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Before & After: This Designer Completely Glammed Up Her Entryway with Surprisingly Affordable Furnishings

published Sep 19, 2023
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We have a pretty big design crush on designer Katie Zamprioli. She’s never met a candy-colored hue she can’t style, and her maximalist mixture of vintage finds and quirky accents is expert-level. (Not many homes can pull off a fried egg dining table.) So when Katie wanted to refresh her entryway, we couldn’t wait to see what she chose.

“I wanted furniture and decor that better complemented the wallpaper,” she says. “Plus, my home is small, so it’s important to incorporate space-saving and organizational decor wherever I can.” Especially in such a busy spot!

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Katie satisfied both criteria with the latest furnishings from a maybe surprising, certainly affordable source: Walmart’s on-trend furniture and decor is our surprise hit of the season, with modern takes on retro vibes that make for cozy and compelling spaces.

First, Katie upgraded her entryway’s storage with a modern two-toned sideboard. The dark walnut finish works beautifully with the wallpaper’s rich color palette, and the sleek drawers and slatted doors keep clutter out of sight, from hats and gloves to out-of-season decor items. It also fits right in with Katie’s vintage-inspired style.

“I have a lot of vintage in my home, so I’m usually hesitant to purchase newer pieces because I wonder how they will work in the space,” she says. “All of these pieces have a retro inspiration that works perfectly in my home. My husband remarked that he preferred this new sideboard to the vintage one we had — and it has better storage too!”

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To adorn the sideboard, Katie heeded that tiny voice familiar to us all that whispers, “Put more flowers there!” She lined the back of the sideboard with an array of floral arrangements in eclectic vases. The faux florals echo the botanical wallpaper, turning a statement design into a subtly repeating theme. (OK, maybe not too subtly.)

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By mixing and matching the vases’ materials, colors, and sizes, Katie added layers of visual appeal. The deep ochre of these ribbed clay vases creates a grounding, earthy element. We love how the color is echoed by the nearby red and orange eucalyptus, which are housed in a clear blown-glass option that adds lightness.

To create depth and vertical interest, Katie stacked this charming trio of bud vases atop coffee table books. The finished effect is styled, but not so crowded that you can’t use the tabletop to sort mail or set down your bags upon coming home.

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A seat makes an entryway at least 10 percent more functional, as a place to put on shoes or a way station for jackets and bags. This cloud-like curved chair fits right into Katie’s natural tableau, and bouclé is having a major moment right now. This chair is handy every day while also offering stylish extra seating for company, and a chenille throw makes it extra cozy.

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And no entryway is complete without a mirror to check your look on the way out the door. “The oval mirror is such a subtle yet impactful piece,” Katie says. “I love how it fades into a beautiful coppery color like a sunset. It sits at the perfect place to reflect my dining chandelier, too.”

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Overall, Katie can’t believe how a few changes made this space even more functional — and fabulous. “I love that we gained a stunning entry space with more storage and seating! We maximized the space in a really great way and didn’t have to sacrifice beauty.”