Update a Tired Entryway in 5 Easy Steps

The owners of my apartment building are the sweetest couple. They purchased the building in the 1960’s and have lived here ever since.

Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, their décor has not, and stepping into my building is like going back in time. The entryway is a good example. It has good bones, but everything is a little dull and dated.

outdated entryway

Many of us face similar situations in our own homes. Maybe you are working with hand-me-downs, or you’ve had the same furniture for few decades years, and you just aren’t sure where to begin.

The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. It’s possible to update your space in a few easy steps.

update a tired entryway in 5 easy steps

  1. Work with what you have. Consider existing pieces and decide what still works. In this case, the lamp has a great color and shape. I would replace the dated shade with Lamp Plus’ Cream Silk Dupioni Shade.
  2. Add flexible seating. Every entryway needs a seat that can double as a resting place for a purse or grocery bag. A pair of Ballard Designs’ X-Benches can be tucked under the console when not in use and add much needed seating and color.
  3. Work in color and pattern. The Fab Habitat Rug from Rugs USA adds interest to the space and draws your eye away from the dated carpet.
  4. Get organized. A tray adds instant style and corrals various odds and ends. A Core Bamboo Woven Tray is the perfect catch-all for takeout menus, mail, and newspapers.
  5. Add an unexpected element. This Garden Goddess Planter is kind of classic, kind of kooky, and definitely a step up from the existing wicker planter.

What is your favorite way to update a dated space?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Eco Friendly

Happy Friday! This week has had an eco friendly theme, and I’m continuing to go green with my links today.

One of my favorite eco friendly tips is to buy secondhand. I’ve just begun to scope out the thrift stores in New York, and last week I made a trip to Housing Works.

housing works thrift store finds - www.HelloLittleHome.com

I loved the bamboo and rattan chairs, and how cute is that toy juke box?!? The planter would look perfect in a Mid Century Modern home.

We have these Kangaroom Recycle Bags in our kitchen. They are super easy to carry and to keep clean.

kangaroom recycle bags

Almost every major piece of furniture in this colorful apartment is vintage, handmade, or thrifted!

Here are 26 ways to decorate that plain tote bag you have lying around your house.

Cute DIY Gold Dipped Vases – the perfect project for cheering up those boring floral shop vases. I might tackle this one!

Grow something green! I love this brass hanging planter from Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters Hanging Brass PlanterShe Knows has 52 inexpensive ways to go green.

Here are 10 ways to go green while saving green.

You can even go green at work!

What are your favorite ways to be eco friendly?

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Eco-Friendly Home Decor

Decorating your home in an eco-friendly way doesn’t have to mean rough fabrics and crunchy design. There are so many more options today. Check out my ideas for a cozy, green living room:

eco friendly home decor - www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. Start by painting your walls with Sherwin Williams Harmony in Mount Etna, a no VOC paint formula. This rich color would look great accented with white trim.
  2. Group three of these Bambeco Reclaimed Drum Lid Mirrors over your couch.
  3. West Elm’s Shoji Armoire has clean lines, holds a 40” flatscreen, and is made from sustainable eucalyptus wood.
  4. Green Sofas offer a large variety of styles, and all sofas are constructed from kiln dried, sustainable wood, recycled springs, soy-based foam cushions, and natural fabrics. I like the modern Carol model.
  5. The Gianna Kilim Rug from Pottery Barn is made with recycled yarn. It would add a color punch in both traditional and modern homes.
  6. Pillows from Hammocks & High Tea are made from fabric printed with water-based, no VOC inks. Plus, they are super cute.

What are your favorite eco-friendly home décor finds?

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My Favorite Spring Home Décor Trends

Trends: how do you feel about them? I generally ere more on the classic than the trendy side, but I think it’s fun to punch things up with something new every once in a while.

Here are a few of my favorite spring trends that you can incorporate into your home.

Emerald Green

Emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year, and it is such a rich, beautiful color.  Emerald green is easy to incorporate into your home, and a little goes a long way.

Spring home decor trends: Emerald - Pantone Color of the Year 2013 - HelloLittleHome.com

  1. I absolutely love this overdyed rug from Rugs USA. It has such great depth.
  2. Add a pop of color with the Ovo Table Lamp from Lamps Plus. This lamp would be perfect in a neutral living room or bedroom.
  3. Accessories are a great way to try out trends, and this Malachite Mini Box from Bliss Crystals will never go out of style.

Malachite can be pricey, want to try your hand at recreating it? Try this faux malachite tutorial from Little Green Notebook.


Florals are always popular in Spring and never seem to go out of style. I like my florals fairly subtle.

Spring home decor trends: florals - www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. I am obsessed with blue and white (wait until you see my living room), and this Boho Boutique Reversible Pillow Sham from Target is so pretty.
  2. My fantasy powder room would be wallpapered in this Seraphine Wallpaper. The print is so elegant and subtle. J’adore!
  3. If over-the-top florals aren’t your thing, this White Daisy frame from Lamps Plus is an easy way to incorporate the trend.


Brass sometimes gets a bad rap, but it can add a lot of character to a room if you choose carefully. You can find plenty of brass at a thrift or antiques store. Check out my cute brass elephant!

My thrift store brass elephant: www.HelloLittleHome.com

When it comes to brass, avoid anything too shiny and 80’s and look for pieces with a little patina.

Spring home decor trends: brass - www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. Add a little charm to furniture from a big box store with brass hardware.
  2. Nate Berkus can do no wrong in my eyes, and I love his Brass Finish Vase from Target.
  3. This West Elm Martini Side Table with Antique Brass finish would look great in a home with more modern or eclectic décor.


The last Spring trend I’m excited about is geometric. Geometrics can be incorporated into any style, and you can go subtle or bold.

Spring home decor trends: geometrics - www.HelloLittleHome.com

  1. I love the pattern and color in this Coral Geometric Pillow Cover. So bright and cheery!
  2. The subtle print on this Key City Zola Chair would add interest to a neutral living room.
  3. Art is an easy way to try out trends, and this Geometric Abstract Print from Printwork would add a little punch to a neutral space.

What Spring trends do you plan to try out?

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