Our Entryway Reveal

March 17, 2017 in Room Reveals

It has officially been 20 days since we started what we thought would be the easiest renovation of them all. We could not make up our minds for the life of us and when we did they seemed like spaz decisions. I went out to lunch with JR one day and we stopped and picked up a gallon of paint after taking literally 2 minutes to decide on a color. I looked up some tile at Lowe’s while JR was there with a friend and said “sure just go by 100 square feet of that one!” I bought some blue paint while on an errand run and painted the interior of the closet just to see what would happen.  We bought a door at an auction!  SPAZ designing worked out in this scenario but I would highly recommend planning from now on to reduce stress!

On to the reveal!!

As a recap this is what the entryway looked like prior to any demo. Pretty simple, vinyl floors, super dark door, old light fixture, fabulous pocket doors, and snazzy handles. There wasn’t a ton of planning and I really wanted to make it exciting. You can check out my initial design plan dilemma here. I really wanted to do something that would make a punch and in the end ended up leaning toward some exciting paint choices.

We started by demoing out the flooring. We chose white hexagon/square patterned mosaic tiles with white grout. I shared some tips on laying them here.  We updated the light fixture, the door, painted, and then added some fun decor. Overall it wasn’t a huge labor intensive project, just a space that was hard to make decisions in!

Ready for the reveal?

Disclosure: This space is super weird with light so I did the best I can with my newbie photography skills. Go easy on me guys! 🙂 

I was panicking the entire time until up to the last minute when I styled it. The lighting and the layout makes everything weird – the paint, the frames, the size of the furniture, the way the pictures turn out on camera, everything. I would love it and then take a picture and think what the heck! In person this room looks bomb.com and I hope it makes you want to come over and have me greet you Stepford wife style and welcome you into our home so you can see it in real life!

This little bench area is my favorite. It is at the end of the hallway so every morning when I get up it is the first thing I see and it makes me so happy. The float frames look AMAZING and are the perfect balance of tying in the brass fixtures and adding a little modern update to the traditional decor. A DIY or BUY tutorial coming up for the frames so you can make your own or if you want to buy one we have some in the DESIGNSHOP!

Painting the closet was probably the best decision I have ever made in my life. I was nervous it was going to make the area seem really dark or have to much contrast but it really ties in the dark blue door and adds a great focal point. I love it so much I leave the doors open for the majority of the time! We added in a shelf at the bottom for extra storage and found these cute baskets at World Market that slid perfectly under – there is about 1/8 clearance so they don’t catch but no one will be able to see inside for our mess of mismatched gloves and hats. I spray painted the bar gold/brass and it really ties in with the rest of the hardware. Overall super functional AND pretty! WIN WIN!

The rug is a vintage find from a Lincoln estate sale and I had searched high and low for a rug that I liked. Funny how I had a perfect fit the whole time! It was also near the entry in our old house so it was exciting to tie in a piece we were used to enjoying everyday in a new place. It is wool so I wouldn’t recommend using a similar rug in a very high use area. We only use this main entry door 1-2 times a week so it is mainly a hallway between the major use rooms rather than a daily entryway. I would get a sisal or a jute rug in a high traffic entryway that can hold up to a lot of foot traffic!

The tile ended up amazing! We were nervous to do white tile and white grout but it looks so crips and clean. It does show dirt pretty well so I plan to get a cheap Swiffer that I’ll store in the closet so it’s handy whenever I need it.

The picture nearest the door is one of our favorites. I surprised JR with a vintage 1964 Chevelle (his dream car is a 69′ Chevelle) as our getaway car on our wedding day – to rent not to keep! I was excited to be able to finally get some of our wedding pictures up in the house! Both frames look great lined up symmetrically on each side of the pocket doors.

I had ordered this little stand before we even demo’d the floor and immediately regretted it. The space is so vertical and furniture placement isn’t very obvious so I couldn’t wrap my head around where to put it. I was originally going to place it where the bench is and ended up really liking it next to the closet. It is the perfect little drop spot for your keys and also adds an opportunity to bring in some plants! I also got ANOTHER boom bowl! I used the one I got for the bathroom so much when I was painting this room I figured I could use another one.

