How to style your front entryway!

Hello Friends:)

Today, I wanted to share with you some creative ways to style the front entry of your home. To me the entryway is so important, not only because it is the first impression of your home, but it is also where you keep all of your home essentials (Coats, rain boots, umbrellas, purses, and even yoga mats.) With that being said, some of us may live in homes similar to mine that is older (Circa 1950) so you don’t have a huge area for your essentials.

I am going to guide you through our front entryway, and then show you what endless options you have if you have an entryway that is on the larger side.

Below, you will see one view of our front entry, Charlie likes to be in ALMOST everyone of these pictures as you can see haha. I picked up this great coat hanger a few years ago when I lived in Connecticut at Marshall’s. This coat hanger is so great because it has cute labels for each hook. This is a great idea for those of you that have children in the house, or even have guests that come over frequently. I also love the wood that these hooks are on, because it goes with anything. You can get coat hangers like this really anywhere, and they are so useful to have right by your main entryway so everything is located in one spot. I also wanted to note the rug below. I got this at Target literally three years ago and it has held up ever since. I think it is so important to get a rug that will hide foot traffic wear and tare and this one surely has done that in more ways than one!

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(Sorry the lighting is funky in this one, still trying to figure out the best way to capture natural morning sunlight.)

Moving on down to where all of the shoes, and extra necessities are stored. I purchased this circular basket initially for recycling items when we lived somewhere else a few years ago, and now it has been transformed into our shoe basket for everyone in the house. This is a great idea because the shoes are organized and put away, but still visible enough to see what you are grabbing when you are in a hurry. I keep my yoga mat here, and our rain boots as well. I got a tray to put the shoes on too so none of the dirt or other outside things make their way inside. I promise this tray is key! Also, you can buy these anywhere. I think I even got ours at Target or the Family Dollar store:) No ONE has to know. hahah

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This Key holder is amazing! This lives on the opposite side of the front door, and I am so happy I got this. I put my car key ring on one, Sofy puts her key on another, and Andy also uses it for his work badge and key. AND my future hub is notorious for losing things (we still love him though.) SO, I thought having this right near the door would make both his life as well as mine easier so no one is late to work, or running around frantically trying to find what they need when it is crunch time. You can get something like this anywhere really. Amazon, Target, Homegoods….I am sure Hobby Lobby has some as well.

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This little basket sits right under the key holder, and in this I have some of our winter necessities including hats and gloves. We also have a coat closet behind this basket, but this is just a quick grab and go for Sofia when she goes to school, or anyone else that may need a winter hat quickly! I got this basket at TJMAXX, and it was under $10.00!

Here are some other options for you to choose from when you are working with a smaller entryway space:

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I don’t know about you, BUT I love the flowers coming out of these rain boots, so adorable AND that SHIPLAP, and over head pendant!! AHHHH:)

I saved the best for last my friends-take a look at the endless possibilities below on what you can do with a large front entryway!

Having these built in units in any home would be a dream:) Not only are they gorgeous, but they also act as great furniture pieces within a home, they add so much more character AND they are amazing space savers.

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This one I love the idea of because each child gets a backpack hook and basket:)

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I hope this will help you navigate your front entryway! Have a wonderful day!

xoxo

J

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Warm weather is here in New England! Outfit selections to wear for each occasion:)

Hi!!!

I am so excited that we have this amazing warm weather here in New England! It’s about time! I wanted to compile a list of different outfit ideas to wear depending on what type of event you are going to this spring and summer especially because bridal showers and wedding season is here!

This navy blue and white jumper I got from Illa Illa USA, but I actually picked it up last summer so I am not sure if they still have it. Worth a try though:) Check them out! http://www.illaillausa.com/

This site has great party dresses as well as casual attire!

It is so so comfortable, and great for a night out to dinner, or even a barbecue or date night cocktails outside!

