5 tips to refresh your small entryway

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Oval Mirror / Matte Black Pulls / Essential Oil Diffuser / Rug / Dining Chairs / Table Lamp / Round Mirror

Spring is in the air (especially in NC where things are already starting to bloom) and I will take any opportunity to freshen up a space to reflect a warmer and sunnier vibe! Our entryway is a small little nook directly to the left when you walk into the house. And while it is certainly not a grand foyer, I still believe it’s important to set a warm and welcoming tone when you first walk in, even in the smallest of spaces.

Today I’m teaming up with Home Centric to share a few tips for styling an entry space on the smaller side. Let’s dive in!

1 / Add a small console table

First consider (and measure) the space you have to work with and choose your entryway table style based on that. I found that great little traditional table at Home Centric and I knew it would be perfect size for the space. I loved the shape and stye but wanted to break up the white and give it a little bit of pizazz so I painted the drawers that dreamy blue color (De Nimes by Farrow & Ball) and added simple black pulls. I love it! You could also go with a small bench for extra seating too!

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2 / Bring in some life

Add a plant or some fresh flowers and pair them with a pretty vase! You could even use faux if that is simpler – just make sure you have a bit of color and organic texture in the mix. I found those amazing Scandi-inspired vases at Home Centric and they are the perfect tulip vessel!

Pro Tip: Tulips are one of my go-to affordable and elegant options for fresh flowers! Check your local grocery store for the tulip bin – you can typically get a bunch for around $4.99.

3 / Incorporate storage

Anytime you can add some extra storage, I say go for it! I can’t tell you how many baskets I have in my home! I love the practical aspect of them but also the texture they can add (especially to white furniture) The little basket tray corrals my keys and sunglasses while the bigger basket houses umbrellas, shoes and extra bags (and the carefully styled blanket peeking out…lol)

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4 / Hang a mirror or some art

A mirror is lovely in a smaller space as it bounces and reflects light and makes the room feel a bit bigger. You can also hang your favorite piece of art to add some of your own personality and style to the mix.

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5 / Accessorize with simplicity in mind

Layer in things like books, textiles and small decor pieces to add personality and texture. Remember the the rule of three – objects look better in a group of three. And keep balance and space in mind when choosing items for the table top.

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And that’s it! I put together a handy little graphic to summarize it all up below.

Happy Styling!

This post is sponsored by Home Centric. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting content that keeps Sunny Circle Studio going!

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A cozy and rustic Colorado retreat (that you can visit!)

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Rug / Green Stool (similar) / Chair / Pillow / Throw / Art (similar)

A few months back, I had the pleasure of flying out to Denver to style a mountain home that was recently purchased by my dear friend-turned-client. From Denver, we traveled about an hour into the Rocky Mountains to the town of Winter Park. It was a literal winter wonderland when we arrived (and this was in early December). Snow-covered trees, super friendly folks, lots of delicious treats. I just love Denver and Colorado in general - such a cool and progressive place that I could totally picture myself living and thriving in!

Anyways…back to the house and a little bit about their story. It’s a large A-frame cabin built in 1965. They purchased it as part investment property and part family mountain home. My client and I go pretty far back and had always shared a love of design and style in our 20’s, so when the opportunity arose for us to work together in our..ahem…late 30’s, I was totally on board!

Let’s take a quick look at the pictures of the home when they got the keys. Kinda dated, a bit dark and very rustic! Scroll through to see!

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My clients didn’t want to spend a ton on new furniture and decor, but did want to put a little love into the house. They painted several rooms with a fresh coat of white (one of my faves: Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace) and picked up a few new pieces from places like AllModern, Target, World Market, Home Goods and West Elm. On top of all of that, we layered in staples like modern art pieces, rugs, throw pillows and accessories to create a welcoming and cozy retreat for them and their guests! They wanted the home to feel comfortable and modern with touches of rustic.

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Chairs / Plaid Pillow / Coffee Table / Planter / Wooden Hand / Globe / Bookshelf

We added fresh pops of color via textiles, accessories, plants and small pieces of furniture to bring a modern balance to all of the brown and beige from the ceilings and floors.

