Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Finishing Details In The Entry

I mentioned in an earlier post I was getting bored with the holiday decor projects. I like how festive my house is looking and I still have a tree skirt project to show you, but let me have a break to work on some final details in the entry of my house.

First, all the white paraphernalia on the wall below has been bothering me, the chime box and a cover for the central vac system. (Plumbed but not installed.) Distracting.

(before)




When taking photos I've cropped these out of the images when possible, but it didn't make them go away in real life! Finally it occurred to me to just paint them. I can't tell you how thrilled I am with the result of this 5 minute project. Ah...no more white spots!



The length and height of this entryway has also challenged me...the console and art have never quite felt like they were filling up the space properly. After reading some of PK's posts on hanging art I was reminded of a wall I designed for a client, stacking several pieces of art one above the other reaching to the ceiling. I am taking baby steps and have added just one layer. Not certain if this is the right art, as you can see I tried two options. For now I have left the two framed photos here, my husband's preference of the two variations. What would be ideal is something with dimension and a shape other than a rectangle. A large round sunburst mirror or some sort of sculptural piece, (the deer head?) with an additional piece of art above that. But for now it is an improvement and I can ponder what is next. After hiring painters to paint this area I'm hesitant to put too many holes in the wall just yet!!


I also moved the slipper chair in from the family room, to make way for the Christmas Tree. I had been playing with the idea of adding seating here, but didn't think something this large would work. But I like it, and how it makes the entry SW Comfort Gray paint color look like a perfect choice. It will probably stay. The second slipper chair, currently in Isabella's room, can be moved down to the family room after the holidays. I will refinish another chair, currently waiting in the sidelines, for Isabella's room.

This is just what happens in this house. If we are not literally moving I am moving things from room to room. I have a theory, if you find pieces you absolutely love they will be able to work in a variety of different rooms over time.



Finally, to the actual entry corner with the SW Comfort Gray paint. I want to add a bit of interest to the walls. The idea is to repeat the shape from the fireplace wall "wallpaper" design in a random pattern to the little bit of wall space here. I mixed a bit of Rust-Oleum's Brushed Metallic paint into the SW Comfort Gray and painted a test. Very subtle, can you even see it? I painted the test where the San Francisco print hangs, just in case I didn't like it. But I do, just don't expect me to complete this painting project anytime soon!

Next, a few light fixture ideas to replace the entry fixture and chandelier hanging above the piano.

24 comments :

  1. Wow, what a difference when you painted the white paraphernalia! The entry looks gorgeous and I love all your pieces! You did a wonderful job!

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  2. Yes, I like the difference of the painted bits and pieces, too. We have a phone outlet in our kitchen which is bugging me too; so far I've tried hanging art over it to hide it :)
    I like your art stacking and out of the options shown, think I'm with your hubby on the paired photos. But I can totally understand your reluctance to make too many holes.

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  3. Before I even saw the after pics, I was like hmmm I wonder if she could just paint them. And then I read more and you already did it :) Your front hall looks great, I love that you used the height and stacked the art- looks so great!!

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  4. Love the new changes in the entry hall, the new color adds such a new light on the whole area, love it and the chair adds interest, love it...

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  5. Isn't that just too funny? Just painting them makes such a difference. For some reason we have a bajillion cold air returns between this one hall and adjoining LR wall (okay only 4 but that's a LOT!) and we painted them out a while ago. It still irritates me, but painting them went a long way toward helping them blend in. Love your art grouping (I'm with your husband) and the addition of the blue chair. Thanks for the mention! :-)

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  6. It looks so good! I love the height and the eclectir look you created. You have a beautiful home.

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  7. Great idea to paint out those white pieces ~ I don't know why that's always the last thing we think of when it's probably the easiest! I like the artwork the way you have it now. Do you think you need another layer up?

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  8. I am the same way about having the white outlets, boxes, door bell chime...etc. standing out on the wall. I think the painting blends them and now the art stands out! I will be doing that here as well. I like the stacked art, it brings height and makes the wall feel more complete, being that the wall is so grande. I still am so in love with your slipper chair...*sigh* that is my inspiration for my Goodwill chairs I found for my bedroom. Love the way everything is coming together...such great taste and a good eye for design. Love it all!

    Hugs to you,
    ~Victoria~

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  9. I have the same problem. I have a a large wall for art/photos and then there is this random white box. Now I know what to do. Thanks. How did I not think of that.

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  10. I'm so doing that! your slipper chair reminds me that I need to figure out what I'm going to do with my two. I recently found a chip on one of the legs:(

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  11. Gotta love paint. I think it is a decorator's "duct tape".

    I like the chair idea next to the console. How about taking a pair (smaller in scale) and flanking the table? Maybe something with a pop of color like your slipper?

    I love the stacked artwork and agree w your hubby.

    Looking good!!!

    xo,
    cristin

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  12. I think the slipper chair looks great there. It's such a pretty color !

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  13. Beautiful makeover, Janell! A very nice and stylish transformation. :-)

    Shannon

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  14. I can see the pattern and I really like it -- I can't wait to see it when it's covering the whole wall.

    (And I love how you painted over the white covers to match the walls -- I've got similar issues of my own in some of my rooms and I need to do the same!)

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  15. The stacked art looks great and your slipper chair adds the perfect bit of weight and colour! Amazing how little changes make a big difference.

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  16. I am constantly moving furniture too. Your chair looks really good there and is a nice contrast in color from the wall color.

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  17. I love the stacked art. I'm with you husband and the other comments - 2 frames instead of one. It's seems like it's more purposeful. if that makes sense.

    Love you blog btw.

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  18. i'm loving the chair there!! the 2 framed pics look awesome too but I also love the idea of a sunburst or something sculptural--- but i don't want you to move the deer head because i love it so much where it is!!! :)

    painting those white arggs was perfect!!

    also, thank you so much for joining in the shower today!! you guys are too sweet & those little paint can burpies are ADORABLE!!! thank you!!!

    xoxoxo

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  19. I just came across your blog! Your home is just beautiful! I'm in love with your candelabra! So lovely!

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  20. What a pretty little slipper chair. So perfect, I think, in this space. Lovely. cheers, -susan

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  21. KNOK,KNOCK, JANELL WHERE IS THE POST FOR TODAY?

    GOT THE SAME PROBLEM ON MY WALL WITH THAT WHITE BOX THINGING, ABOUT 19' BELOW THAT IS WHERE THE THERMOSTAT FOR MY HEATER AND ABOUT 12' DOWN IS MY LIGHT SWITCH.I GUESS THERE'S NO NEED FOR A WALL DECOR. AH! PEACE ON IT.

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  22. I love the stacked art, especially the two frames with the large mats! Looks great!

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