5 Ways to Makeover Hallway Entrance Hall

Thu 19th, Sep, 2013

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G’day, welcome to Beach Cottage Land, the hallway entrance post ;-) well, I have to say that one thing I get asked a lot, along with what white paint is best for my coastal vintage style, it’s how can I makeover my home without a big budget and the one that seems to be a big one is the hallway and giving it a makeover.


This I think has to be one of my fave subjects really, I’ve been called many things, interior designer among them (which may I add makes me want to stick my finger down the back of my throat, my old cottage is loved, worn and lived in and I’m so very far from interior designer) but making things over from what you’ve got and making the most of what you have has been a HUGE journey for me since upping sticks and moving to the rattiest old cottage in the world, let alone Australia I think.


I was recently at an interiors event (sounds weird typing that, I’m not trying to be all you know larging it but how spiffing that lil’ old me gets invited to events, hahaha) at this event it went on and on and on and on and on about design and money and having the ‘trending’ things in your home and all that stuff and I was like ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I cannot be doing with this, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I’m like a fish in a desert….


ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I’m So Not a Celebrity Get me the **** Outta Here.


And so I left.


When I got home I was pretty shattered really, long day, long week, long month, yadda yadda yadda, and I pulled up on the drive and clonked up the steps to the front deck, opened the blue front door, painted by my fair hands that we installed ourselves and was greeted by not only the loveliest pup in the world who has adopted this very weird but very adorable cross between a cry and a whine when anyone arrives home, but by the old up-cycled oar turned into a coat rack, lots of my beachy baskets, a fair few loved and worn leather bags, a couple of nautical striped rugs and, a chair I got from Ebay and painted a coastal blue and I was like sigh, deep, long, exhale, I’m home to the house that says me.   I’m not sure if there’s anything trending in here, in fact I’m pretty sure there’s not, but I’m liking it.


I have to say though the hallway was a little on the messy side and I have to 100% hold my hands up (doesn’t happen very often so bookmark this page) and say I am nearly totally responsible for the mess. Two pairs of Hunters from gardening, check, 8 baskets for various occasions (beach, farmer’s market, shopping) yup, trench coat, two pairs of revolting trainers, 4 beach hats, one large and floppy, one Panama, one old and loved, indeed, 3 jackets, all mine, and the list went on a bit, 3 pairs of plimsolls, one plain one striped one floral, 3 umbrellas, one golf, one vintage, one compact, 3 recycling bags, 2 Turkish towels, 1 very old, very loved and handmade by me fabric floral bag…you get the picture…there was not a single thing out there I don’t think that was not mine.

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Although it’s very much living life and feeling it, it did need a poppity pop of foofing..

So this is a mini-makeover it received, it looked amazingly different when I’d finished, I can’t quite believe how a few little things can make something look so much better, well I can but, well, you know…



So here are my quick tips to spruce up your hallway whether you want coastal style, beachy decor, a nautical or country cottage feel or not, the principles are the same for a quick and easy overhaul



5 Ways to Makeover Hallway Entrance Hall

1. Add a runner or rug, for a coastal look a nautical stripe does the trick, also love coir matting or sisal for texture and a welcome feeling when you open the door.

2. even if you have a teeny tiny hallway /entrance (tell me about it!) a chair, slim bench or stool works wonders for a tired space.

3. add a lamp – soft lighting and a cosy lamp is ideal for a hallway if you have room for it

4. a vintage piece – old things add character, carry a lovely patina and give a unique feel to your home – I up-cycled an old oar into a coat rack

5. flowers – nothing says welcome when opening the door like flowers, I always make sure they are around and if you don’t have room (it’s very tight in mine) I hang them in little mason jars as vases on hooks.


That’s it from me, if you need to makeover your hallway, get to it ladies, this took me all of 15 minutes to put everything away, shop the house and pretty it all up a bit.

Be off and go forth and heart your home.


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39 Responses to “5 Ways to Makeover Hallway Entrance Hall”

  1. Georgianna says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for years, I think, now. And I have to say that you are such a distinct voice and it is so lovely, funny, and inspiring. Does everyone in England talk like you? If yes, maybe I should move there…..

    • sarah says:

      hmmmm people tell me I’m odd, I don’t think it’s got much to do with being English…though for sure I love the sense of humour of those in the Old Country xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxo

  2. Nola says:

    What a lovely way to start my day-reading yout post. This year has not been a great year what with my hours at work being a lot less and money being tight so it’s lovely to stop and take a good look at what I really do need and love the idea to shop the house. Sometimes it’s the little things that make me smile and I so love flowers so I’m of to spoil myself and may even do some styling later. Thanks for always giving me so much inspiration xx

    • sarah says:

      my pleasure, thanks for commenting! I know what you mean about money being tight but I still think you can love your house without spending – oh and grab flowers, twigs or greenery from outside if you can, even one sprig in a little bottle will brighten things upxx

  3. Oh my goodness that puppy is looking so big!! Love those long legs!!! Also loving you hallway pics. Mine is in desperate need of a spring time overhaul. And maybe a coat or two of white paint. And a puppy to greet me at the door…xx ps trending is very over-rated surely!??! x

  4. Stacey says:

    Ha, I understand what you are saying… as I was loading my groceries in the back of my car yesterday, I spied a big black SUV behind me beautifully sign written with… so and so………interior designer… I thought really…. another one…. (and I live in a very small country town). ; )

  5. alison says:

    I know what you mean about “trending”. I was recently flicking through a homewares catalogue reading the accompanying descriptive text under each gorgeous photo and ended up closing it before I got to the end. I thought once you assemble what’s in trend there is a new trend and a smaller bank balance.

    Loved the photo looking out your front door. I thought “Ahhhh” when I looked at it.


