G’day, welcome to Beach Cottage Land, the hallway entrance post ;-) well, I have to say that one thing I get asked a lot, along with what white paint is best for my coastal vintage style, it’s how can I makeover my home without a big budget and the one that seems to be a big one is the hallway and giving it a makeover.
This I think has to be one of my fave subjects really, I’ve been called many things, interior designer among them (which may I add makes me want to stick my finger down the back of my throat, my old cottage is loved, worn and lived in and I’m so very far from interior designer) but making things over from what you’ve got and making the most of what you have has been a HUGE journey for me since upping sticks and moving to the rattiest old cottage in the world, let alone Australia I think.
I was recently at an interiors event (sounds weird typing that, I’m not trying to be all you know larging it but how spiffing that lil’ old me gets invited to events, hahaha) at this event it went on and on and on and on and on about design and money and having the ‘trending’ things in your home and all that stuff and I was like ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I cannot be doing with this, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I’m like a fish in a desert….
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I’m So Not a Celebrity Get me the **** Outta Here.
And so I left.
When I got home I was pretty shattered really, long day, long week, long month, yadda yadda yadda, and I pulled up on the drive and clonked up the steps to the front deck, opened the blue front door, painted by my fair hands that we installed ourselves and was greeted by not only the loveliest pup in the world who has adopted this very weird but very adorable cross between a cry and a whine when anyone arrives home, but by the old up-cycled oar turned into a coat rack, lots of my beachy baskets, a fair few loved and worn leather bags, a couple of nautical striped rugs and, a chair I got from Ebay and painted a coastal blue and I was like sigh, deep, long, exhale, I’m home to the house that says me. I’m not sure if there’s anything trending in here, in fact I’m pretty sure there’s not, but I’m liking it.
I have to say though the hallway was a little on the messy side and I have to 100% hold my hands up (doesn’t happen very often so bookmark this page) and say I am nearly totally responsible for the mess. Two pairs of Hunters from gardening, check, 8 baskets for various occasions (beach, farmer’s market, shopping) yup, trench coat, two pairs of revolting trainers, 4 beach hats, one large and floppy, one Panama, one old and loved, indeed, 3 jackets, all mine, and the list went on a bit, 3 pairs of plimsolls, one plain one striped one floral, 3 umbrellas, one golf, one vintage, one compact, 3 recycling bags, 2 Turkish towels, 1 very old, very loved and handmade by me fabric floral bag…you get the picture…there was not a single thing out there I don’t think that was not mine.
Although it’s very much living life and feeling it, it did need a poppity pop of foofing..
So this is a mini-makeover it received, it looked amazingly different when I’d finished, I can’t quite believe how a few little things can make something look so much better, well I can but, well, you know…
So here are my quick tips to spruce up your hallway whether you want coastal style, beachy decor, a nautical or country cottage feel or not, the principles are the same for a quick and easy overhaul
5 Ways to Makeover Hallway Entrance Hall
1. Add a runner or rug, for a coastal look a nautical stripe does the trick, also love coir matting or sisal for texture and a welcome feeling when you open the door.
2. even if you have a teeny tiny hallway /entrance (tell me about it!) a chair, slim bench or stool works wonders for a tired space.
3. add a lamp – soft lighting and a cosy lamp is ideal for a hallway if you have room for it
4. a vintage piece – old things add character, carry a lovely patina and give a unique feel to your home – I up-cycled an old oar into a coat rack
5. flowers – nothing says welcome when opening the door like flowers, I always make sure they are around and if you don’t have room (it’s very tight in mine) I hang them in little mason jars as vases on hooks.
That’s it from me, if you need to makeover your hallway, get to it ladies, this took me all of 15 minutes to put everything away, shop the house and pretty it all up a bit.
Be off and go forth and heart your home.
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