Monday, November 10, 2014

Our Entryway Foyer Reveal

This is our New entry.. It was a very bare space when we purchased the house. Nice and Open BUT all the previous owners had up was a mirror.. I found it odd that there was no place to put on shoes, place your keys or your mail?? So it needed a change and therefore I got to go shopping :). We lightened the walls by painting them BM Edgecomb Gray. I absolutely LOVE the colour.. It's a simple neutral, a light grey taupe tone. To freshen up the hall and blend with the trim, we painted the inside of the front doors in BM Cloud white. To update the closet, we switched the door hardware and hinges from brass to Oil rubbed bronze. I love the way the dark oil rubbed bronze just pops against the white.
We hung a medallion above the door way to break up all the empty wall space. It's a nice touch as it draws the eye upwards towards our cathedral ceiling.

Here are 3 items that I just had to buy ;) 1) The distressed mirror train rack from Ballard Designs,  2) A small bench from Wayfair 3) Francis Lantern from Ballard Designs.. All Online purchases.
One of the selling features of this house was the cathedral ceilings.. they are 22ft High.. You should have seen the mission to hang our new lantern pendant. I wanted this light for so long!! So I knew it would be great for our new hall.. BUT the big catch was hanging it, My hubby is super talented.. He hangs all our lights BUT this was a little high.. So we hired electricians who in turn needed to rent a special scaffold to fit 2 men so that they could go up safely and hang it up! Then they took almost an hour to build the scaffold then to take it down.. Oh man what a mission!! Oh and while they were setting up I accidentally locked myself in the office.. All because I wanted to change the door hardware... this happened while my daughter who was only 10 months at the time was her bouncer in the family room.. can you say Panic attack!! I can honestly say I was shaking!! I have never been so terrified.. I could see my daughter through the glass door in my hubby's office, she was fine and oblivious to what was going on luckily.... After a ton of hugs to my baby girl and waiting our new light looks great...Oh and I got out safe within 3 Minutes thanks to the electricians and some handy tools. Bet you never thought this much drama would go into one light!!  My husband thought the old light was fine.. I hate to admit it.. But if I knew how much of a pain it was all going to be, and I mean really KNEW.. I may of just left it.. 
I added a 4x6 grey striped jute rug by the front doors.. I love natural materials plus its super durable! Its large enough to collect most of the dirt but not too large that you miss the marble floors.
The Welcome sign.. Is a sign i've had for 7yrs now. Its been at ALL of our homes. 
The small Corbel ledge/ table was a decor piece from our previous house, I painted it a light grey, Annie Sloan Paris Grey to flow better with the Carrara marble floors. Originally when I purchased the corbels from Homesense they were bright green.. I added a pine wood top and use it as a Console Table.
This is the ledge / Table where I throw everything when I walk in the door.. Hats, sunglasses, bottles, mail, keys.. Everything! It's SO necessary for my life!
I found this beautiful mirror with hooks,  from Ballard designs, I think it has since been discontinued?.. It works perfect for our space.. It holds our keys and allows me to double check myself as I walk out the door. ;)
This was a pic taken a few weeks ago. It's our Fall decor. You can see our Full Fall Tour Here. On the ledge I have a pitcher with my favourite dried hydrangeas,  As well as a fabric pumpkin that I made with some left over off white burlap. To see more ideas on how to decorate with hydrangeas click here.
Sorry this is a blurry cell phone shot.. But it gives you an idea of the size of space I was working with.
Here you can see the previous door colour.. as well as the lovely painted light switch cover.. We REPLACED every single light switch plate in the entire home... They painted everything!!! luckily we Painted all the walls too..I never want to screw in one of those little white screws every again :)
We didn't have a lot of space to work with.. so I really had to hunt for a small space solutions. I shop online all the time! Especially from Wayfair.com as they allow you to put in size specifications searches for exact width and depth.. Which worked out especially great this time, as I was on the hunt for the perfect sized little bench that was cute too ;). It was sooooo hard finding the perfect bench for this spot. But when I saw this one I just loved the weathered gray tone and natural woven wicker. The bench fits perfect and best of all it hides extra shoes inside. 
The Burlap Heart Pillow was a handmade gift from my Mom. The Fall Harvest pillow was made and stencilled my me. You can see more of my handmade Fall pillows Here
Thanks for looking today, Tomorrow I will post our Main Floor Hallway Reveal

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