Making an Entrance

Alight well, summer is officially coming to a close next week. I love the idea of fall with the leaves, pumpkins, sweater weather, college football and all that, but the reality is this also means the holidays are right around the corner. Gulp! Of course the holidays mean busy times and likely house guests so today I’m thinking of sprucing up our entry. Whether you have a grand entrance, a compact entrance, or something in-between this is your chance to make a good first impression — not just on your house guests, but also for yourself. During this hectic time of year, who doesn’t want to come home to a welcoming (and organized) entry.

There are many elements that combine to make an impactful entrance —  a beautiful door, statement lighting, mirrors, art, seating, rugs, moulding, etc. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

Let’s start with doors. Obviously this can be a costly update but, a beautiful front door can make a huge impact. If you can’t afford a brand new door, sometimes a coat of fresh paint will do the trick.



Who doesn’t love a good dutch door? This one is gorgeous with the brass hardware. 844559d3d721b13b1f0aaaf7a7a89b64


The contrast of the black and white in this entry is lovely. 26a0aa1cbb77d0e3dae25704f842c7d6


Bench seating works well as a place to sit and put on shoes. This simple lantern and the fun stripes on the rug are a nice compliment to the traditional tufted bench. 79e6099a8771329e6365615011893cb0




A table to drop your keys is a must for me. The combination of this stunning blue table, the brass mirror and vintage rug work beautifully with the classic white moulding.f37a0e99c3b238b89585c7e5924cb4ae


Here’s another entry where a vintage rug is highlighted against all-white mill work. Oh and those lights are great too. A grouping of three makes it extra special. 9573a31fe32a7ba66d32b074dfe42127


Wall paper can make an big impact in a small space. b9dd402ff4d021628175065fb63439fb


These hooks are on double duty adding functionality and personality. They work perfectly with that ship lap.



Mirrors are always a good idea in an entry because they can reflect light and serve as a place for one last check of the hair before you run out the door. This entry below ticks almost all the boxes – great rug, mirror, lighting, storage and an awesome dutch door.



Kelly Stevers from the blog Bungalow Blue Interiors recently added this crips white board and baton moulding in her entry. I love how she has a collection of cherished family photos and a giant round mirror as a first greeting. bungalow-blue


In place of a mirror, a large piece of art or a clever grouping of images can also make a big impact. This giant modern painting makes a statement in this grand foyer.





And so does this grid of simple modern black and white prints. 4ecec41bb65174b8f255e6aba7423dcd


Here’s a warm and welcoming entry from my Rincon 2 project. (More pics to come soon!) Here we have a number elements here as they have quite a large space — mirror, art, bench and a beautiful Danish Modern credenza as the focal point. kerry-gillette-interiors_rincon-2-entry

If you don’t have time to completely re-do your entry, some fresh flowers, new light or a fresh coat of paint my do the trick. I’m planning fresh paint, moulding and a new light fixture for mine. More on that soon too, I promise!

xo Kerry

Bathroom Plans – Classic with Character

I’m zeroing in on final plans for our bathroom renovations. You may have seen my post from a few months back showing my master bath finishes, but now I’m working on the hall bath because as crazy as this may sound, it looks like we are going to do both bathrooms at the same time! Gulp. It’s going to be crazy for a few weeks, but I want to get them done and my contractor has assured me there can be some economy of scale. As much as I enjoy design and renovation, my family doesn’t so doing them both simply means I don’t have to put them through it again later. (And yes we do actually have a third bathroom so we can survive).

The hall bath functions as a guest bath, but also as a little girls bath and a pool bath so it needs to be functional and welcoming for guests at the same time. We have this quirky feature where the shower has a sliding glass door that leads outside to the pool. I actually love this feature because it means little people don’t have to drip and walk with wet feet across the wood floors! However, right now all the tile in this room is white so we get lots of dirt tracked in from the wet feet so my goal is to darken the floors, but keep the rest of the room light. Here’s what I’m thinking: slate floors, clean white for the shiplap walls, counters, cabinetry and shower tiles, polished nickel fixtures and a strategic use of cement tile for some character on the shower floor. I’ve been dying to use some fun cement tile, but I don’t want to commit to it in a huge way so by using the slate for the main floor and the patterned cement tile for the shower floor, I get to have my cake and eat it too!

Here are a couple of my inspiration photos:Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 9.19.10 AMVia: Tamara Magel

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Sources: cement tile // slate tile // round mirror // sconce

I promise to send some before and afters!

xo Kerry

The Coffee Station

I blinked and all of a sudden it was back to school time! That means getting back into the morning routine, getting up earlier and packing lunches. (Plus blogging more!) I could do none of this without my old friend coffee. Since the very first thing I do in the morning is stumble into the kitchen to make this magical liquid of life, I have a little tray next to the coffee maker with all essentials like beans, spoons, cups, filters and sugar. It seems I’m not the only one who enjoys the convenience of a coffee station. Here’s a look at some ideas for building your own.

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If you don’t have dedicated counter top space, you can use a little rolling cart or a pretty side table, like these below. c5d09102e71eaa3cc3986ddd82742703 new-coffee-cart-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c6d8200c970b-800wi_1 home-coffee-station-7 12471bfc62121435b969981bc95f9487 Images Via Pinterest

Here’s my coffee station. Just a simple tray from West Elm with all the essentials.IMG_0643

I’ve got some good designer inspiration posts coming your way very soon along with some project updates of my own. Until then…

xo Kerry

I Could Move Right In: Saltbox by the Beach

I recently stumbled upon this amazing coastal home located in New England. It’s a renovated saltbox by the extremely talented Lisa Tharp Design.  You know I’m a sucker for a beautiful beach house and couldn’t wait to share this one with you. It’s an amazing combination of coastal-meets-vintage farmhouse where texture and light reign supreme:Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.59.21 AM

The exterior features classic cedar shingles, white trim and wide open doors to bring the outside in. Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.57.04 AMThis light-filled built-in would be perfect for curling up with a good book.Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.56.13 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.56.43 AM

There’s a great simplicity about this kitchen. I love all the white with gorgeous contrasting wood touches in the counter, directors chairs and a pop of art behind the cooktop.Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.56.55 AMThis chandelier is amazing and perfect for this dining room. Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 10.03.29 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.57.44 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.59.04 AMHow beautiful is this navy grass-cloth accent wall? Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 10.05.34 AMCheck out the brass fixtures and boardwalk planks in the indoor/outdoor bathroom. Gorgeous layers of neutral tones and textures here. Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.57.53 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 9.58.07 AMTo see more of Lisa’s work, you can find her portfolio here.

xo Kerry

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