Transitional spaces offer an opportunity to have a little fun; to try something unexpected and show-stopping that you might not feel comfortable committing to in another room. This was definitely true of the entryway in my NYC apartment. I knew that I wanted to transform the long and non-descript space into something memorable, while also committing to brighter colors than I had done in the rest of the apartment. You guys all know how much I adore blue (in any and all shades!) but I also love yellow, too. Luckily, these two colors work together beautifully. As blue is a key theme throughout the rest of the apartment, I knew it would make sense to incorporate some blue accents into the yellow base. After the jump I’ll talk through the full entryway space, including this amazing lemon wallpaper. Come take the tour!
This fabulous lemon wallpaper had my name written all of it! From the moment I saw it, I knew that it would be perfect for the apartment entryway. Playful, bright, cheerful and graphic: it was everything I was looking for to transform this transitional space into a wow moment. I love it! All our friends and family go crazy for it when they come over to the apartment, so it always makes a fun talking point, too. I even did a live morning TV interview (via Skype) while sitting on this bench and we ended up talking about the lemon wallpaper for half the interview! The art print is one of my own photographs that I took several years ago during a trip to Miami. I had it framed by Framebridge in a gloss white frame which helps provide a visual break to the graphic pattern behind. (Last year, I wrote this post about how to choose the correct frame for your art which you might find useful if you are currently looking to frame art!) I love having a personal piece framed in the entryway because it evokes special memories as I arrive and leave the apartment – it’s perfect for soothing any nerves before heading to an important meeting, or to help bring about a smile as I come home after a long way at work.The pillows were an opportunity to layer pattern on pattern against the lemon wallpaper. I mixed and matched a series of pillows, including some beauties I bought from Rebecca Atwood’s sample sale back in 2015. I love them! A few neutral solids help to break up the patterns and prevent the line up from being too busy on the eye.Our apartment has a strong Scandinavian feel throughout and I was keen to weave this into the entryway, too. The BJÖRKSNÄS bench was the perfect piece to do just that. It looks great but it’s also super practical, too, because we have a place to put our shoes on and take them off, as well as place parcels and bags that we need to take out of the apartment later in the day. The Danish designed pinboard by the front door is where we keep concert and theatre tickets, along with postcards and notes from friends and family. TBH it usually looks a lot messier than this but I gave it a tidy up a few days before I shot these pictures!I’ve rounded up the pieces you can buy to recreate this look in your entryway:
1. Frame pinboard
2. Lemon wallpaper (The Serena & Lily wallpaper I hung is no longer for sale but this one is very similar.)
3. BJÖRKSNÄS bench
4. Marble Stripe pillow
5. Artwork (My personal print isn’t for sale so I found this one that’s kinda similar!)
// Photography by Will Taylor