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.
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.
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.
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.
We moved to New York from San Francisco a few months ago, so this is my first real spring in 6 years. I’m loving all the trees and flowers that have started to bloom, and I’ve been stalking cherry blossom trees throughout the city of New York.
We even had one bloom right outside our door!
It only lasted about a week, but every time I left my apartment someone was taking a picture.