Entryway

high/low entryway

Today’s high/low look is all about the entryway. This space is often overlooked which is so sad because it is the first thing guests see on arrival. Even if you’re small on space you can find a few special things to make your entry high on style.

entry way - high/lowSO many people ask me about my front door (which I got locally, its by AAW) so I wanted to share a couple different options which look very similar. Also… THAT BENCH. I loved this bench which I found on one of my favorite local furniture shops Empiric Studio and then when I saw Urban Outfitters came out with a version (which I secretly like even more because of the wood) I almost fell over. I don’t have a place for it right now but I want to buy it just because it is so good.

Luxe Look Sources: door // pendant light // mirror // bench // rug // hardware // basket

entry way - high/lowThe door hardware is another opportunity to turn the style factor up a notch and the new brass door knobs from Schoolhouse are a great lower cost version.

Looks for Less Sources: door // pendant light // mirror // bench // rug // hardware // basket

If you’d like to see more high/low rooms, check here. 

 

home progress: entry table/reading nook

entry & reading nook // smitten studioSo, about 9 out of 10 of you mentioned the Shroom, which was, of course, the one I had my eye on for the space. Your extra validation was handy to convince myself and Mr. Samuel that we absolutely NEEDED to go for it ;).  So thanks guys!

entry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioWith the addition of the new table, it rounds out the space as a little reading nook in the front window, which I love. In contrast to the light and intricate hanging chair, the table’s clean lines and solid structure grounds the area without competing visually. Now I just need to carve out a little quality magazine time.

Product Sources:  Coffee Table from CB2 // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant (by door) & planter from Home Depot // Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (by Chair) from Home Depot

To see the entry before check here
To see all the home renovation progress check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

home progress: entryway part 2

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioLast time I shared about the entryway I had it all covered… to the right of the door. Now, I’ve turned my attention to the left of the door and started a little seating area with the addition of a pretty little hanging chair.

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioOriginally, I was going to add a simple long bench in front of the window but there is so much space there. I wanted to be able to fill it a bit more than a bench would, and a hanging chair is always good for some personality and filling a space but not weighing it down.

Next, I want to round out the area with some sort of occasional table to sit next to the chair. A place for books, mail, etc., and also a place to prop up my feet when perched in the chair. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite options below.

coffee/occasional table round-up // smitten studioI have my heart set on one of these guys but I do fancy each of them. Which would you choose?

Free Range Coffee Table by Blu Dot // Shroom Table by CB2 // Semisfera by Anthropologie // Rustic Storage Table by West Elm // Trienna Table by Artek // Round Glass Top Table by Urban Outfitters 

Other Sources: Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant & planter from Home Depot

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of the home renovation progress, check here.
To see the entryway before, check here.

home progress: entryway

entry table // smitten studioThanks for all the help with the console table selection! I was so excited that some of you chose the Mill. My three favorites were probably the Strut, the Brent, and the Mill. Once I factored in price, the Mill shot up to number one. It also helped that the dimensions were exactly what I was looking for.

entry table // smitten studioentry table // smitten studioWhile we sacrificed on storage, we made up for it with a table that is more proportionate to the space and other practical entryway must-haves like a mirror, a place to sit to put on shoes, and a designated bowl for keys (hopefully this means no more misplacing them!). I also love how minimal and light the table is compared to the bulkier wood piece we had there before. Whatchu think?!

We also finished off the new front door with one coat of stain (1 part light-walnut mixed with 2 parts provincial) and three coats of polyurethane.

To see the before photos check here.
To see all the renovation progress check here.

Sources: Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Vintage Hardoy Chair from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Coffee Table is Vintage found at the Long Beach Flea // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Mid-century stool, vintage // Sheepskin from Ikea // Basket from Chicos // Pillows by Little Korboose // Glass Terrarium from Urban Outfitters // Candle Holder, Vintage // Gold Bowl by CB2

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

shopping for a console table & entry update

modern console table round-up // smitten studioI’m in the market for a new console table for our entryway, so I’ve scoured the internet for my favorite modern options. You may remember how the space looked before (below) while we were using an existing piece of furniture for the entry table. While I did love the storage, the proportions weren’t great for the space. It stuck out into a walkway a bit too far (too deep) and we also wish it was a lot longer (too squat).

Strut Console by Blu Dot // Rustic Storage Console by West Elm // Quad Console from Target // George Console from Oly // Frame Console by Crate & Barrel // Brent Console by Worlds Away // Brass X-base Console by Lawson Fenning // Mill Console by CB2

Entryway smitten studioI have since moved the wall hanging to a different spot in the house, repurposed the bar in the spare bedroom, and the gave the rug a new home in the den. So basically, we are starting again from scratch. Below is a peek at how it is coming along and where the console will sit.

entryway progress // smitten studioThe one item I did get so far was this oversized mirror to hang above the console. We had it custom made by a local glass & shower company at the same time that they made our glass shower enclosure (bathroom update soon). We also switched out the door for a more modern wood option (don’t mind the painters tape on the glass we are mid-project on staining and finishing the door). I love how the wood breaks up the white walls. So what do you think? Which long, skinny console would you pick?

To get all the product sources (including the DIY of that wall hanging) in the before photo, check here.
To see the before, before photos check here.
To see all the renovation progress check here.

Sources for bottom photo: Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Vintage Hardoy Chair from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Coffee Table is Vintage found at the Long Beach Flea // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr

DIY – copper wall hanging

Entryway // DIY wall hanging // smitten studioThis weekend I also put my crafting muscles to work with a little project to spruce up our entryway. I’ve been spending so much time in Home Depot that I started looking at the materials in a different way and thought of this simple way to bring the aesthetic of a macramé or woven wall hanging (with a little metallic flair) into our space.

All of our money is going into the renovation right now so we don’t have a lot to play with to decorate and I am SO over having blank walls. So, while I still plan on getting a real deal macramé piece made by fellow Michigander Sally England once our bank accounts have recovered, I made this to tide me over.

DIY wall hanging // smitten studioEntryway // DIY wall hanging // smitten studioPaired with some art, some of my favorite objects and this storage piece, I think it made a big step forward in shaping up our entryway. We bought that credenza, which is really a mini bar, from CB2 when we first moved into our old house (6 years ago) and have never actually used it as a bar. In our last home it was in the bedroom and here it works out perfectly as an entryway piece. I love that it has drawers for small things like keys and sunglasses and bigger doors for hats or bags (hiding all the clutter that usually lands on the kitchen counter).

Entryway // DIY wall hanging // smitten studioGet the full DIY instructions and list of materials needed in the post I shared over on A Beautiful Mess!

To see more of my DIY projects look here.
To see our entryway before look here.

Product Sources: Mini Bar/Credenza is from CB2 (old) similar sized one here // Rug from Rugs USA // Glass dome terrarium (homemade with an A Sunny Afternoon hexagon) // Octahedron Terrarium by ABJ Glassworks // Antler Art by Keri Herer // Brass xo & brass goblet are vintage // Leopard boots by Zara (old) // Basket holding the fiddle leaf fig is from Target

Photography, design, and styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel