Project Design {4 Simple Ways to Update Your Entry}

I was so flattered when the ladies behind Cindy Hattersley Design & Classic Casual Home invited me to participate in today’s round of their Project Design series focusing on sprucing up your entry.  I am sharing four simple ways to do just that!

Yesterday I shared all the details on my own foyer and how I updated the original look…

… to be lighter and brighter for spring and summer!

So, without further ado, here are four easy ways to update ANY space!


I love my burlap table cover and it will absolutely be back, but it felt heavy and dark.  A few yards of a lighter fabric in a simpler skirt design go a long way in creating this new look.  If you don’t have a skirted table, consider other places to use fabric such as in a runner, on a pillow in a chair, or even on your lampshades.


The original rug I had in here was never quite the right shade of blue.  I browsed through all of the options on my go-to rug site (Decor Market) and found just the right one and in a slightly larger size than I’d used before.  This rug is lighter and fills the space so much better than the previous version.  Rugs really add a ton of character and personality to any room and are often overlooked.  This one gives the entry more of a formal feel and has the same colors that extend through the rest of the house.  In some of my other spaces, animal print rugs make the rooms feel more casual and fun.


I feel like a wonderful light can really be the crown jewel of any room.  In this case, I loved my existing chandelier (brought from our old home 8 years ago so I don’t have source) and it would have been expensive to replace anyway.  Instead, I asked my sweet and talented Mother to paint me the perfect new lampshades for the space!  In fact, this is the third set I have to swap out here now – another painted set for fall / winter and jack ‘o lantern shades at Halloween.  They are so easy to store and are really inexpensive (this project cost $28 total).


I don’t keep many unused accessories laying around (especially since my 40 bags kicked off) so I really didn’t have much to “shop” from.  When accessorizing, I like to make sure I leave some “white space” and that the items I use are not too small or too large for the table or shelf I’m working on.  I have no real designer advise other than to try something, stand back, send a pic to your sis and mom, and then decide if it fits your liking.  If you need a starting point, easy items to accessorize with are flowers, candles, books and photos.  You will want to vary the height of the items you choose.

I hope that you found these tips useful and that you’ll hop on over to the other ladies sharing today!  I’d love for you to tour the whole spring entry, with sources linked, in yesterday’s post.

cassie bustamante  |  claire brody designs  |  classic casual home
Dixie Delights  |  Maison de Cinq  |  Northern California Style
Our French Oasis  |  Rough Luxe Lifestyle  |  This is Happiness

Last but not least, if you’re joining me today from one of the other ladies in the series, welcome.  I’m delighted you’re here!  You can learn more about me and this little piece of the internet HERE.

Have a great day, y’all!!


The Delightful Home {Dixie Delights Home Tour}

Spring Foyer  |  Fall Foyer

How I Painted the Staffordshire Dogs


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30 thoughts on “Project Design {4 Simple Ways to Update Your Entry}

  1. OMGoodness, I WANT those shades!!! I was going to ask for a source but then you said your Mother painted them! They are fabulous! I wish I could sew and make table skirts!

  2. I absolutely LOVE this. I love a tailored table skirt. The color is perfect andI love the staffordshire dogs. It is fresh, current and perfect! Thank you so much for joining us. I knew you wouldn’t disappoint!

  3. Your mom PAINTED those perfectly charming lampshades?! They are so fresh and elegant and fun. I love the beautiful white plates showcasing the mirror. The tailored skirt and rug just round out a beautiful space that I wish I could see in person!

    Thanks for playing with us, Amanda!
    Mary Ann

  4. I am always amazed, and at the same time so happy, at what a transformation changing fabric can make, both in texture and colour and I am in total awe of your mother painting the lampshades, they are absolutely stunning both the design and colours, just beautiful

  5. All the changes in the foyer are so fresh and Spring looking and I too am amazed at your Mothers painting skills on those lampshades. I just wish they were for sale on your shop!

  6. Amanda,

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen your entry before – it’s so pretty, the before AND the after! But your new fabric in the more tailored shape really changes the room. And I can’t believe your mom painted those lampshades! She’s so talented! They are darling and are perfect for spring!

    Loved “hopping” with you!


  7. Amanda, I just love how you can change up your whole look in your entry with a new skirt and the cute lampshades! Those are darling (can’t believe your mom painted them!) as is your beautiful blue skirt. Your accessories are perfect for this table. What a great set of Staffordshire dogs! It was great to get to know you and your blog through the Project Design collaboration. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Kim

    1. Thank you so much. I felt the same way about you – great to get to know you through Project Design!!

  8. After checking out some spring home tours this weekend, I had to come back and write a comment here. I love, love, LOVE how you do simple updates without having to start over from scratch. So many blogs just seem so over the top when they share their home tours. I love that your home is full of things that are special to you and your family, and that you don’t feel the need to start new every season. I think your foyer updates look wonderful!

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