How to Style a Tiny Entry Way

Today I am going to share with you my tiny entry way that I just finished styling!  I am SO happy with how it turned out.  I have been noticing amazing entry ways on Pinterest for quite a while now.  I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them.  I have seen some beautiful entry ways with awesome benches and seating.  Some entries have decorative tables or other large pieces of furniture.  Many entry ways have the space to do this but many do not, including my own.

I wanted my entry to make statement for visitors because it is the first thing they see when they walk in the door.  That can be hard in such a small space.  As I have mentioned before, our house is a split entry.  So the front door is ground level and then once you enter the house there is a small landing and then stairs up to the living room and stairs down to the basement.  So no room for a bench or chair or anything like that.  We have double front doors but only the one on the left has a door knob.  The other one opens but we never use it unless we are moving large things into or out of the house.  Because the front door is at ground level, the ceiling just above that area is vaulted.  It’s the only place in our house where we can have a larger hanging light because all of our other ceilings are the typical height.

In a small entry way there are a few statement pieces that can make it amazing… these include a great rug, cool lighting, and unique wall decor.  None of these things require a lot of space.  Let’s take a look at my tiny entry way with big style….

I have been crushing over dot coat hooks… like literally obsessing over them.  I was going to try and make some of my own, but when I found these from CB2 at a good price point, I decided to buy them.  I’m so glad I did because they are everything!

The “Good Vibes Only” print is something I typed up and had printed on nice paper at a copy store.  I kept seeing prints on etsy with this quote, but I didn’t love any of the fonts.  So I thought.. hey, why not just make my own!  I love love love the way this print is hung.  So much more unique than a traditional frame.  I found this inspiration on Vintage Revivals.  I changed it up a little and hung it with leather cord instead of the cotton rope she used.

This amazing plant stand was made for me by Dax.  Best husband ever.  I love it!

The first thing I changed in our entry way was the light.  This was actually one of the first things I changed in our house when we moved in!  So the light has been up for quite a while.  I fell in love with this light from World Market and just had to have it.  I love it so much more than the old one!  It is priced SO good.

Here is a view from the top of the stairs, you can see how small the area actually is.  This amazing rug is from Urban Outfitters!

Tiny entry ways can still be styled and look rad, don’t you think?

xo

Kemley

Sources:  Rug: Urban Outfitters  //  Light: World Market  //  Dot Coat Hooks: CB2  //  Woven Pot: Ikea   //  Hunter Boots: Nordstrom  //  Hat: Nordstrom  //  Purse: H&M (ON SALE!!)

 

Mid Century Modern Dining Area Reveal

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I could not be happier with how my little dining area turned out and I’m so excited to share it with you!  Check out this before picture… we have been using this little table that was made by my husband’s great grandpa since we got married.  It’s a cute and tiny folk piece but I was ready for an upgrade.  And don’t worry the table was retired to my “storage unit” room in the basement where I keep way too many treasures to save for later haha.

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So remember my post about the dining area design plan?  Check it out here.  I was trying to decide what style of chairs to put with my mid century modern dining room table.  Well, I decided to keep it simple and go with the classic white Eames-style chairs.  I LOVE the contrast of the walnut table with the white chairs and the price couldn’t be beat.  Most of the other options were either unattainable or expensive… like really expensive.  But I seriously love this look!  I am so glad I went with these chairs.  They are also really comfortable.  I actually bought them from Amazon of all places, you can find them here.

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Ok, so a little back story on the table….  I purchased it quite a while ago from a guy selling it on Vintage Yardsale Utah (FB group).  I have since purchased a few other items from the same seller (who is also a lover of MCM)… he never disappoints.  And I’m so happy I found him haha.  He advised me on how to best refinish or improve the tabletop–which had some water and heat damage and the usual wear and tear of an old piece of furniture.  I opted for the faster, easier option and used Restore-A-Finish rather than completely refinishing it.  As you can see from the before picture of the table, there was a dark spot in the middle.

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The dark spot is still there but much less noticeable.  I keep a table runner on there all the time anyways unless we’re eating so it doesn’t bother me.  We lightly sanded the top down and then applied the Restore-A-Finish according to the directions.  It was seriously SO easy and immediately made a huge difference!  Compare the two pictures… it looks awesome, am I right??  Here’s what we used:

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The legs had some scratches, and for some reason the Restore-A-Finish wouldn’t take to the legs as well as the top.  So we ended up buying a stain marker, like this one, and touched up the little scratch marks with that, and it worked pretty well.  Both of these can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.  Annnnd about those legs…. if you love mid century modern then can appreciate those gorgeous tapered legs.  The legs SOLD me on this table.
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In the design plan post, I mentioned that I was considering a rug.  I was unsure because of how small the space was and the table is close to two walls; I didn’t want it to look crowded.  But wow am I glad I decided a rug was necessary!  In my opinion it makes the space.  The combination of the dark wood, white chairs, and rich blue make my heart happy.  And the rug looks so natural there; it was meant to be!  I found this beautiful rug at Rugs USA for an awesome price!  And it’s on sale right now for cyber Monday for even cheaper than I bought it for!  Find it here.  It always makes me nervous ordering something so important without seeing it in person, but I was very pleased.  It looks just like the picture and the colors are beautiful.  It can be so hard to find a rug this big for such a great price point.

