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Welcome to our first fall entry! When the air cools down a bit and the leaves turn certain colors, it’s therapeutic (and fun) for me to create a warm and welcoming transition into our home. The entrance will really help set the tone for comfort and awareness that you want people to experience internally, thus signifying the space (whether large or small).
Since they officially arrived on the calendar this week, we’ve celebrated the transition with a simple designer fall issue for our entry. As we often do, we updated our entry with mostly what we already had on hand.
There are a lot of pictures in this post, so I probably got off the boat! But I think it is useful to see different angles and see what is around the entry and how this space connects with the next. Especially since the entrance and our house is not huge, we have to use all the square inches! Our housemates and friends could appreciate that little situation and see how we can make the space work for us.
Scroll down to see all the photos and a list of ideas and what we used from our home to enter our fall cozy!
Small space or dedicated entry? Maybe not!
I don’t know if each entry has a dedicated decoration. I talked about that situation in the Monday Mood Board post on Creating a Cozier Fall Entry.
No matter how great or in agreement The transition space to your home would be (whether it’s a large entrance, hallway, front step, living room wall…) the space can become cozier, more inviting and a reflection of time.
Don’t give up or despair
Our entry is definitely on the smaller side (don’t come at me if you think it’s HUGE compared to yours!). For everyone who has a smaller entry, I know there are also many who are much bigger than my entire main menu, hahaha, so stop comparing now. You may be thinking “my goodness how can one live on such a small income!” Ha, everyone in space has a different perspective.
If you ever feel like your home is smaller than it is in any way, or when a sense of comparison creeps up on social media, I encourage you to go back and read this post on Autumn Mindset. Hopefully that mindset will help us all gain perspective on what is happening at this time.
I love our entryway, but we don’t have a lot of floor space for furniture or surfaces for many accessories. So I use what I have or whatever I find the feeling I want here! We used the book for some tips to create a more serious case entry.
Here are 13 tips we used that helped us create a welcome fall entry:
- Look around! When I’m working in a small room or part of our house, I often look at the surrounding spaces to find ways to pull the whole look and function together so that everything can benefit from the smaller space. A cohesive look can be important in any room.
- Don’t feel like a small space is limited! While we don’t have room for a bench or throw pillows IN our entryway, there is a built-in one tucked around the corner in our living room. You want to use what you have to create an experience in front of the door, even if it’s around the corner in the hallway or in the living room. Don’t feel like space is limited!
- Swap the pillows for the fall of your mind. I recently ordered some new pillows for our house, you can see two of them in the pictures, but I’ll share the rest in a future post. I will also share more about swapping and storing them for a new season in an upcoming post.
- Incorporate meaningful or seasonal art. We continue to add significant maritime art to the scale. You can read about where we find our maritime art HERE and a little about why we collect the art in this post HERE. Meaningful art is something that we write about, collect second hand, or just find pieces that speak to us or remind us of special places. The art on this wall has inadvertently created a color palette in this space that can be incorporated into our home in various ways or combinations at any time.
- Light fixtures add warmth, but can set the tone for your style! As I recall we switched out the light fixture a few months ago. The chandelier was intended for our bedroom, but we love the lamp here. The chandelier really makes the whole space feel cozy and more of our style, so I’m really happy to put this here as a style statement setting in front of the door.
- Set up a time entry table or shelf next to the door. The small dining table was part of the purchase when we bought the house! It encloses that space and gives us a surface for our lamp (added heat), a flower and whatever small accessory we want there. Now we have pinecones in a bowl (more on that in an upcoming post as well).
- Use the color gradient flower! This fall I fell in love with a fresh flower from a local gardener that I discovered by accident after I bought at the market is also the gal who we ordered flowers from Courtney’s wedding! It is wonderful to treat yourself to a bouquet of the most beautiful flowers of the fall, but they are even better when they are grown either in your area or in a place. The flowers won’t stay fresh forever, but I think they won’t have to be seasoned to catch on.
- Collect what you have. If you can make the most of what you have, awesome! Of course, he doesn’t want you to buy anything new. At some point, our spaces could use a little upgrade or something different to elevate or complete the look. You can find some ideas for casual entries in this Monday Mood Board post.
- Vintage elements add a cozy flair. We added a basket to the gate, which we often do! This is a fisherman’s basket that I recently picked up at an antique store, so I guess it’s “new”, but also… old … and what I had in hand! (You can find similar baskets here like this one). We used it on the doors, but it was a little silly, so I had to tie it together :). It’s part of the charm, though, right? I will share more about the doors, porch and planting this week.
- Use warm metal accessories such as copper or brass. I’ve had a brass umbrella for years (I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve always used umbrellas). Sometimes I leave it all year round, but the umbrellas and umbrellas especially in the fall, I’m not mistaken!
- A rug in the hallway makes it cozy and can set a sliding color palette for the house. The main thing that I think pulls the space together for me is the rug (I don’t think this little one is available anymore but there is one I love like this one and this one). This striped rug was made in our beach house years ago, so I’m glad my mom hung onto it so we can use it here. It really is perfect for the beginning of fall! A blanket is a layer of warmth here (add a non-slip safety pad!), but it also pulls together a beautiful fall color palette. It brings the colors that are in art, and it takes the front door and the overall style of our home effortlessly from summer to fall!
- Invest in items that will stand the style test of time. I have always been a HUGE fan of Dash & Albert Miracle. If you’ve loved a look or a piece for a long time, that’s a good sign that it’s trendy, not trendy, and won’t feel the best for years down the road. I have loved the look of this striped rug FOREVER so I picture having many of these rugs in our house and planning to even run up the stairs once we change the floor while we finish shaping.
- If you don’t change future plans or things, you can stop yourself from creating a cozy space. It can always be more convenient! We’re thinking of getting a new board that will also change the feel of our home and the scale, but with that said: I’m trying not to make any future plans, or things I can’t change, stop inviting me home now.
Want to peek outside the gate to see our fall porch?
Good morning, I’m going to show you our fall porch this week!
Happy nesting, my friend! 1545 I’d love to see what you want to climb, so join in and post some photos in our TIR community group! It’s fun to share with the group.
Some recent cases and decorating letters you may have missed:
A COMFORTABLE Fall Decorating Mood Board
A Cozier Fall Entry Mood Board
Using what you have to decorate (and why I moved my blue lamp to the living room!)
Come see my office/home bedroom/TV room/hospital (and a tip for organizing linens without a closet!)
17 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen for Fall (Without Pumpkins!)