An Entryway Defined

The entry to any home sets the stage for what you can expect as you move through the rest of the space.  It needs to provide certain functions, while aesthetically capturing your style.  In this vacation home, there are two main design concepts that are integrated throughout.  First of all, the overall vibe is casual yet modern.  There are rustic elements combined with clean modern lines to create an atmosphere that is truly comfortable and stylish.  The second conceptual goal for the entire home is to express the idea of color blocking and geomety.  Color blocking is often seen in fashion design. Incorporating bold transitions between colors provides contrast and a sense of playfulness. My goal with this home was to take that idea and also add a strong sense of geometry and shape. When it came time to design the entryway, I knew a bold color would be a must.

Deep sky blue walls accent the white vintage icebox beautifully.  A rich traditionally patterned oriental rug anchors the space and helps to fill the room with more color.  

Opposite the entry door, I really begin to play with the geometric aspect of the overall design concept.  After collecting an assortment of vintage crates and drawers, I mounted them directly to the wall.  You will notice there is a mixture of colors and textures associated with the boxes.  This further reinforces the color blocking idea and keeps the casual feeling front and center. I even managed to salvage the original shelves from the ice box and incorporate them in the display.  Their grid pattern is perfect for perching a spare pair of sunglasses.

Aside from adding a striking visual as you enter this home, this focal wall serves a function.  As the family that lives here begins to use this space, this wall becomes the location for a growing collection of memories.  Bold photo frames will showcase candid shots.  Empty jars can hold beach treasures found by the little hands that live here.  Each cubby can provide a home for a unique and special addition.  


 When looking at an entryway there are three things that I always try to include:

1. A place to sit.  The seating that is selected for an entry is a perfect opportunity to start dictating the home's style. In this case, a richly textured reclaimed barnwood bench provides the perfect spot for everyone to kick off their shoes and relax. The extended length also further reinforces my concept of geometry.

2. A mirror. A last second check on your appearance before heading out the door is convenient and appreciated by anyone. A small mirror above the icebox is functional and adds another texture to that wall.  By adding accessories in front of it, depth is created and  more color is reflected.

3. Storage.  Whether you need a full closet, or just a place to hide purses, keys, or backpacks, storage is critical to making your entryway function for your family. For this entryway, a vintage icebox is used to add storage.  The interior has been retrofitted with wooden cabinetry and adjustable shelving.  It's the perfect place to store your beach bag, sunscreen, and bug spray. 

Adding low maintenance plants is a great way to introduce more texture and accent color.

Adding low maintenance plants is a great way to introduce more texture and accent color.

A trick I use when installing picture frames is to insert decorative scrapbooking paper.  It adds a bit of style until the perfect photograph is found.

A trick I use when installing picture frames is to insert decorative scrapbooking paper.  It adds a bit of style until the perfect photograph is found.

The entry to your home is a place to define your style and welcome your visitors.  Provide the necessary function, but don't be afraid to make a bold statement.  Whether you select unique artwork, a bold wallpaper, or a rich color, it is your opportunity to introduce your home in the tone that is right for you.