New House : Entryway Tour

"First impressions may be wrong but they are nevertheless important" 
- David Hicks

Bright, minimal,functional entryway

If what the famous interior designer Hicks said is true, our front doors and entryways have a tough job to do. They have to deliver beautiful first impressions to the guests and at the same time serve us - those who live there right and well. Historically a foyer is the transitional space that allows the flow between the outside world and the home be as smooth and calm. And when I started thinking of our entryway, that is the feel I wanted to achieve - that it be a threshold where you leave the stress, heat, humidity or cold vibes and transition into the safety of our home.

Many of us are lucky to have a dedicated foyer - but those who don't have one still can carve out a small niche to serve as the entry station. For me the small corner by the stairs is that niche. I had pinned images and drawn out plans well in advance here - we had about 3 months of time to plan from the time we chose the model to the time the house was built and handed over. I wrote about my inspirations here a few days ago. So truth be told I had plenty of time but a meager budget. But I believe in David Hicks here again. He said -

" Good design is in no way dependent on money. Spend minimum of money and yet gain maximum of effect"

So that is what you are going to see here. I haven't used a lot of furniture pieces or decorations and those bare decorations that are there could be easily changed out for season changes and mood swings. But yet it is functional and suitable for our family and how we live. That is the goal right.

Before we proceed to the current view here is the before shot of this corner.

Design Journal Entryway - Before shot

First thing I did was to create a mood board. The primary elements - the hooks, the shoe rack and the mirror was chosen before hand and art was chosen for its colors and perfection.

Design Journal Entryway Mood Board

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 And here is the after :-)

This Design Journal - Entryway Design

Burlap and Blue Free Printable

The art here is a free printable from Burlap and Blue - Linda creates beautiful yet minimal printable and shares free versions from time to time. If you are looking for some colorful budget friendly art - do check her out. The big frame is  from Target  that I had from years ago and  smaller one is from IKEA ( the art in there is an old calendar).

Design Journal Entryway - functional,airy and budget friendly

Design Journal Entryway - functional,airy and budget friendly

Is the space going to stay this way? Probably until the one year warranty period is over - I would love to wall-paper it or cover it with fabric or even some unique stencil? Choices are plenty and imagination wild . Let us see.

So that concludes the tour of this small entryway. Hope you enjoyed. Do throw in your thoughts and suggestions, it is a pleasure to hear from all of you.

See you soon,


  1. Really like your entry as I believe simple is always better. Attractive and useful.

    1. Thank you Carol. I love simple too - especially with decorations - un-cluttered, easy to maintain and suitable for each one's needs kind .

      Thank you for stopping by :-)

    2. Thank you Carol. I love simple too - especially with decorations - un-cluttered, easy to maintain and suitable for each one's needs kind .

      Thank you for stopping by :-)

  2. It certainly makes a great first impression ! Beautiful and functional.

  3. Love the simple yet striking decor of your entryway!!

  4. Anima, sorry it's been so long since I've visited. I have so many of your posts to catch up on.
    Congratulations on your new home!! I am absolutely loving your entry way and the DIY wreath on your front door. I also love the baby Krishna. I can not wait to follow long and see how you decorate the rest of your home.