you’ve arrived {transitional spaces}…

of all the homes i’ve personally visited over the years, i can count on one hand the ones that truly had me at hello… i mean bowled me over, took my breath away & got my mind racing with anticipation from the second the door opened…

creating that instant magic to welcome, invite, entice & delight your guests is so easily done & yet so, so often overlooked…

entrances & hallways have, for far too long, been relegated to the ranks of mere transitional spaces: somewhere we only pass through on our way to somewhere else… but done right, i truly believe they can & should feel like a destination in their own right…

take these spaces, for example… each deliver a tantalising sneak peek of what is to come whilst simultaneously setting hearts aflutter…

shannon fricke

 

shannon fricke‘s bangalow retreat screams “cool, sophisticated & colour-confident” from the second you step inside…

a relaxed pace is set as soon as you cross the threshold of this country idyll… home comforts are sure to abound here!

whilst a sensory overload is more than just a promise for those who pass under peacock pavilions‘ horseshoe archway…
whatever your style, the formula is much the same… a striking piece of art, a splash of colour, some jaw-dropping furnishings or eye-catching flooring… pretty much anything that conjures up an overwhelming desire to explore what lies beyond…

images via: my farmhouseshannon frickethe zhushstyle files

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8 thoughts on “you’ve arrived {transitional spaces}…

  1. After reading this blog, I have been inspired to clear away the broken mirror, and plastic tray containing old shoes and manky umbrellas that adorn my entrance. Thank you!

    • Oh it is glamorous, in it’s own way, I like to think of it as ‘urban chic’. But there comes a time in every man’s life where he needs to take stock and embrace a new phase. For me, that new phase is very much symbolised by my transitional area. A thing of beauty it is about to become, make no mistake.

      • Can you give me your opinion on colour schemes? It is a relatively small flat and an even smaller transitional area so I’m thinking of making a statement with my reception zone. Possibly painting the walls quite a bold colour, an ocean blue perhaps? Or would a subtler shade such as a light olive green be better suited?

      • love to help… because it’s such a small space you can really go crazy here, so a bold colour won’t be out of place and will make a great statement… you also don’t spend oodles of time here, so you won’t tire of it as easily as you might elsewhere… but equally, if it’s a small flat & you want a more cohesive interior as a whole, steer towards something that hints at or suggests what you have going on elsewhere… as for individual colours, i would really stress the importance that you think first about what mood you want to evoke… and then what colour suggests that mood to you… make sense?

      • ‘oodles’ such a lovely word, I haven’t heard the word oodles enough lately. Funnily enough I used to work with a lovely lady who always used call me a ‘noodle’, “Jeff, you’re such a noodle,” she would often exclaim, in her Australian accent, a lovely woman she was, I wonder what happened to her?

      • i’m bringing ‘oodles’ back to the prominence it once savoured! ‘noodle’ is also an exceptionally under-utilised word which deserves to shine once more! that lovely antipodean lady has probably moved on to bigger & better things (but no doubt still loves not-so-secretly heckling the odd noodle every now & then!) ;)

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