Friday, February 24, 2012

Make an Entrance: Eclectic Entry Way

Make an Entrance: Our Eclectic Entry Way

The entry way in our home is not really one of grandeur and though it does boast an enormous ceiling elevation, the statement I wanted to make needed to keep the eye level – instead of in the clouds! From the entry you see several rooms – so, I wanted it to encompass a bit of each – using touches of silver, peacock blue and lets not forget a splash of pink!

The floating entry wall welcomes guests with a french provincial chest (from the thrift store) with a "faux Eurpoean finish" I painted, paired with perfectly funky knobs from anthropologie. The chest is stacked with coffee table books given to me by my MIL & my brother and sister-in-law, another reason to add to the list of why I love coffee table books - little reminders of those who gifted them to you!

Two vintage mirror and glass boxes hold small collections – the triangular shaped piece displays tiny treasures – a few Jay Strongwater (including a gray poodle given to me from my MIL) and Limoges pieces – one from my sisters wedding, nestled beside the vintage estate cuff bracelet I wore on our wedding day (also worn by some of my best friends as their "something borrowed" on theirs).

I recently purchased the ikat shade sitting atop the glass honeycomb lamp from Hancock Fabric – the shade was on sale for $12 (go grab one up - they had a few color ways)! I previously had a stacked crystal lamp with a white shade in its place, but I like the flair of the new shade, at least for now! The large Gucci framed silk Sea Life scarf is a hand-me-down from my mother from the 70’s/80’s. The nursery my mother decorated for me as a little girl 30 years ago had a Gucci Noah's Ark scarf above the crib - how adorable! I love framed scarves and taking a que from my mother, have used them for many years as artwork. They are a wonderful alternative to a painting or mirror – both large in scale and colorful – a great addition to a space needing a little pep in its step! Above a vintage oil painting and frame - found at a consignment store. 

The other side of the entry greets our guests with 2 vintage contemporary pieces of art – one watercolor the other, acrylic – harmonized by the juxtaposition of their fanciful French frames.

Below an antique French settee I bought with my mother on an adventure to Round Top Antique week. We hauled the frame home and I painted it shiny metallic silver – then had my upholsterer build out a seat, fluffy down cushion, sides and the back in DwellStudio for Robert Allen Cameo Ovals with a splash of silver leather. To complete the look I added a modern gray and white blanket, 2 Mongolian lamb pillows (one a gift from my MIL, the other from antrhopologie) and lastly a funky silver embroidered pillow. 

Hope you "make an entrance" this weekend - See you Monday! 

1 comment:

  1. I love everything except the lamp shade. To me it just clashes wih everything else. I think a small stripe or a solid color (blue from the scarf or drawer pulls maybe) would look much better. Overall though, great job!


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