5 Entryway Decor Must-Haves

The entryway is the first thing guests see when walking into your home, so it is important we make a good first impression. You should spend some time decorating your entryway just as you would any other room in your house. You want it to look pretty and inviting, but functional, too. Here is a list of 5 entryway decor must-haves:

  1. Rug – A rug is a must in an entryway, especially if you have hardwoods or tile. Depending on the size of your space, this may just be a small doormat and that’s ok!

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  2. Table or Bench – This is your entryway decor foundation and the focal point of the room (most likely). Luckily, there are no rules! I’ve seen everything from a media console to a small chest of drawers morphed into an entryway table. Benches are also an option, especially if your entryway is doubling as your mudroom.
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  3. Lighting – You can never have too much lighting, in my opinion. A table lamp or floor lamp will provide a welcoming ambiance to your entryway. Feel free to make it symmetrical by adding a pair of lamps instead of just one.

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  4. Flowers – This is where your “pretty” part comes into play. Flowers, whether real or artificial, are the easiest way to add a pop of color and freshen up the area.

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  5. Wall art – Just like any other room, you want to top off the space with a personal touch. Create a gallery wall or hang a large mirror. Your options are endless!
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     I’ve made some recent changes to our entryway by purchasing a new console table and adding fresh accents. I’m still looking for that “perfect” piece to hang between the tobacco baskets. I’m thinking either a large mirror or a painted canvas with some color. What do y’all think??
A table, flowers, lighting, and wall art are all you need to have the perfect entryway
You can get my blue stone console table here

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I had a little helper during my entryway photo shoot [rug – similar]
A table, flowers, lighting, and wall art are all you need to have the perfect entryway   A table, flowers, lighting, and wall art are all you need to have the perfect entryway A table, flowers, lighting, and wall art are all you need to have the perfect entryway

So, what’s the verdict? Canvas painting or large mirror? Would love to hear your opinion in the comments! Have a great weekend, y’all:)

 

 

How to Shop for Furniture Online

We live in a world where there are never enough hours in the day. Dedicating an entire Saturday to furniture shopping just isn’t reasonable. Thank the lawd for the World Wide Web! [praise hands] I talked about the beauty of buying home décor from Amazon in a previous post, but have you ever considered buying furniture online? These days, you can literally buy your new sofa during your lunch break and free up your Saturday for more important things (cocktails, anyone?). If you are looking to order furniture online, here are some tips to get you started!

  • Looks are deceiving. It is hard to tell the true size, color, and quality of furniture from a computer screen. There is always a risk involved with ordering online, so keep that in mind!
  • Know dimensions. You may love something, but if it doesn’t fit correctly in your space then you are wasting your time and money. I keep a list of room dimensions and ideal furniture sizes in my phone for reference!
  • Know materials. There is a big difference between solid wood and wood laminate. Deciding on your material will also help you set your budget. As far as couches and other upholstered items go, you may be able to request a swatch of the material to get an idea of the true color and texture.
  • Read reviews. Don’t trust every review you read, but do trust trends. If the majority of reviewers are saying the same things then it’s worth believing.
  • Shipping and handling charges. Furniture is heavy, so it’s no surprise that shipping can get pricey. I’m sure you’ve seen the Wayfair commercials that advertise their free shipping program. Be on the look out for free shipping promotions because it can save you a pretty penny!
  • Is pick up available? This may be your best option! Some stores allow you to order/reserve and pay online and then pick up at the store or warehouse within a certain time frame. This way, you avoid any shipping and handling fees.
  • Is assembly required? I don’t know about y’all, but there are just some things I don’t want to assemble. I got a new office chair the other day that was a cakewalk to put together, but a home entertainment center or a large shelving unit may not be worth the hassle, in my opinion. If you want to tackle it on your own, make sure you are equipped with the right tools, of course. (Today, I’m thankful for my power drill, amen)
  • Does my coupon apply? Woohoo 15% off Crate and Barrel! I’m going to use it on that headboard I’ve been waiting to buy. Hold your horses. Unfortunately, many coupons do not apply to furniture (sad day). Make sure you read the fine print, y’all.
  • Ask questions. Most websites have FAQs for specific products or give the option of submitting a question to a customer service representative. Get all your questions answered before you jump to purchase! Remember the surcharges, shipping fees, and hassle that will all be lost in the end if you aren’t satisfied.
  • Know your return policy. Ok, so you took a shot at ordering furniture online and you just don’t like it. Let’s make sure your item is returnable and if so, know how much time you have.

Shop for furniture online:

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Dwell Studio – Modern, yet chic style. Free shipping over $49

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Horchow – More upscale, but worth a look!

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WayfairFree shipping on everything [photo credit: Love on Sunday]

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World MarketIn store pick-up available  [photo credit: houseologie]

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ZGallerie – Unique finds

Overstock – Wide selection; great for basics

Where have y’all had success ordering furniture online? Post in the comments below! Thanks for reading:)

-Summer

DIY Chalk Paint Furniture for Beginners

When we moved to Charlotte last spring, I was in a bit of a limbo. I had graduated pharmacy school, but I didn’t have a job yet. Most of my job applications got deferred until I got licensed to work as a pharmacist, which meant I had to pass my board exams first. I got bored with studying fast, so that’s when I got the idea to repaint my old, beat up desk. It would be my first furniture paint project, so I taught myself along the way. There are several tutorials out there on how to paint furniture, but based on my research and through my experience with this project, I came up with my own quick and easy “how to paint furniture with chalk paint” lesson.

