2014 Fall One Room Challenge || Final Week

11.05.2014



Thank you for coming to see my completed entrance hall. I redesigned our very tired and lifeless entry for The One Room Challenge. You can catch up and see "before" shots here.  It's been so much fun working with this space, and I'm thrilled with the results.  How exciting to get to share it with you today!


Above and below is the view from the front door.



These are the beyond breathtaking panels that Christina Baker painted for the entry.  I'm not sure if from the photos you can get a true understanding of the impact these panels create.  In person they're even more beautiful, and I'm wanting to spend lots of time on the settee enjoying the view. Christina was absolutely lovely to work with. Besides these to-die-for paintings I get to enjoy everyday, it was fantastic getting to know and work with her. Her work is available at Gregg Irby Fine Art, and also can be seen on her site.



And, here is the spectacular lantern Coleen Rider, of Coleen and Company, custom designed for my entry. As of today, it's available on her site.  I'm still pinching myself that this even happened. Coleen's spontaneity in taking this on was impressive, and I'm grateful she did!   I gave her the dimensions of the entry, and she created a drop dead gorgeous piece that's the perfect scale for the space.  This new lantern has elevated my entry so very much. Could it possibly be more perfect for me?  


All of the Coleen and Company lighting is handmade by metal artisans in Los Angeles, and this image shows the handmade quality.  Can you believe those bells?! 


Another piece that adds much to the entry is this semi-antique Persian Kerman rug I found on eBay.  Purchasing a rug on eBay was a tad bit stressful, but I'm so happy I took the chance.  The colors and size are a perfect fit.  



I love the addition of this settee.  You can see the before and after here. Decorators Best helped me with the Stroheim Velvet Strie which is unbelievable.  It's the prettiest blue velvet I've seen.  Again and Again's lacquering and upholstery job is exquisite.  


This image is from my dining room looking through the entry into the living room.  I asked Laura Row to create the two peony watercolors you see at the base of the stairs.  What I love is that they're botanicals, but the crop makes them more graphic and interesting. Basically, they're a fresh update to a classic look I've always loved.  And peonies.  That, too.


Didn't she do an amazing job?  The colors flow seamlessly with Christina's paintings, and provide the perfect foil to the abstract panels.  


I'm not sure if I've mentioned that I found the settee and sconce at the same local consignment store over the course of many visits. My husband's not terribly excited that they know me there by name. The sconce was necessary to add another light source, and it fits beautifully on this little wall.  


The landing looked empty, and it was easy to find just the thing. You can never go wrong with a ginger jar, can you?


I like at least one green plant in every room.  If you look through the entry into the family room, you'll see another.  This one warms and softens the space. 

The look and feel of our entry is now entirely different.  It makes me so happy to walk through this space, and the other members of the family love it as well.  This was the 6th ORC in which I've participated, and it was by far the hardest.  You can't tell by looking, but much more time, thought, and effort went into this one. If you have any experience, you know that "less" is often times harder to pull off than "more."  This was my first experience with this level of "less," and I learned so much through the process. Now that the entry is finished, I wish I'd done it a long time ago. Thank goodness Linda, of Calling it Home, created this One Room Challenge event. If it weren't for the fun of ORC, I doubt if I'd be motivated to find the time to change anything around our house!

I very much appreciate everyone who worked with me on this project.  Their links are below.

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There are so many seriously amazing rooms that you don't want to miss.  Be sure to go visit these talented ORC participants:

                Abby M. Interiors             

Trademarked by Calling it Home


With these, and the One Room Challenge Linking Participants that will be up tomorrow at Calling it Home, I'll be at my computer for days.  So many newly designed rooms to visit -- FUN!

Photography by Jason Kindig






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87 comments :

Mary-Irene said...

Your entry is to die for! I just love the paintings, and the settee! What a difference casing around the doors make. We do not have casing on any of the entries from room to room, only around the bedrooms and closets and I am seriously thinking of changing that! Great inspiration from you as always!

Kim said...

Jennifer, your entry turned out so beautifully ... the artwork is stunning and your chandelier is perfect! Congratulations!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Amazing! The lantern is wonderful and Christina's paintings across from the settee are perfection.

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Oh my gosh- it's stunning! The artwork is phenomenal, I love the colors. Just gorgeous!!!

Junell said...

Well done! It is all just wonderful. The settee ~ stunning! Art ~ awesome & the lantern is just as chic as it can be!

