new home inspiration {the entrance}…

a nomadic abode

we’re still tweaking our house plans so not a lot of progress to share with you on that front just yet, but i thought it might be fun to take you on a virtual house tour, of sorts, over the next few weeks/months showing you some of my ideas & inspirations for each space as i go…

& i guess it makes sense to start that process today at the beginning: the entrance…

planning this space was one of the first {& few} disagreements my boyfriend & i have had with our house plans to date…

for such a tiny space you’d wonder what all the fuss was about, right? it turns out it’s all a matter of prioritising!

i’ve always envisaged having a big, lofty lobby in which to officially welcome house guests: a space befitting the importance of the act itself…

not only is the entrance the first glimpse visitors get of your home & your style, but it also plays the often under-appreciated role of acting as a repository for much of life’s day-to-day paraphernalia…

done right, a properly-functioning entrance allows the rest of your house to function better too!

entrance plan options

having a dedicated entrance way in our new home would have the added advantage of allowing us to position the front door centrally on our narrow frontage & flank it with large windows, thus getting the symmetrical facade we both really loved {option a}…

the alternative would mean having the front door located on the far side of the facade with a long hallway leading directly off it {option b}…

abalone chandelier

integral to my lobby vision is a centre table {perpetually topped with fresh flowers or foliage, of course} & a feature chandelier/pendant light hanging overhead…

{this image above is probably where the dream started for me: take this table, that chandelier & even those baskets & plonk them in the middle of the front entrance & it’s virtually job done for me}

a centre table + foliage

& it seems i’m not alone with this approach…

frederic berthier appartement poissonniere

there would, of course, have to be provision for plenty of storage in this entrance: some tucked away…

entrance storage

& some on display {it adds to the more casual vibe i covet}…

entrance benches

alongside the obligatory hallway bench to facilitate wrestling those shoes on & off…

{i think these simple benches add a sweet, homely touch & the addition of panelling in some of these hallways adds yet another layer of interest}

tiled entrance

& finally, what entrance way would be complete without a mirror for that last minute preening session {i wouldn’t say no to that tiled floor either, but that’s for another post}

perfection, right?

sadly it looks like my little, big entrance dream could come off second best in the fight for square footage…

you see, to go with this option we’d need to allow at least 2-3 metres on the floor plan which ultimately would have to be taken from somewhere else…

additionally, having a dedicated entrance means rehousing the master bedroom further along the corridor & away from the front door, thus losing the light those two large front windows would provide…

& it looks like my fall-back plan, a welcoming front porch {as seen on my dream facade here}, loses out on the same basis: simply not enough space…

recessed entrance

another option we’re consequently considering is installing a recessed front door…

this way your guests have somewhere undercover to wait whilst you answer the door & it doesn’t take space from the rest of the floor plan…

in fact, it’s a bit of a win:win situation…

because the lobby is effectively inset into the hallway it has the added bonus of making that long, narrow stretch of space appear visually shorter…

i’m not hating this option at all actually…

especially if we installed a similar glass-paned front door & used some clever drapery and/or planting out front to shield the entrance from the street…

which one gets your vote?

images via: space for inspirationthe design filesdesde my ventanabjd haus designgreige designthis is papergreige design, indulgyhome and deliciousfinders keepers marketlittle blue deerinteriors porngreige design,

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4 thoughts on “new home inspiration {the entrance}…

  1. I am SO going to enjoy following along on this process with you! I totally get why you want that gorgeous entry way. Even more, however, I get the space issue. We have an uncovered front porch/stoop that would be very hard to cover, and I hate that. We’re always dashing to the door when it rains so our guests aren’t standing in the wet. We also have a small recessed entry inside the front door, a foyer, I guess, although I hate that word. It’s oddly, but perfectly shaped, with a closet on one side right as you come in and on the other room to dump backpacks and have some art and a mirror for last minute lipstick checks. Still, it’s small enough that it doesn’t become a clutter depository. That’s what I’d worry about with that grand entrance. That I’d have great ideas but really, people would leave shoes and ties and mail and keys all cluttered about the place. 🙂

    • your foyer sounds interesting as i’m really going to have to explore how to make this recessed entry work… i don’t think i’ve ever lived anywhere with something like that and i’m wondering where we’re going to put all those little bits… umbrelllas, coats, etc… building certainly is an ongoing lesson in compromise!

  2. I’ve yearned for a larger entrance since moving into our place. It’s just a narrow hallway with the stairs ahead of you and that’s it. No space for anything interesting so exploring wallpaper options to give it some much-needed life. But it does sound like the compromises a large entrance are probably a bit too far (especially losing out on that all important light from the bedroom). I do love our little covered doorway though so it’s not all bad 🙂 So looking forward to this project progressing and seeing what you finally decide! xxx

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