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About five months ago I made the transition from a four-bedroom, 100-year-old home in a small town to a two-bedroom, newly built loft-style apartment in the city. Needless to say, decorating this new space has been both fun and challenging. Today, I’m excited to share this before and after that shows how I built an entryway in my new space.


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First, here’s how it looked when I started.


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And here is how it looks now:


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This is probably one of the most challenging areas in my new place. There are no windows, and it has three gray doors, so it is dark. I thought about painting the doors and trim white, but since that isn’t an option right now, I decided to focus on what I could change.


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To start, I added a table. This is the first wall you see when entering the apartment so having something beautiful and functional here is a must. The entry table gives me a space to decorate with personal touches, plus it offers a spot for a lamp and a place to put items such as keys and mail. I opted for this iron and wood piece with three shelves for ample storage.


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With the table in place, I went to HomeGoods because I knew they would have some inspiration and tools (and by tools I mean decor) to give personality and life to this space.

My first find was this fabulous piece of artwork that set the mood for the space. I think it was on the same shopping trip that I scored this gold and acrylic lamp. It gives much-needed light. Fitted with a low-energy bulb, it stays on almost 24/7.

Having a rug for this space was also a must. I was so excited when I recently found this one in a matching color palette. It not only provides a splash of color, but it also gives a feeling of coziness right as you come into the apartment.

Opposite the entry table, I added a bench. If you have the room, a bench or stool is great for putting on and taking off shoes. It also creates an opportunity to up the cozy factor with pillows. A couple mirrors that repeat the gold in the lamp went above the bench. A mirror is another useful decor element in an entryway because it allows you to give yourself one final look over before heading out the door.

From there, I added a few decorative accents in my color palette. These included books, a dish for my keys and wallet, and fresh greens. With everything in place, the space now functions beautifully and is inviting for me and my guests.

Because I have ample closets, I have plenty of room for coats and outdoor gear. If you don’t have an entry closet, consider adding a coat tree or hooks for functional storage.

And that’s it, my friends. I hope you picked up a few ideas for your own entry as we looked at the before and after of mine.

Happy decorating!


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