One Room Challenge Week Three: Entrance Hall


 Susana Chango

How is it already Week Three?!  If you're stumbling upon this cold, I'm participating in Calling it Home's One Room Challenge, and this is the third of six posts sharing a room make-over. To catch up with my project, go here and here.  I'm redoing the entry of my friend, Jane, and you can see our newest inspiration above. Susana Chango designed this gorgeous entrance. The architectural style, the paint color, and the stair runner are very similar to what we're doing.

Here's Jane's entry before.

This is what it looks like presently.  The painting should be finished by Friday, and we can already tell that the impact of the different color is huge.  Jane chose Farrow and Ball's All White.  When I took this photo, they hadn't begun painting the woodwork.  I can't say enough about how much I love this white paint. White isn't necessarily easy.  It can go harsh, or have undertones of any number of colors for which I don't care.  This one is soft, and just right.  

Here's another before shot taken from the front door.  At the top of Jane's priority list was a stair runner.  Between the white paint and the runner, this room will be much lighter.  In addition to brightening the space, the runner will add softness and plenty of texture.

Jane chose to have the runner made from Karastan's Cobble Ridge which has a fantastic herringbone pattern.  She's using antiqued brass rods with the runner, and below is a photo showing her choices used together.  

Here's a before view from the stairs.  In a rush to get something on the floor after moving in, Jane ordered this area rug online considering it to be temporary.  A nicer, more attractive rug was also on Jane's list for this project.  It's right at the front door, and obviously plays an important role in the initial impression.

Again, we chose another Karastan carpet to use for the area rug.  I love the subtle stripe in this pattern.  It's called Wool Crochet, and it's going to be amazing paired with the stair runner.  I'm so excited to have found two options that work so well together.  That they're different will provide interest, yet they're close enough to keep the eye moving instead of creating breaks.

Jane couldn't wait to take the mirror off the wall.  It was from her previous house, and had served as a place holder for too long.  She's just beside herself that Christina Baker agreed to paint what will be the focal point of the entry.  

 Message in a Bottle

This isn't the painting for Jane's entry, but the colors will be similar.  Everything Christina does is just breathtaking.  A large scale piece like this is the most important and impactful element.  We know that whatever Christina creates will be spectacular. 

Lastly, here are the two Lee Jofa fabrics (here and here) that will be used for the chair in the entry.  They're even prettier in person.  I ordered them through DecoratorsBest, and they arrived today.  

I have other plans for this project, and will share more next Wednesday. Thank you for checking on my One Room Challenge!  Don't miss all of the other extremely busy participants:



Segreto Secrets said...

I love the art and the fabrics!! You must be getting so excited!!! Can't wait to see finished product!

Laura J said...

Oh, this is gonna be goooooood . . . . .

Jana Bek said...

Wow the white paint alone looks amazing! Can;t wait to see what rug you go with!

Calypso In The Country said...

You have such an already amazing space to work with so I cannot wait to see the final result! I just ordered a stair runner last week. I was deciding between two sisal-look rugs and was considering the same one you chose! I ended up with the other but now that I see your choice on the stairs, I might be regretting it! It looks perfect! Anyway, can't wait to follow this project to the end!

Erin Burke said...

This entry is going to be so pretty! It's one of my favorites this go-round.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Oh the runner and those rods. So beautiful. Your entry will be just gorgeous. Makes me long for a real entryway one day! xo

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I am so excited about this space! It's going to be gorgeous between the art and those fabrics!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Great the painted walls. It's going to be so fresh a nd pretty and welcoming!

Vel Criste said...

Loving all the changes and choices Jennifer!

Christine Dovey said...

I'm such a sucker for brass stair rods- they're going to look perfect on that staircase and I love the Karastan options you pretty and timeless. The white is can already see how much of a difference it has made to the space. And the can't wait to see it!

Christina Baker said...

I'm getting more and more excited about your room Jennifer! I have adored working on your painting and wanted to note that these colors have inspired me to do a whole new series at some point!

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

love the direction here! love all the karastan picks too!!!


Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Can't wait to see! And that painting is going to be amazing! Looking forward to seeing the actual painting!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Two words, Christina Baker. I am in love with that runner, too. It's all of my favorite things. Looks great.

Reclaimed wood dining tables said...

Wonderful work of art! Amazing!


This foyer is going to be a stunner. The bright white and with Christina's art....whoa I am loving everything:)

Ivy Lane said...

The paint already makes the entry so much lighter. It is going to be beautiful with all the choices that have been made! Next week is going to be fun to see it all coming together!



Tobe | BIA said...

Her entry windows are to die for, especially against a warm white. Great choice! I'm eager to see the rugs together, but I'd be willing to bet that nothing is going to compare to that CB art. She is wildly talented!

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