Slow decorating is alive and well around here. Like a sloth’s pace. In part because I don’t want to impulsively make decisions I’ll probably regret and because furnishing a house is redunk expensive. Our old house was half the size of the new one so we didn’t have a lot of furniture. Living here a year, its taken time to figure out what we need, based on functionality and layout. But I recently pulled the trigger on a few items that are flexible enough to move from room to room, so the thrifty worry-wart grandma that lives inside me isn’t twitching too much.
Our foyer is loaded with doors and doorways – it has eight, which is insane – so there are only two spots where furniture can go.
To the right of the front door.
And under the stairs. Yeah, I still haven’t finished painting the stairwell. Let’s not talk about it.
Right now the black console table is under the stairs, which is opposite the foyer closet. So many doorways here. The one on the left is the foyer closet. The one on the right is the powder room.
Even with our glorious mudroom, we still use the crap out of this closet for extra coats, shoes, 400 hooded sweatshirts and paper towels, among other things.
The hideous snake skin wallpaper is…baffling. If it was up to me, I’d be ORC-ing the snot of the closet right now but our tore-up screen porch (*cough* husband) won’t let me. That little hobbit door is one entrance to our laundry chute. Why they stopped putting these in houses, I’ll never know. The other entrance is upstairs in the linen closet.
Given its proximity to the closet, the spot under the stairs is probably better served by a bench. As it is, I just plop down at the bottom of the stairs to put my Converse on. Uncombed hair, Chuck Taylors, an affinity for mozzarella sticks….apparently I’m still 12 years old.
Much better. It needs a second pillow though. Possibly this one from Spark Modern.
For the spot next to the door, I’ve been debating a lucite console table for a loooong time but was gun shy about being too trendy (I’m not cool, we know this) and besides the one from CB2 costs a lot of clams. I can’t spend $400 on something that’s basically invisible. But this spot needed light and airy so when I spotted this version on sale from Urban Outfitters, I jumped.
And it does not disappoint – it’s super heavy, sturdy and the quality is top notch. This is not Lee Press-On Nails acrylic. This is Lee Radziwill’s lucite vanity with a Cavalier King Charles spaniel chilling at her feet. Or some other classy shit.
Now I’m hunting for a 3×5 antique rug for in front of it, to soften things a bit.
A big piece of art would be great here but I like the mirror – it brightens up this dark nook and acts like a window, reflecting the view of the office and screen porch. The mirror is vintage faux bamboo from a junk store in Peabody, Mass that I painted Aurora Borealis BM.
I’m loving the change, both functionally and form-wise. It still needs warmth and personality though, to look lived in and worn in. Loved. Slowly we’re getting there. It’s starting to feel like home. Not the 1950’s nightmare, a strangers home, we moved into 16 months ago.
What do you guys think? Good changes?