Thursday, February 27, 2014

foyer reveal...unexpected pizazz

Our little foyer was a booooring first impression, and so overdue for some attention.
It's 4 1/2 feet x 4 1/2 feet, barely big enough to turn around and if that isn't bad
enough it has two doors and two doorways, 1938 charm at its best! Since there wasn't
any possibility for even a teeny piece of furniture or art, I had the small wall area and
 ceiling to make a statement, and decided to be daring. Two knock off diy projects gave me
the look I was going for and a lot of bang for the buck! 


I've always loved Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper, but it's $$ pricey and I'd seen a similar
stencil at Royal Design Studio I thought could work with a little tweak. I'm all about
 getting a high-end look for less and not having to remove wallpaper if I can avoid it!
Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil was perfect for creating the look I hoped!

BEFORE - BOOORING!!

 

  It was ugly! Yes, I let Detail Boy keep his chin-up bar there (he convinced me if it was right
 there he would use it all the time, and he does, so...) then the lovely boob light, and the
 inside of the closet hadn't been painted since I used it to practice sponge painting years ago. 

Moving on...


My love for stripes lives on...in the coat closet, in black, cream and white.


The DIY Sunburst Flush Mount Light is super easy and inexpensive.
(Btw, thanks everyone for all your kind comments!)
I'm hoping people look up! :)


My inspiration was this $700
 Arcadian Home - Global Views Sunburst Gold Modern Flush Mount Ceiling Light


I used Martha Stewart's Sunburst Mirror to create this version!
DIY Sunburst Flush Mount Tutorial


 My favorite part is that our new entry is so unexpected and bit sassy. 



Be sure to check back on Monday, I'll fill you in on the simple way I tweaked
the stencil to give it a more custom look, my stencil trick and paint colors. 

A huge thank you to Royal Design Studios for providing the stencil and supplies,
you couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful! 


I'm playing along with all the creative bloggers at East Coast Creative
Creating with the Stars 2014 - #CWTS 2014
Don't miss out, follow along with the fun and exciting contestants!

Joining Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick for March Before & After
Liz Marie, Jennifer, Tonya & Mandy @ Inspire Me Please Link Party

60 comments:

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

ACK!! I LOVE!! The closet stripes, heavenly! The cheetah stencil - so fun! Unexpected, yes, but entry still coexists so well with your living room and I love that even though it IS full of pizazz, as your title suggests, you can still bring in whatever colors you want thanks to that black & white color palette. Wow Pam you rocked this one! (although I am partial to your sponge painted wall :) )

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pam, I love this because it is chic and quirky at the same time.

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I just LOVE it! Your home is beautiful. I love the black doors and it all is perfect with your light!

Julia Konya said...

YES, yes, YES! So good! It's so so pretty and the perfect welcome to walk into your gorgeous home!!!
Love the closet detail too

Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home said...

Love how this all came together, Pam! I've been thinking about adding some black spots to our entry too :) Might go the wallpaper route though. And I just adore that light treatment. Might be replicating that as well :)

Cathy Wall said...

OK that is beyond fun! What great additions to such a tiny space, everyone who comes in your front door is going to be wowed by another fabulous "Pam Project!"

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! that is amazing!!!!! LOVE it! pinning your awesome sauce entry.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

Simply stunning! I don't know whether I like the wallpaper or closet better both are equally fabulous!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Sensational Pam!!!! Just the stylish punch it needed and speaks perfectly to the wonderful designer within! Love it all and it makes a huge difference!! Perfect entry to your lovely home . xo Nancy

Erin Burke said...

This looks incredible!!! And the black doors really make it too.

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Wow - it looks unbelievable Pam!! And I love the view into your family room - the two rooms flow together perfectly. Sassy and chic. Love!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

YOU.ROCK! That is all I can say. Oh, and I want to do the exact same thing!! LOOOOOVVVVVEEE!!!

Kim said...

Perfectly YOU!! I love it and I have to say am very envious of the beautifully sculpted doorway ... that's a 1938 look I am fascinated by!! You and your guests will smile at every entrance!! xo

Tracy said...

Love it!!!

Julie R said...

OK, now you're just way too perfect for me!...who designs the insides of their closets? Haha! Your house is so gorgeous. Love the new entryway!

chateau chic said...

This is so fabulous!!! What a terrific, fun, and unexpected entry to greet guests. Love the stripes in the closet!!
Mary Alice

Denise Greenwood said...

Love it Pam! What a fun greeting when you walk in the door!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, I love it, what a fabulous way to say welcome to your guests and so chic. Hugs, Marty

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Small, simple, but BOLD! I love it! So jealous of your striped closet! I could never have enough black and white stripes in my house!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I love a bit of sass in an entry. :) You did an AMAZING job my friend!! And I love the mix of the animal print and the stripes. And the black and white is perfection. Wahoo!

cindy hattersley design said...

