Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Entry Way

This is the entry way to my home. It really is an entry way, not a foyer, as it's only 78 inches from the front door to the wall! I had to stand outside to take the photo. When we moved in the door opened into a closet - one of the first things we did was to rip that out.
This is the bureau I mentioned in my 1/2 way projects/procrastination post. I purchased it for about $100 at Upscale Resale and then managed to wait about 4 years before painting it Floradora by Pratt & Lambert. It felt a bit bold at first but now I find it fresh, working well in the summer and the rest of the year too. I trimmed out the flush drawers with gold metallic paint.


This bird is from Alessandra Branca's store in Chicago. He was only $20. I love his expression.

Below is a faux bird nest and bird, resting in my great grandmother's transferware compote. (thanks Mom) As you can tell I like to be greeted by birds in my entry way.


Here's the original yellow finish - captured when I remembered I had forgotten to take a photo before starting.
Here's a close-up of one of the handles.

28 comments:

viera said...

Your entry looks totally GREAT! Cabinet is perfect with all decorations.
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Leah said...

Very nice! I love your drawers, the gold accent is perfect.

Pigtown-Design said...

That turned out really well!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

WOW!! I am LOVING that dresser. Not only is the color choice stunningly beautiful....but that touch of gold really gives it depth and character!

Lovely!

ArchitectDesign said...

oh it's so cheerful, I really love it! I especially love your blue door way and your wreath :-)
I love the gold trim around the drawers too, was that difficult to do?

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks for all the kind comments. Architect Design - for the gold trim I just placed painter's tape to mark the edge. My first mistake though was to worry too much about bleeding so I pressed the tape down very hard. When I lifted it up I ended up pulling off the green paint! So after repairs, I lightly put on the painters tape and all was well.

SOUL PRETTY said...

Notting, you may be right about the yellow...I like the yellow in your entry hall too...Hum...to be continued...

michelle said...

So pretty...the wreath amazing! I expected this from you...very talented.

I learned something the other day...if you dry brush along the tape line first, the paint won't bleed under it.

Love the colour of the dresser...nice choice...I need a blue equivilent.

Merry Christmas!

Patricia Gray said...

What a great job you have done. I love the color you choose and the way you painted the edges of the drawers with gold and your blue front door is smashing!!!

Jennifer said...

so pretty! I love the gold trim. and the hardware!

megan said...

I would love to be greeted like that everyday! Beautiful entry!

vicki archer said...

The chest is a wonderful green but the gold trim really makes it. Your entry is so welcoming and I love your wreaths. xv

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a welcome entryway. I love the square wreath, and you're right... the bird has such a pleasant expression!

Carolina Eclectic said...

The green looks fantastic!! What a pretty piece:)

PamperingBeki said...

I love square wreaths!!

It all looks lovely.

Annie, bossy color said...

Fantastic job on the dresser, Michele! And I love that you used your grandmother's compote - I'm always looking for ways for clients (and me!) to put beautiful but never-used china to good use. It's an excellent perch for your little friend!

Topsy Turvy said...

The chest looks great! I love your idea of ripping out the closet to make an entry. Most homes have those entry closets, and they aren't really big enough to function well.

-Lana

pve design said...

what lucky birds to grace your entry.
please show us more. love that green chest, what is
inside those drawers? love to see --

LindsB said...

LOVE your foyer, its gorgeous!! The wreath on the mirror is beautiful, and those transferwear urns are awesome.

Willow Decor: said...

Wonderful paint job! You inspire me! Have a wonderful Holiday!
xxx- Gina :)

simply seleta said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your entryway, very design diva.

xoxo
Seleta

annechovie said...

Love what you've done, Michele! Looks great and that color green is so rich looking. Wishing you the best of Holidays and a wonderful New Year!

halcyon said...

Michele, this is so inviting. I love the dresser, and they are so versatile with keys, caps, scarves etc. The gold around the drawer edge is very finishing and those ceramic pieces MAKE the entry!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Gorgeous colour! Love what you have done with this piece and much nicer to open the door to than a closet - well done! Tracey x

Karena said...

Michele, I love the chest it turned out beautifullly. Simple yet very elegant, and the color! What an inspiration....

maison21 said...

kudos! the gold on the drawers is a lovely touch.

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dl1199 said...

That green looks great! For me, that color is so difficult to use. It can either look amazing or super ugly, and this is definitely amazing. As for that hardware, I wanted to note that I found some similar things for really good prices at yourhomesupply.com. They have a great variety and they shipped my order really quickly. I hope that helps. Great Work!

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