Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Welcome Of My Home

First impressions are everything, right!  Well, not always, but I always try to make my entrance feel warm and welcoming.  I want everyone that enters to feel comfortable and welcome. 

I'm really proud of my front foyer.  When we bought our house about six years ago, the foyer was just all white walls, old brass chandelier, a plain and solid cheap wooden door, and pink carpeting going up the stairs.  Of course, back then I never thought of taking "before" pictures, so put the pictures in your head of what I just described, and now here are the "after" pictures.

We had a new oak door with sidelights and leaded glass installed.

We hired two painters to paint the foyer.  The first painter painted the solid gold color on the walls.  The second painter took us months to employ.  She's a very talented muralist and faux paint artist.  She painted a faux plaster look over the solid from the floor halfway up the wall.  In between the faux technique and the solid she painted a grapevine all the way around.

When you walk in the front door, off to the right are glass doors leading into my tea room parlor.
This room can be seen here as it was at Christmas.  The chair by the front door is an antique from an old court house.

Above the parlor doors was painted this stained glass window and balcony.

To the left as you walk in the front door is my dining room.  The wreath on the wall by the door was made for me by a very good friend as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago.  It's made from wine bottle corks.

Straight in front of you as you walk in the front door is my entrance table that I always have decorated for the season or holiday.  I always have a dish of candy sitting there and a guest book for everyone that visits here to sign before they leave.

Above the doorway going in to the living room was painted a cherub.  I love angels and cherubs so my husband had asked our painter to paint that there for me.

Going up the stairs are stair lights.  Again, you have to use your imagination for the "before" picture.  The glass covering the lights was originally just a plain clear plastic.  We had stained glass covers made that mimicked the stained glass painted on our faux window.

The chair on the landing is one of my favorite antiques.  Notice how short the chair is.  Years ago people were not very tall.  The chair has been refinished, re-glued and varnished.

Our faux painter also put these plaster stencils on the walls.  After the painting was done she suggested this as it just looked like they needed to be added.  She was right.

Here is the view from the top of the stairway.  The new chandelier was put up after the painting was all finished. 

 Welcome into my home.  I hope you come back to visit soon.

I'm linking this to Cielo's Show Off Your Cottage Monday

10 comments: said...

Wow. What a transformation! I almost did a post on my foyer for Show off Your Cottage Monday, too!

♥ Miss Tea said...

gorgeous, beautiful and lovely foyer! I'm so envious! hehe...i love it, thanks for sharing!!

Theresa said...

I LOVE it! The painting on the wall is "Over-the-top" gorgeous! Thanks for showing it to me:) I enjoyed it so much! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

What creativity. Love all the art work and it's just beautiful. I keep thinking that I have so much photography that I should just frame a lot and hang in my living room. Forget the painting of the walls. Of course, there has to be a color scheme to make it look right! Thanks for sharing your beautiful house that you made into a home!

Kathy said...

This is quite lovely. I have a Trompe l'oeil I need to finish. My family is generous in letting me make our home my canvas. I painted faux windows in our former home - and in this one I painted faux tile on the fireplace and a chicken in our kitchen. It is fun!
Have you ever read the book -The Illustrated Cottage?
You'll find it enchanting.

Valerie said...

Beautiful. It's sheer luxury, Nina. If ever you take up interior decorating I could send you my address.

Anonymous said...

I have been on Delta flights that
have TVs and or movies.

My daughter sil and grandbaby
live in SLC. I am in Ohio.
Been in Minneapolis airport.
many times and it is huge
with lots of stores!
Then its always a small plane
back to Cleveland OH for us.


Sarah, Three Boys said...

gorgeous! Love your home. Thanks so much for visiting ThreeBoys and leaving your sweet comments. Hope to see you around again soon!

LBDDiaries said...

What a beautiful and warm, welcoming entryway! I imagine people walk in the first time and just stand there looking at everything! It's wonderful! Visiting from SITS

Alison Agnew said...

it looks so unique and distinctive...i especially like the cork wreath...good job!


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