I’m sure you can agree that the entrance in any home should be a welcoming space. It’s the first impression guests have and almost acts like a preview of what’s to come. I’ve personally always carried that belief and so, when we purchased our ravine house nearly three years ago, I was excited to see that we at least had a dedicated front entry space, which was seriously lacking in our previous home. The only problem - it wasn’t particularly welcoming, and it definitely wasn’t making any good first impressions.
After living in the home for about a year, my husband and I did complete some small upgrades. We removed an old railing, changed out the tile and freshened up the space with a coat of white paint. But from there, we focused on other areas of the home and left our front entry feeling half finished. Time passed, we welcomed our son and then quickly realized it wasn’t just lacking in style, the functionality was also leaving a lot to be desired. When you come through the door with a busy toddler, there needs to be a system in place to keep the chaos under control.
And so, we decided not to put it off any longer. It was time for a major face lift! I was finally ready to make the space feel finished and turn it into a perfect glimpse of our home with the help of my favourite home improvement store, Lowe’s Canada.
Today, I am so excited to share my grand front entry design plans, which will hopefully inspire some of your own future renovation projects. But first, the ravine house before photos.
Here’s a snapshot of the space right after we did some demo. As you can see, it is not a massive space but it definitely has potential! Notice the hole in the floor where the old railing post was?
In its current state, our entryway is pretty basic with white walls and a dark concrete tile floor. We do like the mirror we have installed, so the plan is to keep it, along with our vintage accordion hanger. P.S. – just so you know, the interior of the front door is white, but the outside is painted red. There’s nothing wrong with the colour per say, but I’d say it’s time for a change.
My main goal is for the space to feel more cohesive with the rest of our home. I want it to be dramatic and cozy, with a much more modern feel. I also love the idea of mixing textures and adding some pattern to make it more visually interesting and dynamic.
First thing’s first, I am going to attempt to install wallpaper! I’ve had this one roll lying around for so long and have been putting it off for fear of doing a poor job. Luckily, that’s over, thanks to Lowe’s Canada’s large selection of wallpaper, as well as their tips and how-to guides! It’s only one feature wall, so I’m sure I can manage that. Plus, I took some time to do my homework. I read through Lowe’s wallpaper buying guide and bought some great tools like the a Richard Tool Glue Applicator Kit that has almost everything you need! I also picked up a tub of Roman Universal Wallpaper and Border Adhesive (my wallpaper did not come pre-glued) and a Richard Tools Plastic Wallpaper Smoothing Tool. Even these small steps have raised my confidence! Just think how amazing a feature wall in this space will be!
Next, I plan to give some new life to our front door! Originally, we considered a new door altogether, but then realized there was nothing a little paint couldn’t fix (at least for now). I have been patiently waiting for the right project to use the colour Tricorn Black from the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams line and I was so thankful my husband was on board with doing such a dramatic hue. This collection highlights 20 colours that are designed to work beautifully together in any combination, so I think it will be stunning.
Plus, we will update the handle to a sleek matte black option, which will seriously change the style of the door. We picked up the Schlage Century Handleset in a matte black finish because we love the clean lines and the fact that there is an interior knob. Not only do I love the look of the Schlage Bowery Matte Black Passage Knob, but I also think it will be harder for my son to master opening. Mom tricks!
Finally, there are decorative pieces that will add in that much-needed texture and tie the whole design together. A matte black Umbra umbrella stand will mirror the black door and new metal railing we plan to install. A natural fiber area rug by Safavieh will soften the concrete tile and sop up the mess from outside. And, we’ll of course add in a pop of greenery because no space should lack in plant life, in my opinion! Did you know that when it comes to home decor, Lowe’s offers one of the largest selections anywhere?! I found a lot of options that fit my aesthetic perfectly! (P.S. – we plan on installing this DVI Summerside outdoor exterior wall sconce too!)
My hope is that this new design achieves a great blend of new and old; a modern facelift sprinkled with some vintage pieces. It would be lovely for it to finally feel cohesive both as its own room and with the rest of the house. I want it to welcome us home, inspire us to be more organized, and invite guests in to experience more. That’s not too much to ask, right?!
Well anyways, we cannot wait to get started! I’ll be sharing glimpses of our DIY projects and the products I purchased at Lowe’s Canada, with the big reveal not too long afterward. I’m so looking forward to revealing our finished entryway soon! Take care, friends!
Kristina is an interior designer, blogger, and house flipper in Edmonton, Alberta. She launched her own design and lifestyle blog, Kristinalynne.ca, mainly to document her multiple house flips and the unique challenges of designing and renovating her own home into her Scandinavian meets mid-century modern dream. She shares that home with her partner Ryan, son Jack and two rescue pups, Shya and Ava.You can connect with Kristina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin'.