This is unbelievably clever! The best part is if you tire of it (of course we never do that do we?) unlike wallpaper you can paint over it! Absolutely darling transition into your darling living room! I am posting this on my facebook page! Love it!!

therelishedroost said...

SO much fun! I love it!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Pam...what a transformation....its perfect!

sharon smith said...

Yes! You are just that good. That's why I love to read your blog. Bravo!!!
Sharon

JD said...

Wow Pam! Your foyer looks wonderful! jd

Regina said...

So chic and haute - love the transformation! Beautiful use of the Cheetah Spots Stencil and I love the light fixture, too!

Dana Frieling said...

You're talented. The end. ;)

Stacey {steward of design} said...

That looks so good! So fun. And I love how it looks framing your living area.

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

Wow! It looks great!!

sarah m. dorsey said...

amazing! love love love!!!!

Jen (House of Ruby Jean) said...

Once again Pam, AWESOME! You are truly an inspiration!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

So fun! I love how it makes you happy from the moment you enter your home.

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

Oh my I LOVE it!!! You sure added a punch of style and made the absolute most of that space. Well done!

Maureen S. Donahue said...

Hey Pam, Even tho I read a ton of blogs, this is the first truly inspirational project for me. I, too, own a 1930s home with no real foyer and am now seriously considering something sassy. Great work!!

Therese Marie said...

Whoa, I have the same dang entry. Thanks for the good ideas.

the cape on the corner said...

amazing!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE IT Pam!! Your photos are stunning!!

Calypso In The Country said...

Pam, it looks amazing! So much fun and I love the way your coat hanging in the closet works with the look too!
-Shelley

Debbie J. said...

Love it, Pam. It looks incredible and can't wait to hear more about it in your next post. Keep up the great work. Love your blog.

Sandra Pace said...

I'm in LOVE with your foyer! I want that print on my walls and I'm crazy about you sunburst light! Great job!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

It looks great Pam! And totally you :)

Summer Hogan said...

That is an incredible transformation! I love everything about it.

Libby said...

It's fabulous Pam! We too had a very small front hall in our house up North and I ended up (after several failures….) painting it a deep rich red, Blazer, from Farrow & Ball. Wow, it suddenly became a highlight of the house. And that is what has happened to yours! The stripes in the closet are wonderful; I painted our closet an orange (in this, newer house) and that's great too. I drool over the Royal Stencil page and would love to try one in our bathroom. I will look forward to all your hints on using stencils!

Brenda said...

I LOVE this. Sassy is good. You did an outstanding job.

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

pam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well done you! this is out of this world good. i love it. especially since the outside is B/W and then you walk in and there's that fun punch repeating the B/W goodness. great great job!

Vel Criste said...

Absolutely insanely amazing Pam!!!!!! Your entry is now sooo YOU! Love it all, so much fun and pizzaz!!!!

Melanie Robinson said...

l absolutely LOVE this foyer space!! Love how you utilized this small space with so much interest & detail! The stripes in the closet are another great idea, as well as the chair in that space. Love the sunburst light...love it all. Great makeover, and now I want that cheetah stencil :) Pinning this!!

Kiwi The Kreator said...

AAAHMAZING!!!

angietrue said...

this is so cool! really turned up nice, and that sunburst is amazing! love that idea.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

They say that your foyer is the first indication of "who you are"...and that foyer is fabulous...as your are fabulously creative and fun!...You did a fantastic job as usual and the sunburst light is just perfect!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Seriously, Pam- this is amazing! The entire foyer is such a gorgeous introduction to your home. It just goes to show what a little paint can do and to never underestimate small spaces!! I am so inspired. :)

Shannon Fox said...

I can not even tell you how flipping fabulous I think this is!!!!!!!!!!!!

(and my mom loves your blog as well) xo Shannon

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

Fabulous job Pam! Love the walls and the black door...and you know I love the light fixture since I made two for myself the day after I saw your tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your sassy new space!

Bethany DeVore said...

This looks beautiful! Small spaces are the best place to go bold. I'm still crazy about your light too!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

maybe not my mudroom but my closet?? I really want it somewhere. What an amazing entry! I adore it.

House of Pemberley said...

This is absolutely awesome. Bravo! I am totally going to try this in my laundry room. Love it!

Jenna LaFevor said...

Love this!! I'm about to do some cheetah spots in my guest bedroom!

Tiffany said...

This is just beyond gorgeous. I love everything. That light is killer! I'm going to have to check out that tutorial.

SHERRY HART said...

Holy effing crap......you are crazy good!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

Stop! You are killing me with awesomeness today, lady!

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