Bet you never thought you’d see a Metallica reference on a home decor blog, eh? Well, on any one but this one. Hard core are we.
We are closing in on the great yellow whale of the home, the living room. It is now the ONLY ROOM left that we need to paint. It is surrounded now. Nowhere to run. Exit night. Enter light.
So, we bring you the front hall. It is a very small space. Probably 3’x8’? There is not even an outlet in the whole darn thing. Which, for my lamp-loving self is a huge downside.
We had originally thought of painting it a lighter shade of the dining room. But, after seeing this at Home Depot, we decided to switch it up a bit.
The color on the walls is called Sage Tint. We loved the cool, minty-ness of the shade and it blended nicely with the Dolphin Fin (dining room) and the Silver Drop we’ve picked for the living room. We also pulled out all the paint swatches we’ve used throughout the house to make sure it went with the flow of all the colors in the house.
Here’s how it turned out:
Did I forget to mention we painted the inside of the door turquoise? It’s technically Lagoon, a Martha Stewart color from Home Depot. After our trip to Paris, we decided we wanted to paint the inside of the door a contrasting blue color. We loved all the blue doors we saw over there. In fact, I framed one and put it right beside the front door.
We wanted something that would really pop and, after we painted it, Taylor commented on how many turquoise accents we actually have within eyeline of the front hall.
Like Taylor’s silhouette:
And Taylor’s (dusty) guitar that lives in our Family Room:
Here’s another shot of the hall, with the front door open:
You can see the last vestiges of living room yellow in the reflection. Also, you’ll see the arm of the ice blue sofa. We chose the Sage Tint to coordinate with that. But if you look at the first picture I posted, you’ll see the turquoise door reflects in the mirror. I love seeing that each time I walk by it from the hallway. It almost makes the door seem like another piece of art.
Our friend Leigh Ann gave us this vase and I love how the color reflects on the wall when the light shines through. And before you think I’m keeping Michael’s in business (I’ll leave that to my friend Nadia’s stepmom), you should know I’m not the hugest fan of silk flowers, but where are you going to find a hydrangea in December?
I swiped the idea for collecting photo strips from the Young House Lovers. I put them in a mint julep cup–also a gift from Leigh Ann, now that I think about it! The framed ones are from the San Diego State Fair. We stuck the monkey over a sappy smooching pic.
The mirror is an antique given to us from Taylor’s Dad. I love the sheen on the frame. You can definitely tell it’s the real deal and not from Homegoods (where the half moon table came from). The mirror glass has some spots which just makes it even cooler. In the reflection you can see the Paris door picture as well as the picture I was taking of a cemetery cat the instant before Taylor proposed.
And to round out the shades of blue and muted greens, we put up this pic of Taylor from when he was in the pokey.
The background fabric is a swatch I had from when I was choosing fabric to reupholster the living room sofa. Sometimes hoarding has its advantages. Until you get to flat cat stage, then, not so much.
One last thing:
If you look to the right of the table, you’ll see our hall closet. We decided to paint the door and the trim the same color as the wall as to not break up the miniscule space even further. It gives it a much cleaner look when walking in or by and the door just disappears. At first I was all, “Trim is white! Doors are white!” But there are no rules and I know this was definitely the right choice for this space.
So now I think I’ve written the longest post on the tiniest room in the house! And for what it’s worth, my Dad HATES our house numbers (he thinks they’re confusing) and my Mom HATES the turquoise door (she thinks its too 1950s), so it just goes to show that you have to do what YOU love!
Now the challenge is getting people to actually use the front door.