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Welcome Home: Five Musts for any Entry

A great foyer is key in a well-decorated home because it sets the tone for what you’re about to experience in the rest of the house. Here are three very different entries from which we can take inspiration.

Amazing wallpaper, check. Amazing pendant light, check. Bench, check. Mirror(s), check. Giant shell, check…ok, well that last week seems a little stagey, but whatever the rest is great!

Heather Garrett Design

The clean simplicity of this foyer is so inviting. Layered lighting, a wide console (in my world to gather lots of crap…not the case here), statement mirror and inviting rug.

Shirley Meisels

Shirley Meisels

This last one is obviously beautiful, but not Two Inspire Design-ish in its traditional formality, but the fab tufted bench and artwork saves it for me. I’ve spent a surprising amount of time in my entryway waiting for someone or something and I’d love to have done it sitting on this lovely.

Meyer & Meyer, Inc.

Meyer & Meyer, Inc.

So, how do you get a great entryway? Start with the basics. Here are five pieces that set the foundation for any gorgeous, functional foyer.

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1. A great light like this Sputnik Pendant will get people excited about the rest your home has to offer.

2. A mirror might feel cliche, but it just makes sense in an entryway! Who doesn’t like to quickly check their teeth before they head out the door! With lots of clean lines and muted colors, I like pulling in a little rustic wood like this Pearwood Ring Mirror to add some warmth.

3. This Besta console from IKEA is one of our little secrets–clean lines, great size and totally affordable.

4. With the modern lines of the console, I would pick a more traditional rug like this one from Restoration Hardware to add just the right touch of sophistication. Plus the color will hide so much! But, if that scares you, a trusty indoor/outdoor rug like this one from Pottery Barn would be safe and good looking.

5. A place for people to sit down and put shoes on is important in a foyer. This banquette bench is a statement piece and the dark color just makes sense in a high-traffic area. If you don’t have room for a bench, use an occasional chair that can do double duty in the dining room for extra dinner guests.

Welcome home.

Tessa Signature

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Weekend Finds

We’re still here!  I know it’s been awhile since we’ve been posting regularly and we’ve really been meaning to do a better job of that but life keeps getting in the way.  The truth is we’re extremely grateful that we have built a business that is keeping us busy, but it definitely takes away our ‘fun’ time  which is blogging and showing you our thoughts and ideas.

But we’re here today and I’m excited to show you some of my weekend finds.

I mean seriously…Target.  I don’t even recognize this store anymore.  It doesn’t get much better than this adorable task lamp.

threshold lamp

Anyone looking for the perfect size lamp to put in your kitchen?  Take a look at these adorable lamps and they come in four great colors.  Plus all lighting is 15% off right now.


Crate and Barrel has stepped up their style a bit and I’m loving this sconce.  It also comes in nickel.  Such a great choice for someone who lives in an older home but wants to modernize their sconces a bit but not loose that traditional feel.


Urban Outfitters–I love this source for lighting.  Their lighting selection is unique and well priced.  Love this Gumball Floor Lamp which also comes in two other colors.


This post wasn’t intended to be all lighting choices but as the darker days set in it has me thinking about ways to create different levels of lighting in my house.

Amy Signature

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Current Obsession: Utility Sinks

I was having lunch at Farmhouse in Evanston yesterday and they have this great utility sink in their bathroom. Of course (because this is just how my mind works) as my daughter was washing her hands, I was thinking why we don’t use these sinks more in residential design. They’re really a great way to get that modern rustic look that we love so much.

Z+ Architects via Houzz
ENJOY Co. via Houzz
Modern Organic Interiors via Houzz
This one adds a little bohemian flair and I love how they’ve created a a bright tile backdrop that keeps this bathroom from feeling too stark and cold
Incorporated architects & designers via Houzz
Via Houzz
And you don’t have to have the under piping exposed
Gaspar's Construction via Houzz
Kits Construction via Houzz
Peace Design via Houzz
Or, you can make the pipes and faucets more modern looking to balance the traditional sink
Perfect addition to a laundry room or kid’s bathroom
Upscale Construction via Houzz
ENJOY Co. via Houzz
Tessa Signature
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