Well, it’s Thursday again. Boy are the weeks flying by this year and I haven’t even made it out of the entry hall yet. Ha!
For today’s New House Diary topic, let’s talk about the architectural detailing in my entry. It’s certainly in need of some help, but at least you should be able to see that the “bones” of this space have a lot of potential. Let’s take a look at the badly-in-need-of-rescue “before” of my entry (p.s. – this is the moment when my designer friends gasp because they can’t believe I’m revealing this beauty – LOL).
So often when I have moved in the past, I haven’t taken the time (or money) to fix all the details of the homes I’ve owned. It just wasn’t a smart investment at the time for those properties.We would have priced our homes out of the market for their location. Those projects were more of a paint-and-decorate mission, with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms that I renovated in my last home.
But this home is different. This time I’ll be changing ALL the hardware, including door knobs, hinges, and floor registers. This time I will be getting new windows – yep, for the whole house. And I will add casings and moldings and details to them all. It is pretty much a GUT job.
And this time, I will pay attention to all the interior details like ceilings and doorways. I’ll be thinking of all the ways I can add interest and really make this house its best. I’m taking renovations to a whole new level. This is a no-holds-barred approach to a “fixer-upper.” We’re not just doing a facelift here. We’re doing surgery. Or maybe even a lobotomy.
So I thought as we finish up the last two weeks of talking about my entry (yes, we’ve been here long enough) that we needed to address the details of the space. They are so important, and as the great designer Mies Van Der Rohe said, “God is in the details.”
Remember, I told you I am bringing you along for the ride of a “designer doing her own home.” And as little as some of these details may seem to you, they are quite an important part of the design process.
So here’s what I envision…
I want to select certain passage ways, particularly in the entry with the high ceilings, where I can add pediments over the doors. If you refer to the lovely before photos above, you can see I have plenty of room for this. Here are a few pediments that I love, starting with a gorgeous space by Suzanne Kasler.
The walls and built-ins:
The entry, in particular, is a place where I will keep and maybe even spruce up the wainscoting. I’m still considering making the entire entry paneled from floor to ceiling similar to this image. Although that would cut out the option for wallpaper, which I still love.
There are some great built-in cabinets in this house (not in the entry, but that we’ll get to later) that want to spruce up, too. I want to be consistent with the detailing throughout the home, so I can’t just think of the entry now. I have to consider all the details in my home. This photo below is exceptionally inspiring to me. Simple, but so beautiful.
And I’m crazy about giant cove crown moulding or ceiling details that mimic cove molding. This photo from House Beautiful is a gorgeous example. And it looks so pretty with the wainscoting below.
Well I am still considering a traditional bannister, but nothing would make me happier than to have a Chinese chippendale stair railing/bannister and I think the curved detail of this one looks good with that cove ceiling detail above, don’t you? So to make this fretwork-style bannister work will all depend on my other choices. I’ve got some weeding out to do now and some decisions to make, huh? Priorities.
Then there’s the ceiling – an often forgotten part of many homes. But I consider it the 5th wall because ceilings cover a lot of space, right? I happen to love this ceiling detail. Very subtle, but formal and classic. And the other moldings in this space are quite handsome too. I love this image. Do you?
So can’t you envision my detailed entry already in all it’s grandeur and glory? My little entry way is getting spiffed up for sure. What do you think? Which options would you include if it were your home? Did I forget anything? Yes, sometimes even professionals forget something. So it’s your job to remind me what I may have overlooked. To visit all these inspiration photos and more, see my Pinterest Boards called Entry Ways and Architectural Detailing.
And please leave me a comment and tell me what you think about all these lovely ideas I’ve mentioned to add interest, character, and detail to my home.
Next week we’re talking stair runners and then we’re blowing this entry and moving on to bigger and better spaces. You ready? I am!
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