Six Unexpected Ways to Create a Cozy Entry

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Fall is the time of year when COZINESS is on the mind. At least it’s on my mind. Even if coziness is not yet on yours, you can just file today’s ideas away for the first rainy fall day (which we totally had yesterday here in Seattle!).

Here are some fun and unexpected ways to create a cozy entry just in time for fall!

1. Create a Cozier Space With Curtains.

Entries tend to feel a little chilly in the fall and winter. Treat the space like you would any other room in the house. The unexpected floor length curtains in this entry coupled with the wallpaper, rug and furnishings make this space as warm and welcoming as can be! I’ve seen curtains around a door, too. In the right kind of house, door curtains can be adorable, warm and cozy looking.

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2. Elevate function with character.

A cozy home will feel lived in, but we don’t have to sacrifice style for function. Set a welcoming tone of warmth and comfort with a relaxed but pretty mudroom vibe. Closed storage and baskets hide unsightly elements. A bench, hooks and shelving infuse the space with the warmth of function and character.

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3. Plush pieces make everything cozier.

It’s not often you see an ottoman in an entry, but why not? If you have the space, bring in your coziest furnishings. A plush upholstered piece tells friends and family this home is a comfortable place. Soft furnishings soften hard surfaces and sounds, too, making the whole space feel cozier.

(PS…my tufted teal ottoman is on a pretty awesome sale right now!)

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4. Create a cozy seasonal focal point.

Every entry (big, small or one that is simply a part of another room!) should have a seasonal focal point. Yet, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a spot filled with traditional seasonal decor. Even a gentle nod with a subtle mood or textural changes or the combination of elements used can be so cozy and inviting.

Shop your house for items you could use. Perhaps you’ll find a shelf, a stool, or a piece of furniture in another space. Now shop the house some more. What other elements and textures could you add in to make the coziest statement?

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5. Bring in something eye-catching.

Add an eye-catching or unexpected furniture piece or accessory to cozy up the entry. (Your entry might be one in the same as your living room, but that’s fine, too! The way you arrange your furniture in the living room might be able to serve a dual purpose or create an entry space).

Character often translates to cozy and inviting, don’t you think? So keep your eye out for something unexpected and eye catching for your entry. Perhaps you’ll find a wall sconce, an antique mirror, a funky stool or a unique bench.

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6. Define a cozy space with colors, shapes and statements.

A round table in an entry feels extra inviting and unexpected. It can be a perfect spot to set those pretty coffee table style books, which can make such a a cozy statement in an entry. Look for other ways to add color, interesting shapes and cozy statements, such as a lantern, or a textural basket filled with umbrellas, walking sticks and a tartan throw.

Happy Fall Nesting, friends! What’s your favorite way to cozy up an entry for fall?

Catch up on the latest Fall Nesting posts or start from the beginning of the series here.

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Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent Entry

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Do you have a designated entry in your home? Many houses we looked at when we were house hunting didn’t have separate entry. So even though ours is quite narrow and actually more of a hallway than a room, it is still fun to have at least a little space to work with. Now that I have a Dutch door I’m even more in love with our entry.

The challenge with small entries (and all small spaces) is how to make them functional and charming. Today’s post offers ideas that might inspire you with ways to add both character and function to a small entry.

Not to worry if you don’t have a designated entry at all, you’ll find inspiration for entries that open right into a living space, too. Furniture placement can sometimes help create the illusion of a separate entry and organizational accessories nearby can increase the functionality of your home.

Happy Monday!

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The Wicker House via City Farmhouse

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Design Sponge

No room for furniture? A wall-hung shelf makes a perfect landing surface for keys.

Solutions for a Small Entry or a Non-Existent EntryThe Inspired Room (townhouse)

Shallow cabinets, hooks, cubbies, and a small bench maximize space.

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Always Rooney

Even a simple set of hooks and a mirror will create entry-way functionality in a small space.

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via Design Sponge

Double-duty furniture (like this bar cart) help to create a designated entrance.

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Make the most of an open entry table with a rolling cart underneath.

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 via Wayfair

A hook and storage bench system offers a streamlined built-in look.

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4 Men 1 Lady

This is a bedroom, but corner shelves would be great in a small entry too!

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