include in the collage and how it will be arranged.  Here are a few helpful hints to get you started.

Good Rule of Thumb:
Same Sized Images and
Same Frame Style

Creating a symmetrical configuration is a crisp and clean way to collage artwork.  This homeowner chose the same frame color and similar types of photos for a themed focal point. The large collage in this upscale dining room is a perfect choice to keep in harmony with the room’s decor.  The snow white frames mimic the crisp white trim and window treatments, while the soft beige background ties in with the sisal rug.  The floral images contribute to the botanical theme of the room, while offering a soft and feminine feature.  The configuration of five columns in four rows is well-balanced and fills the blank wall perfectly without feeling overcrowded.

 How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Symmetrical Gallery CollageImage: Elle Decor

 How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Different Sized Frames, Same Color
Image: Two and Twenty Weekends

Good Rule of Thumb:
Different Sized Images and
Same Frame Style

Here is a perfect example of cohesive asymmetry for a gallery wall.  The creator used similar white frames to outline the miscellaneous collection of inspiring artwork and personal photos.  Maintaining a unifying element throughout the collage, in this case the white frames, brings  the whole look together.

Notice how the outlets and the temperature gauges hide seamlessly among the artwork!

Good Rule of Thumb:
Same Sized Images and
Different Frame Colors

This cute nook of photos is another version of a symmetrical collage, which has the same sized frame, but in different colors to add diversity.  The border is even and the edges of each frame concise, while the varying colors create an eye catching pop.     

How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Same Frame Different ColorsImage: Pinterest
 How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Clustered Asymmetrical Gallery CollageImage: Pinterest

 Good Rule of Thumb:
Different Sized Images and
Different Frame Styles 

If you want a really eclectic collage you can mix a variety of images and objects together to achieve a clustered asymmetrical look.  This is a free flowing collage style, and the overall size is determined by the objects you choose.  What’s nice about this style is that you can add and change it with ease since there is no set arrangement.  

This clustered collage has a great variety of whimsical pieces, including painted canvases, rustic frames, and graphic block letters.  The soft and quiet colors look great against the pewter walls!    

The most important rule of thumb when creating your own gallery collage is to have fun!  This is a design project that allows you to dictate what you want to see featured on your walls.  Choose items that share memories, inspire you, motivate you, and ultimately make you happy.  It’s an opportunity to express the people, places, and things you love.

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Adding Extra Storage

Most homes can benefit from have more places to store all of life’s little necessities. Here are five ways of adding storage to your home:

Adding Storage to Your Home

Image Sources:
Entryway: Better Homes and Gardens
Kitchen: Babble
Bathroom: Pinterest
Hallway: Little Green Notebook
Living Room: Better Homes and Gardens

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A Home Fit For Our Furry Friends

Pets are a huge part of our families; they bring joy and happiness to our lives and to our homes.  With our pets in mind, we consider some pet friendly decorating tips to create a home that is suitable for their active lifestyles, yet doesn’t sacrifice comfort or style in the process.  It is all about choosing materials, especially fabrics, that will accommodate the inevitable wear and tear from our furry friends.  Here are a few tips to help you create pet-friendly environments for the two rooms most frequently visited by paws – the entryway and the family room.

Pet Friendly Decorating Tips | Entryway with Wood Floors

The entryway into your home can take a lot of abuse, not only from people, but pets as well.  It is the first area in the house where animals come in from the outside and shake off from rain, snow, mud, and dirt.  First, eliminate any materials where odors will be captured.  Carpeting will soak up odors, dander, hair will stick, and any “accidents” will be soaked into the carpet as well as the padding.  Wood, tile, cement, or other sealed flooring are the best choices for easy upkeep, including vacuuming, mopping, and sweeping.  Tile or cement are both nice choices for warmer climates, because either material creates a cool spot for your pet to lay low and escape the heat.


Pet Friendly Decorating Tips | Entryway with Tile

With wood flooring, you have multiple options with different price tags, but most homes have pine, mahogany, red oak or maple floors.  Wood offers warmth and natural character, as the grains vary from board to board.  Wood is a penetrable material, so scratching from your pets’ long nails can occur.  It is best to keep their nails short to reduce damage to the floors.  Remember to have a designated mat where pets can wipe their paws.  Choose mats that are made of coarse synthetic fibers that will hold up to tough wear and will catch loose dirt. 



The family room is where pets and people love to gather for relaxing, lounging, and spending time together.  Choosing fabrics and furnishings that support these activities creates a low key and happy place for everyone in the family.

