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The Big Reveal: Hallway Update!

Thanks for bearing with me for the 5+ months it took to “complete” this upstairs hallway update.  It was my New Years Prezzie-lution.  I am so thrilled with the way it has turned out!  For your reference, here is the before shot with the terrible builder-grade light fixture, an old rug and my lonely mobile:

And here is the after, TAH DAH:

Now, for a few of the details.  I love the butterfly prints that hang on either side of the console table.  Thanks to a great post by Jenny at Little Green Notebook, I found these for free while searching the New York Public Library’s digital catalog.  I printed them on my little ole HP desktop and popped them into $20 Target gallery frames.

I found these adorable foo dogs at Homegoods for $7.99 each.  Love these guys! 

The tray holding my travel guides on the console was a $10.48 red-tag Target find!

I am madly in love with this artichoke table lamp from Shades of Light.  It’s perfectly framed by the long dormer and I adore looking at it each time I go down the stairs.

To be honest, the rug selection was the hardest part of this project.  I wanted something fabulously neutral, so it would not compete with the gallery wall, colorful lamps and bright foo dogs!  After a few tries, I settled on this seagrass rug from Ballard Designs. 

I like the way the color of the seagrass almost melts into the color of the hardwood floors and the green band complements the runner on the steps, as well as the rug in the front hall and the fabric on the pelmet box in the dormer.  Don’t be alarmed, the white ball of fur on the step is Annie, the sleeping dog!

Things I Learned During the Hallway Update :

1. While I love looking at perfectly styled tables and spaces in glossy pictures, for me, a clear tabletop is a clear mind.  I tried “styling up” the console and the little dormer table with items that I loved such as little vases with greenery or little picture frames, but it just didn’t feel like me.  It felt cluttered and suffocating.  The books and foo dogs were just right, and I didn’t want anything to detract from that lovely artichoke lamp!

2. Items with lots of contrast and texture are not neutrals.  I originally bought this jute rug from Ballard Designs for the hallway. 

I loved it and mistakenly thought that it would provide a great neutral feel to the space.  When I laid it down, the contrast and texture competed too much with the rest of the space.  Which leads me to my two next lessons:

3. Rugs do not have to “steal the show.”  I am a rug person and love for the rug to be the centerpiece of every space.  Due to the runner on the steps and the colorful composition of the space, the rug had to be neutral.  But neutral does not have to mean boring — the seagrass rug is perfect!

4. If you don’t love something, don’t keep it.  I almost just kept the jute rug because it was only $79, a pain to ship it back and an additional $8.95 in shipping to return.  But, the more I lived with the rug, I realized that it was not right for the space and I didn’t love it.  It “stole the show” from the items that I DID love.  So, back to Ballard it went.   And it was the right decision.

Source Info:

Paint — Benjamin Moore, American White
Console — Chloe Console Table, Pottery Barn, $299  
Stained Glass Lamps — Sundance Catalog, circa 2003
Artichoke Lamp — Shades of Light (similar), $175
Dormer Table — Antique
Ceiling Lights — Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Ceiling Fixture, Overstock, $74.99 each
Area Rug — Seagrass Rug, Ballard Designs, $89
Stairway Runner — Custom, Carey Burke
Foo Dogs — Homegoods, $7.99 each
Gallery Frames — Target, $15 – $30 each
Mobile — Gift, similar
Tray — Target, similar, $19.48

I love that the space can grow with me.  I will be adding to the gallery walls and may search for two chairs to paint and recover for each side of the console.  I would also love change out the gold door knobs throughout the upstairs to brushed nickel lever handles. 

Soooo, what do you think?

Stay tune for my next project: conversion from nursery to big girl room!

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Progress Report on the Hallway Update

Remember my “New Years Prezzie-lution“?  Well, since the beginning of the year, it’s been moving in fits and starts.

Here is a before shot of the space:

And I added the pelmet box after the above shot was taken:

So, I began with the console (post here) to set along the long, empty wall in the hallway (took 2 months and multiple back-order notices, but it’s here!):

Next, I replaced those awful builder’s grade fixtures with these pretties (post here):

And throughout, I have been busily hanging photos, mirrors and art — all with black frames:

{Photo from Pottery Barn}

So, things are finally coming together, and I only have two more purchases before the BIG REVEAL — lamps and rug!  I am working on my lamps now.  I was originally going to go with something like these:

The green would pick up the colors in my stairway runner and my pelmet box in the dormer window.  But now, I am thinking that I want to move away from the colorful and more towards the vintage/eclectic!  These are my two favorites at the moment:

{Vintage Artichoke Table Lamp, Shades of Light, $175}

I would pair this one with a black shade:

{Liger Lamp, Urban Outfitters, $48}

Although the price is right on the Liger Lamp, and LBH it’s so damn adorable, I think it may be a little too small for the space.  The artichoke lamps would be more to scale, so I am leaning towards those.

