Simply Sarah Style Decorating (Part 3): Front Room Details

If you missed Part I and Part II of this home design series, you can find them here and here.

As I mentioned earlier, this is an older home with lots of charm and even a well-know family line. The space I am showing you today is the first room you see when you enter the house. Here's what the space looked like before we started the decorating process. Lauren liked the paint colors, so we kept them and played off a teal hue found on the opposite wall.

And here's what the space looks like today...

I'm in love with the Kentucky Derby poster Lauren had custom framed for the mantle. A gorgeous Kentucky girl touch!

The front door of this house is absolutely darling. Behind the front door, we created a little mudroom-style drop station where Lauren can hang up coats, scarves and keys. This is also an area where she can place outgoing things, like store returns, mail, etc.

The horse head in the entry is one of my favorite pieces in Lauren's home. We found this unique guy at Home Goods and, since Lauren lives in the Bluegrass state, I thought she had to have it! I also think that every space should have one super unique piece that can serve as a conversation starter. This is definitely a modern take on equestrian decor.  

Lauren had several leather furniture pieces from her old home and wanted to incorporate them, if possible. You might recall the bigger leather pieces in the living room reveal here. We had to tone them down and brighten them up. We did this through the incorporation of lighter accents and a neutral area rug. 

Speaking of the rug, this piece was a steal! It was huge and only $300 at Home Emporium

Since the fireplace is no longer operational, we added a candelabra for ambiance.  Lauren already owned this piece as well as a collection of pillar candles, so we mixed them together to fill the fireplace. 

For coffee table decor, we picked up a couple new pieces - an apothecary jar (TJ Maxx), a coffee table book about dogs (Anthropologie), a wooden serving tray (Home Emporium) and a white bowl (Target). 

On the opposite wall, we used the nail holes left by the previous owners to feature framed photographs of local landmarks which were captured by Steve at Brookside photography

The console table was a piece Lauren had from her old house. Instead of buying something new, we decided to make it work.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this space! Did you see anything you liked? Here's a rundown of the items we used...

Items Already in the Home

  • Leather Couch
  • Console Table
  • Small Square Ottomans 
  • Mudroom-style Bench

Items Purchased

  • Nesting Tables -
  • Horse Head - Home Goods 
  • Metallic Pillows - TJ Maxx 
  • Metal Wall Decor - Target (only $11!) 
  • Area Rug - Home Emporium 
  • Other accessories - Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Anthropologie and Target
A special thanks to Steve from Brookside Photography for capturing the photographs of this room! 


  1. I adore that horse head too. The whole space is gorgeous and looks so inviting.

    1. Thanks, Andrea. I think that horse head was one great find!


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