I was surprised at how easy it was, y’all! I recommend starting out with a small piece of furniture that you are ok “messing up.” You don’t want to paint your $1000 Pottery Barn dresser just because you are tired of the color. If you don’t have an old piece of furniture, run by Good Will or Habitat for Humanity to get one for cheap.

I chose my black desk (originally from Target – similar) because I figured if it turned out horrible then it wouldn’t be a loss. I’m sure glad it turned out the way it did because now I have a pretty mint green desk to sit at while I write my blog posts! Plus, it ended up being the foundation for my office space that I recently spruced up (read more here).

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What you need:

  • Furniture
  • Chalk paint (or Latex paint)
  • Clear wax
  • Paint brush or foam roller
  • Wax brush
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*Side note about paint brushes: I used a wax brush to paint and wax. You aren’t really supposed to do that, but it worked fine for me! Just be sure to rinse well with warm water between using the paint and wax.*

Step 1: Clean

Remove all hardware and clean your piece of furniture with window cleaner (Windex). This removes any oil or gunk that may prevent the paint from sticking.

Step 2: Paint

*I chose not to sand or prime my desk before painting it even though many tutorials instruct you do to so. If your piece has an old layer of paint or has a rough surface, go ahead and sand it first.*

Paint your first coat with the paint color of choice. I chose Martha Stewart Vintage Décor Paint because I’ve had good luck using her acrylic paint for mason jars (another DIY to try). You can also use a latex paint. Do not glob the paint; it is ok if it does not fully cover the first coat.

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Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Antique Sky
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First coat

Lightly sand between each coat (allowing at least 3 hours to dry first). This helps create a smoother finish. The last coat needs to dry for at least 24 hours.

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Second coat

Step 3: Distress

Use fine sand paper to gently distress the piece to your liking. Sanding blocks are really useful for using over large flat surfaces. I used more pressure sanding over the corners and edges to achieve a distressed look (Skip this if you prefer a matte look).

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Step 4: Wax

Once you are satisfied with how the piece looks, it is time to wax. Waxing seals the paint and prevents further chipping and peeling. Do this in the same manner as the paint. Wait 15 minutes before buffing and shining with a soft cloth. One coat should suffice, but I opted to wax two coats on the surface of the desk where I anticipated the most wear. I like ArtMinds clear wax from Michael’s, but Martha Stewart also has a clear wax if you wish to pair it with the chalk paint.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Allow the finished product to dry for 24-48 hours before moving indoors for use.

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Click here for office details

I would love to hear about some pieces that you’ve repainted! I’m on the hunt for another project myself:)

Thanks for reading! I hope y’all have an awesome weekend!

-Summer

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Steals and Deals on New Furniture

Happy New Year, y’all! I hope everyone enjoyed spending time with their families and friends over Christmas. I had a great time in Dallas with my family and spent NYE at home in Charlotte with some good friends. It was perfect!

Over the weekend, I made some big girl purchases that I’m eager to share with y’all. Kevin discovered a local furniture store and we stopped by on a whim, not expecting to get anything. A truckload later we made it back to the house with our new furniture. Oops…BUT, I have really great reasoning behind each purchase (duh).

Entryway Table

The entryway to our home is HUGE. When we viewed the house for the first time, it was staged with furniture to aid with the selling process (y’all know what I mean). The table used in the entry was 90” long (dang!) I knew our petite 30” console wasn’t going to fill the space, so this was a piece I’ve been on the hunt for.

I fell in love with this table at Crate and Barrel, but was hesitant due to the price tag ($1099).

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I thought about utilizing a 15% off coupon on several occasions, but never mustered up the guts to get it. I’m glad I didn’t because we found this beauty.

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I added wicker baskets underneath for extra storage.

Look familiar? A 71″ long bluestone top console with a pine base and distressed finish. Literally it has the same dimensions, same materials, same everything (except a few minor details) as the table at Crate and Barrel. The best part: it was only $595 – almost half the price of the other table! This goes to show that with a little patience and some digging, you can have beautiful, well-made furniture at an affordable price.

Dining Room Server

Not long ago, we purchased our dining room table from Macy’s. We opted not to get the matching server in hopes of making the space a little more unique. We wanted something brighter since the dining set is a dark stain. I also wanted a piece with clear, glass windows to showcase pretty dishes and china (one day). Again, I’ve seen several I like, but none at the right price point…until now.

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Cape Cod kitchen island
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Next on the list: fill those cabinets!
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Harvest white paint with distressing

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$725 for this solid mahogany buffet (compare to this $1050 similar buffet on Wayfair). I love the versatility of this piece! This beauty is technically a kitchen island. Yep, it’s functional from both sides (drawers, cabinets, etc). It can also be used at a TV console, entryway table, or bedroom piece. For now, I’m loving it in our dining room!

A Small Side Table

In the master bedroom, we have a lounge chair that we never use. Actually, it usually gets piled high with pillows and clothes (guilty as charged). I wanted to make the space more functional, so when I saw this side table I knew it would be the perfect piece to turn my piled up chair into a quiet reading nook. It even has a pull out shelf…how cute!

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Eton 2 drawer side table
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lounge chair // basketweave pillow // lamp and shade

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At first, $135 seemed like a lot for a small table, but considering that places like Pier 1 sell similar tables of much lesser quality (like this one) for $100 or more, I decided it was a good deal. I can’t wait to curl up by the window with a good book!

About Bramble furniture

Great quality furniture!! Find a retailer that carries it here. Be warned that the price points at my local store were significantly lower than the retail prices found online. Always do your research! Most pieces can be customized to any color (but may take up to 6 months to receive). We took these pieces right off the showroom floor instead of waiting for a new one to ship. That was just my excitement getting the best of me. Hehe:)

Thanks for stopping in!

-Summer

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