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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When You Don't Have An Entry

My home is so typical of a lot of smaller builder basics.  You just walk right into the living room.  

  The only thing that indicates an entry is a small section of tile instead of carpet.  Not very decorative or inviting.   There really isn't much of a space for decorating.    The living/dining area is all one room.  The china cabinet is on this entry wall across from the dining table.   It is narrow against the wall and doesn't impede the walkway through the living area to the familyroom/kitchen area of the house.  That's the only place it would fit since the dining area has a huge window.  This would be the perfect wall for a fabulous console and a wonderful vignette, however, I love the china cabinet, so it won out and occupies this space.

I've been trying to come up with a few new ideas for this area under the window ---

I absolutely love the classic look of an umbrella stand and boots at the door.  So traditional and old world elegance.  Living in the desert, this would definitely be truly decorative, we rarely use an umbrella, however I do have a fabulous pair of boots that would look wonderful.  I even have a great pair of zebra rain boots.  I may have to think about this idea.

I also thought about using a stack of baskets, that could really be fun and I love the texture.

Or maybe a stack of old suitcases.

  I had a plant stand with a fern in front of the window, but everyone felt like they were going to hit it every time they walked in the door, so I replaced it with this little burlwood chest.  It's low, but still gives a sense of something in the entry.

Maybe I need to figure out something fabulous for the window itself.  Any ideas on how to make this space more interesting?

Do you have a fabulous entry or is yours a non-entry too?

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  1. I'll give some thought to your entryway too, Marty. You are such a fantastic designer, you will come up with something you love, for sure - you always do!

    Here is a post showing my little entryway area - it goes into a short hall with a spot for a cabinet and mirror and all-too-often vingnettes - but the actual entry area is shown here should you want to see it.

    Here is a post about the hallway it leads to -

    It's for lightening up things for early summer. I have painted that cabinet and changed the mirror and decor since then, but at least you get a sense of the space. Guess I need to share my autumn decore, huh? Didn't realize I hadn't done so yet. Sheesh.:

  2. Oh your entry area is so beautiful. I love that transome window. Gorgeous. I just need more space is all.

  3. I have such a small entry here, Marty, but just enough to put a hall tree. Nothing like the entry I had at our old house. Not that was a foyer! : ) We also have tile that separates it from the living room, which is the actual room you would walk into if you kept going straight a few more steps.

  4. Marty, I wish I had what you have! My front door entrance is a little 3 sided area with a closet across from the front door and a wall on one and the other is right into the living room. It's probably no more than 3 x 3 feet area. On the only wall space I have my hubby made a coat rack with a shelf and that's about all we can fit. I have hardwood floors which I love, but not when you walk right in from outside. I found out about 'FLOR" tiles from another blogger and bought some to fit in that area. I love it! They cover the floor and blend in so nicely with my wood floor (I got a very neutral color). Now I don't have to worry about messy shoes or boots on the wood floor. Would love to do something else there, but no room. (sigh) ;)

  5. I like the umbrella stand and boot idea. Such a classic look. Whatever you decide to put there Marty will look fabulous I am sure!
    XO Barbara

  6. Marty, I love your china cabinet. I am sure you will figure out your design for that area. I can not wait to see what you do with that space.

  7. I want to see the zebra boots:):) I like the idea of the umbrella stand and boots but I also love that little chest you have there. Whatever you do always looks great!

  8. My front door opens to the living/dining area too, and I have tables on either side of the door. I love the first picture -- especially that pendant light! :) Can't wait to see what you decide.

  9. My doorway opens to a thin hallway with walls on both sides. There isn't room for any type of furniture. So, I decided to add interest by making my front door SPECTACULAR. My dad and I are working on a Dutch door for the front. We will be finishing it late next week, so I will be sure to blog about it soon.
    Michelle from

  10. Not umbrellas but canes! They have lots with such pretty handles and they're usually easy to find at flea markets. Of course, the really good ones are expensive and unfortunately, you can't find them at Home Goods. And think ladies parasols -- in your area a parasol might just make a whole lot of sense!