Pet Friendly Decorating Tips | Living Room with Easy Care Rug

Laying the foundation is first and foremost:  the area rug!  Some key concerns when choosing the right area rug for your pets – Is it easy to clean?  Does it have a tight weave?  Will it stay in place with high traffic?  Choose a rug that has clear care instructions on what cleaning products are okay to use to spot-clean.  Try to avoid rugs that are dry clean only.  Synthetic fiber rugs are just as good as natural fiber rugs, and tend to be a little less expensive.  Depending on the blend type, they can even be a better choice for heavy traffic areas because of their durable and stain-resistant nature.

The weave type of the rug is also significant if you have animals that tend to knead or dig a lot.  Their nails will create pulls and separations in the rug that will lead to constant rug replacements.  Choose rugs with a tight closed weave, and avoid options that have loose or knitted textures.

Keeping the rug in place is an additional factor to consider, because a family room with pets is destined to become a play area!  Investing in a high-quality grip rug pad is recommended for any type of rug to help keep it in place.

Pet Friendly Decorating Ideas | Living Room with Oyster Rug When choosing sofas & chairs for the family room, consider slipcovered frames versus upholstered frames.  A slipcover allows for much more flexibility for easy cleaning and is easier to replace when the time comes.

Some people shy away from slipcovers because they want a more tailored look, but not all slipcovers have to be loose and ill fitting.  Look for a heavier weighted fabric that will keep its shape when draped.  A welt, or piping, around the frame also helps to give a slipcovered piece more structure. With either slipcovered or upholstered pieces, just like rugs, choose fabric material that is easy-to-clean and durable.  As we all know, no matter how much we try to keep our pets off the furniture, it’s the first, and last, place they want to sleep! 


Image Sources:
Entryway Better Homes and Gardens
Entryway Tear It Out
Living Room The Inspired Room
Living Room Cottage Home

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Design Tip: Organize Your Entryway

First Impression Entryway

Today’s front and back entryways seem to be a source of clutter, extra “stuff”, and disorganization for most homes!  It is a natural drop off station, a place for reminders as you are coming and going, and where hats/mittens/coats/shoes stack up all year round.  It is no wonder clutter and chaos can quickly occur in a busy household.  Here are a few helpful hints to create a practical, organized, and aesthetically pleasing mudroom:

  • The First Impression: An important starting point in re-organizing your entry way is to identify what kind of first impression you want to create for your home.  Choose a color palette that will enhance the desired feeling and that will blend into the rest of the home effortlessly.
    Organize Your Entryway | First Impression Entryway photo: Mochatini Blog
  • Practical Pieces: Brainstorm what you want functionally from your mudroom, how much storage you need, and what things in particular you will need to store on a daily basis.  Then choose pieces that will support those functions for easier everyday living.  By planning ahead and finding the right pieces for you makes all the difference in creating an efficient space that will be easier to remain in working order.  You can also combine open storage and closed storage for a more interesting array of pieces.  A good example of a sensibly chic piece would be a slipcovered bench, which adds an inviting touch, while also offering a useful place for sliding shoes on.  And don’t forget all of the small things that need a home too!  Set up a spot for keys, wallets, phones and all other important necessities.
    Organize Your Entryway | Practical Entrywayphoto: House Plans & More
  • Operational Accents: Use baskets to create a casual and versatile storage solution that can be tucked in anywhere.  Underneath an open based console table or buffet is a perfect place for added storage.  Also, choose a rug that will hold up against the constant foot traffic that traipses through the door.  There are great indoor/outdoor rugs made of 100% polypropylene that won’t break the bank.  These rugs are easy to clean as they are hoseable, scrubbable and bleachable.
    Organize Your Entryway | Operational Entryway   Organize Your Entryway | Storage Entryway
    photo: Lavender & Ash, Better Homes & Gardens

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Design Tip: Foyer Space

Design Tip: Foyer Space

Color is one of the most important elements in designing a room or space.  It sets the tone for a room and provides a background for the rest of the design.  Generally, stronger and brighter colors should be used in the smallest amounts as a tool to accent a space.

Use a bright color in a foyer to invite guests into the home and play up a smaller space.  A bright blue is clean and crisp, giving the space a bright, airy feel.  Balance the brightness by bringing in accents, such as an array of pictures, a rich runner, or a unique chair.

Foyer Design Tips

photo: House Beautiful

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Halls & Entryways


Often overlooked, the entry hall is usually where you welcome guests to your home.  Take a look at the foyer you have, taking into account the size and traffic pattern of the space, and ask yourself how you really want to use it.  Remember to consider its design and style should be reflective of the general mood you would like to create with your home!  The challenge tends to be – how do I make it both charming & useful?  Look at your decorating your hallways and staircases in the same light.

Entry Hall photo:

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