Lisa Leonard Designs

welcome! {our entryway}

February 3rd | decorating, DIY

Welcome to our home. This is our entryway, or at least, the wall behind the door as you enter.

The mirror was a hand-me-down from my mom. The quilt was a thrift store find and the plaster heads were also a thrift store find. It’s a little eclectic, but that’s how I like it!

Sometimes stuff like bags, shoes, books, backpacks, etc piles up in the entryway. But I at least try to move those things to the laundry room so I can shut the door and not think about it. Ha–don’t you love my organizational strategy!

Those plaster heads are funky/pretty. I think they were $2 each–and with a sweet heart garland between it kind of unifies the wall decor.

I’m planning to rejuvenate this space a bit by painting the bench and switching out the quilt and pillows {and I’ll also change the garland}. I am trying to decide between three colors for the bench…

My three top choices for the bench are 1. cream 2. mustard yellow or 3. avocado green.  Cast your vote in the comments section–and whichever one gets the most votes, that’s the color I’ll paint the bench! So fun!

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145 Responses

  1. LOVD says:

    First, love the nailheads in the bench! My vote is for #2 Mustard Yellow!!!!

    I think the cream would blend in with the wall too much and avocado green is just too trendy!

  2. Janie says:

    It looks beautiful as is (I wish my hallway could be this clutterfre!) and my vote is for the green x
    (Hey does, that make me trendy??!?) ;o)

  3. Katie says:

    Love it! I vote mustard yellow! But, with those choices I don’t think you can go wrong!

  4. Sandy says:

    My vote is for green. I think it will show less dirt too!

  5. gigi says:

    how fun…go with green. :)

  6. Oh no!! The wood of the bench looks to be in pristine condition! I’m all for painting a piece that’s a bit distressed, but not beautiful wood. I know you didn’t ask for that opinion 😉 (I do like the mustard yellow though!)


  8. Penny says:

    I love the wood but I also love the mustard yellow, so that’s my vote!
    And I also got this kinds of organizational strategies :)

  9. Lyn says:

    Yes. Green it should be!!!

  10. rachel says:

    I think the mustard yellow. it will add a pop with the walls etc and its still on the neutral side but not as boring as the cream.

  11. jeannett says:

    GREEN! It’s unexpected, especially if you go a little more to the kelly side rather than avocado/pea. That being said, my coffee table is bright yellow (not mustard) and it gets tons of comments.

  12. Alli says:

    I vote for 2 😉 Good luck!

  13. Lori-Anne says:

    Love that mirror – what an awesome hand-me-down! My vote is for the green. It would look absolutely stunning against the light walls. Can’t wait to see the end result, which ever colour you pick!

  14. Lisa McGriff says:

    I think the wood goes so beautiful with the walls and the floor, so my suggestion is to change the wicker back to pale yellow #1, then the seat coverings to the same with maybe #3 as the nail things!!

  15. tiffany day says:

    cream – then add whatever colors around it you want and its easy to change the color skeme around! :)


  16. I’m a sucker for that gorgeous green :0)

  17. Lola says:

    Mustard yellow!!!! :)

  18. sophie says:


  19. Jeannie says:

    I LOVE the mustard yellow!

  20. Amber G. says:

    The green!

  21. Jenny says:


  22. Kelsea says:

    avocado, without a doubt!

  23. Faith says:

    I kind of like the punchy green to really add something fun to the space and then going more neutral with the accessories.

  24. jenn says:

    i vote cream because it would allow you to bring the afghan and the heart garland back next VD without there being the other color there to compete with. i wouldn’t paint it at all, but i’m not you, so you get to do what you want! cream’s my vote.

  25. Stephanie H. says:

    Bright green!!

  26. Meghan Hall says:

    #2 but I like the green also!