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The house has amazing 360-degree mountain views, is in a great location on 5 private acres less than 10 minutes from downtown Winter Park, and has a ton of design potential that they may one day tackle. In the meantime, they are enjoying using it in the evenings after a day on the slopes. They also have a killer saltwater hot tub and a massive kitchen that can accommodate a large crowd.

If you are interested in visiting this cabin and the amazing area (both in the summer and winter), go here and book a weekend!

And, as always, I pulled together the sources (or similar options) in my handy little graphic below.

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Home Tour: A classically happy New Orleans suite + giveaway!

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Sofa / Rug / Floor Lamp / Mirror / Ottoman (similar)

Hello and welcome to this comfy little slice of New Orleans heaven! This recently renovated classic Creole cottage is the little sister to the Nola Happy project I shared on the blog last year. This one bedroom and 1 bath suite is wonderfully comfortable and cozy and makes use of all it’s 400 sq ft with a full kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom. The owners wanted to create a stylish, private and comfortable place for family and friends to stay when they are in town visiting, and they also rent it when available.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

In honor of Mardi Gras, I’m teaming up with the folks at Nola Happy Home to give away a 2 night stay in this amazing space! You can find more details and how to enter here.

Now, let’s take a little tour:

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The space is small but has an amazing flow that makes it seem spacious (I should know as I stayed there for almost a week!). It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway to explore New Orleans. The home was thoughtfully styled by Matthew Birmingham with a little help from yours truly in a few areas (I will always love a good throw blanket across a sofa).

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Isn’t that bathroom so fun?! I worked with the owners to select the tile, finishes and accessories. We chose classic subway and hex tiles and added a playful edge with the floor design. Its such a bright and happy spot to get ready in the morning!

The kitchen is the brainchild of local designer Angela Murtagh. She worked with the owners to design the layout and utilize the tiny space in the most clever ways!

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Sconce / Rug (similar) / Bed / Throw / Pillow (similar)

Trust me when I say that it’s a very comfortable and chic little space to enjoy your downtime in! You can find more info and book a weekend getaway here.

And as always, I’ve rounded up the sources to get the look below:

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Style code: plaid is rad

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You could say that I have a thing for plaid. Its casual, a bit traditional (depending on how it’s styled) and yet also modern and I love the pop from the patterns and colors. It just looks good. damn good. I love a plaid dress or a cool men’s shirt with a fun Western plaid pattern…hell, I have even bought a buffalo check dog bed! The love runs deep and has been a style staple for me for almost 10 years!

I’m also furnishing my home with it (naturally). I recently added a pair of amazing plaid statement chairs from the new Palette collection from One Kings Lane and it has me inspired, big time. I’m calling this plaid, but its also buffalo plaid or buffalo check. Also, gingham.

I rounded up some gorgeous plaid goodness from some of my fav brands below including that amazing chair, just for fun! I hope you like!

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ROOM TOUR: A happy & boho girl's retreat

Who doesn’t love a picture of a cute dog?? Pictured above is the sweetest 16 year old Lakeland Terrier, Poppy, making another appearance in one of my projects. Her cuteness and lovability is pure gold!    WALL MURAL   /   BEDDING   /   NIGHTSTAND   /   THROW   /   RUG   /   LUMBAR PILLOW   /   PINK PILLOW   /   SCONCE   /   EUCALYPTUS PLANT   /   BASKET

Who doesn’t love a picture of a cute dog?? Pictured above is the sweetest 16 year old Lakeland Terrier, Poppy, making another appearance in one of my projects. Her cuteness and lovability is pure gold!

WALL MURAL / BEDDING / NIGHTSTAND / THROW / RUG / LUMBAR PILLOW / PINK PILLOW / SCONCE / EUCALYPTUS PLANT / BASKET

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – kid’s rooms are my favorite rooms to style and design! You can throw the ‘rules’ out of the window, let loose and just have fun with the design.

