Doors & Entries
Entryways are the openings to the soul.
Think of your door and entryway as your personal greeter when you get home.
Whether painting your door your favorite color, adding a whimsical doormat or adding the right flare with a set of key hooks or coat knobs how do you show off your personal style?
How do you want your home to embrace you?
Perhaps you have a meaningful collection of photos you want to see when you get home - to remind you of what’s important in life. There are also practical matters to attend to. Maybe you want to be able to take your shoes and coat off right away so you can get comfortable. Whatever your personal preference is for how you want to be greeted,
I can help you find your home’s perfect embrace.
Sputnik has landed
Using unusual or unexpected elements like this Sputnik lamp creates a visual treat for anyone who enters this home that we reimagined in San Francisco.
Going with the flow
Here, we used repeating artwork to create a sense of motion and energy in this modern San Francisco home.
In this space, we used a dramatic heavy curtain to hide an unsightly heating system to welcome guests into the main upper portion of the house.
Small space planning
In this small studio, we had to maximize every square inch of the room so we created a small desk and seating area by the entryway complete with hooks on the wall to hang a coat.
We used the angles to our advantage in this home where the fireplace was off center to serve as an extra shelf in the home for plants. The home was a coastal beach house where the fireplace was rarely used.
Practical entryway matters
When planning your entryway, it's always nice to think about the guests you will be entertaining in the space. Even if you're an introvert and swear never to have people over, you will inevitably have a visitor and when they arrive, it's nice to have a spot for them to sit down and take their shoes off and hang their coat. I added a padded bench with shoe storage underneath, a full length mirror and coat hook to this hallway so guests could easily make themselves feel at home.
Making use of tight spaces
In this apartment, I decided to turn a long, windowless rectangular entryway into both an entry and an office. I added a Buddha statue and candle to the entrance to bless all visitors and placed a tall, narrow mirror above it to reflect as much light flooding in from other rooms as possible. It's also a great way to take one last glance at yourself before you head out the door. An entryway runner and antique secretary in similar tones complete the look.
Honoring the blank canvas
When moving into a new space, the first thing I recommend clients do is to greet their home like a loved one. I like to clear the space with sage and Palo Santo. While the windows, cabinet and closet doors are open, I walk from room to room asking that the Universe, God, and Spirit Guides bless this space and only allow in love, light, and high vibrational energy. I ask all low-lying and negative energy to leave this space as it is no longer welcome here. Then I ask the space to be protected.
Using doors as frames
When arranging furniture, I love using doorways as frames for furniture placement. It seems obvious but can be harder than it looks to center a table dead center under a ceiling light and centered in the middle of the door when viewed from another room. But that's exactly what I did here. You can see the visual line from the top of the ceiling light, through the table pedestal through the center of the archway. Centering around a circle creates visual harmony and balance.
Tips for your next home search
When searching for your next home, there are several factors to take into consideration beyond the obvious ones of location, number of rooms, budget, etc. How does the space feel to you? Can you picture yourself coming home to this place right now? Do you like the light that enters the space? Can you picture your furniture or your things within the walls of this home? What does your gut say? Choose the home that speaks to you. Does your heart say this is the right home?
Console table basics
When creating an entryway, choose a console table that fits the width and depth of the space without overcrowding the entry. There should be room on top of the console for putting mail down and a spot for your keys. Plants, such as orchids, are a nice touch to greet you at the start and end of your day. Grouping objects in 2 or 3 helps anchor and frame the space.
Using objects as distraction
While I loved that this half arch allowed in light to the tiny kitchen of this apartment, I wanted to create more of a separation between the kitchen and dining area. I played off the motif of circles (symbols of completion and wholeness) seen in the chairs, round table, wall hanging and vase by placing a round Ginger jar opposite a round planter of similar size to create balance in the space and distract the eye from looking into the kitchen itself while eating a meal.