entryway elegance in three simple ways. 

I stress about entryway tabletop displays big time. It’s the first thing people see when they walk in your house, and in a way, it sets the tone and mood of the whole place. I want my space to feel clean, subtle, and uncluttered, so I need an entryway that reflects those things. My canvas is a simple chest I painted white that I found in my aunt and uncles storage unit. Gotta love hand me downs. And relatives. First priority for me was a good looking lamp that’s not too big or small for the chest (I got this at a consignment shop for $30, swear to god).  And since I can’t resist displaying a book, I chose one with a very sleek and minimalist cover (also it helps that it’s called simplicity haha). A small painting offsets the lamp and adds some balance and symmetry. An absolute must is my favorite candle of course which is Nest in “Bamboo”. It’s the perfect scent. Not to flowery, not too musty, not too strong, but just right. There’s nothing worse than a strong candle in a scent that can easily offend…eww. The final touch is the flexible one – any object, depending on the season and my mood. The photos below are my entryway done three ways, swapping only one item. Minimal effort, achieveing three very different looks. How easy is that?

First I chose a succulent mix (duh) which gives things a little color splash and a lively vibe. Next I arranged a tall vase with long sticks. I love bringing the outdoors in, especially in this case – it feels big and rustic and natural, but it doesn’t take over, and isn’t too distracting. The most sleek and safest of all would probably be a good looking glass vase, this one is Juliska Berry & Thread. It’s timeless, simple, and elegant. Clean, classic, calm, vibes. That’s the impression I’d like to give. Probably because in reality I’m messy and full of anxiety….🤷🏼‍♀️.

Side note – I told you I have way too much bright white happening everywhere.


book look. 

So I’m a book lover – big, small, new, and old. I have amassed many over the years, and never plan on stopping. They make me happy, display my interests, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into home design. Not to mention, decorating with books is a super budget friendly way to amp up your decor. Most people probably think in order to be eye catching they must abide by certain rules such as size and color similarity. I disagree. I think they are eye catching no matter what. I do love visual symmetry, but there’s something charming about the imperfect look of all sizes and colors. As you’ll come to find out, I’m sort of afraid of color, so my books serve as that “pop of color” people talk about.  I love the way book covers look, and sometimes I take off the paper cover to see if it looks even cooler uncovered.  Whichever floats my boat more. From living room shelves, coffee tables, fireplaces, side tables, to brightening up your kitchen, books are the best way to add a personal and stylish touch to any room.

Side note – books can be expensive, I know. That’s why I heavily rely on hand me downs, book gifting, and Half Price Books. Half Price Books is the best unkept secret in the world. If you’ve never been, GO. Like, yesterday. I think I could spend 147 hours there just perusing. I swear I’d work there for free just to hang out if they’d let me.