I teamed up again this year with my clients and now friends from Nola Happy Home to create a very special (and extra happy) space for their daughter, June (9). She has the sweetest and most thoughtful personality and was an angel of a client to work with. I mean – she welcomed me into her space and pretty much loved everything I suggested and even gave me a special thank you gift with a hand written note. Her mama raised her right!

Before we dive into all of the photos, let’s take a quick peek at what her room looked like before:

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And after…

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Amazing what a little paint, some wallpaper and a rug can do, right? We painted the walls BM Chantilly Lace (my go-to white) and layered a fun shag rug on top of the carpet. I love the texture and warmth it adds!

And how incredible is that succulent mural from Anewall?! They have a whole selection of beauties, but the playful softness of that one really spoke to me and set the tone for the room. We kept her bed, but replaced everything else with affordable and kid-friendly decor and furniture. The goal was to keep things fun and playful, but with a polished and stylish edge. A room she can grow into, if you will.

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In addition to all things pretty and cozy, we wanted to make sure she had a place to do homework, draw and be creative in general. We found that desk from Target and its the perfect size for a kid! It’s also very affordable and well-made and the clean lines pair nicely with many different styles. June is a bit of a free spirit, so we wanted to make sure to add lots of texture and bits of boho like that Rattan chair (also, from Target!) into the mix!

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One of my personal favorite details in the room is that pegboard! I love how modern and sturdy, yet playful it feels! It’s from Made Mod and was customized to fit the space! We added pieces from a 1950’s era tea set from Germany her mom played with as a child and that June has played with as well, along with a book inscribed by Johnny & June Carter Cash to June’s grandparents.

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We picked that bench up from Home Goods and it was such a steal! I loved it so much that I moved it around the room, trying different set-ups. Also, that amazing Sable grid lumbar pillow from Juniper Studio would look good in any spot as I moved that lady around quite a bit too!

June plays several instruments including the violin and ukulele, and we gave her ukulele a beautiful place to live as well with a simple and affordable wall mount we grabbed on Amazon.

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June is also an avid reader, so having storage for her books and personal items was very much needed. The bookshelf served as a nice neutral canvas to layer all her beautiful books and accessories on. We also added a few new pieces to the mix including those fun Origami string lights from PB Teen.

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This project was so much fun and the look on her face (and the happy screams!) when we revealed the whole thing was absolutely priceless and worth all the effort!

If you are curious about any of the sources, I’ve got a round up below complete with links!

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Spring dreaming: fresh styling ideas for your patio

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Rug (similar) / Umbrella (similar) / Pillow (similar) / Chair (similar) / Loveseat (similar)

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting content that keeps Sunny Circle Studio going!

Yes, I know we are still in the dead of January, but its never too late to start thinking about spring and being outside! I know I’m ready and seeing this shot from May of last year has me excited for fresh flowers and temps in the 70’s!

I had the chance to team up with The Home Depot and (virtually) style out some of their new patio sets. I found this simple + modern 4-piece set and styled it in two different ways using nothing but accessories and decor from The Home Depot. And it’s all very good!

As far as the styling goes, I can’t and never will quit blue so you can bet there will be elements of that mixed with clean lines and a bit of black thrown in for good measure.

Let’s take a look at what I came up with:

I was immediately drawn to the shape and simplicity of the chairs and the modern contrast of the black and white. Give me all the matte black in 2019 and beyond! In addition to the very large selection of styles and price points in the outdoor furniture, The Home Depot also had a really nice collection of outdoor rugs! I was naturally drawn to this blue Moroccan-inspired beauty, but I saved at least 6 options that could have worked!

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The other design element I can never quit is stripes! They are universally awesome and go with all different styles. I love the idea of a pergola in my ‘dream modern European lake house in Italy’ so I had to explore this fantasy. In addition to the clean lines and simple modern shape, the set that I chose has CushionGuard fabric which is stain, spill and fade resistant and only at The Home Depot!

This was such a fun exercise and has me very excited for spring! If you are curious to any of the sources, I got you covered below! Hover on each element to get the link!

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