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!

  2. Haha… sounds very glamorous jeff! thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment… would love to see what you come up with as an alternative to broken glass & mank! good luck 😉

    • 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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