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The shelves are from Ikea.  I love that they are simple and clean and bring more white into the space–which is always a good thing.  And of course I had to put up pictures of my little Nash!

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Overall, I’m very happy with the space.  I’m hoping to do a budget makeover of sorts on the rest of the kitchen soon.  It will be nice to get the entire room looking rad!  I hope this inspires some of you to update your dining spaces.  I mean, we spend a lot of time there right?  Why not have a beautiful space that you can enjoy?  I also want to emphasize that you don’t have to break the bank to have a beautiful dining area.  With a little Restore-A-Finish, paint, sandpaper, or stain you can bring back the beauty of something old.  Try it!

xo

Kemley

Sources:

Table- Thrifted //  Chairs- 2Xhome on Amazon // Rug- RugsUSA //  Shelves- Ikea //

Gold Vase- Nate Berkus for Target // Table Runner- Target // Large Cactus- Cactus and Tropicals

White pot- Hobby Lobby // Candlesticks- Target // White serving platter- Target

Rhino figurine- Target // Frames- ikea // White measuring cup- World Market

Fern and pot- Home Depot

 

Nash’s Nursery Update

Hey everyone!  So a while back I posted Nash’s Nursery Reveal on the blog which you can find here.  I just wanted to do a quick post with a change I made to his dresser as well as some more detailed pictures of his crib quilt because I’ve had a lot of interest in that.  So I always knew I wanted to do something different with the knobs on the Ikea dresser in Nash’s nursery but wasn’t sure what to do. Finally I decided to spray paint them gold and I am SO glad I did!  It gave the dresser a completely different look and the knobs really stand out!  I used the same gold spray paint that I used on the frames for the vintage map DIY I posted about… you can find that here.  I love that I updated the dresser without having to buy anything because I already had the spray paint!  For how easy and fast this was I wish I would have done it months ago!

Here are some more photos of Nash’s Arrow Tail crib quilt that I made!  It was so much fun to pick out all the different fabrics and make this quilt.  If you would like to make an Arrow Tail Quilt you can find an awesome tutorial here. (Posted by the blog “Sing All You Want”).  She has a tutorial for both a crib size and a twin size!  There is something about quilting that is just awesome.. I love it!
Notice the machine quilted pattern in this close up.. the name of this design is called “Widget”, which I thought was cute for some reason haha.  I really love this pattern and I’m glad I picked it for this quilt.
I have to say that Nash’s nursery is a like a little sanctuary in our home!  One of our little routines is rocking in the swivel glider at night with just the lamp turned on and a tired little Nash cuddling with mom!  As soon as I start singing to him his eyes roll back in his head and he relaxes for sleep.  Words cannot express how much I love this little boy of mine!
Well that’s it for this post!  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few little hints of projects I’ve been posting for Shelby’s room makeover which is in the works right now.  So stay posted!
xo
Kemley

 

Nash’s Nursery

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Nash’s nursery was so fun for me to design!  My inspiration for the room came when I found the buffalo print from Native Vermont on Etsy (Seriously look this shop up!!  He’s also on Instagram @nativevermont, you will not be disappointed!).  I immediately fell in love with it and just knew everything would fall into place around it!  I loved the teal color of the feather on the buffalo’s head, and decided to loosely go with the colors: teal, orange, gray, brown, mint, and white.

The dream catcher was a gift from one of my best friends.  She had it custom made by Rachel Vivienne Dream Catchers to match Nash’s nursery.  Such a special gift!  Check out the detail photo of the dream catcher at the end of this post.  It is truly beautiful!

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We painted the walls “Lighter Mint” by Sherwin Williams.  I love the freshness of this color.  It’s very light so it is not overwhelming and keeps the room bright.  We updated the baseboard to match what we had done in the main part of the house, a tall simple flat baseboard.  I personally love taller baseboard, it has a really classy, finished look.

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Okay, so a little back story on our house…  It’s a 1,950 sq. feet 70’s split entry that we purchased a little over a year ago.  I have never loved the look of split level and split entry homes.  But I actually really love the inside of our split entry.  Basically it’s a rambler with two completely separate floors and a kind of weird entry.  I like how the main floor sits up higher than ground level and our basement has windows above ground level.  It also has huge, wide windows which I love because I’m a crazy person when it comes to natural light.  I’m one of those people who wake up in the morning and immediately open the blinds to almost every window in my house.   The rental house we were in before had very little exposure to natural light (or ceiling lights for that matter) and I felt like we were living in a cave.  So big windows was a huge selling point for me.  The house had been completely gutted and renovated about 7 years prior to us purchasing it.  Walls were knocked out in some places and a second staircase going down to the basement was removed to make the kitchen bigger.  Walls and ceilings were painted tan… tan tile was laid… and tan carpet.  SO MUCH BEIGE.  Sorry to beige lovers out there, but beige everything doesn’t excite me.  Needless to say, we’ve painted almost every room in the house at this point.  But that’s a story for anther day… and another room reveal!!!  So this is what Nash’s nursery looked like when we bought the house.  Bleh.  The tan ceilings made me feel like the ceiling was pressing in on us and making everything heavy and dark.  Unfortunately we have to keep the carpet for now… but I am hoping we will replace it in the near future.

