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Every year I eagerly wait to decorate for Fall. It’s hands down my favorite season to decorate for. I feel like i get the most use out of the decor since I put it up in August and it sticks around until November, and I just love the warmth and coziness the crisp cool air brings into our lives.
This year however has been a little crazy! As most of you know we moved to Utah earlier this year and have been renting my in law’s basement apartment while we look for a house. I’m sure you can imagine living in a basement apartment has come with it’s challenges and has made blogging a bit more difficult. I am extremely grateful that God has worked it out so that we are able to take our time looking for our next home. At the same time I long to have an actual entryway and the defined spaces of a house.
Our current home doesn’t technically have an entryway, but this little nook is close to the door and sometimes you just have to work with what you have.
Living in a smaller space is definitely teaching me how to take advantage of every square inch! We lack a lot of storage with no linen closets, hall closets, or cabinet space of any kind so I’ve had to get a little creative with where I store our everyday items.
Today I’m teaming up with my friends at Birch Lane for an inspirational series that will walk you through several Fall Entryways. Everything started yesterday with my sweet friend Cami at Tidbits and will continue through Thursday with Beth from Home Stories A to Z and Liz from Liz Marie Blog.
I will be sharing a few tips on creating a Welcoming Fall Entryway that can double as storage without sacrificing your style!
Our Fall Entryway….
Add Hidden Storage
The first thing I wanted to add to this space was storage, and what better way to do that than with 7 drawers. I have always had a thing for using dressers in spaces other than a bedroom, I’m assuming because my mom was always doing that! But when I saw the Seneca Dresser on Birch Lane’s website, I knew it was exactly what I needed in our “entryway” to provide beautiful extra storage
Not everyone is a pillow hoarder like I am, but these striped pillow covers were screaming my name! They are so very versatile and can go with any season. One of the many things I store in these drawers are extra linens I use throughout the year. I’m constantly switching out our pillows and this is a great place to keep them tucked away out of sight, but still easily accessible. I’m also a throw hoarder. I always have to have a blanket of some sort on me when sitting on the couch. It doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is, there is always a blanket. Now all my blankies have a home of their own! ; )
I admit, I wish I had more of a green thumb than I do, but even if I could grow the most beautiful garden there is still something I love about having faux greenery in our home. Fresh greens can get expensive if you are like me and don’t have a whole lot to choose from in your yard. These faux olive trees will be around for years and it’s something I don’t have to replace each new season. While they might seem a little pricey at first, remember how many times you will be able to use these beautiful trees without every replacing them!
I know I just talked about faux greenery, but on the other hand fresh clippings are a necessary must for me as well! Like I said I don’t have access to many choices in our yard, but I did manage to steal these from our neighbors!
I’m not entirely sure what kind of tree these came from, but the little berries reminded me of miniature apples. How cute are they? While I wasn’t able to go clip a whole table’s worth of fresh leaves, I was able to snag a few berries. Take advantage of what you do have for free and use it up! I’m not saying go steal your neighbors trees by any means… This tree was technically hanging over the property line, so let’s just go with… this was ok. The biggest benefit of fresh clippings is that nature is always right on point when it comes to the seasons. ; ) You just can’t go wrong! So find that balance that works for you.
Something I do have a lot of access to is succulents. Our yard is filled with them! So I snagged a few because I loving the way the blooms look right now!
Add a Mirror
An entryway is the space you see when you first enter the home, and the last place you see as you leave. Adding a mirror there allows not only yourself, but your guests to catch a glimpse of themselves before they come or go. It’s nice to make sure everything is in place before walking through a door! And not just for our own personal use, mirrors can also provide a larger feel. If you’re entryway is a narrow hallway, or a stuffy space, this will help make it appear more airy, and just larger overall.
Add Your Style
Your friends and family know who you are. They see the things you do and recognize the scents of your home. By incorporating a piece of you into your home you will instantly create a welcoming environment for your friends and family. Nothing feels more welcoming than when you get to catch a glimpse of someone’s soul through their eyes. Don’t worry about what the latest trends are, who’s doing what, or what everyone says you should be doing. Do what feels right to you, and it will feel right to your guests!
I believe decorating should go beyond the decor pieces and speak to who you are. When people walk into my home I want them to have this feeling of “we are in Ashley’s house” because it just screams my name!
I hope this inspires you to create a Welcoming Fall Entryway in your home, in your way, with your style!
Be sure to follow along on instagram, and check out Beth at Home Stories from A to Z first thing tomorrow for her Fall Entryway!
Shop this Look – Fall Entryway
- Faux Olive Trees
- Wood and Brass Fruit Set
- Striped Throw – available in multiple colors
- Striped Pillow Covers
- Cotton Ball Wreath
Looking for more Fall Inspiration? Check out our Fall Project Gallery!
Your entry way is lovely. Thanks for sharing at Work it Wednesday.
I love it Ashley! that dresser would go perfect in our master bedroom, I’ve been looking for something that would go with the pine sleigh bed mad dad made years ago that I can’t part with.
I love what you’re doing with the space you have
Kate | The Organized Dream says
It’s so pretty! There’s something I absolutely love about white pumpkins!
We live a small house and have to make use of every inch and use a dresser in our dining room for storage. I also agree that having greenery makes a huge difference in a small space.
Kristy Life-n-reflection says
This came out beautifully! I love to mix faux greens with fresh greens too.