the easy way to create a stylish entryway

Traci Zeller on Charlotte TodayYou only have one chance to create a first impression, right?  And the first impression of your home is your entryway!  Whether you have a spacious foyer or a narrow entrance, let’s make it stylish — and tidy.  After all, this twin mom wants the chaos to stop at the door!

Last week, I shared my favorite entryway tips and products with Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson on Charlotte Today.  If you missed it, you can watch the segment here!

Tempaper Branches WallpaperCan an entryway be beautiful and organized?  It’s easier than you think!  To make it just as easy to remember, I coined the three “S’s” — somewhere to Sit, plenty of Storage, and something that makes a Statement.

Marble Storm Tempaper Temporary WallpaperI used “Branches” in Mystery Blue and “Marble” in Storm by Tempaper as a perfect example of a simple way to make a statement.  Tempaper is temporary, removable wallpaper that you can apply yourself.  In other words, it’s the perfect solution for high-impact decorating without long-term commitment!

Traci Zeller on Charlotte Today 2Cotswold Marketplace has a fabulous custom upholstery line, which means this gorgeous bench is available in your choice of fabrics.  No worries if it’s too big for your foyer — because it’s also perfectly sized for the bottom of a bed!

Dash and Albert Samode RugDash and Albert — my favorite indoor-outdoor rugs — are sturdy and fabulous … which makes them ideal for entryways.  You can see the entire line at Hall’s Carpet on Monroe Road, including the great navy and white patterns that I had in the studio.

Oriental Furniture Blue and White Umbrella StandNot much room?  Try a basket or umbrella stand for some tight space storage!  I found this blue-and-white chinoiserie umbrella stand on, and more fantastic choices abound at all price points — everywhere from Home Goods to Target to

Selfie with Eugene RobinsonAnd just because I can’t resist a little more alliteration … here’s a Selfie on Set!  Thanks so much for having me, Colleen and Eugene!

What first impression does your entryway give?


homearama 2015: the foundation

Nope, this is not the glamorous part of a new build.  HomeArama 2015 Foundation 1There’s a lot of dirt.

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HomeArama 2015 Foundation 2Red. Carolina. Dirt.

HomeArama 2015 Foundation 4But you have to start somewhere, right?

HomeArama 2015 Foundation Slab 2

HomeArama 2015 Foundation Slab 1

HomeArama 2015 Foundation SlabAnd no one wants to be the man who built his house on sinking sand.

Cheval Homerama Sample WallWere you wondering why we made the exterior selections so early?  As you can see, we needed the brick selection for the foundation!

Everything Else Is an Ugly OysterOf course, it’s impossible to make an informed decision about the brick without also considering the stone, cedar shake, roof, and trim colors.  I love how Maria used this quip of mine to illustrate her Renovate with Confidence webinar!  It’s just as true outside the house as it is inside.

Next up?  Framing!

Graphic via Maria Killam.  

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