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Room Swoon: My Brooklyn Entryway

Perhaps the most underrated room in the house when it comes to prioritizing design is the entryway. And we totally understand why it is oft neglected—not all of us have the privilege of a grand entry like Athena—but this humble area has just as much, if not more, potential to set the tone of your home than any other space. 

So, today, we’re challenging you to reconsider your entry, to bring a fresh perspective that not only brings you personal joy but evokes that “ahh” feeling whenever you step inside (even if it’s just from a trip to the grocery store). Perhaps that’s in the form of beautiful entryway décor—a primitive vessel with fresh branches or a decorative object that makes you smile. 

It’s in these small moments that we can truly elevate our everyday and make the mundane extraordinary. So keep this front of mind when designing your entry and tap into your innermost desires, write them down, then find pieces that visually tell that story. As Athena says, “an entryway is your initial moment to make your mark, setting the tone for the rest of your home. So, make an entrance!” We could’t agree more. 

Read on to shop all of the pieces from Athena’s entryway in her Brooklyn home, but as always, figure out what you love and what entryway décor works for your home because that’s how you cultivate joy. 

Hanging art in the entry always sets the tone for the rest of the home and says something about you, your style, and how you see the world without any words.

reSAWN Timber Co European White Oak Flooring

When choosing the flooring for her home, Athena wanted to offset the cool surface of the black and white marble tiles with a warmer material. To do this, she laid down European White Oak from reSAWN Timber Co that's pre-finished with hardwax oil in 3/4” thick X 4” wide X 24” long.

Vintage Belgium Tiles

When Athena found the vintage Belgium marble tiles from Chateau Domingue she immediately envisioned them arranged in a checkerboard style at the front door. The end result is a statement entry that is as impactful as it is beautiful.

Burl Wood Mid Century Octagon Side Table 

While Athena's table is vintage from Holler & Squall, this burl wood beauty has a similar octagonal shape to add visual interest to your entryway.

Primitive Clay Pot

Put a primitive clay vase or sculpture on top of your Burl wood side table or pedestal to elevate the mood.

Vintage Modern Lacquer Bench with Brass Detailing and Tufted Seat

Athena believes in investing in pieces you really love. Save up for those rare finds because they pay off in dividends. Take this vintage bench that she bought 10 years ago. She gave it a new life by having it reupholstered in silk velvet fabric for the entryway.

19th Century Firehouse Windsor Armchairs

Athena positioned a 17th century Swedish antique chair after the mudroom inside the entry to introduce some timeworn patina and history into the space.

Farrow and Ball Off Black Paint

This off-black shade offers a dramatic entrance.

Farrow and Ball Wevet Paint

This delicate white with a hint of gray is clean, understated and incredibly easy to live with.

RW Guild Montauk Candelabra

This sculptural candelabra makes a striking statement at the front door.

Timeless Alabaster and Brass Five-Arm Art Deco Pendant

There is nothing more magical than natural materials. They immediately bring in touchable texture and visual candy that keep your eyes dancing around the room. This early 20th century alabaster light does just that which is why Athena placed it right in the entryway of her home. The circular yet sleek shape of the shades, the color, and the effect of the veins make this pendant an absolute joy to watch.

Red onyx marble ashtray

Decorative objects in raw materials like this vintage marble ashtray will bring warmth and storytelling to your entryway.

Jo Malone London Fresh Fig & Cassis Scented Candle

Nothing says "welcome home" quite like the fragrance of a scented candle especially when it's the fig and cassis aroma from Jo Malone. The presentation of this townhouse collection also doubles as décor.

Sam Messenger Artwork

This special piece by artist, Sam Messenger really sets the tone for Athena's entry and the rest of her home. Find an artist that you resonate with to do the same. It makes a profound difference to your mood and that of your space, too.

Moroccan Checker Rug

Bring in color or pattern to a neutral space through accessories or a textured rug. Athena's is vintage so we recommend scouring your local antique stores or Etsy where this one is from.

Antique Brass Rattan Floor Lamp

Athena has a vintage light globe wrought iron lamp behind her door but you could bring in light to your entry and provide visual interest with any unique lamp. There are some beautiful vintage options around—the art is in the hunt!

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