Build It on a Budget: Entryway Finds To Welcome You Home In Style

published Feb 9, 2017
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A welcome mat is just the start. When your guests walk into your home, it needs to make an introduction. A foyer should reflect your personality while still being approachable. All while also offering a landing spot for mail, keys and the array of stuff you bring home daily. It is possible to achieve the grand entrance without a grand budget. See how we pulled a look together for under $800 using finds from the Apartment Therapy Marketplace, a great source for buying vintage and secondhand locally.

Let’s start from the top down. An eye-catching light fixture in the foyer is a great focus for the space. This rare chrome 5-arm chandelier has all five of its original smoked glass globes. It feels a little Space Age-y but with the right bulbs, you get a warm attractive light inviting you in.

Reclaimed marine wood found in the waters near San Diego, California has a striking look to it. The natural mix of orange and teals in the wood make each console table one of a kind. It’s a statement piece you can add to an entrance without worry. The patina conceals dents and marks made from keys or anything else life throws at it.

Add a bit of retro fun with a vintage school chair. A quick seat by the front door is helpful for putting on shoes before running out. This one, made to withstand the daily wear and tear of schoolchildren, can surely handle coats, backpacks and more in your household.

Storage of some kind is a must by the front door. Whether you store the dog leashes, umbrellas, or slippers— a pot or basket is needed. Uninspired by umbrella stands listed, I finally landed on this relatively inexpensive decorative cauldron. Made to look like brass, this pot has charming little legs that feels like you found it in an abandoned cabin.

Don’t skimp on the mat—you need one made to last. This hand-braided entrance mat is woven entirely with natural renewable fibers including hemp, jute, and sisal. Each mat comes with a slip-resistance pad made of natural rubber.