Krystine @ www.KrystineEdwards.com said...

BRAVO! What a gorgeous space to greet you when you walk in!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the settee, the art, the rug, everything!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

That fixture is beyond! I just love it and the artwork sings in there! Congrats on a beautiful entry! xo Nancy

Lucy and Jenn said...

It is so open, airy, and light! Your color palate was spot on and the lantern is just incredible. It is hard getting a narrow entryway that opens right onto a staircase to seem so open and bright, but you were 100% successful! East Meets South

Cathy said...

Love it love it! So refreshing to see a bright, ab=nd bold yet traditional space. From the rug to the setts to the artworks, this space if lovely. Then there is that amazing light fixture, oh my! Congrats and a fab space!

sarahsofiaproductions said...

Jennifer that chandelier is stunning and so unique, the perfect statement piece when you walk into your home! Your eye then immediately goes to those beautiful floor length paintings. Of course I love your color choice of blue and white and that settee is gorgeous and so inviting I want to sit down right now. Can't go wrong with peonies and ties the room together with the rug. The ginger jar is your signature touch and the plants give a natural flow from one room to the next. Always stunning to see your work, BRAVO!

kate@willowinteriors said...

Jennifer, this entry is drop-dead gorgeous!! Every piece is a stunner...that lantern, the settee, the rug and of course the amazing artwork! But its the restraint with the wall color and lack of chotchkies (don't get me wrong, i love me some chotchkies...but not here) that help this room sing! Bravo and enjoy!!!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Just as beautiful as I knew it would be. You did a wonderful job Jennifer. That lantern is a show stopper! Cheers to you my friend.

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

I have been dying to see this reveal!! I absolutely love every inch of your entry. The paintings, the velvet settee, the light fixture… incredible! This is my favorite color combo… blue and white, pink and turquoise. Gorgeous!! Enjoy it!

Boots said...

What a transformation! Simple, elegant, beautiful. Well done.

therelishedroost said...

That lantern by Colleen and Co is unbelievable!! Such a pretty foyer!

tara martel said...

oh that bench!!! what a completely lovely addition! love that chandelier, such a bold statement in this light and bright pace. great job!

Reagan Geschardt said...

Gorgeous Jennifer!!! Well done... I love it all, but especially Christina's paintings!:)

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Blown away. That pagoda lantern is just beyond beyond beyond fabulous and when paired with all the other gorgeous pieces this entry comes together beautifully. The artwork!!!!! And the rug!!! The settee!!! The everything!!! Brava, my friend.

Linda said...

So beautitiful! Love the blend of traditonal and comtempory with those great colors! Must make for smiles for you and family whenever you pass through.
Linda @ bushelandapickle

pam {simple details} said...

Jennifer, it's the absolute ultimate in simplicity ~ love how your few pieces make such a dramatic impact!

Dianne said...

Well this room is too good to be real! I love everything about it. especially love the space. not too crowded...airy. The paintings from both artists are wonderful and perfect. The killer is the lantern. Well done! Bravo!

Joanne said...

Simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
So well put together with unique and wonderful pieces!
A job well-done, Jennifer!

Rachel Baddorf said...

Lovely! It turned out so good. Those paintings are amazing and everything works so well together. And you are right about plants in every room. They just add life in an otherwise dead space.

Well done!

Segreto Finishes said...

It looks beautiful! Congratulations on a job well done- love the art work especially!!!
xo. Leslie
Segreto Finishes

Mary Meyer said...

It's stunning! I love the art, the settee, the rug- everything. Great job!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

What a beautiful entry! I love how bright and crisp it is. The paintings by Christina are show stoppers for sure and that lantern!! Truly spectacular! It has such a presence and the details are astounding. I will have this on my mind for months and months. I'm completely obsessed with it. The water colors are so pretty and of course that settee just stole my heart. Congratulations. This entry is spectacular!!

Christina Baker said...

Jennifer, you could not have put together a more beautiful room. Each and every single element has played an equally important role. I have had more fun working with you on this project than I can stand and am beyond proud to have been a part of all of this. Congratulations on an absolutely incredible room!

xox,

c.

Kathysue said...

Jennifer, YOUR home just makes me smile. Love the colors and all the special touches. YOU are so right that lantern took your design over the top, and so did the rug. To be honest it all takes your entry over the top. YOUR home is a happy place to visit, I am just sure of it!!!!
Great JOB!!
Kathysue

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

Jennifer, the end result is stunning as I knew it would be. Love it all but the art definitely steals the show.....what amazing elements. The art, the fabulous lantern, the settee....Bravo.

