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First Impressions

When it comes to creating high impact design in a home, it all begins in the entryway. I often refer to the entry as the face of an apartment. It is the first thing people see when they enter, and it really set the tone.

Most of my design clients live in apartments, whether they rent or own, they usually face a similar challenge, creating a grand entrance in a small entry.

As I often say, space may be limited but design doesn’t have to be. Here are three small entryways I designed, that offer high impact and consume minimal space. They are both functional and beautiful.

Traditional & Romantic

Wallpaper is one of my favorite ways to set an entry apart from the space it flows into. Wallpaper helps to define the space while providing great impact. If you are renting or just afraid to commit, there are plenty of temporary solutions. Some more temporary than others. This Beige and gold peony wallpaper, pictured above, is peel and stick. And the black and white trellis wallpaper below is self-adhering and easily strippable.


If floor space is limited in an entry, use wall space instead. Floating shelves offer a place to throw keys and mail as you enter, without taking up precious floor space. Hooks for keys, coats and handbags, help keep you organized in tight quarters



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