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?

friday’s five minute fix: make the switch!

Ooooooh, it’s been a long time since I posted a Friday’s Five Minute Fix.  I’m not sure if I was bored with it … or if it felt a little bit trite.  After all, there’s only so much you can do in five minutes … even with my streeeeeeeetched interpretation.  Random aside:  It was sooooooo very convenient when my twins couldn’t tell time.  I could turn ten or so minutes into whatever I wanted it to be.

Adorne by Legrand Wall Light SwitchMost of you realize that interior design projects almost always take so very much longer than that.  I think all designers are bothered by the illusion often created on television that a room can be renovated and finished in a day or two.  Ahem.  The room might be “done” … but I can promise you that short-cuts were taken and touch-ups (or major repairs!) will need to be made.  And heaven knows — at least according to Twin B — that a “promise” (interpreted by him as any type of affirmative statement) is not to be broken.  Ever.

Lisa Mende Traci Zeller Ronald McDonald Home OfficeBut today’s Five Minute Fix really and truly takes only Five Minutes.  And that’s measuring with official atomic clock time, not “Mommy-trying-to-hold-off-her-twins” time.

Adorne by Legrand Wall Electrical Outlet ClosedEspecially when your room has a dramatic wall covering or paint color, the last thing you want to distract the eye is a pesky light switch or electrical outlet.  What an eyesore!  In the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Lisa Mende and I used Thibaut’s “Minerals” faux shagreen wallpaper.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

Adorne by Legrand Wall Electrical Outlet OpenThankfully, the Adorne collection by Legrand came to our rescue with their beautifully designed switches and wall plates.  The Adorne products are so sleek and streamlined on their own, and the decorative option lets you customize the switches and wall plates with your own paper or other wall treatment.

Think about it — light switches are something we touch Every. Single. Day.  Doesn’t it make sense that they would start to look a little bit dingy over time?  When the trusty ol’ Magic Eraser won’t get those things clean and bright no matter how hard you scrub, it’s time to replace and refresh!  Of course, you could certainly use an ordinary switch — but more streamlined or otherwise decorative switches are one easy way to step up your design game.  In five minutes.

Multiplicity Fall 2014 CoverThanks to Multiplicity magazine for sharing this Five Minute Fix with their fabulous readers!  You can check out their fall 2014 issue here.

Oh, and this was a long-winded way of saying that — I think I’ll keep the Friday’s Five Minute Fix feature … although I’ll only share it when I have a really good “fix.”  Other weeks, you might see Friday’s Find or even Friday Favorites.  Darn, I must have an affinity for “F” words.  But certainly NOT that “F” word, thank you very much.  

Should I “switch up” the Five Minute Fix?

Photos by Marco Ricca Studio for Lisa Mende Design and Traci Zeller, Inc.  Cover courtesy of Multiplicity magazine.  A huge thank you to Adorne by Legrand for donating product to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island!  

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