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

This is so beautiful, Jennifer! I love how everything has come together so perfectly!! Amazing job!! :)

The Indigo & Co. Inc. said...

Absolutely gorgeous, That pendant,that chair, those art pieces! Formidable!!

Bravo :)

erin williamson said...

Glorious! You have such a beautiful home!

Stacey {steward of design} said...

A beautiful entry! That light turned out amazing! Great job.

Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful Jennifer. Love the pops of pink.

jana bek said...

The bells on the pagoda pendant - amazing! Love everything! Christina's paintings are gorgeous in your vintage frames & you know I'm obsessed with your entry bench! Stunning transformation Jennifer, I love every detail! XX jana

Beth Connolly said...

Your entryway is fantastic. The pagoda lantern, the art, and the settee are amazing, but everything is wonderful. You did an incredible job.

Fran said...

Looks beautiful!! Colorful and bright!! Such a happy entrance!

apieceoftoastblog said...

Such a pretty transformation, Jennifer! I really adore the color you chose for the settee - such an elegant little spot and it goes great with the trio of paintings across from it! You're inspiring me to get some green plants into my life…but I fear that I don't have the same skills as you do for keeping them alive, ha! Congrats on a lovely job!
xx
Molly

Dana Casey said...

those whole space is so pretty. i really love that lantern and how the rug pulls it all together. great job on the settee...cannot go wrong with lacquer and velvet! pretty, pretty, dana

AnthologyHouse said...

Love, love, love that lantern and how it ties the whole space together. Well done!

Erin Dove said...

What pretty colors! This turned out so beautiful. I love the light! It's been so much fun following you throughout the challenge :)

Paulette Insall ~ Reflecting Colors of the Soul said...

Oh my goodness it turned out spectacularly! And of course my most favorite part is Christina's paintings. Being a painter myself, my eye is always drawn to the art. ) :D

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

I can't begin to tell you how much I love this space! The artwork is incredible, as is the settee, rug, and of course the lantern! Fantastic job!!!

pam said...

wow. stunning. those panels are just so gorgeous. love christina's work. and that settee! beautiful. i didn't know you lived in dallas. i'm just north of the city. i've been to again and again...it's a fun place. pam

Chic Coles said...

The artwork you chose is unbelievable! I love the panels! So beautiful!

Jill Sorensen-LiveLikeYou said...

So pretty bright and open. What a wonderful way to come home! You did such an excellent job. Love happy entries.

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Stunning! The art is beyond beautiful and perfect for the space. And that sconce stole my heart!

home before dark said...

Love the lantern and all of the lovely collaboration that went into your ORC. Your husband sounds like mine. He is shocked! shocked! I say that I know my MasterCard number! Practice. Practice. Practice. Love the new white paint!

Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

That watercolor triptych is just divine! So fluid and friendly, the perfect welcome for guests' first impression into the home. Brilliant and beautifully done! Such a happy space!

Xx- Julie
Peace. Love. LOL!

Haute Khuuture Blog

Marcy Brennan said...

Beautiful! Love Christina's paintings and the light is amazing!

SHERRY HART said...

Don't get me wrong....the whole room is stunning but damn Christina's paintings just take it to a whole other level! They are perfectly stunning and I am a tad bit jealous that you have not one but 3!!! Way to kill it girl. I bet you just keep coming into your foyer and smiling:)

waitingonmartha said...

Just beyond doll! Love it! xo

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

This is just BEAUTIFUL!! I love every element. So so pretty and lovely. The light is to die perfection, as is everything else, including the art.

Vanessa@decor happy said...

You knocked it out of the park! This is one of my favourite ORC spaces. That lantern and those bells - it's the most beautiful light fixture ever. Plus the art, the settee...everything is just perfect!

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

WOW WOW WOW! amazing. simple. clean and fresh! that art? stunning. Such a great job simple but yet you may be my favorite ORC!!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I love the chandelier...it looks fantastic and so does the art work...great job!

designchic said...

It is all gorgeous, Jennifer, but the chandelier…wow,wow, wow. Knew I was going to love this space!!

Improvement List said...

That art work looks amazing! You did a great job putting this space together.

evaru design said...

Fabulous job! The art panels are perfection. Love the palette, so fresh and soothing.

Ashley

Sylvie said...

