Monday, March 19, 2012

Light and Airy Entryway

Hello Everyone!
We are finally nearing the very end of our home sprucing. As you may recall
about 5 weeks ago I made a very long list of things "to do" around here.
The only things left are the outdoor landscaping, waiting on the new furniture,
and the new hardwood flooring. At this point we may have changed our minds on
 installing hardwoods for a few reasons. The first being the expense has not kept up
with the housing market here, the hassle of tearing the rooms apart...again, and the
darker floors would not contrast with dark leather furnishings in the room. I know
I can add a light area rug but still I'm not quite sure. I'm still thinking about it.
I'm tweaking a bit but for the most part everything is finished. Whew!
Join me for a tour of the newly painted entry. It's so different to us. We love it!
 After! The view as you enter. It's much lighter!
This cream paint is called Bone Folder by Martha Stewart. I used it in many rooms.
 The view from the family room.
 I bought a spring wreath at Kirklands. Spring is definitely in the air here.
 The view into the hallway and formal dining room. I'll share that room next.
The opposite direction from the formal dining room.
 Here is the same view "before" with a darker sage green paint.
Once again we liked it but after six years it was time to change things up. 
 The foyer is two stories high. Here you can see the light color well.
 Here is the same view with the old paint colors.
The deep red was very dark and it carried all the way up the stairs. 
Mr Chestnut is hanging out in his "old" room wondering where the new furniture is.
He does like his "new" room too. Look at his glowing eyes. My hubby took this with his phone. 
We are really getting tired of sitting on the floor to watch American Idol and rental movies.
Tomorrow the tv cabinet arrives and for the family room downstairs but no sofa yet.
Of course it's on backorder. I have no patience. I need to work on that.
I hope you are having lovely weather where you are as well.
Happy first day of spring!


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Melissa, I'm loving all of the changes you're making!! You always do such a great job! The wreath is gorgeous!! Such pretty colors!

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Melissa, just caught up with your new post, of course anything you all do is beautiful and with class. Love the new cream and sneak peak into green? dining room. Love all your new efforts! Blessings for your "new" home!Thanks for all your details and color names:)

Becca said...

So, so pretty, Melissa! Your beautiful accent pieces bounce beautifully off of your new, fabulous wall color! Love the peek into your dining room, too ... can't wait to see more!

Barbara F. said...

Just beautiful, Melissa,I love the wreath on the mirror. Paint color is very pretty. xo

Kris said...

Beautiful color! It really brightens up the space and makes it look larger.

Everything is lovely!

Jane said...

So beautiful. How fun to put a spring wreath to the mirror! Chestnut is adorable and looks like he might be impatient too! Jane

Marianne said...

Hi Melissa, Such beautiful changes you are making to your home. The lighter color really makes everything pop. Wreath on the mirror is gorgeous, what a great idea!
Marianne :)

Traci said...

Everything looks so good. I can't believe you finished so quickly!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Very pretty indeed. I know you are loving your lighter and brighter colors very much. I just put a home in your neighborhood Under Contract today. The new Buyers got it for $50K less than the Sellers bought it for in a Distress Sale. :-/ But, things will be getting better soon. I keep praying at least. Take care, Barb

Gypsy Heart said...

Love the new paint color! All of the area looks so bright and welcoming. I can only imagine how tired you guys must be of painting, etc.


Shelia said...

Hi sweet Melissa! Oh, I'm loving touring your new home. I love all you've done to it and I knew it would look like a million dollars with your decorating sense! That's a cute picture of Mr. Chestnut with his glowing eyes.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rooms by Ann said...

Your changes are beautiful. I love the wreath over the Mirror. Your entry looks beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

Tara G. said...

Melissa, the house looks lovely! I can tell from the language you use that you've shed house "weight" and are enjoying the changes a lot!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am really loving your paint colors! So fresh and airy! And that wreath is just gorgeous! Keep up the great work!


Paula said...

Your changes look great! Hope your sofa comes soon. It is hard waiting for something, isn't it?

sissie said...

Hi Meslissa,
Your home looks lovely. I bet kitty would be perfectly happy with that big spacious room just the way it is!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks wonderful, Melissa! Boy, you really took off on this after you made that list! : ) I like the lighter color walls in our new place; it has made it easier to work our stuff in and I was heading in that direction anyway. In fact, the one room we are painting is a color that I might not have minded a couple of years ago. A green in the sunroom, which will be going to a golden beige color.

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

It's looking so fresh! I went to color 6 years ago myself and I still love color but I'm realizing that the neutral tones allow me to mix in color without having to wear it on the walls! I guess change is inevitable! I wanted hardwood flooring for my office but our housing market is poor here and my home doesn't warrant the extra cost.
I bet you just love all these new changes! This new color your using is intriguing. I'm going to pick up a sample of it at HD.
I hope your new TV unit pleases you and I don't blame you for your impatience on the new furniture!

Angela said...

Melissa, The new paint looks beautiful! Nice and fresh looking! Love the new wreath from Kirklands. Chestnut is such a cutie!

Have a great week! Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Kelly said...

It's looking so good. I bet it makes your home feel bigger too. That's how mine felt after painting the walls white. I feel for you having to sit on the floor to watch tv. That's no fun. It won't be long before everything is back in it's rightful place and you can enjoy living and entertaining in your "new" home!

April said...

You and your hubby sure have been busy, Melissa, but it definitely has paid off! I really love the lighter colors! Makes everything look so open and airy!

Savvy Seasons said...

Lovely job, Melissa! You sure have been busy. The lighter brighter look works very well with your decor, and I love your accessorizing and the wreath. Well done! xo ~Liz

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, The new paint color looks great! I bet you are enjoying the brighter look. You guys really went to town on everything!

Pam said...

Melissa, when you first said that you were changing paint colors, I was a little scared, because I really loved the other colors and just the feel of your house. But I love that color. It makes it look larger and brighter in the entryway and will be better for when the time comes that you do want to sell it. I had thought about extending out hardwood floors into our living room, but it just seems like so much work moving all this stuff!

CAS said...

It gorgeous, Melissa! I think you're having the next best "fun" to moving! Love the new color, & I want that!

Maria Elena said...

Melissa, it is looking beautiful! I love the new wall color and your accents looks so pretty against it!
I love your new wreath!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love your new paint color! So light and fresh! I'm looking at your floors and wondering why you'd want to change them. Although I do love dark floors. Ours were almost an orange/yellow color and we stained darker, which I'm much more pleased with. It's a mess though. Still sweeping up dust.
You work really fast to have all that in 5 weeks. Lovely!

Lisa said...

Love all your changes! I know what you mean about making changes you might not be able to recoup. I'm sure whatever you decide will be lovely.:)
PS Gorgeous wreath!

Elle said...

I really love the ambiance created by the lighting! So cozy. Great job!

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Marla and Steve said...

Love all your changes and the new paint is so warm on the walls.

Richella said...

Melissa, your new light and bright look is just lovely. I'm sure you're excited to have a whole new look! I especially like the fact that you're continuing to use many of the accessories you already owned--I think it's good for people to know that they can totally change their look without having to purchase all new rugs, artwork, lamps, etc.

I am really excited to see your kitchen cabinets! I hope you're happy with the way they turned out!

Nancy from OHIO said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! I am liking the lighter colors. Feels fresh and brand new! Happy Spring!

Jo said...

The new paint color is beautiful! Love the changes ~ really freshens up the room. The wreath on the mirror is so pretty!


Dennise said...

Your designs become more and more beautiful. You deserve my warmest congratulations.

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