In a prior post I wrote that we changed the small existing entry
This gable was originally a dining room window. We bumped it out, replaced the window with doors, added the wedding cake porch and moved the sidewalk...oh yes...and the stairs.
At first I was not up for this huge task, but hubby finally talked me into it and I must say
I am glad
I realized the existing entry was too small, but I just could hardly stand the demolition it would involve
ahh....that seems like a very very long time ago
The difference was really worth it all
Come in please
We moved the stairs and opened up the ceiling to expose a huge space
put in heavy mold, added marble floors cut on the diagonal embedded with smaller diamond trim in a contrasting color
The chandeliers were purchased on ebay and I added the Chinese planters a few weeks ago
Another thing we don't agree on...
I really really want an Ikat stair carpet...
but I am willing to wait to purchase it from some far off land
...yeah, that'll be a while!
The walls are curved so there was no ending spot for wallpaper or fabric
so I just painted the walls myself
I am loving the blue and white porcelain and there is just no place around here to purchase it
so...I painted a vase. I wasn't crazy about how it just "stuck out" so I put these two lanterns in front of it
Prayer candles are my all time favorite
They are inexpensive, long-lasting and safe
Mirrors are always a good answer
I knew I had hit the mark when my bff told me she thought this little tree was a shadow of the palm on the wall...subtle...just what I was going for
Subtle is hard for me
here's my trick...if I don't have time to "freehand" stuff I will use a stencil and then soften the edges freehand and "wash it out"...it is free hand, but about 400 x faster...I slipped in a few little blue birds here and there--
birds are hard, bird's beaks are hard...so I use this trick often with birds and dragon flies..not everything comes in stencil...but when it does...use a stencil and then "freehand" around it
I added some fabric shades to the matching sconces
Chad just finished this re-do last night. We moved the posts about 5 inches and added the iron railing to match the door. We took off the acorn finials...living with that for a while. I don't really like the color of the stairs, but again...I'm hoping for a carpet runner. We still have to trim the bottom step, it's in the process of being made
The mural is very soft...I used mostly water
A live green plant makes everything look good
Looking down...it's hard to believe this was a dining room
it did need to be changed for sure!
The chandy is my favorite thing besides
and all the folks that walk in and out
I wish it could be you