Well hello, hello! Is everyone enjoying their Memorial Day?? As I said in my last post I am SO grateful for the men, women and their families, who sacrifice everything for our freedom!
Our home is slowly coming together since we received our things this past week! One of the rooms that is completed, for now, is the striped hall. To learn how to do the stripes yourself click here. Our front door opens directly into our kitchen and there isn't a lot of space for storage at all. We decided to turn the hall that leads from the kitchen to the bath into a welcoming little walkway with storage for shoes, gloves, umbrellas and as a display for some of our funky finds. I realized there were many things that we were going to have to purchase for our home. Instead of spending money getting pictures printed and a new table for the space, we decided to use the things we already had. It's all about re-purposing the junk you already have, my dear friends! Our home will always be a "work in progress," I enjoy discovering and collecting things along the way.
This is my concept and idea board for the hall.
Here is after!
Even though I changed a few things, the "feel" of the space is the same! I haven't found a sunburst mirror, but love the round clock instead. The cabinet was a cruddy one we got at Walmart before we left, but with a few fancy things on top and inside of it, it looks pretty slick!
The wine crate is from a wine festival here in Germany! It is perfect for storing shoes, umbrellas, gloves etc.
The shot below is looking into the hall from the kitchen.
The vintage crystal chandelier is a fabulous and very inexpensive German flea market find!
I made these silhouettes before we left California and really liked how they looked against the grey and cream stripes. I was only going to use the silhouettes temporarily until we printed off some images from our trips, but we ended up liking them so much in the hall, they may just end up staying there!
I have learned a lot about my own personal style while working on this home. I found that I fancy a nice blend of every style. If things start looking too antique-y I like to throw in something clean and contemporary. If things look too feminine, I'll add something rustic and more masculine... A nice balance of all styles is what is pleasing to my eyes, and makes things livable and comfortable for my family. I have also recently discovered I don't like things that match. I like things to go together and compliment each other, but don't like things to match perfectly. I am most comfortable in a space that looks like things have been collected over time, not all ordered out of a catalog. After all, that's what makes each space charming and unique to the people living there.Thanks for checking out my hall!
Until next time,
Stay tuned for the kitchen reveal!