Happy Tuesday! I hope y’all are having a great start to your week. We’re back from an incredible vacation (more on that later!) and are so excited to be home. Isn’t home the best when you’ve been away for a while? Our weather is warm, the neighborhood pool is open and our house seems fresh and pretty all over again. I’m sure you guys have figured this out by now, but I. love. home. It’s trite, but there’s truly nothing like it.
Speaking of home, what does your entryway say about your house? I firmly believe that an entryway should be two things:
- An Introduction
I want people to walk in our entryway and immediately understand the vibe of our home. I like to set the tone and make sure people know they’re welcome in our space. In this home I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t have to combine that with first impression with functionality. Sometimes you need to do both (because you don’t have extra space to store shoes, backpacks, etc.) and while that can be challenging design-wise, those turn out to be some of the most beautiful entryways I’ve seen.
In our home, we have a space directly past the formal entryway that serves as our ‘drop spot’ I keep it simple here and the bench, mail envelopes, hooks and shoe basket help us keep things organized and out of the formal entryway.
Back to the formal entry…here is what it looked like a few weeks ago:
I liked it, especially all those blooms for spring, but in the end it just wasn’t me. I adore that painting, but combined with the bright flowers and vase it was…too much. Most importantly, it didn’t set the tone for the house beyond the entry. Actually it didn’t look anything like the rest of our home, lol. I knew I needed to do three things: simplify, match the rest of our house and make a statement.
Making a statement is where my friend Katie at Handmade Haven Sign Co. came in. Katie is an extremely talented sign-maker located in here Fort Worth, but she ships all over the U.S. She is also a friend and because I’ve seen her work I knew she could create a one of a kind, gorgeous piece for our entryway. I wanted something that was a combination of mine and my husband’s taste and as I said earlier something that would communicate the vibe of our home.
What better than a book page for A House With Books??
Isn’t it extraordinary? This 4×3 stunner has completely changed our entryway and I’m in love! Stephen King is my husband’s favorite author and as an aspiring writer, someone I respect immensely. We chose the quote together and I know I’ll forever cherish this sign.
As soon as I hung the sign I surrounded it with elements that match the rest of our home. Pieces full of texture, simplicity and of course, greenery. The palm branch is from our majestic palm in the nursery and I think it’s a perfect touch for summer. The table and paper cutter are both antiques, but you can find a source list for the rest of the items at the bottom of this post.
If you’re interested in ordering a sign from Katie you can find her via any of the links below. She takes most of her orders through Facebook and is very responsive on direct message there. You can also see a lot of her past work displayed on that page. Like I said, she welcomes custom orders and ships anywhere in the U.S. I hope you reach out to her soon about a new sign for your home, whether it be a statement piece for your own entryway, favorite bible verse or anything in between. She is a true talent and you won’t be disappointed.
So, what about you? Do you like to set the tone for the rest of your home in the entryway? What kind of pieces do you use to achieve that first impression?
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day, lovelies!
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