Hey, you guys! I am excited to be back with another hot topic…wall coverings! This is something I thought about the moment I put down my earnest money for my home, and I didn’t want to postpone the inevitable change. I am so in love with the way this wall turned out, and now the entryway is a space I am ready to welcome guests into.

The original entry just felt flat, boring, and unwelcoming. The luxury vinyl was grey, which I felt was typical to the average home. The entry leads to the great room. With this layout I needed a detail that was going to define each space while not overpowering the overall esthetics.


My pre-closing walk-through

The design plan for the entryway began with a board and batten design. I wasn’t completely sure on the exact placement due to the large opening leading into my office and a closet door, but I knew that particular design would make a huge impact. After meeting with the carpenter, I felt a lot more confident in the overall plan. He suggested 1×6 and 1×4 treated planks. The 1×6 would act as the base and crown trim, and the 1×4 would be used for the center framing.

I think because the entryway was so narrow this design was the perfect choice to make a bold statement. The panels aren’t overwhelming, and it doesn’t take away from the other areas of the house. I’m so I happy that I trusted myself and went with this style of design.

With the paneling completed, the next thing I needed to plan for was the paint and the new flooring. I tried out a few colors, but I couldn’t make a final selection. I decided to walk away so I could clear my head and the entry way remained untouched for about a month. Working in a client’s home and working on my home is different for one reason and one reason only. I feed off my client’s excitement, which generally pushes me to go harder because I love making people happy. When my energy is depleted and I’m tired or overwhelmed with my house, there’s no one on the other side cheering me on. In those moments, the best thing for me to do is to walk away and re-visit the area later. Remember this is not a race. I’d rather wait than make a mistake that will cost me more to redo. So, while I waited to get my mojo back, I put my focus on the floors. My medallions were in and I could not wait to get them installed… check floor blog here (Click Here)


I made my appointment right away and the guys came at 8 a.m. to get started. The measuring and conversation about the install lasted around two and a half hours. The installer kept saying “I want you to be happy”. I think the confusion on my face made him feel as though I unhappy but honestly, I was just nervous. It’s one thing to have a vision but there is something very helpless in trusting someone else to see that vision. I trusted my contractors, and I had to give them room to work.

The most dramatic design choice in my entryway makeover is definitely my deco medallion by Duchateau. The pattern added so much detail and interest. Most entryways are meant to weather the conditions of heavy foot traffic, but I think I’m ok with having my guest crawl in (lol). All jokes aside, I love coming down and seeing the flooring, and the color is just perfect.

The next thing to address was the lighting. I had already selected the Juliette six-light chandeliers by Troy Lighting from Hudson Valley Lighting, and they were in the garage ready to make their big debut.

Once the lighting was installed, I actually second guessed my decision because I thought the lighting was too big. I had measured and determined that the fixtures should be 16 – 19 inches wide, but for some reason, I ordered a fixture that was 24½ inches. Instead of changing it, I did what anyone in my situation would do. I took a picture and it looked purrrrfect (lol). I did opt to shorten the chain because it hung too low, but it was just too beautiful for me to take it down.

With the wall paneling completed, the floors installed, and the lighting sorted out, it was now to time to figure out the wall paint. I had selected my final color for the fireplace, my bedroom, my closet, my office, and the front door, so the color was obvious…. I was going to go bright and very neutral. I chose Sherwin Williams Bright White (Emerald urethane trim enamel in semi-gloss). This is same white I used in my closet and I loved it. I knew going white would elongate the entry by bringing height and depth to the installed paneling.


One of the most difficult choices of this makeover was the door color. I knew I wanted a dark color, but how dark, I didn’t know. The door also has a transom window above it. I played around with the idea of painting the entire trim surround which would give the illusion of a much taller door. The idea of painting was much cheaper than changing out the door. I decided on Peppercorn from Sherwin Williams (Emerald urethane trim enamel in semi-gloss), and I went with my original thought of painting the entire trim surround and the door the same color.



It feels so good to finally finish this entryway makeover that I had been planning even before I closed. It was all worth it…. crying, being moody, nervous, second guessing myself, and crying again. All of it was worth it, but I’ll let you guys see for yourself

I chose a semi-gloss finish for the paint in this area so that it would be easy to wipe clean. Semi-gloss does show flaws more than eggshell, satin, and flat paint but considering how much love this area would be getting, that was the best option for me. I would also like to mention that this area was sprayed which made a huge difference…no roller marks or brush strokes. I highly recommend investing in high-quality paint for any project, but especially in areas that will receive wear and tear such as an entryway.


This project was drawn out and exhausting, but it feels good to have the space finished! On to the next project. Until next time you guysss!

Sources for the items you’ve seen in this post

47 thoughts on “Entryway

  1. Kevyn Germaine says:

    You’ve masterfully transformed this home from builder’s grade to custom in a few short months.

