Sunday, August 11, 2013

Entry Hall

I'm starting to get back into some small house/decorating projects these days. I love a house project so much! We recently bit off our entry hall. We don't have much of a foyer in our house, as you can see below. This is the before picture, taken before we even moved in. One thing I love about our house is the smart use of square footage, and there's not a lot wasted at the entrance. That, however, makes for a challenge in creating a statement out of the entry.


The hallway is wide enough to be comfortable, but would be too cramped with a bench or table. So I set out in search of the perfect artwork to hang on the wall for a focal point. I love love love Chinoiserie accents, and stumbled into some precious pagodas painted by Maggie Griffin of Bellissimo and Bella. I knew that a series of these would fit the spot perfectly. Our dining room is immediately off of the entry and I wanted to pull from the jewel toned colors in that rug (my great grandmother's!) for the pagodas. I'm obsessed with this rug. It is so unusual and unique. 


My dad brought his handy dandy laser this weekend and we finally got around to hanging these precious little watercolors! So thrilled with how they turned out...I can't stop looking at them.


The pagodas screamed for bamboo frames, which I found for $12 each on Amazon. No lie. They are very attractive and do not look cheap in the least. I bought mats at Sam Flax, and ta da!





It is amazing what hanging things on the wall will do for a space. I am always hesitant out of fear of putting a hole in the wrong place...so I recruit my mom, her great eye and my dad's "I can do anything" skills when they come visit. (They may stop coming so often!)


Above is our small entry table, and it works perfectly for our non-existent foyer. It is from Nadeau, which is my obsession. Such a great place to find quality yet reasonably priced wood furniture. 

I've got lots of other projects in the pipeline...dining room, Josh's office, our bathroom and bedroom...it seems like the list is never-ending!


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