Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vestibule Reveal

When people come to my house, there's often a bit of confusion about the location of the entrance.

If you come up the side of the house, there are two sets of stairs, both leading to doors. The first is an awkward very short door that used to be the servant's entrance. We never use this door.

 The second door is to our laundry room, which leads to the dining room. Only really close friends ever come in this way. It's usually filled with laundry in some state of being washed, dried or waiting for folding.

At the front of the house, up on our lovely porch...

We have the front door at the top of the stairs but we also have a set of double doors that lead to our living room.

It would make sense to just knock on the front door, but in our neighborhood many of these larger homes were subdivided into apartments. Ours was. When we moved in, we had to remove a kitchen from the upstairs! It's not uncommon to hear a few "comments" about how we have the "whole house."

When our home was first built, it was obvious visitors were supposed to go to the main entrance at the top of the stairs. The double doors were opened in the summer to help cool the home. As was also typical of homes of it's time, we have a vestibule leading to a reception hall, separated from the living room.

It sounds very fancy.

What it translates to is we have this itty bitty space between a large useless area near the stairs and the front door. Our house has a lot of spaces we don't know what to do with.

The vestibule  is what most people see when they visit. It's the first place they get a vibe for what our family is about.

And it was a total snooze fest. 

:Like I said, it needed some help.

It needed some color.  Something to brighten it up. Something...


good morning, yellow!
I used my favorite yellow, Sherwin Williams June Day. It is such a pretty yellow. Not school bus at all.

I painted old wooden frames with Sherwin Williams Peppercorn so they'd match, then filled them with some cute fabric.  Also hanging on the wall is a really cool little bird house. One day, I plan to find a cute crafted bird to live there.

If you're really paying attention, you'll note those are the same colors I used on my awesome free dresser transformation!

The sign is a piece of craftiness I did with the little girls one afternoon. We used all sorts of supplies we had just lying around the house. Yup, another leftovers project!

My little table... I still haven't done a before and after on her....hope she's not feeling too neglected!

With little felt roses in little pots...again, just craftiness from leftover crafts.

And of course, we can't forget D's Japanese lion ...

who doesn't nearly as scary as he did before...

In fact, I think he almost looks happy not to be completely washed out against the white.

I really love that I was able to put all of this together just using found items around my house :)

Linking up at these parties 

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  1. Great yellow color! Looks good! I love old houses.

  2. So cheerful - really love that shade of yellow!

  3. Looks so much brighter now.. love the yellow!

  4. Oh, I love the yellow. So bright and cheerful!

    Thanks for linking up to our Finished Friday blog party.

  5. Now the vestibule is full of personality....I think it says y'all are a fun family. And I too, love that you were able to put it together by shopping the house. That's the best way!

    Thanks for linking up,
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  6. Very cute and I love the table in the vestibule! I found your link on Delightful Order's Link Party. I would love for you to post this on my link party at...
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Love it! Thanks for linking up at my party :)

  7. Oh how I would love to look around your home1 I just love these kinds of old houses. Your redo looks great. you really added a nice pop of color to welcome your guests! Thank you for joining TTF this week and I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a very happy Mother's Day!

  8. I love the bright colors! The aqua table with the yellow is so cheerful. That wainscotting is awesome too. Thanks for linking it up this week!

  9. LOVe the happy color. I am a huge fan of yellow. Such a happy color. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  10. Fabulous color - full of fun and personality! And to do it with stuff you already owned - extra fabulous!

  11. Your house sounds amazing with all it's character. I LOVE homes like those!!! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Stop"
    I look forward to seeing what else you are up too :) Great yellow color!

  12. Fun sunny color! Your vignette looks great! Hope you have a fabulous week!

  13. That really did brighten things up and made a big difference!Love the color!

  14. What a fun and cheery entrance! And your felt roses had me thinking of ice cream cones (I need to stop blogging while hungry) ...



  15. Very cute and colorful! Also, love your blog name and tag line, lol! :)

  16. Your vestibule turned out fabulous! Love the colors that you chose. Nice and cheery. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Queen's Link Party.

  17. Hey that turned out great! And I love your use of colour. I need to get more brave... Thanks for linking up again to Pin-ed it, Made it this week.

  18. I love everything in your adorable entry! I also hand painted my entryway happy yellow with spots of turquoise :)

  19. Hi! I am back to let you know that I will be featuring this post on this week's Thrifty Things Friday party! I hope to see you again this week and feel free to drop by to grab the "I was featured" button for your blog. Have a great day!

  20. Love the yellow and it turned out beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


  21. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  22. great improvement on your vestibule. You would be shocked at what greets my guests. :(

    Love the yellow and blue!


  23. Looks great! SO DRAB TO FAB!

    Thank you for linking up with me last week at Drab to Fab!

    Come on back by and share more of what you have been doing :)

    Have a great one!

    Amy@Sugar and Spice


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