    This home rises up to greet you each and every time you walk through those doors.

    We’ve only begun to see what’s in store for the place you call home.

    Transformation at its best!

  2. Domanique says:

    Nadia your vision to reality transforms to amazing. Thank you for sharing with us. Looking forward to seeing the next project come to life.

    • Sanyell says:

      I love how the panels and light colored paint really opened up the space and made it feel less narrow. Great job as always!

    • Elaine P says:

      I for one, expected nothing less! Continue to be blessed, and a blessing to us every time!!!. You were born for this! Love everything that you do. I am addicted to YouTube because of you, living the life through your eyes!

  3. Shee says:

    Congratulations on having your vision come a live. It looks amazing! Can’t wait to see more especially that office!

  4. Tina says:

    Nadia you have exquisite taste and style your home is amazing an you’re not even finished with it. I know your home is going to be the best in your neighborhood. You have set the trend for others to try to catch up too. Especially the builder they need to hire you to do a design of a model home. Hopefully one day my home can be beautiful design by Nadia from SBC (Styled by Casanova) interior design company.

  5. Shanna-kay Gregoire says:

    Your house turned out beautifully. One thing I’ve learned from watching your videos “is never to rush the process, even when others around you don’t understand your vision, stick to it.” I appreciate you sharing with us your journey.. looking forward to working with you..

  6. Robert Lampley says:

    Stunning! Love the mix of texture on the walls and the white color warms the space. Loving the contrast of the door and the lighting. You are amazing!

  7. Ida says:

    Your Vision And clarity is what design is all about. You’re definately a winner in this game 110% percent. You have transformed parts of your home in such a short time from vision to reality and it’s absolutely beautiful!! The entry flooring and lighting is a beautiful gesture to your guest that says follow me this Way!! The paneling is a story of its own!! Great Great design style!! ✨✨✨

  8. Kris says:

    Great blog post!!! I’m so used to watching your YouTube videos, I have to remind myself to come read the blog posts too!

  9. Yolanda Pitts says:

    I also wore white today, because I was feeling Godly! You and your home look amazing! Congratulations and many blessings to you! I enjoy receiving your email alerts, especially after the week I have had…..everything is lovely. Stay positive, talented, and kind!

  10. Deborah says:

    Thank you for sharing your blog. You are a very talented young lady. I know your home is going to be beautiful. As a fellow Libra, I know how we can be with it come to our home. I look forward to seeing what you do next. I know it is going to be gorgeous!

  11. Tobia Hargrett says:

    Absolutely beautiful!
    Amazing eye for design and detail!
    May God continue to bless the work of your hands and grant you endless creativity!!

  12. Sibo says:

    I love how the door turned out, it gives an illusion of a tall door, amazing.
    Floors and walls are just as beautiful. Can we bow down to that lighting, you nailed that. Absolutely gorgeous.

  13. Laura says:

    What a transformation. Absolutely stunning. I love how you painted the door a contrasting color. And it just pops. Makes a statement.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us and teaching us at the same time. I appreciate you

  14. Rachel says:

    That Entry way has come a long way, you are truly talented and blessed with a gift that no one can take away. You have eyes to see beauty in a space that seems so plan. Congratulations!!! On that entry way and all of the other mile stones that you’ve hit in your home!

  15. LaRonda Westbrook says:

    I love your home & the style of it, is just amazing. Everything is so Beautiful, you inspire me. Love love love your work!

  16. Shakira says:

    I have been waiting on this blog post ever since you stated you decided on paint colors. The bright white makes the spaces feel more open and grand, and the Peppercorn gives it a luxury vibe. I love it!!

  17. Emoretta Robinson says:

    Everything looks beautiful! You have added your own personal touch to your home and it is nothing short of stunning. And that dress is beautiful. You are such a talented and gifted designer.

  18. Natalie M. says:

    So worth the wait. It’s elegant and simple, but it totally changed and upgraded the look. I’ll be closing on my townhome soon. I sure wish you could help me transform it. Keep doing what you LOVE it inspires us all. 🖤

  19. kathy lyons says:

    Nadia, Love how you put your heart and soul into every design! Very Talented you lady! So inspiring! ❤️ Congrats to you on this journey thus far and all of your new and exciting journeys. I’m coming! 👍🏽

  20. Monique Harris says:

    Everything looks so grand. The color definitely opens up the entryway and the door’s color and the lighting adds a pop of color. I love it!!!

  21. Monique says:

    Everything looks so grand. The color definitely opens up the entryway and the door’s color and the lighting adds a pop of color. I love it!!!

  22. Jannette Chaney Webster says:

    Little Mama, You have the entryway that I have dream of having😮I am speaking this into my life🙏🏿 Beautiful Simply Beautiful 🤩

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