Monday, April 19, 2010

First Impressions...

They say a first impression is made within the first few moments of an encounter. It appears people really do make up their minds that quickly about strangers or situations. It's human nature, I guess.

I'm thinking that's why an entryway is an important feature of a home. It's what the guest sees first and an impression is immediately made. It sets the stage for the rest of your home. It makes your guests feel welcomed, or not. The decor might even be a safe, ready topic of conversation as someone walks through the door which puts your visitor at ease. Mind you, I have no level of expertise here ... just a few years of experience and a little common sense.

That's one of the reasons I wanted to change up my entryway. I wanted a more welcoming feel than I felt it had previously. As usual I wanted to create a new atmosphere on a budget, and incorporate a few of my own projects.

This redo was influenced by many of the beautiful shabby chic and decorating blogs I've been reading lately. From those who refinish furniture to those who make fun, creative, frugal decorating projects I've been impressed by the creativity and imagination of many. I'm so appreciative of those who share their talents and creations so willingly.

The area I wanted to redecorate is a landing on our curved staircase going up to our second floor. The landing is one of the first things that is seen as one walks through our front door. I started the rejuvenation project by making pillow #1, pillow #2 and pillow #3 (see below). I already owned a metal urn (Pottery Barn) and some "cherry branches" (Restoration Hardware) that have been the focal point on the landing for a couple of years. I used pillow forms from pillows that I already had, and I purchased the fabric for the new pillows on sale, so the total cost of all three pillows was under $10.

From there I collected a few more items -- mostly purchased at a franchise store called, Real Deals. It's been my favorite go to store for home furnishings lately. They have fabulous prices on home decor. For me part of the challenge of redecorating an area is finding great deals or using or refurbishing already purchased items in a new way.

We'll start with the candleholders that I posted about previously. I refurbished them from black to shabby chic white.

candlestick holder @ Real Deals, $6; candle @ Hobby Lobby, $3 (50% off)
candlestick holder @ Hobby Lobby , $2 (90% off); candle @ Hobby Lobby, $3 (50% off)

The following items were purchased @ "Real Deals"...

clock , $10. 49 (30% off)

nest, $2.69

white wooden platter, $4.99
three ceramic spheres, $3.49 each
two formerly purchase "wooden" spheres, $0
keys, $7.49

Total cost of landing redo approximately $50. Yay!

Below is a shot of the entire entryway.Because the landing was decorated with tone on tone neutrals, I moved some cream colored items from my buffet cabinet in my dining room to my curio in the entryway. The mostly white objects in the curio now reflect the landing above. No cost added there! Yay again!

Love the soft, cream colors in this redo. It makes for a calm, relaxing, welcoming feel which is exactly what I was hoping for!

Linking to:
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Show Off
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group @ Craftaholics Anonymous


Becca's Dirt said...

Great job. I love the soft colors and wow what a great job on the pillows.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

It looks great! Your eye definitely goes there first in that last picture!

Laura Lynn said...

Looks very soft and serene. Good job!

My Cottage Charm said...

Great job on the pillows..very cute! I like your tone on tone. I'm stopping over from BNOTP...glad I did. Hey, I'm having my first big giveaway over at my blog if you'd like to come over and look around. :) You can tell your readers too...the more the merrier! :)

Sherri said...

Love the look! And I have a few small wooden trays I never liked the color. NOW thanks to you...I'm going to paint them heirloom white! Thanks for the inspiration.

Michelle said...

Love the colors. You did a great job with the space!

RURAL magazine said...

Oh my, what a lovely job you have done. But that doesn't surprise me at all. You are very talented, and extremely creative.


Kaysi said...

WOW!! Everything is so beautiful! I LOVE the pillows!

Unknown said...

Nice! Very nice and it adds a nice "flow" to the whole entry way! Love to see all that you redo and create!

Tina said...

Suzanne, what a fantastic transformation, I love your new entryway landing! Your pillows are just gorgeous and I love all of your other items, you must be so thrilled with the result:) Just beautiful!! Enjoy:) ~ Tina xx

My Little Notebook said...

Love the color scheme....very calming! It all looks so pretty!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

First impressions... my entry is horrible. The way my house was built, you enter right into the kitchen. Looking directly into a small pantry. :(
Your vignette is gorgeous! I love everything about it! Great job.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It looks great Suzanne! Can you come over and do my mantle? I am completely stumped with it and I know it could look so much better.

Mia said...

I love it! The tone on tone really looks great there. I love the little clock.

Angie Holden said...

Gorgeous!!! I love it!! :)

Teresa said...

Hey there! I just LOVE your pillow ideas! I just posted about some of your designs and linked you up. Here's the post: Thanks again!

Unknown said...

A lovely re-do! Looks more like a million than $50. :) Love the nest and the pillows!


Lisa B. said...

Great job on those pilllows! And the last candlestick is so pretty.

Lei said...

Putting pillows up there was a great idea! Nice way to soften up the space. :)

Megan Gunyan said...

Oh my gosh! I love this look! And the pillows you make are AMAZING and beautiful! I'm so glad you had a tutorial! ;) Have a great day!

Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

Suzanne, What a beautiful grouping!! Each piece goes so well together. LOVE what you did! Thanks for joining the Craftaholics Anonymous Support Group. I had fun stopping by and checking out your craftiness! :)