Makeover: An en­try that says, ‘You’re wel­come’

Give your­self a calm send-off and a sooth­ing re­turn home with a sim­ple, clut­ter-free en­try­way that re­flects your style

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Styling by Alex Walls. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Bayly & Moore.

Think of an en­try­way as the first im­pres­sion your home cre­ates; a lit­tle taster of your in­te­rior style. Rather than just a place to toss your shoes and hang your coat, an en­try­way, in my opin­ion, should be treated as an ex­ten­sion of the liv­ing area and styled just as care­fully. There’s no need for any­thing elab­o­rate; just a few sim­ple items – a lovely lamp, a mir­ror, a seat and an um­brella stand or coat hooks – are all you need. It is also im­por­tant that this area should al­ways be clean and un­clut­tered.

Choose a neu­tral or sim­ple pal­ette and work to make the space feel clear and or­derly. Here I have cho­sen a mono­chrome scheme that is bold yet spare. Clean lines are best in a con­fined space; this bench seat, for ex­am­ple, couldn’t be sim­pler and is handy when chang­ing footwear.

A mir­ror is a must, not only for a last-minute check-over be­fore go­ing out, but also to give the area a spa­cious feel, es­pe­cially if it re­flects a clean white wall or win­dow. Fi­nally, to add warmth to your wel­come, you can’t beat a pot or two of lush up­right or cas­cad­ing green­ery. Can you be­lieve all the plants pic­tured here are ar­ti­fi­cial? They are so life­like and of course won’t take up any of your pre­cious time.

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Bjorn arch mir­ror, $899.99. Black teak bench, $329.99. Hoytt floor lamp, $359.99. Ar­madillo & Co en­trance mat, $190. Faux plants, from $17.99 each. Blunt um­brel­las, $119.99 each.Plat­form bowl, $39.99. Ore scented can­dle, $49.99. All above items from A&C Home­store. Har­vest planters, $119.99 tall, $159.99 large, from Citta. Wall painted in Du­lux ‘Rawene’; floor painted in Du­lux ‘Okar­ito’. Shoes stylist’s own.

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