November 22, 2017


First impressions are so important.  And that's why I decided to finally put some attention on building a welcoming transition from the outside in.

We moved into our new-ish home 2 years ago when I was 8 months pregnant.  There was so much to do before our little baby Jace was due.  We literally moved in, had our baby shower/ housewarming party for 100 people the next week, built our master bedroom closet shelves so we could hang up our clothes, and put together the baby's nursery all within a month's span.  (By the way if you can't read between the lines, I would never recommend moving while preggers.  That was CRA-ZY!)  

We've made many major improvements to the house since then, but always somehow neglected the entryway...until now.  It cost me nothing except 15 minutes of my time to borrow a few things from our kitchen and family room.  

The wood bar cart from IKEA was purchased a few years ago, which I recently distressed.  Like a cat with nine lives, it has served us for multiple purposes including a mini pantry for our condo, a mini bar, and kitchen island.  Now, it's morphed into a shoe/ purse rack so guests have a spot to put their things as they enter.  Talk about a total workhorse.  For more multi-tasking furniture ideas, I've written about other pieces I love in a post here.   

I love add texture with natural fibers to give a space some warmth.  The gorgeous Native American papago basket was a freebie.  I found it while clearing out my old tenant's stuff that she had left behind.  One woman's trash is another one's treasure, right?!  My husband loves that he now has a place to put down the mail & his keys.  

Live plants are pretty, but sometimes it's too much maintenance.  I found that faux plants are the next best solution.  I recently was able to source these faux succulents, and have launched a new Etsy store called Flowers Fauxever so I can share my faux floral finds with you. 

It's amazing what a little time and creativity can do to transform a space.

Is there an unfinished space in your home that you've dying to beautify, but just haven't had the time to pull the trigger?  Get creative and start shopping your home!

BEFORE ::  This is what our foyer had been like for the past 2 years.  While it was almost completely bare, I love all the architectural details.  The arch, the trim around the doors and the hexagon-patterned hardwood floors are all part of the home's original design.

AFTER :: Wood bar cart from IKEA, Faux succulents (available at my Etsy Shop Flowers Fauxever), Native American basket (similar), Woven Moroccan shopping tote with leather handles below (old; similar).



  1. Hold on, wait a minute, can we please talk about that blue door too? Not sure how I never noticed it, but LOVE!!!!

    Can you please come and style my house please? Thanks!

    1. I know, right?! Little details like a colorful door just totally make it special. Haha, I'm always down for a styling party! I'll bring the wine.