Room Reveal: Entrance hall

I’ve put these Room Reveals off for so long because none of my rooms feel 100% ready to reveal….

There are so many aspects that aren’t finished or require extra budget which we just don’t have at this time! Renovations are expensive y’all!

Anyway, the time has come for me to just get real, and reveal!

Most people who renovate their home won’t be able to afford to furnish or decorate their home immediately. We are “most people”.

Our home is a shelter for the family who live here. We’re just grateful we have a roof over our heads. It’s not a show home. It’s real. That means we have cupboards with no doors, no art on the walls, one mirror for us all to share and very “real” kids rooms that would horrify interior magazine editors!! The front entrance of our house still looks a bit like a building site and probably will be for 2 years or until we can afford “Phase 2” of building a double garage!

If you can look past the upheaval and not quite perfect entrance… you arrive at the front door and enter into my home…

This is a little alcove created by an exposed brick wall (which I LOVE) and a last minute addition to our plans – the guest toilet.

In our previous home we didn’t have an entrance hall, just a table for dumping keys on off to the side of the lounge, so it’s really “grown up” to have a little space that welcomes visitors to our home and I’m grateful for it.

We’ve used the same side table but brought a lamp in that once was in the lounge area… it’s not my favourite lamp. It could probably do with an upgrade but as I’ve mentioned, renovations cost cash, and lots of it!!! We don’t have too much left to play with when it comes to decor. That will all have to come.

What I have done with this little space is group a few of my favourite trinkets into a little display. I got this idea from one of my current favourite books, Styled by Emily Henderson (recently mentioned in My 5 Favourite Finds series)

Emily is an interior stylist and blogger and I’m so in awe of her work. When I’m big I want to be just like her!! In the meantime I’m following a few of her tricks – one of which is to group some of your special things to add personality to your living space. This is probably the only part of the house where I’ve done this (I live with kids!) but I really love it.

I grouped mostly white things here to contrast against the red brick. Some of the items on display include two textured vases from the Woolies sale, a little bird dish that was a gift, a scented candle which I light when I have guests, a piece of coral to remind me of my travels, a little cut out tea light candle holder (another gift) and a framed print depicting the world and where my heart is at (Cape Town!) and a little mirrored tray for popping my keys or post.

If I’m lucky enough to have any fresh flowers in the house this is usually where I’ll pop them… I find seeing some of my favourite things whenever I enter or exit my home makes me feel really happy and brings a smile and sense of calm to my day…

So, that’s it…. My first Room Reveal, although our Entrance Hall is a slightly small “room”.

Come back next Thursday for a sneak peek inside the Guest Toilet…


And please do remember to let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Hi Kathryn, its so nice to have an entry way no matter how small. I love your brick wall. Just an idea for your lamp, the base would look lovely painted the same aqua as the map, a little pot of Annie Sloan or craft paint and a white lampshade and the lamp will be good to go for a few more years. Just discovered your blog through Instagram, really nice to read a local blog.Thank you.

    1. Hey Kerry-Lynne
      So glad you found me and my blog! Thanks for the comment about the lamp. I hadn’t even thought of refreshing it like that but I really like the idea so think I’ll give it a go soon.

  2. Love the exposed brick! Very on trend 🙂 wow Kerry, amazing what a simple thing like that can do to make it pop. Thanks for the ideas – I’m “re-decorating” a bit myself.

  3. I’m not quite sure how I missed this post originally – LOVING the new look of your blog, because this popped up for me, so I could come on over to catch up! LOVE your little entrance hall… our front door opens up right into our dining room/ lounge, so it’s a bit chaotic – this is just so peaceful and so put together! I love the idea of grouping together some items you love – I think I’m going to declutter my dining room table this afternoon, then follow suit on the sideboard we have next to the front door. Thank you for the inspiration! (And also: BEAUTIFUL revamp! Your blog looks utterly amazing – it makes me feel as though I need to do a revamp too now! Ha!)

    1. Thanks so much Chereen for the compliments about my blog. It has been a LONG time coming and I’m so very happy with it. YAY. Glad to hear the new layout is helping you to find posts you missed. That’s the whole point!! xxx

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