  11. Marty your entry way is beautiful even without a full foyer!

  12. Hi Marty! Your entry looks pretty and the little box with legs looks nice by your sidelight. I adore that gorgeous china cabinet and I know no matter what you do it's gonna be gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Hello! I can see a hanging light fixture in the entry .. nothing to compete with your china cabinet, which is awesome! Some small scale that complements your furnishings.

  14. I really love the umbrella and boots. As I was reading your post I thought how I'd love that look, although my entry is small too, but separated from the rest, so yes, there's a small entry, but love the boot idea, even though I have a Delft Dutch umbrella stand and antique Spanish leather trunk from hubby's great-grand, colony time, so I cannot remove it, lol! I like it though, so it's fine. I'm gonna give the boot décor some thought and make a little space extra!
    You are such a fabulous decorator and your house is always so beautiful, I cannot wait to see what you come up with. The china cabinet is exquisite!
    Have a lovely week sweet lady.

  15. Hi Marty,
    I love the chest you have there. Was thinking why not a bench going across the left side of the tile from the window and then you could put boots and cute things on the bench. You can find thin benches now and I think that will divide off the entry from your living room too. I know you could do cute things to the bench. What ever you do it will look fabulous.

  16. Marty- I like the idea of an umbrella stand in this area with canes and umbrellas in the stand. It might be nice at Christmas or winter time to add a plaid red and green umbrella or a parasol in the spring and put in stand with the handles down instead of up.
    No doubt you will come up with a marvelous idea. You're already on your way.

  17. Whatever you decide it will be grand. However, I just thought that maybe you should consider a dividing wall, no taller than the china cabinet..... so that you could move that into the dining room itself, and then you have a small entry space that is separate, without changing too much, or spending too much. Mind you, you'd have to take the stuff of the top of the china cabinet!!

  18. No entry. =( You walk into our house and you're either walking into the livingroom or going up the stairs. I hate it but I like your ideas! Going to try some.


  19. My house is he same. Except the wall that the front door swings in to there sits a closet door.... Making my space even smaller! I'm interested to see what you come up with... And I've been checking out suggestions inthe comments!

  20. Hi Marty, I don't even have an entry half as good as yours. 1950 homes, especially small one didn't. I had one home with no entry..but I had a folding screen attached to the little wall beside the front door ..shielding the dining room from the entry. I loved it. I left it when I sold the home..but I just may buy another to form an entry. It worked perfectly and was so charming. It was on the far side of the long window. It made a charming entry. Have you ever seen that done??

  21. The cabinet by the window is very pretty, but I think it might be lost in the space because of how low it is to the ground. Maybe a stain glass along the window would be pretty or a tall Asian vase. I am sure you will come up with something fabulous for your space.

  22. I am singing the no foyer blues also. Our Georgian had a wonderful entry hall, but the downsize does not. Not sure what to do either. I will check back to see your lovely ideas...sheila@mykentuckyliving

  23. Marty,
    We have an Entry Hall here on the Prairie, dear friend!
    It's long, narrow and no natural light, but I do enjoy decorating it Seasonally!
    Had you given thought to a divider screen in your tiled area of your entry?
    It would give division to the room without blocking the light.
    I adore louvered paneled screens.
    I'm still trying to convince "Mr. Ed" that we could use one at the patio doors.
    Just a thought.
    Love your idea of boots and an umbrella stand!!!

  24. We live out in the country in an old farmhouse. Our driveway goes right beside our house with parking in the back, so no one uses our front door, which is good, because their is no entryway whatsoever. In fact we treat the door almost like it's not there except to leave a small path to escape if we needed to.

    I love your china cabinet. A large, tall urn or basket might look nice there, perhaps with some walking sticks, instead of umbrellas. Whatever you do, I know it will be gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

  25. I don't have an entry either...the front door just opens onto the living room. I like your ideas and look forward to see what you do. I'm still trying to figure mine is a small living room so can't really do much. Like the idea someone had of a screen. hmm.... :o)

  26. I don't have an entry either, but luckily I can position my furniture with a chair faced away from the entry and an entry table backed up to the chair. It gives the vibe of an entry but still gives a great view of the living room that doesn't make it feel crowded.