Design Project: Entrance Room

No new laptop yet – but I’ve found my camera memory card – yay! I’m writing from hubby’s clunky desktop – but I’m not complaining, at least I can post!

Here is a picture I took of our Entrance room today. This room is the only one on this floor (we live in a 4 storey townhouse – I get lots of exercise going up and down the stairs LOL!). As it’s the first room you see when you enter the house, I want it to look pretty. However, I have to balance this with the fact that a lot of our furniture is from when we were living in Manhattan (2-3 years ago). Since we’re planning to move again (to a larger house within the next 4 years), I’d rather wait and invest in furniture that is suited to our future new house. So this room has some elements I can’t change (the well-used microfiber sofas and HUGE Ikea BESTA storage). This room also houses hubby’s computer (where I’m writing from today) hidden in an Ikea ALVE corner cabinet.

Since moving here I’ve purchased the coffee table and mirror (Ikea) and carpet (Style at Home’s collabaration with Korhani). I’ve also hung up my mother’s embroidery on the wall (above the wooden chair).  I’m not expecting perfection from this room – I just want to make the best of what I have. I’d love suggestions on how to spruce it up and make it more fancy.

  • There are 3 different wood colors in this room – I’m so tired of the Ikea Birch color, I couldn’t bear to get more furniture in that shade. I didn’t have any choice with the ALVE color, but since it’s tucked in a corner, I hope it doesn’t really stand out.
  • I’m not too happy with the cushion combination, but I can’t seem to find appealing cushions anywhere.
  • I’d like to replace a wooden computer chair with a more decorative one.
  • Should I slip-cover the sofas? Is it worth it?

What colors or elements would you introduce into this room – I’d love any suggestions. Please link to any suitable photos – especially on Pinterest.


  1. alison*elle
    December 16, 2011 / 6:19 pm

    Hmm… I might try a cream and green colour scheme to make it look more fresh? Something like this. xo, alison*elle

  2. Ella Pretty Blog
    December 16, 2011 / 6:36 pm

    Thanks for the link Alison. That sofa and wall color in your pic is a close match to mine…I like the cream accents…and am excited to think of potentially incorporating green.

  3. Anonymous
    December 16, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    I love the soft color scheme, it's so calming. Slipping the sofa would make the room instantly neutral so you could accessorize with pillows/throws/flowers etc of any color or design.

  4. Louise @ cosmetic bee
    December 17, 2011 / 2:16 am

    Maybe some brightly coloured cushions on the sofa? The overall colour scheme is very serene. I love going to Crate and Barrel for their brightly coloured decor.Off topic – you have been given a Blog Award! See my post here! 🙂

  5. Shauna MacKenzie
    December 18, 2011 / 5:48 am

    Very pretty room! If you're looking for an affordable, easy change to the colour scheme, slip covers would be idea. Bed Bath & Beyond has nice ones. And you could paint the storage pieces, maybe in a dark brown or grey. I love the pillows at Bouclair!

  6. Katherine
    December 19, 2011 / 5:14 am

    The room looks lovely so far – I am bad at decorating so won't offer any advice but can't wait to see what you do with it!

  7. Ella Pretty Blog
    December 19, 2011 / 3:28 pm

    Andi – thank you so much for the link – those slipcovers look amazing. What color do you think I should use for the slipcovers?Louise – love the blog award, you're so sweet. Will definitely check out C & B for cushions.Shauna – I've mainly been looking for cushions at home sense and home outfitters. Thanks for the tips…will check out Bouclair and BB & B.

  8. Ella Pretty Blog
    December 19, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    Katherine – hopefully next move I'll be able to hire a decorator…I'm realizing that although I love reading and watching shows about decor, I don't have a natural flair for design lol!

  9. z1477
    December 20, 2011 / 2:15 pm

    I love your room! It looks like a great place to share a cup of tea with your best fried!

  10. Summer
    January 1, 2012 / 7:38 pm

    Oh the room is just gorgeous! I wish I had a place I could decorate all by myself. 🙁

  11. Ella Pretty Blog
    January 2, 2012 / 6:27 am

    z1477 – yup, it's very cozy!Summer – Thanks! It is nice to finally have a place of our own after many years of renting.But I think the design shows on TV had me thinking that decorating is much easier than it actually is!

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