5 entryway looks inspired by travel

It’s a new week, the days are getting longer and the flowers are finally starting to bloom. Things are looking bright with the vaccine rollout and restrictions are slowly being lifted. Who else is excited to meet up with another household outside? ME!

As part two of my series on Front Doors & Entryways, this week I’ve created 5 different entryway looks and I’m talking about where to get inspiration for your entryway. Speaking of inspiration, you might want to check out my blog “How to create an entry that makes you proud’ where I shared 18 inspiring entryways (from much loved interior designers and DIYer, along with s-i-x ideas for creating a welcoming space. Read it HERE.

I don’t know about you, but I am really missing travelling to different cities & countries, soaking up the local culture and scenery. Some of my best ideas come from my travels near and far, city breaks or beach holidays, weekend countryside walks to museum exhibits, or fine dining meals to a quick pop into a coffee shop – inspiration surrounds us. During lockdown I started going on Awe Walks where you look at everything with a fresh perspective as if you’ve seen it for the very first time. You would be surprised the things that you might have never noticed that are literally on your door step. I’ve used my travels as a source of inspiration for these five entryway looks. 


Inspired by Palm Springs where the modernist architecture movement rules, Modern Retro transports us into the desert with a warm rust by Little Greene Paint called ‘Orange Aurora’ and nude colour palette that is commonly found in mid-century styles. To add a twist of modern elements, add trendy Feathr terrazzo wallpaper by Leemo and 1st Dibs globe lighting that blends the best of modern and mid-century styles. Shop the look below.


Inspired by nature and the countryside, Traditional with a Twist brings together an earthy colour palette and a delicate tree wallpaper to create a classic style while the quirky Grace & Glory Home hardware in brass bring the countryside vibes. Here I’ve paired the deep luscious Bancha olive green from Farrow & Ball with a softer tones of Setting Plaster and James White for the woodwork and ceiling. Grab your wellies and head out on a long country walk and photograph all those quirky cottages. Shop the look below.


Tapping into the curve trend, Luxuriously Playful brings together a masculine colour palette with a reinterpreted rainbow wallpaper from Jupiter10 that just oozes elegance. The rounded Corston hardware mirrors the curves of the wallpaper as does the Modern Dwell house numbers while the finishes in bronze complete the luxe look. It was tricky finding a blue that matched the wallpaper perfectly, so I would have opted to use a colour match service but then I found Sherwin Williams endless sea. This reminds me of a boutique hotel in warm and sunny Portugal where the buildings in the old town allow you to escape the sun into a dark, sexy, stylish retreat. Shop the look below.


Contemporary & Cool is just as it says, this look reminds me of the sophisticated high rises spotted along the iconic Highline park in NYC. The Highline is one of the most celebrated public spaces in NYC and has buildings from many high profile architects like Zaha Hadid and Rafael Vinoly and Isay Weinfeld. One of the things I miss most about NYC (other than my friends) is walking along the Highline. To match the strikingly sophisticated exteriors, layer on luxe textures like the Arte Oculaire line wallpaper, brass finishes in the Saber large chandelier and the oversized Henry Blake Bauhaus pull handle add glamour & sophistication while the refined colour palette Kohl and Sand by Paper & Paper Library to complete this entryway look. Shop the look below.


Coastal with an Edge takes the traditional beach cliche’s of lighthouses, fish pots and boats and thankfully pushes them aside. I grew up on an island just off of the coast of New Jersey and thought about how to create a fresh look for some of the homes I lived in & frequented. This look brings together contemporary blush from Mylands Paint with an abstract Murals Wallpaper tempest in deep dark blue to make an unexpected bold statement. Mixing the Emtek lausanne door handle in satin nickel with the black finishes of the Menu – Afternoom coat hook elevates the look and adds a touch of urban feels. Shop the look below.

So tell me, which look is your favourite? Does it make you think about your travels? Do tell!

Last week I talked about an exciting new service I am launching and drumroll here it is – I’m bringing together my interior design studies with my renovation experience and my obsession for front doors in a new design service that is focused exclusively on Entryways & Front Doors. I’m offering three different design packages based on varying budgets and how you might like to work with me. Before jumping into anything, I’m offering a complimentary consult over the phone or zoom.

If you like doing DIY or like to dable in design yourself, then the “Getting Started” package might be for you. I will provided a basic concept board with colours that you can then edit/adjust to best suit you and your style. 

If you are looking for a bit more help, the “Essential Package” provides a design concept board with all the key items and ideas for your Entryway and Front door design along with a shopping list.

Perhaps you are just too busy, then the “Custom Package” could be a good fit. I’ll provide a detailed design concept board along with 2D layout and elevations. It includes all the details of the design, a shopping list and I’ll even prepare the samples for you to make it easier for you decide what colours/wallpaper are best in your space.

So, if you are thinking about updating, enhancing or completely renovating your Entryway and/or Front Door – or – know someone who is, then please reach out and I’d be more happy to do a free consult before committing to anything.

So that is my exciting news!! Don’t keep it a secret though, I kindly ask that you tell others (thank you)! Hope you have a fabulous weekend. As with my other posts, all the word, opinions and views are my own. The designs have been created entirely by me as well.




Modern Retro
Little Greene Paint – Orange Aurora, Adventurer, Mortar Intelligent Eggshell £33 / 1 litre
Feathr – Terrazzo Amour in Stone wallpaper by Leemo £99 / roll
1stDibs – Globe pendant lights £275 / per
Gardenista – Rejuvenation modern rectangle door knocker $85 + shipping & customs
BoldMfg – Andover custom mailbox in steel £206.91

Traditional with a Twist
Farrow & Ball – Bancha, Setting Plaster, James White in Modern Eggshell £30 / 750ml
Farrow & Ball – Hornbeam wallpaper £109 / roll
Grace & Glory Home – Fox doorknocker in aged brass £25
Grace & Glory Home – Beehive doorknob in aged brass £43.50
Grace & Glory Home – Victorian letter plate in brass £59

Luxuriously Playful
Sherwin Williams – Endless sea
Jupiter 10 – Busan wallpaper £145 / roll
Sanderson Paint – Clay powerder and Kent grey in water based eggshell £31 / litre
Corston Architectural Hardware – Harper door handle in bronze £50
Corston Architectural Hardware – Hyde coat hook in bronze £15
Philips – Hue impress outdoor wall light £109.99 / per
Modern Dwell – bronze house number $38.99 / per number eight inch size

Contemporary & Cool
Google – Nest hello video door bell £205
Ferm Living – Round hook in black £25
Saber – large multi arm chandelier in brass £399
Rejuvenation – house numbers in brass $60 + shipping
Arte – Oculaire line wallpaper £37.82 / per metre
Paint & Paper Library – Sand II and Sand IV and Kohl in architects eggshell £29 / 750ml
Henry Blake – Bauhaus long door pull £498 for 1500mm size in brass

Coastal with an Edge
Mylands Paint – Soho house 266, Maritime, Holbein in Eggshell £31 / per litre
Murals Wallpaper – Tempest low dark blue wallpaper £37 / per metre
Menu – Coat hook by Afternoom via Nest £45
John Lewis – Catania cement plant pots in anthracite £94.99 / set of 2
Architectural Mailboxes – Nickel house number £14.47 / per number
Emtek – Lausanne door handle in satin nickel $370 + shipping


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