This was the best photo I could find of the door with out it being glaring bright! It adds so much light into the room and it was such a fun buy (you can read the story here.) The color is great too – if you know me you know I was itching to paint it pink! But since we went light with everything else we thought a dark color could make a bigger impact. We love it!

Here is a final before and after for the road – there is just something about a good before and after pic! And as always if you want to take a little bit of our happy camp with you enter to win……..

A BOOM BOWL! Seriously you need this thing in your life. It serves as a catch all, a phone speaker, or even a planter! Or all 3 if you don’t mind a little dirt on your  iPhone (please someone tell me you read that as “a little dust on the bottle!) To enter just comment below and be sure to include a valid email so I can let you know you won! Drawing will be on Monday, March 20!


Bench (discontinued, similar, DIY recovered) | Pink Pillow | Printed Pillow | Wedding PhotographyFrames (DIY or BUY tutorial coming soon! Buy here!) | Side Table | Boom Bowl | Cactus Planter | Pink Planter | Gold Striped Vase | Small Wooden Bowl (vintage) | Rug (vintage) | Baskets | Light Fixture | Navy Framed Calligraphy Print 


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  • Reply Haley Steinkuhler March 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Love that flooring! I’m enjoying following your renovations. Hope all is well in KC!

    • Reply thehappycamp March 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Haley! So glad to hear you are following along! Congrats on the upcoming wedding! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  • Reply Mycah Suddarth March 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I can’t get enough of that closet! So subtle but so much wow. I love your decision to look for a door that lets so much light in. I can really see how even just more sunlight made the area feel so much more fresh and bright and clean! Hurry up on to the next project already!! Can’t wait to see more!

    • Reply thehappycamp March 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Haha! Thanks Mycah! Guest room is next so you have somewhere beautiful to stay when you come visit us!

  • Reply Fayola March 18, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I love this so much!! I can’t wait for you to decorate my house 😍

    • Reply thehappycamp March 18, 2017 at 9:13 am

      I can’t WAIT to decorate your house! 🙂

  • Reply Elisabeth Shaw March 17, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    You guuuuuys!!! This is awesome! The detail is so great!

    • Reply thehappycamp March 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Lis!

  • Reply Robin March 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    BOOM! What a perfect giveaway for another BOOM Reno Project! And yes, the lyrics were going before I read the sentence, had to LOL! Thanks for sharing Chip and Joanna JR!

    • Reply thehappycamp March 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Robin! So glad you love it!

  • Reply Julia Franck March 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Okay this seems like a cop-out but I love the decor in the room. The light fixture is so good, I have a thing for lights like that and will have one in my future home (it won’t be the exact same don’t worry). The rug adds a great pop of color, both stands and how you have the one arranged look so good, the pictures are gorgeous, and THAT BENCH! I am in love with the bench, it just looks so soft and comfy and fun!

    • Reply thehappycamp March 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Ok well now I have to get you that same light lol! We can be pendant light twins! 😛

  • Reply Haley Dover March 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Love the way it turned out! My favorite is the new front door (fun story and great natural light!) and the blue in the closet.

    • Reply thehappycamp March 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      The blue closet was my best life decision yet! I think I am going to wallpaper the one at the end of the hall! Glad you love it Haley!

  • Reply Danielle Franck March 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Kylie, you are too good at this whole renovation thing! You made a closet a statement piece and a cool focal point of the area while not letting it overpower the smaller entryway. With that being said, the closet has to be my favorite thing. I am dying for an entry way closet, I feel they are necessary, and you found a way to make it more than just a storage place to hang a coat but also made it a statement that adds to the design of the entry way and house. Teach me your ways!! Great job on this project!

    • Reply thehappycamp March 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      HAHA you are too funny Danielle! Maybe your newlywed home can be my “happy camp goes camping” and I’ll come camp on your front lawn and paint your entry closet! 😛

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