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Sunday, February 19, 2012

676. This Is Not A Design Blog

But if it were, I would certainly post this picture of our front entry and tell you that I designed it.  When we bought our 1942 Cape Cod, this entry was essentially a skinny hallway.  We stole two feet from the adjacent bedroom (knocked a wall down) to make this nook/ arch thing so we could put a console table.  I decided to go for the moody gray look.  It was white initially, but when The Husband was gone at work one day, it mysteriously got painted a color that he had not "pre-approved."  (He pretends to like it now.)

the one time you will see this entry looking this clean

  • The paint color is by Martha Stewart and is called "Seal."  Seal as in seal swimming in the ocean, not as in Seal, Heidi Klum's ex.  (Although with Heidi leaving him, his mood most likely is this gray color, poor Seal.)  The paint looks brown on the chip, but goes up gray on the wall (it is available at Home Depot).  Not really sure why it is photographing so black.  Trust me, it is a charcoal gray.  My friend Sammi was the guinea pig of this color because she used it in her guest bathroom and it looked great, especially with a stark white trim for contrast.  Thanks for saving me Paint Angst, Sammi!   
  • The front door is original and we stripped about a gazillion layers of paint off of it to get back to the pretty wood.  Now I am thinking about painting it red (kidding!).    
  • The table is (supposedly) an antique.  I doubt it.  Antiques are built to last.  With this piece, the drawers fall out if you sneeze near it.   
  • The little balls in the glass container are spongey Earth globes from a local toy store ($3 each).  The kids like to throw them at each other. 
  • The glass container is from the high-end kitchen store, bought on sale and at a nice discount when I worked there.
  • The wood (silver color) tray for the mail is from West Elm. 
  • The Paris poster is vintage. 
  • The airline map is a United Airlines board game from the 1930's.  How cool is that? 
  • Almost forgot, the "crystal" lamp and fabric shade are (of course) from Target. 
  • The seashell wreath is from San Diego from last time I was visiting my mom. 
I like the entry way a lot.  What you can't see in the picture are all the boys' shoes which are shoved in the closet on the right (behind the front door there)-- ha ha!  

MOV

15 comments:

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    1. thanks Rob Z! I love the idea of white, but then I always end up painting something not white..........

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  2. Handsome decor, nice job. I have to paint and am wondering if I can do it one wall at a time.

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    1. thanks, Nola! I would not do one wall at a time if I were you. By the time you do the prep work of getting everything ready, you might as well just go for it (plus the paint fumes-- gag! just deal with those once).

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  3. Okay. Yours is not a design blog. But you should post that design related junk once in awhile because those women are making SO MUCH MONEY! It's not even hilarious. I am doing that even though I don't think of myself as a 'home decor' blogger. And I love your seal and I'm glad he was not clubbed in the head, because when I hear 'seal?' I think a blood-on-the-snow-type color. Which is wrong, but I'm half-Canadian.

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    1. hi kirby, thanks for your vote of confidence! much appreciated! I love your blog, so I am grateful that you think I am good at design. wondering where the so much money thing comes into play..........

      and what color is that blood on snow thing? sounds a bit Arctic vampire creepy..........

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  4. Phew..thanks for inviting us, as we would not want to stop by out of the blue! Love the globes and the homage to a former flight attendant feel!

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    1. that right, andrea, no stopping by without calling! Ha! I would meet you on the front porch and sort of push you out and not invite you in and then claim that the house was being fumigated or some such nonsense.

      And yes, the homage to my former flight attendant days (*sigh*).........

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  5. Looks great, I love it when people aren't afraid to use color.

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    1. thanks, shea, lola, and tucker! I think the bold use of color comes from years of renting and not being ALLOWED to paint.

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  6. Thank you for posting the great content…I was looking for something like this…I found it quiet interesting, hopefully you will keep posting such blogs….Keep sharing.. Logo Design

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  7. I am all about color -- and this is gorgeous. Plus, as I mentioned before, I love your art. I am of the opinion that art should mean something to you -- not just random stuff someone else chose for you. Obviously you chose things that speak to a part of your life. Ok, I could also be completely making that up. :-)

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    1. no, you are not making it up. Art definitely speaks to me. Usually it says, "Your bank account will be empty after meeting me! ha!" But it is worth it......

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