coming home: hallways

Unfortunately it is still raining in Halkidiki, and we have only two more days before heading back home. The positive side of it: The forecast for London is sunny and quite warm for this time of the year, actually too warm but no complaints from my side…

As much as I like going on holiday, nothing can beat the feeling for me of unlocking the front door to our house in London after some time away: Welcome home, it means, to a familiar smell, our beloved things and family life as we know it – always a bit chaotic but full of joy and liveliness and happy noise (I try to suppress any thoughts here of the kids’ squabbles, moaning and the school run…). Not even the pile of mail in the porch can dampen this feeling. I just pile it up somewhere else and forget about it for a while – or let my husband deal with it…

The hallway is often overlooked, but the first impression of a home, for yourself and people visiting, is so important. The hallway was actually what sold our house to me: spacious, light and with a sweeping staircase leading up to the first floor – and with the bonus of a fireplace. A dream come true.

It is not important how large or small your hallway is. With the right choice of furniture, an interesting colour scheme and unusual accessories, you can still make an impact. Wallpaper and rugs are ideal to make a bold statement even in the smallest of hallways. Make use of mirrors – one, two, three or more – to create the illusion of space. And if there is really no room for any furniture at all, then at least try to get some unusual hooks and maybe some narrow shelving to create some much needed storage space.


I like the somewhat unconventional position of the bench in the middle of the hallway, it gives the space such a relaxed feel. Herbs in zinc containers, baskets, and simple flat woven rugs add to the casual country look. The componibili storage in the corner is a nice contrast.


Asian inspired hallway with George Nelson bubble saucer pendant and Poul Kjaerholm’s wicker chair.

source: adrian briscoe for house and garden

A typical layout of a Victorian hallway. We had one looking exactly like this when still renting in NW London – unfortunately only the layout, not the look… This one is incredibly stylish thanks to an amazing chandelier (Friday envy!), interesting art work and a statement mirror.


If you have that much space in your hallway, you really don’t need to worry about storage. Still, the owner of this stunning abode has kept it simple by adding just a few selected pieces of vintage furniture and striking lighting. The retro style ride-on racing car adds a cute whimsical touch (although it is probably not a permanent fixture in this space). It is one of my all-time favourite toys, and we couldn’t resist buying one for our son’s first birthday – also not a permanent fixture in OUR house, ANYWHERE!

source: idha lindhag for joanna laven
source: idha lindhag for elle decoration

Here you can see what I mean by hanging one, two, three or more mirrors – such simple framing and yet very effective. The wallpaper with apple green polka dots adds a fresh and welcoming touch. And the large tree coat stand by Swedese will catch whatever you throw at him.

source: living etc

I like the eclectic look in this hallway. There is so much to discover, it would take me a while to pass through it…


This hallway might have been a shop entrance in its previous life – how lucky, as not many are blessed with such an abundance of light pouring in. Green cushions and a blue panton junior chair add some colour in this otherwise bright – white – light space.


What does your hallway look like?


kartell componibili storage . nest . from £67
george nelson modernice saucer pendant . heal’s . small £350 / large £545
poul kjærholm pk24 wicker lounge chair . the conran shop . £10,353
retro style ride-on racing car . not on the highstreet . £89
swedese tree coat stand . skandium . from £473
vitra panton junior chair . skandium . £138


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