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You’re probably seeing orange and black everywhere you look right now, but these bold colors aren’t just for Halloween.  Try one or both of them in your home year-round.  Here are some of my favorite orange and black items from my shop. Click the links to purchase them today!

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1. Ceramic Table Lamp 2. Large Corinth Mirror  3. Del Mar Transitional Floor lamp  4. Sue Pillow  5. Hazel Hexagon End Table  6. Dimensional Chain Stool  7. Arthur Pouf  8. Luna Designer Hand Tufted Wool Rug

 

 

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A cheat sheet for creating an organized, stylish entry space out of thin air.

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!

There, I said it. Of course the holidays mean many things, including a revolving door of guests for those of us who like to entertain. Now is a great time to look at easy ways to make your home even more inviting, right from the first step through the front door.

Many Seattle homes don’t have a formal entry or foyer. The front door often opens right into the living room. If this is the case with your home, there are of plenty ways to create a defined entry space that is both beautiful and organized.

1. Make your own (entry) way with intentional furniture placement.

This can be as simple as placing your couch or a set of chairs with their back to the door to create the feeling and function of a hallway. Add a console or table to the mix to create structure and give you an organized spot to drop keys and mail when you walk in the door.

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Photo Source: 52 Mantels

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Photo Source: Ikea

2. Divide the space with a bookcase or other physical barrier.

A well-placed bookcase can do wonders for making good use of large or sprawling space. And as you know, a bookcase isn’t just for books anymore. Make a creative first impression by displaying art and other collectibles or add bins, baskets, or drawer inserts to keep things looking tidy.

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Photo Source: Sara Eizen on Houzz

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Photo Source: Apartment Therapy

 3. Go up the wall!

Smart use of hooks, shelves, and benches along an entry wall may be all you need to define and organize your entry space. And with a little creativity, hooks can be both functional and artsy. They keep coats, backpacks, purses, and scarves off the floor and look cute, too. A small bench with a few baskets offers a resting place to take off shoes as well as a place to store them out of sight.

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Photo Source: Mix and Chic

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Photo Source: Anthropologie

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Photo Source: Anthropologie

4. Send a rug to the rescue.

An area rug, or even a runner, visually frames the entryway and makes it distinct from the rest of the room. As with other small spaces, this is also a great way to add a splash of bold color or pattern that might feel too risky or overwhelming in a larger area.

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Photo Source: Apartment Therapy

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Photo Source: Suddenly Inspired

What are some of the ways you have created a warm welcome right inside your front door? Do tell! Share pics and tips below.

The post above is a copy of the article I wrote for the online publication of Seattle’s Child, where I publish bi-weekly articles on home organization. To see a complete list of all past articles, please visit the Reclaim Your Home section on Seattle’s Child. See this article on the Seattle’s Child website here

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It’s not only a hot TV show, but orange is also becoming a new neutral in the design world. Orange is everywhere – even outside!  With the leaves finally starting to change after our warm start to fall, I’m feeling inspired by the gorgeous shades we’re seeing outside.

Check out these unexpected and bold pops of orange that work for any room in the house.  We’ll start with some simple accessorizing, and slide up the scale to really daring color.

1. Intrigued by orange, but not sure you want to commit?  Try adding some orange accessories. I love the various shades of orange in the curtains,  pillows, and throw.  This is a great way to incorporate orange, without fully committing.

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2. This kitchen feel fresh and bright with orange accents in the lighting and artwork.

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3. Be bold in your kids’ space – This orange wall is loud and playful – probably like your kids.  A kids’ space is always a great place to take a risk with color.

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4.  How about an orange front door?   This pumpkin color looks lovely with the gray house and white trim.  This is a bit more of a commitment, but if you like orange, go for it!

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5. Orange you impressed with this bold powder room?  The wallpaper is stunning, and what an impact in such a small space.

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So, how daring do you feel?  Which room in your house could a hint (or more!) of orange?

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I recently visited a client’s home to help them re-claim their living room.  With two children under 4, the room was serving many purposes, but it lacked a functional layout and storage to meet the family’s needs.

In addition, like many young families, they wanted to invest in new furniture pieces over time. So we developed a phased approach to refresh the room without breaking the bank.

Visit #1: Re-arrange furniture to achieve better flow.

The couch was in front of the window.  The white chair was off to the left, and the leather chair was on the opposite wall. The room didn’t flow well.

To open up the room and define the space, we angled the couch, and added a console table behind it.  We brought the two chairs together to create a cozy seating area. A newly vacant wall became the entry way focal point.

My homework for the homeowners was to purchase a few new furniture pieces and accessories. I gave them recommendations, and left them to it!

(And if only I’d remembered my camera, I could have shown you this step.  But keep reading to see images of the next phase.)

Visit #2: Pull room together with new furniture and accessories.

The homeowners purchased some great new items for the room, and honed in on blues and oranges for pops of color. We had fun setting everything up!

Sitting Area Before & After:

The new rug from West Elm has a simple herringbone pattern that freshens up the room.  The new lamp, also from West Elm, adds needed lighting to the corner. Colorful throw pillows brighten up the space and tie everything together with color.

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Storage & Accessories Before & After:

We replaced an oversized bookcase (aka clutter magnet) in the entry with my favorite shoe cabinets from Ikea, which better suit the family’s storage needs.  We dressed them up with a stylish mirror from my collection, and other accessories to personalize the space. 

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Entry Way Before & After:

The homeowners splurged on a gorgeous new console table from Crate & Barrel.  Once it was in place, we styled it with some of the homeowners’ favorite accessories. Even the baskets beneath the table disguise the heating vent. Now this is a welcoming space to come home to.

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Voila!  The new space feels fresh and organized. 

And when the homeowners are ready, we’ll schedule Visit #3, and find the perfect new couch and chairs to work in the space. 

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