Entryway The Victorian House

Sources for the Entryway

Get the Look: Making it Lovely's Entryway

I put together a guide for my entryway that I’d posted last week! I love making these boards.

Making it Lovely's Entryway: Get the Look

  1. Antique Thonet Chair, One Kings Lane
    Mine was a really nice hand-me-down from Brandon’s mom, but you can always find a similar chair one by searching for antique “Thonet” or “bent wood” chairs.

  2. Abstract Painting, Kurth, Michelle Armas
    This would bring in the blue I wanted for the entryway, but the painting I already have there is also by Michelle Armas.

  3. Oak Hall Tree, Oak Hall Tree
    Ours is opposite the stairs, and came with the house (we negotiated for it).

  4. Rope Basket, Target
    I bought two of these. Eleanor claimed the other to use as a nest for her toys and stuffed animals.

  5. Vintage Scout Trophy, eBay
    I have a girl and boy trophy, one for each kid. I picked them up for a song at a local antique shop.

  6. Single Stem Vase, Heath Ceramics
    This was a souvenir from a trip to San Francisco, city of my heart.

  7. Bud Vase, Heath Ceramics
    Same. The colors on these are always changing seasonally, so mine are a smidge different (more coral).

  8. Pothos, photo from Plant Care
    A cheap houseplant that’s easy to care for.

  9. Porcelain Wood Bark Planter, Throwback Artifacts
    Mine is a small tree stump that was painted silver, and I picked it up at a local flower shop a few years ago. This is a good match.

  10. Square Lacquered Gold Tray, West Elm
    I picked this up last year when I was all in OMG-Christmas-magazine-photo-shoot!! mode. Now it’s nice for holding mail.

  11. Jayne Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp, Lamps Plus
    I bought mine at least 10 years ago, but they’re still available in a slightly different shade of brown. (Plus a few other colors, too.)

  12. Kabuki Cotton Dhurrie Rug, West Elm
    Similar in feel to my vintage dhurrie, and the runner’s only $34 on sale. More alternatives at the end of this post.

  13. Stockholm Beige Sideboard, IKEA
    Check your local store, as it’s not on the site yet.

  14. Antler Melody Knob, Anthropologie
    These look fantastic on the sideboard! I’m including a few other choices below, too.

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Personalizing the Sideboard

The doors on that sideboard have a mechanism that opens them when you push, but I added knobs for more detail. These were four options I had considered.

Knobs and Pulls to Update Furniture

Flushmount Ring Pull, House of Antique Hardware • Antler Tusk Knobs in Cream and Neutral, Anthropologie • Rope + Metal Knobs, West Elm

I decided that the jute was a little too casual, but the brass ring pulls were a strong contender. I went with the Antro knobs because I was able to see them in person first and I liked their scale and dimension. The lighter ones with brass are pretty, but the darker color looked better in place. I am a little concerned about the durability of them, as noted in some of the reviews, and if they don’t hold up I’ll probably get those brass ring pulls as a replacement.

In case you’ve never drilled to add knobs or pulls to a piece of furniture, here are a few quick tips. Use an inexpensive plastic template to get the spacing even, make one out of paper, or just measure and mark with a ruler. A piece of tape on the front protects the surface of the furniture and also makes it easier to see the pen/pencil mark you’ll make with your template. If you’re concerned about the back of your door chipping (common with particle-board), clamp a scrap piece of wood to the back and drill into that while making your holes. To find the proper drill bit size, test out the knob you’re going to use in each bit’s empty slot (you want the smallest one that will fit the screw/post). Drill, remove the tape, sweep or vacuum up the sawdust, and insert your new hardware.

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Rug Options

I love the design of the vintage blue dhurrie that I have in the entryway now, but it is the wrong size and shape. I’ll find a new spot for it in the house as soon as I find a vintage or antique runner that fits the space better and isn’t too expensive, but that I like just as much. In the meantime, here are a few options that have with a similar look.


Kabuki Cotton Printed Dhurrie, West Elm • Grayfriars Wool Kilim, Sundance Catalog • Semi-Antique Tribal Moroccan Rug, eBay

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  • Heidi
    December 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Love, love, love the hardware that you added sideboard. Thanks for sharing when you purchased everything.


  • Charity
    December 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Source posts are the best for crazy people like me who just want to dream about room designs all day! Thanks!

  • Laurie
    December 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Ooo! I love the rug in the circle. Love, love, LOVE it! I might need that in my business.

    We could be rug twinsies! Because saying that isn’t weird, right?

  • Katie
    December 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I’m planning on getting an ikea sideboard in January, but now I’m worrying they’ll be all sold out after you’ve posted about it!

  • Julie
    December 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    ha, my daughter (same age as E.) also claimed my identical Target basket to use a nest for her toys! :)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      It makes sense though, right? It does look sort of like a nest! I like the way little kids think.

  • Melissa de la Fuente
    December 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Love it! I love your updates and the source list is much appreciated. Victorian house owners unite! :)

  • elizabeth
    December 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    love your boards as well! Do you make them in Photoshop?

  • Alice
    December 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    What are the dimensions of the sideboard? I love the look and have been trying to figure out what to do with a similiear space in our house. Thanks.

  • Lisa
    January 2, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Loooove it!!!