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outdated entryway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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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Did you wait until the last minute to buy a Mother’s Day gift? Don’t panic! It’s not too late to get something special.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

1. If your mom loves to cook, give her something that she might not buy herself. I love this pretty Poppy Serving Bowl and Acacia Wood Feathered Servers from Sur La Table.

2. Your mom will get a lot of wear out of this oversized bangle from Sole Society this summer.

4 generations of my familyMy sister and I with my mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

3. Gift cards can be impersonal, but sometimes they are the best option. Personalize a Sephora gift card with a photo or video.

4. If your mom is into the arts, buy her a membership to her favorite museum or cultural center.

With my husband, mother-, and sister-in-lawI love this picture of my husband and I with my mother- and sister-in-law.

5. Personalize a grocery store flower arrangement by using a vintage tin for your container or wrapping the arrangement in burlap.

6. A family tree is a meaningful keepsake.  Use one of these Martha Stewart family tree templates to create your own – I especially like the Giving Tree and Illustrated Family Tree options.

My mom, sister, and I at my wedding.Me, my sister, and my mom on my wedding day.

7. For a mom with a green thumb, find a unique container (I like these West Elm terrariums) and add an easy maintenance plant like a succulent.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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Spring in NYC: Cherry Blossom Trees

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!

cherry blossom tree outside our door - www.HelloLittleHome.org

It only lasted about a week, but every time I left my apartment someone was taking a picture.

I had visions of visiting Washington, D.C., for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but unfortunately that’s not happening. Maybe next year!

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has hundreds of it’s own cherry blossom trees, so of course we had to visit.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Trees and Photo Shoot - www.HelloLittleHome.comCherry blossom photo shoot!

We even saw some pretty tulips!

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Tulips - www.HelloLittleHome.comI had to elbow my way in to get this shot. Tulip mayhem!

I’ve also spied cherry blossom trees in Central Park:

Central Park cherry blossom trees at Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir - www.HelloLittleHome.comCherry blossom trees surrounding the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

and Riverside Park:

Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.com Riverside Park cherry blossom trees - www.HelloLittleHome.comThese were my favorite!

The pretty pink and white blooms are just so springy and sweet.

Do you have a favorite spring flower?

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