October 14, 2013

freshening the foyer - finale

Morning sunshines! I hope you all had a great weekend. I have a long overdue update on the entry for you. So let's jump in, shall we?

To jog your memory, here is where I left the space back in June. Yes, I said June. (read parts 1 and 2 of the entry makeover here and here)


We all agreed at the time that the placeholder mirror wasn't doing anyone any favors and it didn't really add anything. I'm trying me best to be a thoughtful and slow caretaker of this little house and wait for the right thing rather than just buying the closest thing. I looked on Craigslist, thrift stores and antique shops and found a big fat nothing.


Then I went on vacation and made a stop in one of my favorite antique stores in Sarasota. And this little gem was just waiting for me in the corner. A cool shape and the right size to not dwarf the bench or the narrow wall where it would sit. The man at the shop told me he had just bought it at an estate sale at the oldest house in Sarasota (which is why he hadn't hung it up yet) but he is also quite a shyster so who knows what the real story is.

At any rate it is the same store I got my coffee table and one of the raspberry dressers in my living room from, and I like that I get so many of my orphans from the same spot.

I've drifted off topic..where was I? Ah yes, the mirror. So the paint job on the mirror was not in good shape and it wasn't the right color. So I sprayed it black and bam - I'm calling this entry done.


I had originally wanted to add some sconces to either side of the mirror but all the ones I liked were too wide for the space. Then my genius mother suggested we go to a shop we are lucky enough to have downtown that sells nothing but vintage china.


We found this great pattern with all the colors of the entry and the living room. Love that pattern and that woman.





Feels good to have that wrapped up.

Have you held out for the right piece before? Has it taken forever to find something to fit in a spot in your house? Want to borrow my mom for her problem-solving skills? She's good.

42 comments:

  1. Pretty perfect now Elizabeth! Patience is key, glad your happy. :-)

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  2. It feels so good to find the perfect piece right? I love your entry! I'm so glad you were patient. It looks like every piece was meant to be exactly where it is. Perfect!! Your mom is awesome!

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  3. Oooooh, ahhhhhh. It looks great! The mirror was a fantastic find. Patience paid off in a big way here!

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  4. I've always found that if I take the time to find the right thing and 'layer' my house, it works the first time. Otherwise I'm then searching for a replacement for an item that didn't really belong. Worth the wait and an open mind.

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  5. I love it!! Your mom is brilliant with those little plates; they are perfect! I love your wallpaper so much.

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  6. Oh wow. Love love it! The green is a fabulous color choice!

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  7. Your entry looks great! Love the pretty stencil you did and totally swooning over the lovely bench you found.
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  8. Looks so pretty and fresh! I love that bench :)

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  9. Every single thing looks GORGEOUS. The black mirror with the black door and the bits of black in the plates is fantastic. I also love how the top of the bench, which is amazing BTW, fits so well with the bottom of the mirror. Incredible job, Elizabeth!!

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  10. Looks awesome...still loving that bench!

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  11. What a happy little entry! I love those plates.Its always good to wait for the right thing. I held out for an MCM credenza for my TV and got one 10 times better than I imagined.

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  12. This looks really great! Yes I think it is so about waiting for the right piece. I bet you love just taking it all in now that it is done....the right way!

    Laura

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  13. I love, love the new mirror and everything about your entry! I think it's great that you held out for that perfect piece. That is so hard to do, sometimes!

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  14. Yes, that mirror is the Piece!!!! Perfect compliment to the bench!!!!

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  15. So pretty, cheerful, pulled together, and welcoming, Elizabeth! I love your ideas…the green ceiling, the plates, the stencil all give the space so much personality. Cheers to one room, done!

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  16. This is so lovely. The plates look great, and boy did you get lucky with that mirror. The bench is fantastic.

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  17. What a well curated space! I do wait to find the perfect piece, which is why makeovers are painfully long for me, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  18. The bench and your front door are amazing! The stenciling is really great too!

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  19. The foyer looks so "you!" I am still so in love with your stencil! Like everything else, I am a little of both. Some things I wait forever and others I buy impulsively...hence my closet full of random junk!

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  20. i love how it is looking!!!! that bench oh i just love it!

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  21. Foyer looks wonderful and I'm lucky enough to have a Mom like that.

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  22. Love it! The plates and mirror are just perfect!

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  23. Your green stencil is the perfect background for that perfect bench!! I noticed how smart you were to arrange your pattern so you didn't have to wrestle with it in the corners!

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  24. gorgeous! i love that the mirror highlights the shape of the paisley(?) pattern on the wall. such a pretty new details. and gorgeous colors, and layers of patterns...i keep staring at the picture randomly throughout the day and discovering new details I love.

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  25. Love the whole look. Kind of English. Very welcoming. :)

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  26. Your entry looks perfect. Those plates just tie it all together so well. I guess Mother knows best!

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  27. You foyer is gorgeous! Definitely worth the wait!

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  28. SO so pretty....I'm so jealous that you have a shop that only sells vintage china!! I would go BROKE really fast!

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  29. Good for you for holding out! The mirror is the perfect size. I wouldn't have thought to hang plates in that space, and they work perfectly (which is why you get paid to decorate houses and I do not!). That bench in there is awesome, too.

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  30. Love the way your foyer turned out! It is all just perfect!! Just curious which shop downtown sells the china? Thanks!!

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  31. Wow - it looks incredible! Now I'm thinking about what a TERRIBLE impression my entry makes. You've inspired me to take action!

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  32. Your foyer looks great and I agree that sometimes you have to wait for the right piece! Looks like you found it. Well done! Erin

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  33. Seriously I have a major crush on your foyer, it's honestly perfection! I love all the elements! I also will hold out to find something perfect but more often than not I end up going in a different direction like you did with the plates and it ends up being way better than my original idea, sorta like your plates! (:

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  34. Well it appears that you have gone a produced the cutest foyer ever...Love the green and black [my new fav combination]....good going with the plater too.

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  35. God that bench gives me sweaty palms, I love it that much. But so as not to distract myself with lust for the bench - the whole space looks fabulous and I LOVE the plates (your mum is a genius, please send her to England). xxx

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  36. Your entry has always been a fav because of that green, my fav. I bet you have a lot of people creeping by your house at night to steal a peak. I know I would...

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  37. Pretty, pretty, pretty!!! Love the pattern on the walls, the light fixture, bench, and of course the new mirror. Makes me want to add more color into my house :)

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  38. I just love a bold entry and this is wonderful! Love the use of color and pattern. The bench is perfection! Great job and thanks for sharing.

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