Happy Monday and welcome to Dressed for My Day. As the name implies this is definitely a fashion blog and not a home interiors blog. I’m not a professional stylist, but I do manage to do the research and think through fashion choices pretty well. But when it comes to home interiors I’m only able to conceptualize the results I want to achieve and I rely on the expert direction of others to help me realize those goals. So today we’re taking a brief step away from the clothes closet to invite you through the front door of my home. I’m sharing my entryway makeover with Havenly!
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For a little background, we moved into our almost 30-year-old home just outside of Cincinnati, in May of 2021. I immediately furnished one of the living areas with the help of Ethan Allen. Well, I say immediately, but it actually took several months to get the furniture, of course. That’s not to say Ethan Allen was slow. Due to inventory and distribution challenges worldwide, that was simply the pace at which things were moving at the time. I’m not sure if it’s better now or not.
Here are just a couple of pictures (taken last fall) of what we fondly call the morning room. We love how it turned out.
Next we purchased a new kitchen table, chairs and buffet because the kitchen table my dad had built for us as a wedding gift over 30 years ago didn’t fit our new space. But we still needed to purchase new furniture for our family room (which we call the evening room) and our entryway. No, I’m not someone who necessarily needs all new furniture when I move into a new home. But our family room furniture was purchased when our children were, well, children. Need I say more?
And we’d never really had a home with an entryway, so we just didn’t have anything that fit this space the way I wanted it. We desperately needed an entryway makeover.
I envisioned a warm, inviting and joyful entryway. I figure this is the space that immediately sets the tone for the rest of the home as you walk through the front door. And for the past year it’s looked pretty bland.
I felt a little stuck since I didn’t necessarily want to enlist the assistance of Ethan Allen for the entryway, but I definitely needed some help. So I jumped at the opportunity when Havenly reached out to me in June, offering me a complimentary design package if I would share a little about them on Instagram.
Havenly is an interior design service that operates mostly online. While they do offer in-person consultations in eight urban areas currently, Havenly is most known for their virtual interior design services. You start by completing their design questionnaire and setting up an account. Then you set up a project and are connected with a real-life interior designer with whom you will meet virtually or work with through a message board.
While I did receive my design service for free as well as a stipend toward my account in exchange for sharing on Instagram, today’s blog post is not sponsored. Nor was I required to share my finished entryway makeover with Havenly at all. I’m just that excited about the results I got by working with my Havenly designer, Priscila. She was in Mexico, and we communicated once on a Zoom call face to face. But otherwise, we worked through the message board. She did a beautiful job capturing my initial concept and turning it into reality. And she was just so pleasant to work with.
I shared with Priscila that I wanted my entryway to:
- look warm and inviting
- provide a functional place for James and me to store mail as it arrives and packages before they go out
- feel joyful
- connect with the morning room and kitchen so that all the downstairs spaces feel cohesive
- reflect our personalities and affinities
Here are the design concept boards Priscila sent me when we first started my entryway makeover.
At that point we talked about what I liked from each of the concepts. I particularly liked the middle design, but I wanted the more polished, navy dresser from the first one. I loved that Priscila seemed to want to take my original concepts and work her design knowledge to make the space reflect my personal style. She next sent me the visual rendering of my space. She sent me this concept board which truly reflected my personal choices.
After I approved everything, she sent me a 3D rendering of my entryway makeover with my chosen pieces.
And this is what Priscila at Havenly helped me create. You’ll notice I did change just a couple of things, but overall I created the space Priscila had designed for me. The original rug we decided on had sold out before I could order it. And I ended up ordering just one of the baskets and situating it at the stairwell landing.
From the beginning I named our interior design project Our Joyful Entryway. And that’s exactly what we created. I wanted a playful mix of primary colors in muted tones, lively visuals, earthy texture and real family functionality.
This beautiful blue dresser is actually a kid’s dresser, so it has all the safety features you might need for a nursery. But it functions beautifully in this space, filling it with the color and functionality I desired. I wanted a piece of furniture that felt formidable and large enough for this large space. No, the floor space is not that large, but because the entry way is situated at the base of our stairwell the space feels tall and vacuous without a substantial piece of furniture. The dresser comes in other neutral colors as well.
By the way, I’m sharing links to everything when possible. But I also wanted to share that Havenly helps you get the best price possible on everything you purchase through them. So if you find something they recommended for less, they’ll help you shop that source, too.
James and I have taken to bird watching since moving to Ohio. We even have his and her binoculars conveniently situated at our kitchen dining nook window to view the bluebirds currently nesting in our bluebird house. Ha! Priscila recommended these beautiful bird prints for our stairwell. When they first arrived I thought there was no way I’d hang all six in this space. But now I’m so glad we did.
(Psst! James did an amazing job hanging our wall art and mirror. He uses this handy tool to get things just right!)
By the way, did you know biophilic design is really trending in home decor? That’s simply the concept of bringing a little of the outside in to your home with hints of nature. My bird prints, botanical prints, sea grass tray (similar) and the seagrass basket on my stairwell landing are all biophilic touches. You can participate in the biophilic design trend with textures, pictures and objects from nature. Do you have biophilic style elements you could pull out of storage and use? Think seashells, rocks, natural woven baskets, feathers and driftwood.
Because of the layout of this area, we needed either a shorter rug that would just extend slightly from the dresser and an additional doormat, or we needed a rectangular rug that would serve both areas. I felt like the larger rectangular rug created more warmth and cohesion. and I love the colors and patterns in the one we selected.
The umbrella stand adds a bit of whimsy, but it also feels practical and “in place” here. I love mixing prints! I think it’s a smart way to add both color and texture to an area. And remember, my goal was JOY.
In the photo below you can see just a hint of the morning room. Do you see how the theme flows between these two rooms? Both feature blue ceramic pieces. And the botanical prints act as a precursor to the live plants we enjoy in the morning room.
Thank you so much for stopping in to see my entryway makeover with Havenly. Right now I have two great deals to offer you. Depending on when you’re reading this one may be more advantageous than the other. Use my code KAYHARMS to get 25% off either a Havenly mini or full package. Or shop through THIS LINK and get $50 off a FULL package only. I really enjoyed my experience with Havenly and will probably use them again for my bedroom makeover.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’m glad to share. Have a great day!
Blessed for My Day
This week let’s take a deeper dive into the concept of biblical faith. Yes, there’s faith and then there’s biblical faith. Let’s make sure that we are practicing a faith that is based on biblical precepts and one that actually accomplishes something. I often hear the word faith tossed around in movies as though it’s just pie-in-the-sky, wishful thinking. But biblical faith is not a floaty concept. Instead it’s rooted in truth and grounded with accurate information.
So today let’s just consider what faith really is. The Bible tells us it is an assurance, a conviction. Those are strong words. Hebrews 11 goes on to assure us that our faith in God can be rooted in the very fact that He has done what He says He did and can do what He says He will do. God is worthy of our faith. And when we place our faith in Him, we can trust that He will keep His Word.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. ~ Hebrews 11:1-3