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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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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

10 Ways to Get the Beach House Look

It’s Memorial Day weekend and that means the unofficial start of the summer season is upon us. For me, summer is synonymous with the beach. I’m lucky enough to live within a 10 minute drive to the ocean and I’ve always loved the light and airy beach house aesthetic. To me that means adding subtle and classic details like texture, stripes and touches of blue. Nothing over-the-top or too “theme” like. So here are 10 ways to get the beach house look.www.CottageNumber46.com

One: Keep it Light. White paint, light flooring and upholstery with some contrasting accessories will give that easy, breezy look.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.30.32 AM

Two: Add Texture. In the form of grass cloth, linen, rattan, sisal rugs, baskets and block prints. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.50.52 AM

Three: Just Add Stripes. This is easy to do with pillows, rugs, window coverings and even a touch of wallpaper.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.10.53 AM

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Four: Take it Outside. Give your outside space some sea side character by incorporating weather friendly teak or rattan furniture, galvanized pots, outdoor lanterns or an Adirondak chair.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.54.42 AM

Five: Sea Inspired Art. It’s easy to find tons of great art these days on Etsy, One Kings Lane and Minted. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.52.20 AM

Six: Bring the Outside In. Go for a slightly tropical vibe with a fiddle leaf fig or some succulents or get a Hamptons look with classic blue or white hydrangeas. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.22.39 AM

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Seven: Shiplap!  This one deserves an exclamation point because it’s one of my favorite ways to add a coastal touch.  Consider adding a wall of white painted shiplap in a bath or hall. It has beach house written all over it. Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.49.37 AM

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Eight: Give a Nod to the Nautical. Incorporate something brass or sailing inspired or both! Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 10.27.53 AM

Nine: Come Down with a Case of the Blues. Any shade will do.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 11.06.44 AM

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Ten: Add an Outdoor Fireplace. Or shower or why not both?Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 11.16.38 AM

All images above Via Kelly Nutt Design Instagram feed. I’ve featured Kelly’s designs before on my blog. If you’re looking for more Southern California beach style inspiration, she’s one to follow. She always posts the most beautiful photos and you will not be disappointed.

Here are some ideas on how to get the look:

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Art / Stripe Pillow / Bowl / Tripod Lamp / Hurricane Lantern / Book Collection / Nautical Bottle Opener / Bronze Round Mirror / Bench / Rattan Chair and Ottoman / Chambray Pillow / Rug

Cheers to summer! Now go clean the BBQ and enjoy your holiday weekend.

XO Kerry

Designer Inspiration: Update your Outdoor Decor for Summer

With summer on the visible horizon, I’ve been inspired to get out in the yard and think about sprucing things up a bit. One of my go-to sources for patio and porch goods is Serena & Lily. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m a huge fan. They nail the vibrant colors and relaxed vibe of summer every time and they have some great new (and some returning) items that I just love. Grab a coffee or a cool drink and join me as I show you some of my favorites so you too can be inspired to update your outdoor decor for summer.

Speaking of coffee, wouldn’t you love to wake up and lay around this airy pavilion all morning?

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Yea okay this spot’s not too shabby either. Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

When you’re done with your coffee and ready for the cocktail hour, whip up that cool drink at your Riviera Bar. Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

How about a pretty lacquer and rattan tray to carry your drinks? Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

And these seagrass wrapped glasses are perfect to complete the look.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerAnd how about these updated Director’s Counter Stools? These would be great indoor or out.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerI absolutely loooove these new sling chairs. My biggest problem would be deciding which color.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerAnd of course here are some great new patterns on their outdoor pillow collection.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerDon’t forget to grab yourself some of these fouta beach towels which come in all the candy colors of summer.Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

You don’t have to spend a small fortune to update your patio. By choosing a few new bright items like accessories, pillows and seating you can get the Serena & Lily look. Alright I hope you’re done with your coffee and inspired to jump in and update your outdoor decor for summer. Won’t be long now!

xo Kerry

 

Loving Lately

Light and airy with layers of texture and pops of black or blush. That’s the thread that runs through my recently pinned inspirations.

Love how these black cone pendants stand out and compliment the black door frame in this mostly all white kitchen by House of Jade.house-of-jade-utah-parade-of-homes-becki-owens-5

More black pendants and door frames to love. Image Viaolivia-babarczy-home-3

This room gets tons of light. I especially love how the the large print above the fireplace ads a bit of a tropical beach vibe. Image Viaf5f25d83c720b5ba9847126a95c2a350-1

This black door is a great against the white walls and sunny windows and lush greenery.  Image Via Becki Owens. alanna-smit-121

A perfect shade of blush on the walls of this nursery tie perfectly to that vintage rug. Image via Pinterestnursery-essentials-rugs

Can’t go wrong with linen bedding. I love the subtle blush color on this one from Sarah Swanson.

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Herringbone floors. Be still my heart. Image via Pinterest.herringbone-wood-flooring-custom-tile-backsplash

These modern leather chairs pair nicely with the texture of the rattan end chairs in this dining room by House of Jade.HOJI_Mapleton_BeckyKimballPhoto_40

This floor in a bathroom by Studio McGee is just the coolest!42c6b00c09778ef20d41236158adb7ef

More from Studio McGee. Another great white kitchen. I love how those pendants and stools add a little warmth to the bright white of the cabinets and counters. White+and+Gold+Kitchen+E-Design+by+Studio+McGee

And last, but not least another room from Studio McGee. They always stop me in my tracks. I love everything about this office from the dark charcoal bookcases and wainscoting to the art and that brass chandelier… is the same one I have in my dining room so no wonder I love it!0d57c51f2b16dc0090949e1967ab9de0

Hope you’re having a great week!

xo Kerry