  27. Brandy says:

    I love painted furniture. But, that bench looks so eclectic and cool in its natural state. But, if you must paint it, I would go with mustard yellow. Can’t wait to see what you go with and see the final result. :)

  28. Carolyn says:

    Mustard yellow….you can incorporate many different colors with mustard yellow….the green, brick red looks great with this color yellow………

  29. Sally says:

    While green is my favorite color, i would go with mustard yellow for the bench. It is unexpected + yellow reads as a neutral with many colors, so you can change out accessories with the seasons as you do on your mantle.

  30. Corinne says:

    GREEN! Love it and will look so fun!

  31. Mrs.Dunbar says:

    I vote for the avocado green. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  32. Traci says:

    It’ll look great in mustard, just like you! Have a great weekend!

  33. Kelly says:

    If you must paint it, I vote for cream and then add green & yellow pillows,e tc. It’s easier to change out accessories as trends change than to repaint the bench!

  34. Laura says:

    #2! Love the mustard yellow.

  35. Catherine says:

    I love that GREEN!!!!

  36. Tonya S. says:

    My vote is green!!

  37. Pam M. says:

    I know the green would be a great pop of color for the area but I would leave it as it is or use cream. That leaves you all kinds of options that the green won’t. The bench has some great details that I think would be lost if it is painted and as it wears, the wood just looks more loved.

  38. Kelly says:

    Going by what I’ve seen of the rest of your home, I think #2, the mustard yellow, is the best fit. Altho the green is a close 2nd!)

  39. Tiffany Hatfield says:

    I LOVE the mustard yellow! We are big on saturated color around here.

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  41. Sheila says:

    The green doesn’t look avacado-y, it looks like the color I painted my kitchen. I did 2 shades of bright green and I love it! It’s so happy and I smile every time I go in there. I think the bench would be cute in green.

  42. C. Beth says:

    Can I vote for option 4…leave it wood-colored? :) I know however you do it, it’ll be adorable, and you’ll find great accessories. But I like the simple beauty of the stained wood.

  43. Whitney says:

    Definitely yellow!

  44. Marnie says:

    My thought is to paint it one of the vibrant colors but honestly think the cream would look best.

  45. Nikole says:

    How about a combination of ALL 3?! :)

  46. Amber says:

    I love the yellow and green, but my #1 is the yellow :)

  47. The green looks best with your wall.
    They’re all nice though.

  48. I like the green…if its vibrant. It will stand out really well against your neutral walls and be an unexpected surprise when walking in the door(but thats just my 2 cents:))

  49. Amber r says:

    Don’t paint it! If you really must… Then go with the yellow.

  50. Anne says:

    I think the yellow would be fun to work with…
    My mom always used to tell us to just close our doors…I guess she finally gave up trying to get us all to clean up…but the next best thing was to “Close the door…then I don’t have to see it.” haha

  51. I love the Mustard Yellow! So, my vote is number 2!!

  52. Krista K. says:

    #3 – Go green!

  53. So fun …
    Our entry way is getting a makeover right now too!

    I’d pick mustard yellow ;). Can’t wait to see it when you’re done!

  54. Kim A. says:

    Green! If not, then Creme.

  55. Kat says:

    The natural wood is so nice!
    I vote for leaving the wood UNPAINTED!
    PLus, the natural wood makes for such a neutral backdrop for all you fun and eclectic accessories!
    Could you just change out the wicker or leather seat cushions?
    I truly believe leaving it as is provides the best backdrop for all your creative ideas!
    I think it would be interesting to paint the frame of the mirror… a nice turquoise blue!

    Good Luck with your decision!

  56. Lisa says:

    I’d vote for a cute basket to put under the bench… then you could toss shoes & such in it without it looking messy :)

  57. Sarah says:

    I vote for the not offered number 4 of not painting it. My mother paints wood furniture, and it just makes me so sad! New accessories are just as good at changing the look! :)

  58. Megan says:


  59. Kelsea says:

    once again, avocado! saw this and thought of you!

  60. Justina says:

    Mustard Yellow. It will go with more different holiday decorations!