Jumpers are a great way to take a day outfit right into an evening outfit! Also, they are so comfortable! I paired this outfit with a hat I got from Target, and some very simple and dainty white bangles I have had forever. I think I got them at a consignment shop actually. The gladiator sandals I am wearing are from Steve Madden and they are SO comfortable. Another TJ Maxx score! As mentioned in my recent post this hat is from Target! They have SOO many others just like this at the store as well.

Here are some other picks for any summer occasion that you can dress up from day to night:) All of the below picks of mine are from Nordstrom Rack! I linked all of the items for you to reference as well!

Beginning with a more formal white and black dress both are PERFECT for a cocktail party or a bridal shower for all of you soon to be brides!

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White dress

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Now, on to a more casual yet dressy look and feel. A LOT of these dresses are by the LOVE….Ady brand:) Not to mention they are extremely inexpensive.

Blue Halter Dress

Choker Dress here

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Lace popover dress

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Everyone needs a floral print in their life

Wrapping up my must haves with my favorite type of dress…a casual style of course!

 

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LOVE THIS!

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I would wear this everyday if I could in the summer

I hope all of these dresses can help you navigate through what to wear for all of the fun events you have planned for this spring and summer:)

Have a great day!

xx

J

Maximizing smaller spaces within your home!

Happy Monday:)

I have been getting a lot of questions lately on how to make the most out of a smaller space in your home! Last year, we updated and remodeled one of the rooms in our home, and it is on the smaller side BUT it is now one of my favorite rooms in the house! It is a smaller family room. Sofia and I call it the “girls room.” I am so excited to fill you in on some of the tips and tricks I picked up along the way when I began decorating this room.

When you are decorating a smaller space, think light and bright. You don’t want to get to carried away with darker colors when you are working with a smaller room because it will make the space feel a lot smaller and closed in when in reality you want it to look and feel larger. Make sense?

As you will see in the pictures below, I incorporated pops of color throughout the space because the walls remained white which really looks great when all of the natural sunlight is shining through:) Cactus plants, along with succulents or any greenery you enjoy is a great accessory to add to any space.

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I recently did an instastory on the pillow covers I got from Amazon. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing some as well if you don’t want to go out and buy all new pillows for your space + you don’t break the bank! I do have quite the pillow obsession, so if pillows are not your thing, then disregard. I will say I think decorative pillows make any space look SO much brighter, and they also add fun character as well.

For the window treatments shown above I purchased four panels of white blackout curtain shades at TJMAXX, and then added two sheer panels in between the blackout shades as you see above. Yes, are both the walls, and the curtains white? That is totally fine. The trim in this room was painted a darker blue shade (Thanks Dad, best painter around-seriously though, that man can cut in when he is painting like NOBODY’s BIZ.)  Anyway it was painted a darker color to add a contrast of color against the white walls, and curtains.

Adding fun twinkly lights to this space I thought suited it well, and that is totally up to your preference. They look really great at night too! Sometimes I will watch TV in this room and just have the fun lantern lights on without the recess lighting. When decorating your space, add items that make you happy when you look at them. What means the most to you? A room does not need to have a theme, you can certainly mix old with new (my FAVORITE thing to do.) In this room I wanted to showcase some special items that we had throughout the house that meant a lot to Andy. Andy was in the Airforce, so I wanted an area to put up a lot of his awards, and special paintings that he has earned over the years. My future hub is one of the most humble people you will ever meet. I knew that if I didn’t showcase these great things he may not, so I can proudly boast for him! I guarantee you that around your house you have similar items that mean a lot to you. So, don’t hold back. SHOWCASE them;)

The best way to navigate a new space in your home that you would like to change or maximize is to ask yourself what you will be using the room for? Is it an office? Is it a play room? What do you need to make your life easier and more functional?Figuring out that first question is the hardest part. Once you have that figured out I promise from that point on you will have a much clearer understanding of what to buy when decorating as well as who you think will use the space.

I hope the pictures I included, and some of the advice I have help you in your space going forward. Stay true to who you are as a person in how YOU want to decorate, and share your space with others. What touches will make YOU happy each day when you wake up? 🙂

Have a beautiful week!

xx

J