Space of the Week: A Boring, Builder-Grade Entryway Gets Tons of Charm Thanks to Clever DIYs

Elegant holiday decor greets you the moment you step inside.

Entryway with holiday garland on stair banister
Photo: Joinery and Design Co.

When Sarah Pollio of Joinery & Design Co. moved to the Minnesota countryside for open air and adventure, her family's entryway didn't appear to match that spark. "It was a builder-grade blank canvas," she remembers. "It definitely needed some character!"

Pollio had been working for years to slowly incorporate texture and color into her white box of a home, where her husband, Dan, and their four kids were always running inside and out. "We also have a handful of pets—dogs, kittens, bunnies, and chickens—and this past summer our family worked on a garden together," she says. "We really enjoy being outside and exploring."

As Pollio balanced these activities with her home's transformation, she particularly wanted the epicenter of their comings and goings to be a place that showcased her classic style. "We are always walking through this space to head upstairs or into the den, so we wanted all of the design details to work together and pull in other elements of our home," she says. "We also sought for this area to be a warm welcome for any guests who enter."

entryway with black metal sliding door
Joinery and Design Co.

She started designing from the top down, and Dan built white oak beams that were installed on the ceiling. Then they chose a large metal door to give the den some separation without interrupting the flow of natural light, and worked with a local welder to create a matching metal railing for the staircase. "The beams added so much dimension to the room, and the door feels like a large piece of industrial artwork," she says. "From there, we layered in furniture and decor for color, richness, and function." A Loloi rug was laid in front of the door while an arched mirror was placed on the stair landing to help bounce light around. Dan also built the slatted console table, Pollio's favorite item in the room, where accessories play off the black details in the lighting overhead.

"Creating a plan and adhering to a timeline were the most challenging aspects of this project," she says. "But it's so fun to have this space functioning and complete. We are really happy with all the features this room has to offer."

slatted wooden console table in entryway with garland
Joinery and Design Co.

Get the Look:

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Modern Globe Sconce

Black Metal and Glass Globe Sconce
West Elm

Black details help this minimalist space feel fresh, including the matte black globe sconces. Looking for more sparkle? These sconces also come in antique brass.

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Antique-Style Area Rug

antique style patterned area rug
Chris Loves Julia x Loloi

The quickest way to warm up a stark entryway? Place a textured, antique-style rug underfoot. This one, a collaboration between Chris Loves Julia and Loloi, includes earthy pink and terracotta tones that add depth to a neutral room.

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Industrial Barn Door

Rustica Sliding Metal and Glass Barn Door with glass panes

A sliding barn door offers rustic appeal, but when forged in steel, it feels modern and industrial. The door helps block out some noise, creating a sense of privacy, but without blocking any sunlight thanks to glass panes.

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Full-Length Mirror

Full Length Arch Mirror with Black Frame
Home Depot

At the end of the staircase, an arched full-length mirror not only provides a last look at your outfit before you head out the door, but it also bounces light around the room.

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