Posts Tagged ‘Stairs’

Before and After: Making an Entrance

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I love a good entrance, especially one that makes a fabulous first impression! The entry to a home is like an appetizer for the gorgeous rooms you’re about to see. So in my farmhouse project, recently featured in Traditional Home, I wanted to set the tone here for the rest of the home. This is a farmhouse, but it’s a chic one that’s family friendly, too. That’s why I did a checkerboard pattern on the entry floor instead of a rug – it’s a gorgeous design, but it’s also easier with kids running in and out all day.

This house was a new build, so I was able to add a lot of the traditional elements you might see in a much-older Southern farmhouse, like the molding details, and the fun oval window on the stairs. I love the shape, and it adds so much light.

And here is also where I started using the lovely aqua that you see throughout this home. It not only envelopes the front door, but it’s also painted on the ceiling of the front porch. A blue color on the porch ceiling is a big tradition in the South!

You can see here how I also introduced subtle farmhouse details, like gingham on the chair and stair runner, a traditional balustrade, and a vintage wooden horse.

This corner right behind the door will give guests a view into the dining room, too, so I wanted to give it a bit of punch and also tie the entry into the adjoining room’s decor.

I did that by introducing the chocolate brown that’s another signature color in this home’s palette. And I used a fabulous painting of an old farmhouse with a tin roof as a nod to the history of this family and their own modern-day farm.

What do you think of this fun entrance? And what does your home’s entry say to visitors? Let me know in the comments section below!







New House Diary: Entry Update

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I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but we’re only weeks from moving back into our house! Things are really coming along and the renovations are looking amazing! So I thought I’d give you an update on a few areas of the house. As you know, I really think an entry for any home is so important. It’s the first impression your guests will take with them into the rest of the house. My entry is finally going to make a great impression because we got rid of the very dated butterscotch brown paint that came with the home and really weighed down the entry.

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That may not seem like much without finished walls and flooring, but I can tell you that it is AMAZING to me because it’s progress! Look how much more light and airy that entry is. And it’s even more beautiful now because the trim work has been completed since this photo was taken. I love the design for adding pediments over the doorways in the entry as you can see in this drawing and they are shaping up beautifully, too.

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By adding pediments to the top of the doorways into the library and the dining room, we will give great architectural detail that’s very true to my home’s traditional style but was lacking in the original structure. And we are beefing up the scale of the trim in the entire house including the door casings and panel molding, which also makes a huge difference. It truly makes the home go from looking cheap to quality. I think it’s definitely worth the investment.

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On the other side of the entry is the doorway to the dining room, and you can see in this drawing that I am replacing the original wainscoting for all the walls in the entry with nice moldings that are more appropriate for the size of this room and the tall ceilings. Here is the before photo showing the scale of the trim in this space…



And since painting starts this week, the trim work is almost all complete as you can see below. It’s looking gorgeous and is all taped up and ready to be sprayed.


And to give you a peek into more of my plans for this space, see on the floorplan below for a little hint for what I’m planning on the floors. It may or may not be fabulous in black and white tile in just a few weeks. I am also installing gorgeous new double doors that will open to welcome family and friends, replacing the dated side lights and old single front door. I can’t wait for the updated look!

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 8.55.57 AMSo what do you think of my entry so far? And what would you do to change up your home’s entry? Let me know in the comments section below! I’m so thrilled to see how things are shaping up in my home, and I can’t wait to share more photos with you soon!








New House Diary: The Entry Stairs

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Well it’s seems as if we have just about beaten this poor dead horse called my entry to a pulp, right? But there’s just a couple more details we need to work out before we can move on to another space.

I love the idea of a stair runner. And when it comes to a patterned stair runner, I will certainly have to make that decision before I finalize any wallpaper or fabrics for the space, or at least at the same time so they complement and don’t compete.

Here are a few of my favorite stair runners…


(square geometric–interior design by Kelly Wearstler)


(David Hicks Hexagon–Interior Design by Eric Cohler)


(Natural Fiber–Interior Design by Mary McDonald)


(Madeline Weinrib pattern–Interior Design by Serendipity Interiors)


(Leopard Runner–Interior Design by Erin Gates, Elements of Style)


(Solid but Colorful Runner–photography by Dan Duchars, Interior Designer unknown)

I’m quite fond of the hexagon pattern. What do you love? Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite stair runner. And does the stair runner decision affect what you think I should do on the walls and with the fabrics in the space, whether on a chair, skirted table or banquette? Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll narrow all my entry choices and show you the top 2 looks that are in the running so we can move on to another room. Wahoo!


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p.s. You can see all these images and many more on my Pinterest board called Stair Style.

Which Would You Choose? Stair Bannisters

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So many decisions to make in my new house, so little time. So I need your help again.

What would you choose…

1. A crisp white stair bannister?


2. A dramatic all black bannister?


3. A combination of black handrail but white spindles?


4. White with a stained handrail?


5. Or something totally fun and off the wall like painting part or all of the bannister a color?


I’m not deciding on the shape or style of the bannister today, just the color. And I’m sort of leaning towards option #3 but I could totally be persuaded.

I know it’s hard when you don’t know what all the entry selections are yet, but if we are thinking JUST about the bannister, what option above do you love the most? Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite. And do give me a hard sell if #3 isn’t your favorite. You just might change my mind…again. 🙂


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See all these images and many more on my Pinterest board called Entry Ways.