U.S. Winner: A.J.'s "Sense of Inspiration" Entryway

A.J.'s entryway is the perfect mix of style and function. It's large size and soaring ceiling make for an impressive first space to welcome guests, but while the bones are good, in the hands of a less-skilled designer it could feel overly imposing or cold. Instead, it's a warm, smart, sunny space that is immediately interesting because, at a glance, you learn so much about the style and personality of the resident. Clearly, A.J. is a creative, with an eye for vintage goods and quirky artwork and a real ability for creating visual impact. 

A cool old industrial-vibe worktable and folding chairs create a work area that fits in snugly alongside the staircase, making great use out of what easily could have been wasted space. A bike sits below a fun, graphic lineup of identical bottles and antique cameras dot the space, along with plants and artwork based on maps. The color palette is refined and simple, with blacks, browns, whites and golds throughout, which keeps the decor in harmony with both the dark tile floor and light wood of the banister and stair treads, creating a harmonious, warm space that's perfectly connected with A.J.'s vintage aesthetic.


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