  61. liz r. says:

    I say cream!

  62. Sonja says:

    Mustard Yellow!!!!!

  63. jamsandwich says:

    I love the bench and would leave it exactly as it is, such a beautiful colour in that wood. My suggestion (not that you asked for it!) would be to chose some lovely fabrics and make a seat cushion and a couple of new throw cushions. And I would add a nice big rush basket next to the bench for the kids to throw their shoes in.
    I also use the laundry as my “hide all the clutter that doesn’t have a home” room when we have people over but inevitably something gets spilt and one of the guests goes in there in search of cleaning up cloths and is almost killed by the mountain of stuff I have stashed there falling on top of them when they open the door.

  64. Colleen Smith says:

    Don’t paint it change the seat cushions to something funky!

  65. Colleen Smith says:

    Don’t paint it, change the seat cushions!

  66. Robin says:

    I guess, I go with several others here, don’t paint it! Change the cushions! My choice of color is the mustard yellow!!

  67. Kelli says:

    green, green, green!

  68. lisa says:

    … mustard yellow …

  69. I love all 3 choices. I have those same colors thru-out my house. I say be bold and go avocado! Can’t wait to see.

  70. Philippa says:

    Hi Lisa, hmmmmmmmm a tough choice… the cream would mean you could switch up the look with any colour cushions and quilt, but my eye was immediately drawn to the gorgeous avocado green! Smiles..

  71. Michalina Peterson says:

    My 8 year old, who is very fashionable, thinks green is the way to go, so that’s our vote!

  72. Dawn McCarron says:

    Love the green!!!

  73. Katie says:

    mustard yellow! i do love all three, though. you should use them together in the little makeover!

  74. Paige says:

    I like the cream.

  75. Sara torbett says:

    Mustard yellow! Can’t get enough of that color :)

  76. Sarah says:

    The mustard yellow will look great with lots of other accent colors(for other pillows & blankets). It’s got my vote!

  77. Sandy says:


  78. Melissa says:

    I say green!! I’ve noticed I like to mix green with blues lately. It makes thing feel more fresh.

  79. Misty says:

    I choose #2 the yellow! I was thinking that the heads would be neat/funky painted, then I saw your color choices-I would paint them the green or the blue of the pillow!

  80. sarah loest says:

    hands down, avocado green…without a doubt! happy painting!

  81. Sandra says:

    Mustard Yellow!

  82. Molly says:

    I love the mustard– cool and eclectic!

  83. Andrea says:

    I would go for the avocado green. the pop of color will make the beautiful bench stand out! What a fun idea to let us decide.

  84. Jennifer S. says:

    I vote for avocado green!

  85. Kelleyn says:


  86. Amy says:

    I vote for the mustard yellow because, of the three, it complements the rest of your decor the best.

  87. Sandra says:

    I wouldn’t paint the bench. But instead the wall in another colour. Maybe a lighter green than #3 or a turquoise. Or how about a turquoise? Or instead just paint the frame of the mirror in green or turquoise?

  88. Tabatha D says:

    I’m really loving the way the wood looks, it’s so pretty, but if your gonna paint it….gotta say I like the green.

  89. Holly M says:

    I vote for the green, I know you’ll do something wonderful with accessories too!

  90. Kristi says:

    Love the yellow!

  91. penny smith says:

    #2! It is a color that will change in the light, is bright and cheery, and will use look fab I bet! :)

  92. Maryanne says:

    Mustard yellow!

  93. Jennifer says:

    Mustard yellow!

  94. karen says:

    The green is my vote………..fresh and alive like the outdoors!

  95. Cillai says:


  96. Janet says:

    mustard. I recently discovered your blog and I’ve enjoyed it. Thanks.

  97. Cait says:

    Mustard yellow! It would look so beautiful!

  98. pia says:

    Mustard yellow for sure!!

