Monday, August 10, 2009

One Foot in the Door

Since the Domino website disappeared into the world-wide oblivion, I've been itchin' for some good inspiration galleries. Not that there isn't plenty of inspiration to go around out there, but I like mine orderly and nicely organized into categories (which is why the Domino galleries were so great, can't we just have them back, please). I mentioned recently that House Beautiful was stepping it up in the photo gallery department. After reading my latest issue cover to cover on the beach this weekend, I checked back this morning to browse some galleries.

They're still adding content to the galleries and I do wish there were a few more categores outside the basic rooms, but what's up there is good, so go take a look. My particular favorite this morning were the foyers. One of my favorite spaces in a house is right when you step inside the door. Half functional, half decorative, and a place where a little bit of drama is usually welcomed heartily.


Some pieces I'm contemplating for my own entryway:
This Malm table from Ikea is actually listed as a dressing table in the bedroom section. I stumbled across one in the 'As-Is' section on my last visit and loved the scale and heft of it for an entryway. It comes with one large drawer that pulls out that already contains a felt divider tray.

To which I would top off with these Montego Mirros from Ballard, and some kind of geometric-inspired lamp that I would probably spend hours scouring flea markets for, and then end up buying at Target (hey, it's the journey not the destination that counts, right).

A fun place to hang the things that get used everyday, dog leashes, market bags, these would also look stunning when empty. $20 for the pair at Urban Outfitters, who can go wrong!

West Elm calls these Braided Storage Planters. I call them a pretty place to stash the daily newpapers and shoes.

Fill it all in with my ever-growing To-Read pile of books, magazine and unsundry catalogs I pick up along the way and a smattering of trickents picked up from travel and there you go. Welcoming, functional, and not a fortune.

4 comments:

  1. Love those twig hooks from Urban Outfitters! They look much more expensive. Lovely post, especially the photo of the hot pink wall!

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  2. As always, you've provided tons of inspiration and products that are actually affordable and do-able.

    That Ikea table is a really cool idea for an entryway.


    I hope you had a great time at the beach!

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  3. I love the first one with the pink drum shades and the pink one. Beautiful.

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  4. The doors are what made me think wow. Love them the most.

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