When we moved into this home, we wanted to actually invest some thought and care into what it looked like. I've never really had an eye for decorating, though. I worked at a Hallmark for a few years in high school and was put in charge of creating a display with some new products one day. I took my best shot at it, but it still seemed... off, somehow. The next day someone else had rearranged the display, and it looked PERFECT. Obviously, no one ever asked me to design a display again. ;-) So imagine my relief when I found Pinterest. Seriously. Other people come up with cool ideas, I just copy them. That is my kind of decorating!!
The entryway kicked off my love affair with Pinterest. But before I got going with that, there were a couple of fixes that needed to happen.
We immediately swapped out the basic brass door knob and deadbolt on the front door with the one from our previous house. Not only was it a big style upgrade, but we didn't have to make any new keys. And it was all for the low, low price of free.
|I heart oil-rubbed bronze.|
|New trim, new paint.|
Someday I'll fix it. Maybe.
Once those two fixes were taken care of, it was time for some privacy. We love the little octagon window in the entry. It's very charming. It's also a pain in the *ahem* to find something that will cover it for privacy reasons. And it may not have gotten covered at all if we didn't constantly have smokers sit on the stoop across the street and stare directly into it. But since the smokers were there, and I didn't want them watching me go pull clothes out of the dryer in my underwear, we needed to cover it with something. I wanted something pretty, that didn't hide the cool octagon shape of the window and still let light in. Window film was the answer. But a pretty boring answer. Then came Pinterest to the rescue. I found this post, which had a tutorial and template for using patterned window film. It took me over a week to cut out all the tiles (usually while watching The Voice on Hulu), and putting them on the window itself took about an hour and lots of patience. So then we had this:
|Smell ya later, smokers!|
|Fancy shoe dirt-catcher.|
I also wanted some decorative mirrors along the wall that you can see from the hallway, but everything I found would either compete with the window, cost an arm and a leg, or look too creepy (nobody wants to watch themselves every time they walk down the hallway). So we improvised. We bought a large black 4-photo frame at Hobby Lobby, and sprayed the glass with "mirror" spray paint. I love that it's kind of a smoked-mirror effect. It makes it look a little aged, and although you can tell they're mirrors, you don't see your disembodied parts when you walk down the hall.
|Who needs mirrors when you have spray paint?|
When Steve hung the cubbies, he staged them with items we already had. It's cool because it's very representative of us as a couple, right when you walk in the door. The photos are from our wedding, and artichokes have a special significance to us (we celebrate our own made up holiday, Artichoke Day, every June). And I love that he did without me knowing. What a guy.
|We need two small baskets to stick in those cubbies, stat.|
A few silk hydrangeas and one embroidered pillow later, our entry actually looks kind of cute.
|Welcome to our home. Take off your shoes. Do it.|
But for now, we're good. And you're up to speed on the entryway!