• Before & After: A Tiny Makeover With A Big Impact

    Entryways can be a tough space to decorate. To start, there’s a ton of pressure – this is guests’ first impression of your home! And then, there’s a lot of practical stuff at play. As your first own first impression, it can easily slip into being a depository for shoes, mail, backpacks… you know the drill.


    So we were thrilled when Tara Shade, Creative Director of Nate Berkus Studio (i.e. the part of the company that works on products and collaborations), mentioned she was giving her Chicago home’s entryway a well-deserved refresh.


    “My husband and I wanted to create a more grown-up, less cluttered welcome into our home,” she explained. And boy, did they deliver.

  • "Now, when I walk in, I feel like a real, adult home-owner. And the mirror? Knocks me out every time. I love, love it." - Tara

First things first. “I picked the console first, knowing we needed a table or bench with a small footprint,” explains Tara. “I loved this piece from the first sketches that were developed for it, and the half-moon shape was the perfect fit.” A geometric rug echoed the clean lines and a fresh coat of paint on the door brought in a darker, more sophisticated vibe. Marble and Gold console table from Nate’s collection, available at Target; Diamond indoor outdoor rug by Dash & Albert; Raccoon Fur paint by Benjamin Moore.


Making a statement. “My husband, Mike, and I really wanted to wallpaper the entry to set it apart from the living area that it opens into.” Gaar wallpaper from Relativity Textiles (and that’s Erin Minckley Chlaghmo, Relativity’s founder and lead designer with Tara in the photo above).


Searching for The One. “To honor the era of our bungalow and tone down the glam factor, I went on the hunt for a wood mirror – the more vintage and full of character, the better,” says Tara. “The mirror that the NBA team selected for Karlie Kloss’ entry was my measuring stick. It took a lot of sifting through websites and yard sales and bouncing ideas off of my Studio team, but I finally found the right one… on Craigslist of all places.”


Bringing the final touches. “The decorative pieces are all items from around the house that I could repurpose in the space. It’s a fun little area to play with and accessorize different ways,” says Tara. But our favorite moment? The woven pineapple hiding dog leashes and walking supplies. “It’s a Nate Berkus at Target oldie but a goodie – and definitely a keeper.” That’s for sure: notice it in the before picture as well?

  • The finished product? Chic but not flashy, and homey, without the chaos. As Tara puts it: "BAM! This looks goooooooooooood!”

After photos courtesy of Relativity Textiles, photographed by Aimee Mazzenga

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