Greet guests at your door with a light and bright entry. Some paint, a few accents, and renewed furnishings may be all it takes.


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Even with white walls, the entry was dark and uninviting. Heavy metal fixtures compounded the dungeon-like atmosphere.


Entry bench and artwork

Turquoise paint on the walls instantly cheered the space. Painting the trim ivory takes the focus off the woodwork. Every entry will benefit from the inclusion of a spot to sit and don or remove shoes, check lists, or wait for a ride. A warm rug cozies up the formerly bare tile floor.


Detail of pillows

We introduced softness with leather seating, plump pillows and a knit throw. The vivid pillow fabrics bring pattern to play in the entry. Though unrelated in color and motif, the patterns share a geometric sensibility and similarity of tone.


Crocheted throw

An intricately crocheted throw with bright colors and vintage flavor offers a pleasing textural contrast to the sleek leather bench and framed photos above. A row of baskets provides stashing options beneath the bench.


Painted chest of drawers

An old bedroom chest of drawers finds a new home and purpose as an entry table and storage station.


Detail of painted chest

Updated with a fresh coat of paint and glass knobs, the vintage dresser balances the modern style and visual weight of the bench on the opposite wall.


Vases on mirror

Perfect for primping before running out the door or checking one’s attire before entering the home, a mirror is a must-have in a well-appointed entry. These suction-cup bud vases add a flirty touch.


Detail of top of chest

Put the surface of your entry table or chest to work with a bowl for dropping keys or tray for holding outgoing or incoming mail.


Souvenir plates on wall

A pair of vintage souvenir plates decorates the wall near the door and brings more curves into a room dominated by angular elements.


Painted lamp

Refreshed with a coat of spray paint, a thrift store lamp sports a new look, completed by a recovered shade. Along with the runner made from one of the pillow fabrics and the turquoise paint on the dresser, they reference the pillow patterns opposite.

Cover a lampshade

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Lampshade
  • Pencil
  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Spray
How to cover a lampshade in fabric

To make a fabric cover template, lay poster board on a flat surface. Place your shade on the board. Starting at the seam, mark the top and bottom of the shade as you roll it across the board until you arrive again at the seam. Add an extra half-inch to each side and end. If you’re working with a tapered shade, you will end up with a semi-circular pattern. Cut the template you’ve made from the poster board.

Lay the template on the wrong side of your fabric and with a pencil, trace the pattern. Cut the shape from your fabric.

Spray the surface of your shade and then the wrong side of your fabric with the adhesive spray.

Smooth the fabric carefully over the shade, starting and ending at the seam. Fold the end of your fabric under and press secure with a spray of adhesive. Starting from the center, smooth the fabric toward the top and bottom to eliminate any air bubbles. Fold the fabric edges over the top and bottom of your shade.

Allow the adhesive to dry. If necessary, you can secure the fabric to the shade with clothespins at top and bottom during the drying process.


Photography by David Kreutz

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