Nashville-based interior designer Sarah Bartholomew is all about giving modern interiors a traditional Southern spin. The self-taught designer loves creating interiors which, in her words, “balance both form and function,” and are timeless and livable at the same time. But lest you thought you needed to travel south to get some of Bartholomew’s iconic design insight, think again. On Wednesday, July 25, it was announced that Bartholomew will be collaborating with Pottery Barn for an exclusive collection that targets a severely underlooked space in the home: the entryway.
Believing that the entryway is one of the most important areas of a home (especially since it’s the first spot people see), Bartholomew worked to establish a fresh take on a classic. “Focusing on the entryway, I wanted the collection to be practical and functional, but still elegant and good-looking. I wanted to offer pretty pieces that would still allow you to have a place for all your things,” Bartholomew explains to Domino. “It was my goal to create pieces that are both realistic and appealing, showing that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for practicality.”
Consisting of more than 15 pieces for the entryway—including everything from furniture to decorative accents—the Sarah Bartholomew for Pottery Barn Collection ranges in price from $12.50 to $599, and combines neutral hues with layered textures and polished details for a unique spin. For instance, a rattan umbrella stand ($89) goes with any style, while polished brass hooks ($12.50) add a pop to any vertical storage space.
This mix of form and function is Bartholomew’s signature, and she stresses that even though most people love to pay attention to the more commonly used rooms in their homes, it’s imperative that they focus on the entryway, especially since it sets the tone for the rest of the home. But even she admits that keeping this small area neat and tidy is easier said than done. “To keep your entry organized, make sure that functionality is front of mind and that you really think about how you use your entryway,” Bartholomew explains. “To keep it stylish, pick one color scheme and style for the entryway: This will ensure that you keep the look cohesive.”
For Bartholomew’s line, said color scheme is white: A large traditional console ($499) gets its edge from tapered wide legs, and built-in shelving ($129) vertically extends the line of vision. Neutral tones add a bohemian vibe and bring the outside in, while metal accents instill a glamorous touch. The pieces are all designed to be mixed and matched, so whatever look you’re going for, you’ll be able to find pieces that work for you.
As for Bartholomew? “It’s hard to choose, but I think my favorite is the Madeline Trays ($69-$79); they are so versatile and I love a dose of natural texture layered in any space,” she says. “But my goal was the idea of the new traditional. I wanted to bring my signature fresh-take-on-classic sensibility to the collection, and also call upon Pottery Barn’s classic American style and roots.”
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