how to decorate an entryway

Modern Bohemian Entryway

Who knew an entryway could be a polarizing issue (given everything happening in the world today!), but our sweet little modern bohemian entryway seemed to inspire or irk people when it was first shared. Some said it was perfect while others said it was over the top and an entryway should be a calming space. My opinion is that your home should reflect your personal style and your mood. When I come home, I want to see a space that makes me happy and says “Welcome home, kick off your shoes and stay awhile.”

As I’ve mentioned before, Alan is the minimalist and I’m the maximalist but our styles are similar and we can generally agree on how to style a space. We knew we wanted to create a unique, happy, and creative entryway when we were renovating the house. My Mom asked, “What will you do when you get tired of all the color?” I said, “We’ll change it out!” The base of the space is very neutral with the terrazzo quartzstone tile and the Crystalline wallpaper. We kept the walls and the flooring in white and gray tones, to allow the wood bench and Palo Verde stone wall and planter stand out.  The rug, pillows, and other “flair” adds that personality I crave and love so much in a space. What can I say, I want to make Justina Blakeney proud of this space!

Pictures by Bethany Nauert

For those of you who follow me on Instagram stories know that I found that rattan basket planter at the Flea Market. There were scarves and bags in it and the vendor was surprised when I wanted to buy the basket and not the goodies. I got it for $25 and I wasn’t sure how I’d use it but I knew it would come in handy. I considered using it as a basket for Harlee’s toys or blankets, but it looks so great as a planter right?

One of my favorite things about our house is the sliding glass doors. This was a custom doorway made for the house and it’s just so unique and pretty. When Alan and I visited the house the first time, we didn’t even realize the front door was a sliding door as the realtor had opened up the house. We didn’t figure it out until we became happy (and overwhelmed) homeowners and finally got the keys to the house. There was tons of drama trying to fix the lock on the door (you can read about that here), but we got it resolved and I’m still in awe of this door!

My advice on styling a modern bohemian space:

  1. Keep the base neutral (walls, flooring, sofa)
  2. Add color, texture, and pattern with pillows, rugs, curtains and artwork
  3. Add lots of plants and greenery in various heights, colors, and styles. Ferns get a bad reputation but it’s an amazing plant that will survive even under the most horrid conditions. Snake plants are also a good option if you have a black thumb!
  4. Rattan is your friend. Don’t go overboard with it, but find some key pieces such as a coffee or side table, large scale mirror, or planter.
  5. Don’t be afraid of mixing styles. You can mix in Hollywood Regency with mid century modern pieces to achieve that eclectic, worldy feel.
  6. Edit to add pieces, and to remove pieces that make the space seem off!

Read more: Slat Wood Bench DIY | How to Install Wallpaper | Drama Behind These Sliding Doors

Sources: Drop it Modern Wallpaper, Vintage Rug (similar here), Vintage Mirror (similar here), Vintage Basket Planter (similar here), Wood Tray, Black Vase, Hobnail Vase, Vintage Pillows (similar here), Pendant Light, Charcoal Planter, Photography from a friend

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