In my decorating travels over the years there are so many things I've learned from our clients. The ins and the outs of providing practical solutions for family living, all the while maintaining a well-appointed design. An interesting challenge that can and will become one for us in "The Well-Lived Home".
The Entryway is the first impression...
For those who are fortunate enough to have a mud-room and entry from the garage, the landing area for the clutter of a busy day is easy to hide. For the rest of us the landing area must become a feature in the design. The console table is an intricate piece to this theory and becomes the catch-all for keys, homework, shoes and more so choose well. Keeping the top of the console decorated will distract from the mess hidden within and detour family members from cluttering the top. Give them a flat surface within arm's reach and it'll easily be filled with the findings of the day.
It's all about the drawers... Working closely with clients we've discovered dressers and sideboards make wonderful entryway tables.
The big and the small of it.
Living large, if you have the space we say go for it! As shown here in this entry hall a very family-oriented space with enough drawers for hiding you'll have to assign a row for each member of the household, pets too.
When working with smaller spaces that don't offer an entryway, create one by placing the console table close to the door and incorporating into the living area. Designate the flow with an area rug. This small space is very charming and will easily adapt to any design theme.
The consoles are picked and have been placed, but what about the floors?
Our Favorite Entryway Floors for our Well-Lived Home are worry-free selections that can a take a beating and hold their beauty.
When you want to carry real wood floors throughout your home a stunning compliment for the entryway is to create an area rug with tile. Capture the tones of your decor and protect your wood flooring from the in and out traffic through the entryway. Do you have an open floor plan with a view to the kitchen? Replicating the tile from the kitchen to the entry gives beautiful balance to your open spaces.
You love the look of wood floors without the worry of higher traffic areas. The choice is laminate flooring, but which one? Your first consideration in making the right selection is the floor's rating. Is the floor rated for commercial use? This is a great guideline to go by. Commercially-rated floors are optimum in performance for your home's entryway. Our pick is Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate offering a 50-year residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty.
A cohesive spirit is happiest when the outdoor flooring carries through to the interior. Curb-appeal to our first impression entryway design is accomplished with tile.
For our carpet lovers let us lay on the hospitality. Hospitality in this case refers to the type of carpet. Milled in a collection of inspiring colors and details just for public places and if it works in the hotel lobby it certainly will work for our entryway design. We're featuring
Masland's Contract Carpeting. Combine with selections of Mohawk's SmartStrand Forever Clean carpets and we're covering the adjoining rooms too - worry-free softness underfoot.
We've come full circle and have decided it's time to present some area rug offerings. Presentation is everything after all and we do love our Jaunty Area Rug collections. I think I see a "Perfect Pair" here..
Thank you for joining us in our "Well Lived Home". We'll be following up with a sequel soon. The floors we've featured are of products that we showcase and if you'd like to see the sampling in your own home, please give us a call. We also provide interior design services to assist you in all phases of your entryway project.