Over here at the Jungalow we talk a lot about interiors–but today we’re gonna venture outside a little bit, right outside actually, to the home’s entrance. The entrance to a home is a really important place. It’s like a palate cleanser–it’s a perfect spot to tell guests and neighbors a little story about who lives inside. Of course the space needs to be functional too so I’ve teamed up with Target Style to share some ideas of how to really make an entrance.
This post is an exciting one as it’s the first post that we shot at our brand new digs, the #JungalowByTheRiver. I love the character in this Spanish-Style Jungalow: The archways, the orange trim, the terracotta tile roof, and obvs, all the plants–but I knew that we could pump up the volume a little bit to make this space more fun and more functional especially since (unlike our rental) in this place we’re actually gonna have a guest room–so I’m excited to host friends and family this summer.
First, we decided to add another color to the mix to provide some contrast. We started with this this navy blue patio rug which we used in lieu of a traditional welcome mat. It adds a much needed pop of pattern to the space and is larger than a regular welcome mat–so the space almost ends up looking like a little room. It’s the perfect little introduction to our patternful world.
We then found a navy bird-feeder to tie in the navy accent color even more. I think that hanging elements add a ton of character to an outdoor space whether it be a bird feeder, hanging planter or outdoor pendant lamp. Hanging elements make the space feel more intimate.
We included a small ottoman/side table here. It’s always nice to have a place to set down a purse or mail while unlocking the door. It’s also a good place for fresh flowers or statement leaves to make the space feel welcoming, too–just the kind of thing I’d add if I was expecting guests. We used a couple of beverage tubs and a bowl as planters here too.
Another element that we added was a little thrift-store painting on the wall. It’s a tropical vignette that I feel announces “Welcome to the Jungalow!” I love seeing art (or mirrors!) outdoors. It adds that little unexpected flair to an entrance.
I love the way the space looks from the inside too–which is also important (especially since our front door is glass!) The outdoor rug kind of looks like patterned tile to me–which echoes some of the design elements we’re adding to our home’s interior. Now we just have to finish the inside–so that when guests do come, don’t don’t just hang out in our adorable entryway ;). Do you spend time decorating your exterior or is it all about the interior for you?
*Photography by Danae Horst
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