In this post: Entryway rugs can help create an elegant entrance to your home. No matter what size your entry foyer is, these ideas can help welcome guests in style.⇒
What do people see when they walk through your front door?
Does it say what you want it to say? Does it express your style? Does it accurately represent what one can expect once they proceed further into your home?
While I’ve shown snippets of my entry before, I never did a full reveal because it never felt quite done.
For starters, I hate our tile floor. It’s not that it’s terribly offensive, so much as that it’s bland. It certainly doesn’t say what I want it to say about the home it welcomes people into.
But we have a pretty big entryway that’s open to several rooms in our home. It continues into a hallway and putting in the marble floor that I see in my mind would involve installing a lot of tile! So it’s going to have to wait a while.
This has been driving me crazy for a while, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and while I’m working on other more important projects, I’ve learned to just ignore the entryway.
But then an opportunity presented itself and I realized I should have thought of this before.
My new sponsor, eSaleRugs provided me with this beautiful Villa Rug and it’s perfect for our entry foyer. The vintage look coincides perfectly with my taste and reminds me of a rug you’d find in an old country manor in France. The faded look helps it appear aged and works nicely with my antique pieces.
I keep an antique glass front bookcase on the wall that transitions into the hallway and it’s a good sized piece for this spot, large enough to make a statement and yet shallow enough to leave room to easily walk by.
Of course, the new rug doesn’t cover the entire floor, but I love that it’s what you see when you enter our home and sets the tone for what’s to come. The tile beneath is neutral and so at least it doesn’t clash.
I struggled with having a lot of color in this central space due to the varied hues of the book bindings. I’d love to fill the bookcase with vintage books, but that’s an effort that will take time, as well. So after 3 years of almost never taking a book out (because I use ebooks and the Internet most of the time), I decided to turned the books around for a calmer more neutral effect.
I know this will outrage several readers but rest assured it’s only a temporary solution. I wanted the teacups and photos to be visible and not get lost against the multi-colored backdrop. But ultimately this bookcase (or a new one) will go upstairs and the one in this space will be filled with decorative pieces. I could use the extra storage and the books I do in fact refer to should be closer to the bedrooms anyway.
I do still hope to someday replace the floor, as it extends all the way to the butler’s pantry. But now I’ll want something that works with my rug as I’m really happy with it in this space.
What has not changed is what you face when you walk through the front door and that’s my burled wood French server and curvy gilded mirror, which I hope make quite an impact when they greet you. The crystal and bronze sconces were brought back from a trip to Italy and yes, the visible vent drives me crazy!
But I also like being comfortable, so… I look past it.
The marble topped server is the ideal staging ground for some of my favorite decorative pieces from vintage silver and crystal drops, to delicate teacups and old leather books.
In fact, I love that this spot encapsulates my design sensibility so that it communicates that style the moment you enter.
You can get a sense of the open space from this view, with the living room on the right. That’s the next room to be getting a refresh, and the direction I’m going will look lovely next to my new rug.
I’ll also let you in on a little secret. You can say goodbye to the yellow walls. All of them. They served me well in their time, but it’s time to go.
But I’ll save that update for another day.
My new Villa Rug pairs so beautifully with the Old World decor in my French inspired home. But here’s another little secret…
It’s not the only new rug I got.
Stay tuned for another room refresh in a few weeks. For now, you can get a closeup look, above, or check out the other styles on eSaleRugs’ website. They’re beautiful, affordable, and will enhance the style of your home!
*This post is sponsored by eSaleRugs, however, all opinions are my own.
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