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This spot blooms with welcoming vibes for family members and guests alike.

- BY STEPHANIE SISCO

Get the Look MAKE A STATEMENT

The rest of the downstairs is painted bright white to make it feel expansive, but this recessed wall was crying out for a large-scale wallpaper to greet the homeowners and their guests.

SIT AND STORE

The built-in seating is ideal for putting on and taking off shoes, which are stashed in the big, deep drawers. You can re-create the look with decorative bins beneath a painted bench.

SHELF HELP

Floating shelves are a great way to add depth and character to your entryway, Jennifer says, and decorative bowls will catch keys and loose change and still look neat. There’s a coat closet near this bench, but you could add hooks to the wall if you need a spot to hang jackets and totes.

TO BUY: Wildflower­s Wall Mural, $300 (64 sq. ft.); society6.com. Cherry Double Bud Vases, $60 each; melanieabr­antes .shop. Charlotte Velvet Pillow in Moss, $89; luluandgeo­rgia.com. Savrin Rattan Fruit Basket, $30; crateand barrel.com. White Pine Floating Decorative Wall Shelves, from $52 for 2; homedepot.com. Paint: Hudson Bay 1680; benjaminmo­ore.com for info. 3-Pack Wooden Bowls, $18; hm.com.

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Identify a shade from your wallpaper and use it to paint a piece of furniture. The wallpaper’s white background ties into the surroundin­g white walls.

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