  6. Marisa says:

    I was SO lucky to have stumbled onto our blog!! You must tell me where you get the beautiful cloth and beach bags here, along with the striped blue pareos in this post and similar on one of the living room posts! This is precisely the color scheme in my NYC apartment! Thanks for the shout-out on small entry ways! We don’t get much here in the city!
    Please advise!

  7. MyOodle says:

    Loving seeing Barley more often and your photos as usual. Got to say I agree with your ‘on trend’ comments….style is one thing, being trendy, well, it’s mostly a waste of money and usually involves copying others. Takes years to work out who you are, I think I’m finally there and I’m sure in 5 years I’ll think the same again. We know what we like, we’ll tweek it over time and save a bucket load in the process.

  8. Karen says:

    Excellent post and just shows how lovely things can look when you get up off your bum and do some tidying up and foofing. Well, no-one else is going to do it in all reality!! x

  9. Helen says:

    Good on you for hot footing it outta there Sarah, I really enjoy the fact you don’t follow trends. I love your time worn style and its inviting casualness, it’s just gorgeous.

  10. Rukmini Roy says:

    Way cool man… Wayyyyy coool! You do it so right, everytime. My room so needs a nautical rug…
    BTW: Can’t help but notice that funny frown on Barley’s face… like, “ah, here she goes again, foofing”… so ultra funny.

  11. Carol says:

    This is my first comment but I’ve been reading your blog from very early on. Smiling as I’m typing this as without fail your posts are a delight, funny and just so uplifting. And your photos just pop off the screen, wow, truly beautiful. One of my all time favourite blogs!

    • sarah says:

      oh gosh thanks so much :-) xxxx oh and welcome out of Lurkdom baby xoxxoxo

      • Trace says:

        I too have cut my ties with planet Lurkdom AND got my $&@? together & finally (!!!!) signed up for the newsletter . Your blog is the first thing I sit down with on a Friday arvo ( you and a chilled bevie) ! Your pics and humour are something ….Keep sharing your joy with us x

  12. Alice says:

    Sigh…I love your hallway and I am looking forward to getting one – one day…I hear you about the whole trending thing…Trying to keep up… I like that you move to your own beat…. I am much the same. It is one of the very few things I like about myself, I never have been one for trending… People (including my own parents) would call me weirdo (I actually claimed the label for myself and started signing off birthday cards,notes etc as lots of love your weirdo friend…). So keep moving to your own beat Sarah… It is so much more satisfying… being true to yourself… Oh and Barley has legs that go for ever… What a gorgeous dog!

  13. Mel says:

    Sarah, I too have been reading your blog since early days and there is just something about this post that feels like one of your best to me. Your photos are always gorgeous, you’re always honest and witty, so I’m not sure why it struck me so much–perhaps it just feels like you staying true to you through all these years with your blog–and that is just so refreshing. Everything about this post reads as simple, real, Home.

    • sarah says:

      oh thanks so much! very kind of you to say – umm my philosophy hasn’t changed, I still love casual vintage coastal decor and making over a home with love not $$$$ oxoxoxox

  14. Motherofluvlies says:

    Yeahhhh you’re back….it’s like the good old days….looking forward to each post now that our Autumn(cold and rainy) has arrived…so lovely to read :) :)

  15. merilyn says:

    thankyou sarah! delightful and always a treat!
    it doesn’t matter how much one tries to keep up with trending,
    tomorrow is another day and there will always be something new.
    who wants to be like everyone else anyway … I surely don’t!
    recycling is my favourite thing to do … giving new life to pre owned things!
    I like things and people with real character and that’s why I like you! lol m:)x

  16. Karen says:

    Homes are NEVER about how much money we spend. Homes are those fabo places that give you a big hug when you walk in, with all your little memories adding up to one almighty kingdom of happiness – the one thing you simply can’t buy. A home is the place that says hello to your soul – buying all that expensive “trendy” homewares is just saying hello to your wallet – yuck. Give me an op shop and a tin of paint and my sewing machine anyday – Yay!

  17. katie says:

    umm Sarah…i have been wondering about family photos. do you display any? i never see any, and i can imagine why you don’t show them. that’s cool. but i struggle with this in my own home. i don’t really want those LARGE POSTER SIZED pics of my fam all in a room (tho they’re cool).. but i do want to put up my beloved pics of my beloveds!!! i like pic walls…like on staircases… and i can’t seem to get away from a pic or 2 on a hutch or 2….
    i first painted white or whitewashed (beachy) all my frames … then i’ve really fallen in love w/ black accents…just like knobs or pulls…or hinges. now i think all my frames (mind you i don’t have THAT MANY around) should be shiny black!
    what to do!? i don’t want to get too far away from beachy coastal vintage industrial….not so far that i turn country! (just me)
    ? your ideas?

    • sarah says:

      Hi Katie

      we have family pics in frames dotted around not on the walls, I’m not a big fan of anything on the walls…hth

      I can’t help you on black I’m afraid, I can see the attraction of black accents, but they don’t really make it past the door in this old cottage ;-)))

  18. Petra says:

    Well I love your little dog, and I love your entrance and the easy tips for sassing it up! My “entrance” is right into my living room but I have done a little of what you’ve said which looks great – and we’re re-tiling the floors at the moment so not looking so great! I next want to read what you’ve discovered about muffin tops!!! :-)

  19. Deb says:

    Beach Cottage Land is looking pretty spiffy!! Love the flowers, Barley, and the fabulous tote bags : )
    Thanks for the makeover tips — time to get busy foofing!

    Debbie in Texas

  20. I’m with you on the uppity up designer types! I just decorate our cottage the way it makes us feel comfy and homey. I’ve fluffed and refluffed this place so often that hubby calls me “Bunny” because he says finding things is like an Easter egg hunt ;)