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I knew that in order to get the crib bedding I wanted, I would have to make it.  I love sewing so this was a fun project.  I made the arrow tail crib quilt, bumper pads, and dust ruffle.  I found the tutorial for the arrow tail quilt on the blog “Sing All You Want”.  It was also featured on www.kcmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com.  I purchased all of the fabric at Pine Needles–an awesome fabric store located at Gardner Village in Midvale, UT.  I highly recommend them for unique and gorgeous fabric lines.  I paid a local lady to machine quilt the top of the crib quilt (she was recommended by Broadbents- another fun fabric store located in Lehi, UT).  She did an amazing job.  The tutorial for the bumper pads I also found online, but the link no longer exists.  They were very simple and easy to make. (Disclaimer: I am not endorsing bumper pads… I know they are controversial).

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One of my favorite parts of Nash’s nursery is the “library”.  The book ledges are from Ikea and so affordable.  Some of the books are mine from when I was little, others I purchased, and some were given to us as gifts.  I’m hoping to encourage Nash to love reading from a young age!  The gold task lamp was a must… I mean hello, gold+task lamp.  Purchased at Target–but of course!
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 One thing I knew I needed to splurge on for the nursery was a swivel rocker.  It is SO comfortable and definitely worth the money.  I purchased this swivel rocker from Furniture Now, a local furniture store in American Fork, UT.  I was able to pick the gray tweed-like fabric and have it custom made.  So…. Furniture Now is awesome.  Very affordable and almost every piece of furniture in there you can custom pick your upholstery.  My mom, grandma, and sister have all purchased furniture there since I introduced them to it!
So about the pouf.  I just knew I needed a pouf footstool the moment I started designing the room.  They are so fun and unique.  Poufs are expensive… much more than I thought they would be.  Finally I found this one on Amazon in the teal color of the nursery on the lower end of the pouf price scale.  By the way, husbands don’t need to know what poufs cost… because they simply don’t understand the beauty and necessity of a pouf.  My husband is not into design or unique or quirky things AT ALL, he likes everything “normal”.  Soooo…. the pouf confused him haha.  But I love it!
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For Nash’s changing table I was looking everywhere for something white.  I almost splurged on a changing table from Pottery Barn but couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I searched online for a midcentury vintage dresser… but to no avail. (I’m having a love affair with mid century everything right now).  I thought about finding a vintage dresser and painting it… but by that time I was about 7 months pregnant and didn’t feel like attempting that.  Finally I decided on the Ikea Hemnes dresser in dark brown and LOVE it.  I needed some dark in the room to anchor everything and give some contrast to the white and pale mint walls.  I bought the changing mat on amazon and made a white minky cover for it.  When Nash outgrows the changing mat, we can just use this as a dresser which is perfect and so practical.
I found the gray and white woven basket at Target to use as a hamper and it works great!  The long white curtains I made from one white twin size sheet purchased at Wal Mart for $5.  SO… $2.50 per panel… insane right??  I just added some orange ribbon to the inner edge of each panel for some color.  One major bonus to making long curtains out of a sheet is that you can make them as long as you want.  I like super long curtains that hang higher than the window because it lengthens the walls and makes the ceiling feel taller.  It draws the eyes up.  Many already made curtain panels are not quite long enough in my opinion
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Here is a view of the other sides of the nursery with the closet and room entry.
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Okay, lets just enjoy some detail pictures now….
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Photo above by Tayten Kenzie Photography

 

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And… that’s it!!  I hope this inspires others to create and design beautiful nurseries. We are loving Nash’s nursery, it’s such a happy room!  Of course it looks better with Nash in it!! These are some of the newborn pictures taken of Nash by Tayten Kenzie Photography who is amazing.  Check out the links below!

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Photo above by Tayten Kenzie Photography
Sources: Crib: Fisher Price // Dresser: Ikea Hemnes // Changing pad: Amazon // Swivel Rocker: Furniture Now // Orange throw pillow: Target // Pouf: Amazon // White shag rug: Target // Nightstand: Ikea // Book/pictures ledges: Ikea // Gold Task Lamp: Room Essentials for Target // Woven hamper: Target  // Buffalo print: Native Vermont // Geometric Grizzly print: Vintage Revivals // Dream Catcher: Rachel Vivienne Dream Catchers  // Rustic wooden frame around buffalo picture: Hobby Lobby // Frames around baby animals, gold leaf pictures, and grizzly picture: Ikea Ribba // Wire basket holding blankets: thrifted // Wire basket on dresser: Hobby Lobby // Wooden arrow: Hobby Lobby // Crib bedding: fabric from Pine Needles, custom made by yours truly