Finishing the Entryway

Happy Monday!  Happy Thanksgiving week!  Work has been really crazy lately, so I haven't been able to blog much at all.  I have a slew (which translates to about 20) of painting projects lined up and just need a little time to do them.  I am hoping to be able to start a handful over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  

Recently, I decided to make my entryway a little more welcoming, and all it took was purchasing a couple of rugs.  Here is the space when I started:

As you can see it wasn't bad, but that blue tile floor tortured me.  There is nothing I can do about it, so I needed to make the best of it.  The little mat by the front door was something I bought when I moved in and haven't really thought much about it since then.  I knew I wanted to buy a larger rug for the space and a runner for the hallway, but just didn't make it happen.  Until ... there was a major rug sale on Joss & Main and I found the 4x6 jute rug for next to nothing!  It was the perfect size and look for my entryway by the door.  So in it came and out went the mat.  The larger rug makes the space look bigger and yet cozier and warmer at the same time.  And it blissfully hides the blue tile.

As for the runner, I bought a handful of options at Target and ended up with this soft one.  It brings in the colors from the rest of the space and is colorful enough to hide dirt and stains (mmm, I hope).

These rugs really do make the entryway look about 10,000 times better.  See the difference?

Before ...

and After!

Finally, I decided the wall next to the half bath needed something simple - some art.

I grabbed an old Susy Jack calendar print and framed it.  It is funny how something so small can make such a big change.

This little spruce-up will tide me over until I can paint the entire house.  Right now, the wall color is a white with very blue undertones, which really brings out the blue in the tile.  Which makes me want to cry.  So this Winter, I am hoping/planning to tackle the space and tone down those awful undertones by painting it a warm white.   Woo hoo!  

See you swoon,

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