Step into my entry hall where all that glitters is definitely not real gold but I hope you’ll still feel a big, warm welcome! I am so happy that gold tones have made a comeback in home decor. If you’ve read this blog for any time at all you’ll know that I am a big fan of blues and greens but I have always loved using touches of gold and red as well. This Fall I’ve been busy changing things up a bit to give my entryway a warm feel for the chilly days ahead.
It all began with the wall color, the same tan tone I have in my living room with a Valspar Brushed Pearl Finish painted over that base color. This finish is very subtle, unlike the sponge paint that was previously on this wall, and I think it adds just a touch of elegance. FYI: Lowe’s doesn’t carry the same color I used in my entry hall any longer but if you look at the link to the Brushed Pearl finishes, “Simply Elegant” looks pretty close to what I have here.
The first thing I did to welcome Fall was to take off my summery linen pillow covers, exposing the heavier Fall fabrics beneath. I don’t buy new pillows, I just swap out pillow covers for each season, saving money and space.
This is a bench we picked up at our local Habitat Re-Store. I’ve left it unpainted for now as the wood is nice but I’m contemplating painting it Pottery Barn black. What do you think? I’m open to suggestions.
Next I started rearranging my wall to make space for a very special new arrival which I’ll share with you at the end! Each of my wall hangings have been collected over time and all have special meaning to me.
I love antique frames and picked this one up at a local antique store. I think it’s funny when people comment that a frame isn’t in good shape because of the pieces that are broken off of it. The imperfections of this frame are exactly what made me want to take it home.
I was only a young child but I remember the day my mom purchased this picture of a little girl at her piano lesson. She found it at an oceanside antique store on our way home from a trip to southern California. For many years it hung over the organ in our home and was meant to be an encouragement to me to practice, practice, practice . . . something I didn’t really want to do. It later hung over my own daughter’s keyboard where she practiced for the pure joy of making music. Needless to say, she became much more accomplished than I.
This is an oil painting we purchased in Israel in 2007. I first saw this painting through a shop window on the Cardo, the main street through the old city of Jerusalem. I was so touched to think of the brave soldiers who protect the nation of Israel praying at the wailing wall for their own protection, that it brought tears to my eyes. The shop owner, the artist himself, came out of the shop to talk to me and when he saw how moved I was he offered to give me the picture. Of course I couldn’t let him do that but I did purchase it and had it shipped home. The oil paint used in the wailing wall portion of the painting has actual crushed wailing wall stone mixed into it. I later came to find out that the artist is quite famous in Israel and throughout the world. His paintings hang in many prestigious places, including The White House. If there is anything pure gold about my entry hall, this is it!
Next is another old frame I fell in love with at another antique shop and made into a chalkboard modeled after one I saw at Worthing Court. 2004 is the year we bought the home we live in now. Suzy’s tutorial on how to transfers letters to chalkboards is just great! I look forward to doing more chalkboard art in the future.
Finally, my most recent purchase and something I find to be such a fun addition to my entry hall are these lovely horns! I thought they were supposed to be antelope horns but they don’t look like any of the pictures I’ve seen online, so I don’t really know what they are. Can anyone tell me?
This is a before pic of our friend John (you remember the photo bomber from my last post?) attempting to attach them to his hat.
I know it isn’t everyone’s style to have horns hanging in their home. I guess that’s why they call my style Farmhouse Glam! If you’re interested in finding out what your particular style is you can take a test right HERE. It has actually been very helpful to put a name to my style in that it has helped me to stay focused when I go shopping. I just like so many different things!
Though I’ve resisted until now putting away the summer decor I’ve finally embraced the season and I’m enjoying the changes to my home. It will be nice to sit by the fire on the long dark winter nights ahead and sip on a hot drink. What a nice break it will be from all the outdoor work of Spring and Summer.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven . . . Ecclesiastes 3:3 (KJV)
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