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If there ever was a product that screamed: “Please, just leave me to my function and forget my form. I’ve got a job to do!” it’s the lowly doormat. And who could blame it? Its sole purpose is to be stepped on with dirty shoes. When Briana suggested we look for some mats that were not-too-kitschy yet not too plain I knew I’d have some hunting to do. I think I’ve found some good options in a range of styles that meet the aesthetic requests and don’t shirk their function altogether:

door mats

1. Anchor West Elm; 2. Tvis round mat IKEA; 3. Wink Orange Rug; 4. Oceanstar Bamboo; 5. Branch Door mat; 6. Magical Thinking Southwest Geo Rug; 7. Turkish Doormat

I have to admit, at my own apartment, I go for pure function in my entryway. I’ve got a recycled-tire doormat that you can stand on with dripping, snowy boots and just wipe down later. However, these are all so pretty that I might reconsider my choice of pure utility leaving me, as usual, with a case of the wants.

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I think all of the console tables would look great in this entryway, but you chose correctly if your answer was A. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn broke up the similar hues (fuchsia and plum) with the black console table.

Eclectic Entryway by Brian Patrick Flynn

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We randomly chose one person from the comments, and smac is the winner of an HGTV notebook. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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When you’re decorating a home, it’s easy to get caught up in a dream world of perfectly organized closets and modern-retro kitchen remodels. It’s especially easy to fall into this trap when your job is to look at amazing, designer rooms five days a week. (By the way: Not complaining.)

The downside of all this dreaming is that the “right now” sometimes gets a little neglected. Case in point: My mudroom. Sure, one day I’d love to have built-in cabinetry and vaulted ceilings, but that doesn’t mean I should wait until the 12th of never to make the space functional. But still, I waited, meaning that the first thing I saw when I walked through the door every day for close to a year was this mess:

Entryway Before

Last weekend, I decided enough was enough. After all, I had most of the materials I’d need to turn this room around: framed photos, a mirror, rocking chairs, pillows, a bench.  All it needed was a few extra accessories and a little elbow grease. Read on to see the transformation.


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When searching for my current home (my first!), I had a pretty long list of must-haves: a fireplace, crown molding, hardwood floors, a fenced-in yard for my pups and an en-suite bath for myself. I also wanted a foyer — a separate antechamber with enough room for an entry table and a few decorations plus a closet for hidden storage. Well, as is true of many first-time homebuyers, I got most of the things on my list but something had to give. You guessed it: I didn’t get a foyer; the front door opens directly into my living room. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.

Luckily my living room is pretty big (15′ x 21′) so I just designated a 6′ x 10′ area to use as a foyer:

traditional home entryway with collection of framed photos

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Now that I’ve shared my yellow front door with the world, it’s time to invite you into my entryway. Small steps. Don’t worry; we’ll get to the bedroom soon, but know that I don’t kiss on the first date. Usually. Back to my entryway, yes?

HGTV Design Happens - designer Erin Loechner - entryway foyer

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Hands down, the entryway is my favorite part of our home. It feels so very… us. Equal parts quirky and unexpected with touches of vintage and organic materials, our front hallway has caused quite a stir with guests, provoking a love/hate relationship almost immediately. And in my opinion? That is design. Good design always elicits a reaction, whether good or bad.

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I just realized that I’ve never shared our front door with you, which is a complete crime, because it’s adorable. Seriously. Take a look:

HGTV Design Happens - Erin Loechner - Yellow Front Door

Yellow tulips, my favorite, are often found on our doorstep.

Because the rest of our home’s exterior is fairly subdued, a bright pop of color was in order (remember when we first painted it?) And the modern finishes up the glam factor.

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