Our Entry

I wanted to join the party at Cottage and Vine today so I added some fresh flowers and took some new photos.

The entry to our home for everyday use and guests is from our covered porch through the front door. We have patio doors in the kitchen to our backyard, but they are not a practical everyday entry. Our front entry is on the small side so we try to keep things tidy by using the closet, the small black cupboard and extra hooks in the basement stairwell.

I bought this little two door pine cupboard unfinished and then painted it black and distressed it. We needed something that wasn't too deep for this space. The cupboard holds baskets for hats and mitts for each of us and a basket for our dog's leashes etc.

The top of the cabinet is great for setting down packages. It also holds a little dish for keys, a phone/electronics charging station and a little tooled leather box to hold small items and a flashlight in case the power goes out. The ledge to the living room has room for fresh flowers from the garden and a metal pot for sunscreen, bugspray and sunglasses. I sewed a muslin ruffled runner to add some fabric and lightness to the cupboard surface.

On the other side of our small entry is a closet, a powder room and our stairs to the second floor and basement. The closet stores shoes, boots, backpacks, extra winter gear and coats. I'll share some of my entry closet storage ideas another day. I'll just say that a little closet can hold a whole bunch when it is well organized.

Two years ago I decided to paint the back of the front door black, and then changed from our brass lockset to black when the old one broke. I still need to touch up the black around the lockset and with an active family I find I need to refresh the hall trim paint every fall.

This little sign above the opening reminds me that our home should be a place of peace for our family and guests. The expression is also an integral part of our faith and the palm fronds were blessed at Easter.

When I painted the entry (Benjamin Moore Stone House) I simplified the wall accessories with just a mirror, a seasonal element (currently the berry wreath) and the sign. Now I'm thinking I might change the mirror. I have a pair (with three other matching picture frames) that I might paint white and try. Our entry is difficult to photograph with the lighting, but the wall colour is a tan (not yellow or gold as some of these photos make it appear.) I also have plans for the stairs, railing and continuing the board and batten into the basement stairs, but that is a future project.

I hope you enjoyed the little tour and that you get a chance to stop by the other links at Cottage and Vine.
I love Rene's door colour! Peace be with you! If you get a chance come back tomorrow and I will share the mirrors/frames I'm considering using.
Update: I switched out the mirror after seeing these photos, stop by my newer post here and let me know what you think.


  1. Nice job Elizabeth! You know I love a black front door.

    Thank you for joining the party!

  2. I love your black door too! I to have the same problem with how wide something is to put in the entry, thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Beautiful entry Elizabeth. I love the black eyed susans in the blue jar!

  4. Visiting from C&V today - love a painted interior door too. You're entry is so warm and lovely!

  5. Such a pretty and inviting, welcoming space to greet visitors as well as to come home to each day. Love the paint color and that little cabinet is so cute! We painted the inside of our front door black too and I love it but lately I've been thinking about changing it to red; kind of crazy but I'm really thinking about it.

  6. Perfect sized counsel for the little space, and decorated with just the right amount of color! Andrea @ townandpraire

  7. Your front entry is very nice and welcoming, Elizabeth. I really like the small black table. Blessings, Pamela

  8. I see what you meant about our having similar entryways, but you have doors thrown into the mix. You did a good job utilizing that space.

    I have a new blog party, "Bunny Hop Wednesday", and you are invited. The linky is open tomorrow at noon Pacific time. Looking forward to getting to know you. I'm am now following you :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean @ Bunny Jean's Decor and More!

  9. I love your entry- especially the black front door- what a nice contrast! The black-eyed-susans are the perfect touch!

  10. It looks great Elizabeth! I love the black cabinet and the black rug together! They really create quite a wonderful welcome! Angie xo

  11. So pretty, Elizabeth! Thanks for visiting my blog today. I look forward to reading more of yours!
    Take care,

  12. I like your painted cabinet there. You did a good job decorating your foyer...Christine


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