Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Foyer Gets An Update

 It's been a very productive month as I continue with some home improvements that will ultimately prepare the house for sale in the future.
Yes, the time has finally come to downsize and I've been so consumed with that idea and moving forward with "our plan" that I've forgotten to blog!
So here's an update!

The entry with its apple green walls needed a neutral coat of paint.
Or at least that's what the experts told me.


I'm sad to see the apple green go, especially how it works with the dining room wallpaper.


I just closed my eyes, bit the bullet and let Bob the Painter do his thing.


I hate to admit it, but I like it!
I really do!


The drama of the apple green is replaced with a serene, calming off white that lets the architecture of the stairway stand out.


Upstairs, the green walls before...


...and now with the updated look.
I moved the cabinet to make more room in the hallway and replaced it with a console and painting.
I'm thinking a mirror would be better.


The new entry.
I hope it makes a good first impression!


Now that the entry is done, I'll tackle the closets next.
Stay tuned as I try to navigate a major move, lifestyle change and hopefully find time to blog!
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28 comments:

Kathysue said...

Hi D! I am so excited for you!! A major move after living in your home this long will be hard, but even more exciting than hard. I do love the new color!! I am sampling 4 colors to paint my family room a different color, after living with the same color for 35 years, it feels like I am getting a divorce from paint, LOL,
Kathysue

Mimi said...

I love the mirror idea but be sure to check out what it will reflect when you hang it. If all you see is ceiling, it might not be the look you are going for. I feel bad that the common advice today is to depersonalize a home to sell it. Maybe though it helps us separate ourselves from the place we are leaving.

Fabiana R. said...

It looks fabulous! I recently lightened my foyer also and it's amazing what a difference it makes. Plus, you have the best taste....

ciao!!

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone who has followed your blog and fallen in love with your house was able to buy it ? !! What a lucky person that would be.

Nadja Cipriani said...

Delores--I have been reading your blog for years. I have loved being part of your home and world (your daughters wedding, trips to see one son in Italy, birthday trips with your best friend).
I hope you will continue to blog wherever your path leads (will your new full-time home be Asti)? I admit too though that I am sad. I have loved your beautiful Spanish colonial home filled with tole, colorful paints, leopard prints and china. Am so happy you have shared yourself through this blog. It has brought me such joy. Nadja

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Delores, that color is gorgeous. What a difference even though I liked the green, too.

the polished pebble: said...

looks wonderful! Moving is refreshing and makes your heart sing...so kelley

the polished pebble: said...

I ment...xo Kelley...sorry

AntiqueChase said...

It does look really fresh and buyers will appreciate the cream!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

It's been a long time since I visited. The new paint color looks great. It is too bad we have to depersonalize homes so much to sell them. It seems like the silver platter has to be handed out for each buyer these days. Your home is lovely- I doubt it will take long to sell!

Tattered Treasures - Danelle said...

It looks beautiful. Good luck with the sale!

Deanna said...

Looks great!
d

Dianne said...

Tell us about this move. Are you going somewhere fabulous? Are you starting a new adventure? This is exciting. Will you have room for all your dishes? LOL I have loved following you here and will do the same wherever you go. :)

Carol S. said...

I think the fresh look is fab, tho I loved the green too. I just helped my parents prep our family home for sale, staging rooms, moving out tons of "things"...seemed like the theme was excess chairs, glass bowls and purses. My sister had truck and trailer loaded to take to her home for a mega garage sale this summer. Made the parting with things easier for them I think. Going from a 4 bedroom home to a very nice 2 bedroom plus office condo meant making lots of decisions about paring down. Your spaces are already staged to perfection...tho can't say you've shared many closet pics, so going to assume like the rest of us you've got some work there. Let it go, let it go...and best wishes on this exciting new stage.

laney said...

...no matter where you are living...we will always be coming to visit...blessings laney

Dee said...

Oh my heart goes out to you. I never comment on all the wonderful blogs I read but this one hit me where it hurts. We are going through the same thing and it is just so hard. I haven't gotten to where the "experts "come tell me what is wrong with my decorating. Ugh... I dread that. But just so much stuff to purge...it breaks my heart. I just hope our nearly 45 years of marriage can get through it. I'm the pack rat and he is Mr unsentimental. Good luck to you and I will follow closely to your purging closets. Thanks for this post it is comforting to hear someone surviving this huge life changer.

Marlis said...

I know the underlying excitement of finding a new home is fun. I also know that you will be sad to leave your beautiful home, but the nice thing is that you take those memories with you. I know that you will find the perfect new home and cannot wait to see what you do with it. I love the new lighter look! How brave. xo marlis

Patricia said...

What a lovely home you have - I always admired it and you have such amazing taste. The new color looks beautiful - very calm and serene, although I loved the apple color too! I can imagine how hard it must be leaving such a wonderful home - but I'm sure you must be going to something just as lovely....

Christine Vandormolen said...

Gorgeous transformation...I love the light and bright look as well!!!! I have that same red and white pillow on the bench. Target, right? Christine from Little Brags

Pat said...

I love how this has lightened your foyer and stairway Delores. Beautiful!

We are once again tossing around the idea of selling our home and everything I do is with that idea in the back of my mind. I need to call "Donnie the painter".:-)

Heather said...

I have just moved into our downsized home. It is tough getting rid of things but also freeing and I am so surprised at how much I love the smaller space. I love your new foyer paint. I spent years with color on the walls but I am really embracing more neutral walls and just pops of color here and there!

Alison Perkins said...

What a difference a day and a coat of paint makes. I love how fresh it looks! Wishing you the best as you explore all the new possibilities awaiting you. :)

Cindy Deas said...

Change is hard, and exciting at the same time! We all love your home with all it's colors and patterns but, the new cream color is fresh and bright too! Good Luck with your next life adventure! I would definitely want to live in Asti full time. Is that the plan? We're all anxious to know!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

You are right about the architecture really standing out now. Very elegant.

Jill Cooper said...

It does look lovely and I agree about a mirror upstairs. But I have to say I loved the apple green too LOL

laura Madalene said...

I like your idea of choosing a paint that comes close to the wood. I think that is by far the best solution because it will have a unifying effect, and I think it’ll look bigger than it already is.
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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Delores I LOVE the new lighter and brighter color but I loved the apple green too...I'm a green girl:-) Your entry looks beautiful!

Sarah said...

Delores, I'm late commenting because Blogger wouldn't let me leave a note when I first viewed this post. I like the lighter look, but you know I was a fan of the apple green. Preparing a home for the market is all about neutral I suppose. Not everyone has an imagination. ;-)
Anything you do is going to be gorgeous, so no doubt your home will sell quickly when you do put it on the market. Good luck!

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