  99. gina says:

    Much as I love greens, I think a mustard yellow would be so cheerful and fun, and you can always add a print with a touch of avocado…

  100. Hands down…!

  101. Korin Guglielmi says:

    The bench is lovely – don’t paint it!

  102. Amy says:

    I love the green. Please show us pictures when your done with the final choice. Thank

  103. sarah-kate* says:


    i think it goes with more seasons and holidays. easily adapted.

  104. Diane says:

    avocado green would be lovely and maybe leave the back part brown or sand paper off some of the green(?). I have a similar style bench that is screaming for some color… just not sure what color :). can’t wait to see how yours turns out. Good Luck!

  105. Laura Leighninger says:

    avocado green!

  106. Leah says:

    go team yellow!!!

  107. Aloha says:

    Mustard Yellow. I have a small bench in my kitchen about that color and I love it. It’s acctually a pretty good neutral. Have fun :)

  108. Nicole says:

    Mustard yellow is an awesome neutral… The green is beautiful, and my favorite color, but so trendy right now! Mustard. Mustard! Mustard! =)

  109. Pam says:

    I vote for the cream!

  110. Caroline says:

    Love the yellow! I use it as an accent colour in my house and it brightens everything up on dreary days!

  111. Pam says:

    It was fun looking through the comments. Can’t wait to see what you end up with, I’d say pick a color for the mirror too and surprise us all.

  112. Deborah says:

    Definately the Mustard Yellow

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  114. Kelly says:

    Definitely the mustard yellow! What a cheery way to be welcomed into your home.

  115. I vote #1! I love the bench and I think the cream would go beautifully and would help the leather on the seat pop! Also, you can switch up your decor this way. Love your blog!

  116. Vanessa says:

    Paint that beautiful wood?!??? I’m glad I’m not alone in that sentiment. If changing the leather to something else doesn’t suit you, whatever color makes your heart sing. 😉

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  119. Barb says:

    The mustard yellow. You need some color there, so I don’t think the cream would be good. I grew up in a house that had a lot of avocado green in it. I can’t believe it’s back. It actually makes me a little nauseous. :)

  120. Nicole H. says:

    Paint it yellow, so bright and cheery 😉

  121. Sherry says:

    I vote for the mustard yellow!

  122. Kate S. says:

    Green – I love it and it reminds me of the color of my favorite Allora Handmade necklace that you have and I want!!!

  123. Andrea Case says:

    Green. It would give the most contrast. I’ve been using a lot of green lately, although a little more toward sage. I just got new towels for my kids’ bathroom bright yellow and parrot green (quite close to the shade you’ve got here). They are bright in this bathroom with no window.

  124. cheryl rodda says:

    With out seeing the rest of the entry and the other colors of your house… hum… I love the yellow!!! I have seem some really cute dresser and side tables in that same color and they are so adorable!…and hey its just paint…you can always change it!

  125. I’m definitely for the green. I think it would give the biggest pop of colour. :)

  126. Susan says:

    i’d pick mustard yellow – so retro…

  127. Nicolle says:

    Mustard yellow!

  128. Jessica says:

    Mustard Yellow – sunny perfection!

  129. Stacie says:

    Mustard yellow. Green is too bright and cream is too safe :)

  130. Claudine says:

    Oh either the yellow or the green — both would be stunning!

  131. carolyn says:

    Lovely bench! Leave it as is! The colors of the bench quilt and pillows are PERFECT with the present wall and floor color. Consider moving the plaster heads up and also in toward the mirror a little. so the garlands used will have more of a “drapy” drop to them instead of cutting the mirror in half with a straight line. Consider PAINTing THE MIRROR with a mixed-foil look using a variety of metallic colors (the little plastic bottles that are under $2 each) of acrylic paints. Use a sponge or brush and layer the metallic gold, antiqued gold, brass. pewter and silver with MORE of the silver/pewter on the top layers

  132. bettyann says:

    hmmm love the green and cream….sweet hallway…

  133. Jenn says:

    Green, without a doubt! I LOVE it!!

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