Your new entry is so beautiful and delicate! Love it all!

Karena Albert said...

Jennifer your new entry is fabulous. Everything from the custom Pagoda Lantern, to the settee, and the stunning art by Christina, well you went 1st class as it should be for this enchanting space!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Andrea said...

Absolute perfection! I am in love with every single detail, especially the pagoda and the art!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Sam @ Away She Went said...

Beautiful! Those panels are stunning! I want something similar for my hallway now!

Abby M. Interiors said...

The most perfect entry there ever was in the land! Every. Single. Element. is just lovely and paired with the incredible paintings--and the LANTERN, it's brilliant. Enjoy your hard work!

Alison Fauls said...

It is all so gorgeous, Jennifer. Isn’t it amazing what saying “yes” to a challenge can cause you to create? Enjoy your new space over the holidays!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I would still be pinching myself over that lantern! What an amazing story, and entrance. Are you sitting on that settee right now, looking at Christina's paintings? I would be. Can I also say that I have Ebay envy. That rug!! This is so lovely and flows beautifully from the other rooms in your home. Great job.

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

That artwork is just amazing. The whole entryway looks fabulous. I would sit on that luscious settee and look at the artwork all day!

PMM pamela munger said...

That is one beautiful entryway, bravo! Christina did a great job on those panels.

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor said...

Absolutely stunning! I can't stop looking at both that amazing lantern and the artwork. They are both beyond fabulous!!

Brenda said...

You must be so pleased with your entry hall. I particularly like your rug and the bench. And that lantern!

angela | the painted house said...

All I'm saying is: bells and that settee!!!

(And, this space is happy beautiful!)

Tracy Laverty said...

Jennifer, this entry is elegant, yet modern with the art. The shape and fabric on the settee is gorgeous. I love the art and that lantern too. Fabulous job!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

There aren't possibly enough exclamation marks to express my love for your lantern. It is perfection. I'm obsessed. THe bells?? I can't even. So cute.
Also the paintings= yes!!! Need that in my clients house now.
Amazing job. You are so right about less being harder sometimes. I think foyers are hard rooms.
Enjoy it!

Jennifer Jones said...

Simply stunning! I love how the settee turned out and that artwork by Christina really makes the entire area smile. Love every detail!

Kim@The Green Room Interiors said...

Working my way through all the reveals and I'm so glad to take in all the beauty here! I would recognize this space as yours anywhere. Your signature soft color palette, pink accents, classic design elements and stellar use of chinoiserie. Just stunning, Jennifer. That lantern is the BEST and I'm just crazy of that settee! Well done - again!!

xo

Lysandra McGregor said...

the paintings!!!!!! and the settee!!!!! this is truly a pretty space, great job!

Susan Skelley said...

The freshness of your new entry is soooo inspiring!

Shannon said...

This is so gorgeous and fresh! I love the art on the wall, and that stunning light fixture. Congrats on a job well done!

Linda Pakravan said...

What a beautiful, beautiful space! The pagoda fixture is perfection!

marlene said...

Absolutely stunning!

Cheryl Lancaster said...

I love it all! Can I ask what Color White did you paint on the walls??

Thank you!

Tobe | BIA said...

FINALLY getting to see this in all of its glory. I am absolutely smitten with the simplicity - not an easy feat! Everything about this is so fresh and inviting. You nailed it on every last detail. Congrats! Can't believe this is #6!! You must be an adrenaline junkie :) oxox

Vel Criste said...

Oh Jennifer! I'm just so smitten with your entry!!! Everything is perfect!!!!

Tiffany said...

Oh wow! It's so light and bright. I love the lantern, and the art is so pretty. Your choices are spot on. My foyer is still a work in progress so I'm living vicariously through you. Congrats, yours is gorgeous.

Kimberly Duran said...

I genuinely don't think I've ever seen an entryway that I love more - it's just absolutely stunning. Every detail is perfect, the artwork, the settee, the lantern - my goodness I can just look at this all day! Wow, what a fabulous job! Perfection xxx

jenna said...

Stunning!

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KathyT said...

That is the most beautiful foyer I have ever seen in my life bar none. Thank you for sharing. Every detail is so perfect I wouldn't even know where to begin but I would have to say it would be that rug and the chinoiserie lantern. Still the way it comes together makes the whole even greater than the sum of the parts, and that is saying a lot because the sum of the parts alone would be up there too. I am struggling to put together a palette for my new house and these photos have been so helpful.

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