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Elegant Entry

If you have been reading my blog from the beginning you have already been introduced to my entryway (and not a, “yay, it’s so pretty” kind of introduction). As seen below, my entryway showcased beaten up builders beige and a complete lack of storage.

Before (this doesn't begin to show the depths of how lifeless and ugly this area was).

Before (this doesn’t begin to show the depths of how lifeless and ugly this area was).

This area of my home has been on the agenda since we first moved in a year ago but we finally got to it post tax return. To save money we opted to go for a paint treatment rather than my dreamed of wall paper. To save even more money we decided to do the painting ourselves. I’m loving the results:

Thank you ikea for innovative shoe storage! I revamped this vintage mirror with some green paint to introduce one of my upstairs accent colours and add some cheer to the space.

Thank you ikea for innovative shoe storage! I revamped this vintage mirror with some green paint to introduce one of my upstairs accent colours and add some cheer to the space.

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The little lantern was also a thrift store find.

As you can see in the picture below I opted to do the white stripes in a flat paint and the revere pewter stripes in a semi gloss to give it more of a wallpaper look and add some interest.

I couldn't get a great shot from this angle but wanted to show you are blingy new flush mount lights from Lowes. The umbra coat hooks help to keep everything in place.

I couldn’t get a great shot from this angle but wanted to show you the blingy new flush mount lights from Lowes. The Umbra coat hooks help to keep everything in place.

A couple accessories from my “treasure trove” are featured in these next pictures: the vintage mirrors at the top of the stairs and the painted candle holders on the ledge.

A new sconce was a must for at the top of these stairs. The original lighting our our place is all kinds of ugly.

A new sconce was a must for at the top of these stairs. The original lighting in our place was all kinds of ugly.

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The darker stripes are a semi gloss version of the same colour I painted the rest of the main floor with: revere pewter from Benjamin Moore.

We had gotten so used to our ugly entryway that it took a while to adjust to the new pretty. At first I was stuck on the fact that the stripes unintentionally look like race car stripes (“no they don’t” Steve says as he holds up Charlie’s toy car followed by “oh…”), but we are both totally in love with the look now.

If you are thinking about trying stripes in your own home, a couple tips from my experience and that of other bloggers I learned from:

1. Use a laser level. Seriously, it will save your sanity and your stripes will just look better. If you don’t have a friend to borrow one from, Home Depot rents them out.

2. Run a credit card over top of your tape to get out any wrinkles and make sure that it is pressed tight to the wall.

3. Frog tape doesn’t necessarily work any better than regular painters tape. To avoid paint bleeding under the tape, paint the edges of the tape with your base colour. This way, in my case, the white paint bleeds onto the white paint and acts as a barrier, preventing your darker colour from bleeding under the edges of the tape and ruining your hard work.

Hope you enjoyed the pics and that those tips help you along your way. I’ll be updating the pictures in a little while as we are getting new hardwood floor put in next month. Looking forward to ripping out that stinky, poorly installed carpet!

 

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Presents and Projects

As Christmas winds down and our tree heads to the chipper, I feel a need for other, less seasonal greenery, to fill the void our pine-scented friend leaves. The Flower Recipe Book, a present given by my husband, provided great inspiration with it’s pages of splendid floral sculptures. I headed to the florist with my new book in hand, ready to pick up the necessary “ingredients”, only to find out that  none of the flowers are in season. Though I did not get to try out my floral art skills, these lovely lillies fill the void our tree left in this corner of the house.

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As for projects, I am proud to point out the wall behind the flowers which is no longer a banged up builder’s beige. Over my husband’s vacation we finally decided to commit some time to painting our living/dining area. Back in the summer when I discovered that I didn’t suck at painting as much as I had previously thought, I made a goal to paint our house, one wall per week. I made it through the three walls of the kitchen then got caught up in other projects until this past week. Over the span of four days (these things take time with two kidlets around) we transformed the look of our space with a couple coats of Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. Grey walls are so trendy but too glum for our Vancouver weather so I chose this warmed up greige (has that word made it to the dictionary yet?). I’m loving it. Next step: new art above the couch. Being shipped as I write!

Thankfully, due to a present my hubby and I bought for one another, a fancy (not-so) little Nikon camera, I’m now able to present you with some half decent pictures. I haven’t gotten beyond zoom in, zoom out, point and click but the improvement upon my last camera is still phenomenal. I can’t wait to get up to some new projects and figure out how to best capture them with my camera!

A beautiful arrangement of paperwhites I picked up from the florist atop my "Flower Recipe Book". Christmas may be over but I can't resist leaving up some white lights.

A beautiful arrangement of paper whites I picked up from the florist atop my “Flower Recipe Book”. Christmas may be over but I can’t resist leaving up some white lights in the kid’s play area.

Because it is impossible not to take pictures of Sofia when the camera is out.

Because it is impossible not to take pictures of Sofia when the camera is out.

PS. Has anyone else become mildly addicted to chocolate over the past couple of weeks?

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