Front Room Reveal

The entryway/room in a living space sets the tone for guests who enter your home- making it extremely important.  I wrestled with the concept of our front room for months, striving for a balance of chic and inviting. I did not want my home to feel like a museum where you couldn’t make yourself at home. In the meantime, we were committing the ultimate front room faux pas by using this area as a junk room. Ah- the horror of having all our guests walk into a room of clutter! I’m excited to share my front room reveal. I shy in embarrassment just thinking about it, but the reno life is real, y’all.

Now, I’m so excited to share with you the front room transformation from what it was to a space that is open and airy, yet still cozy and inviting.

Before

Chicago Home Renovation

After

Tips & Tricks

Since sitting rooms are often relegated to a formal display area behind more usable living rooms, I didn’t want [valuable seating in this area to just sit and go unused. This led me placing only one couch in this area and featuring a few eye-catching pieces (the couch and table) and stacking side-by-side bookshelves.  The bookshelves line the wall and catch your eye as soon as you walk in the front door, and it’s a great way to store books and showcase keepsake items you’ve collected over the years. (You can mix and match these items in a way that allows for storage AND style. Double win!)

Also, as you can see in the before and after photos, hanging the drapes above the window frame exaggerates the window, making them look larger than they are. Don’t make these simple design mistakes, friends! This simple curtain rod placement acts like an instant face lift for windows. (Refer back to the before and afters above.)

Also, you may be looking at the before and after photos and noticing we swapped out some pretty big purchase items. However, don’t be discouraged! We didn’t have a huge budget for new furniture so I sold the stuff we didn’t want and got crafty with what I had. In fact, this entire room was either gifted to us, thrifted, or purchased on sale from an already affordable site.  I’ll link some of the items at the end of the post.

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For those of you who love seasonal decor, it is so easy to add a festive touch by incorporating easily changeable items in your design- shelf bookends,for example. Also, incorporate display bowls in key areas, such as on a table or on bookshelves. You can have a few staple items for the filler accented with seasonal items you interchange: pumpkins, garland, spring greens, berries, etc!

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Disclaimer: Some of the links below contain affiliate links which allows me to make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you.
A special thank you to Antique & Chic for loaning the gorgeous table centerpiece and all of the seasonal decor featured in this post.

Special Gift Option: When purchasing the rose gold decorative bowl, use code “jnicolettegift” in the comments of your order and Keen Kutter will send you a free candle gift!

Nikki is a wife, a mama, a blogger and a working professional. Her trick to balancing life is to always incorporate things that bring her joy. For Nikki, joy isn’t only in the big adventures, but also in those little every day moments.

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