What do you think???  Stay tuned!

Hallway Update: Console-ation

Happy New Year!  Thanks for all of your comments on my hallway update.  So, I have chosen the green color scheme! 

I luvvved the contrast of the red against the gray walls, but I decided that it didn’t have any “flow” with the rest of the house.  Also, the hallway doesn’t have very much natural light and the red may have been a little too dark for the space. 

Anyway, I found the most GORGEOUS console at Wisteria. 

{Insert SWOON!!}  Measure first, get excited later.  Lesson learned.  At 19.5 inches deep, it’s way too deep for the space.  {Insert gnashing of the teeth.}

To quote Chicago, “don’t look back, never look back.”  

Moving on.  I stumbled across this lovely console at Brocade Home, which is perfectly long (52 inches) and not too deep (17 inches).  At $499 + $50 shipping surcharge, it’s a little pricey, but it’s a fabulous, lifelong, investment piece.  I love the high gloss black finish.

I also love the Parsons console (pictured in my inspiration board above) from West Elm:

The dimensions work (54 inches long and 18 inches deep), and the price is about right ($349 + $30 shipping).  I love the simplicity of its lines and Parsons tables will always be a classic look. 

I also like the idea of the Parsons book shelf from West Elm.  The extra space would be nice for storage (books!) and fun to style.  It’s the same price as the console and the dimensions are still about right (48 inches long and 16 inches deep). 

In a similar vein, I have always liked the Chloe tables from Pottery Barn:

It is on sale ($299 with no shipping surcharge), and the dimensions work well (47.5 long and 17 deep).  My only concern is that I will get tired of this look over time.  These tables have been around for at least 6 years, maybe longer.  I am not sure that this console has a timeless, classic look that I will love for years to come.

The console will sit centered on a long wall in the hallway with black gallery frames hung above, and two lamps on each end. 

What do you think??  I would love to hear your opinions, thoughts and ideas!

New Years Prezzie-lution….Hallway Update

 My New Years “Prezzie-lution” is a hallway update.  My upstairs hallway is, well, empty.  Aside from my pelmet box project, it is a pathetically sterile segue.  It has gotten left behind as all of the bedrooms and rooms downstairs got prettied-up.  So, as a half New Years Resolution and half “prezzie” to myself, I resolve to give it a little facelift. 

To start me off, below are two inspiration boards using two different color schemes.  This is a jumping off point, and sure to change!  The walls are painted American White by Benjamin Moore, and I have already started a gallery wall using black frames with wide, white mats.  I would love to acquire a runner, console, lamps and maybe recover my cute pelmet box (currently in the green P. Kaufmann fabric shown below). 

Green Color Scheme 

[Left to Right: 1. Benjamin Moore’s American White, P. Kaufmann’s Curly Q in Green Tea, 2. Pottery Barn Wood Gallery Frames in Black, 3. Fabric Drum Shade from Shades of Light,  Spindle Lamp Base from Shades of Light, Medallion Drum Shade from Shades of Light, 4. Parsons Console from West Elm, Coventry Jute Rug from Ballard Designs.]

Red Color Scheme

[Left to Right: 1. Benjamin Moore’s American White, Red Imperial Trellis Fabric, 2. Pottery Barn Wood Gallery Frames in Black,  3. Chinese Red Column Lamp from Shades of LightParsons Console from West Elm, Coventry Jute Rug from Ballard Designs, 4. Striped Braided Rug from Ballard Designs.]

What do you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know whether you like the green or the red look better!  I can’t wait to take you along as I keep my New Years Prezzie-lution, for once!  🙂  Happy New Year, y’all!

Bravo Brocade Home

So, I have been on the prowl for attractive and functional shelving for my home office.  Look at the swoon-worthy ledge shelves ($69) that I found at Brocade Home:

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As I looked around, I fell in love with just about everything B.H. had to offer.  And at relatively affordable prices too!  Like this UH-MAZE-ING black high gloss floor mirror ($699):

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And check out this fun metal side table ($299):

brocadesidetable

I wish that I had a place to put this gorgeous entertainment storage console ($599) — eye candy!

brocadestorage

I would love to give this ceramic plate set as a hostess gift or engagement present — on sale from $49 to $19!

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This lovely headboard ($599 for queen) would look great in a girl’s bedroom, well okay, almost any  bedroom.

brocadeheadboard

And, of course, you know me and white bedding, I HEART this amazing textured duvet cover ($249) (pictured above too).  It just went on my “wish list”!

brocadequilt

I love these artistic chairs ($199) and one would look fabulous by itself as an accent in a bedroom, or as a set around a kitchen or casual dining room table.

brocadechair

This innovative and unique ruffle shelf ($499) is adorable.  Wouldn’t it look great in a powder room with pretty jars, soaps and toiletries?

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Are you with me?  Have you fainted?  Is your jaw on the floor?  Do you die?

Which is your fave?

Bravo Brocade Home!