3.23.2017

Project Design: Simple Ideas to Update Your Entry


Cindy from Rough Luxe Lifestyle and I love the Project Design series as it usually means we spruce up a space in our own homes.  

Welcome to our 1920's San Francisco apartment! 

We basically have three areas in the foyer...
A place by the front door...
The bowl with keys used to be filled with a candle from West Elm...after using up the "linen" scented candle, I cleaned it (by putting in the freezer and then chipping the remaining wax out).  Now, it has a new life.

Secondly, there is a large antique French dresser in the middle of the room that stores table linens.

 White accessories like the lamp and vase feel "fresh" right now.  The black and white box also packs a little punch.

For these prints, I waited for Art.com to have a 40% off sale 
(it seems the sale comes and goes...so look out).  The site is so easy to use.  I ordered them with the double thick mats.
Boat photo by Alec Alfonso taken on our Akumal, Mexico trip.
I bought that fern two months ago on a little outing with Cindy in Santa Cruz...amazingly, it's still looking great.  No direct sunlight in here.  That must be the secret (like ferns at the bottom of a rain forest).  The natural texture of shells always appeals to me.  
And the third spot is:



Look at the blanket stitch detail that Liana did...
Fabric:  Vasari by Penny Morrison
 Incorporate some things with age for character, too (vintage, antique, flea market, thrift store). 

 Simple ideas...
  • baskets to eliminate clutter
  • greenery...like house plants or branches from your garden
  • flowers...always nice to come home to
  • a bowl or tray for keys
  • a fresh pillow or two on a chair or bench
  • little statement accessory, perhaps graphic or metal
  • art (like your own photographs or antique prints)
  • mirror 

 If you are new here today, take a look at the view from our living room (that's Alcatraz Island).  We can also see the Golden Gate bridge and the Bay Bridge.  So, even though I don't have a garden (which I miss), I can see lots of blue!
Enjoy these ladies' creative ideas...


33 comments:

  1. I always love your style and your home, and your entry is no exception! Thank you so much for pulling together this group. xo

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  2. this looks beautiful! i love the modern photography paired with that antique chest- gorgeous together! thank you so much for including me in this project!

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  3. Very pretty and bright. That dresser is beautiful; glad you kept the original wood.

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    1. It's from 1860's...Louis Philippe...I have the papers somewhere in the commode.

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  4. I also love your style so much - so light, bright and airy ! With just the right touches...May I ask the paint color you used in your entry way ? I am about to have my 2 - story foyer painted, and have been scouring paint samples trying to find just the right shade...your entry way color looks perfect !

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  5. Oh my goodness! Your little sneak peeks did not do this justice. That little black box adds just the right amount of pizazz. Those parrot tulips (to die for). The beautiful branches are stunning ( I dragged my stuff from my yard). And last but not least that amazing pillow from Liana. That blush really works in your home...and you know how I feel about pink!! I am so glad we did this. These ladies are amazing!!

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  6. Your entry is a wonderful welcome to your lovely home, it reflects your style perfectly, love every single element in your entry or for that matter, your home!! A fresh touch of Spring!!

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    1. You are so kind, Kathysue! Perhaps you would like to do a Project Design with us one day?

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  7. I absolutely love the dresser and so practical that it has a marble top, far less risk for damage. I have always been a huge fan of the juxtaposition of old and new, somehow the two nearly always compliment each other perfectly. Your entrance is gorgeous and that view is to die for. Thanks so much for including me in this today. X

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    1. Glad you and your beautiful entry were with us!!

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  8. Gosh, I get the feeling I have walked right by your house. We went there for our 25th wedding anniversary a few years ago and strolled and strolled and enjoyed this area so much.

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  9. Mary Ann, Jordan and I would love to participate in one of these projects. Keep us in mind in the future. We really enjoyed reading the creative entry ideas.

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    1. Absolutely...there will be one in the late summer...will contact you!

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  10. So beautiful. Love the dresser and your artwork. Such a welcoming space. And that view is incredible!! Thanks so much for organizing and including me...it's been a fun group!

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    1. So happy to have you, Becky. You did such an awesome job.

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  11. Mary Ann, I just love your apartment. It's so pretty and wow I cannot believe the view you guys have! Wonderful. I really like the idea of framing those vacation photos. I would like to do this too and Art.com. does a great job. I have to look for that sale! Thanks so much for asking me to be part of this. Great way to get something actually done with that deadline!! I'm so happy with my entry now. I also have enjoyed getting to know all these other nice bloggers as well! Kim

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    1. Me too, Kim. Such a great group and your foyer is awesome!!!

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  12. Mary Ann,

    I've seen your apartment before, of course, but I don't know that I ever saw your view - wow!! So gorgeous, and worth giving up a garden for, I think!

    I love your mix of old and new. I'm just always drawn to that and you mix it perfectly. I especially love the drama of that antique dresser - it's gorgeous!

    Thank you again for including me in this talented group! It has been a pleasure to "hop" with you!

    Sheila
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Sheila...hope to meet you soon!

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  13. Beautiful! I love the French antique dresser and the bench. Those both bring such detail to the space. It looks wonderful and I love the practical baskets that hold the necessities (dog leash, etc). :-) This is my favorite series. Thanks to you and Cindy!
    Karen

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    1. We loved having you as a participant, Karen! It's a different group each time, as you know.

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  14. I really like the way you group things--so interesting and pretty! Great job!

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    1. Well, I have fun switching things up, Leslie, while not really buying anything new.

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  15. Love the beautiful French commode. You'll have to tell the story when you two fell in love—I'm assuming it was the typical love a first sight connection. It really is a stunner. This entryway series made me realize I don't have one! We rarely come through the first door an use the garage door when opens in our library/dining room. So that's why my jackets are on the dining chairs and my keys are where? Everything your way looks calm and light...and no Chief in sight?

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    1. I'm getting my Chiefy back this weekend. He has been living the hipster life in LA the past few weeks (we share him with our daughter). That's true... I saw this commode when we lived in Paris and my husband bought it for my birthday. It's been versatile for us. Hey, I lose my keys, too, in spite of the bowl.

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  16. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful foyer space to work with, especially in an apartment. Each the three areas is so inviting, lovely and also very cohesive. It gives you a glimpse as to what is in store as you enter your beautiful home. That pillow on the bench is superb and goes perfectly with everything. Definitely springtime fresh! Love it!
    xoxo Gail

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  17. I need to do this! badly! Yours looks very organized, and our entry is piling up with stuff, and a little refreshing is overdue. thanks for the nudge, friend. And i love that muted area rug with the light blue. xox

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  18. You have such an amazing view, Mary Ann! Absolutely adore your entry. That chest is amazing!

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  19. Love your entry hall! Such beautiful pieces and they work so well together and in that space. Love the white elements and the rug too. All beautiful!

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  20. Beautiful Mary Ann! I love how it's all pulled together and yet "real" - the spot for Chief's leashes and keys, a bench for putting on shoes. You have such a pretty signature style.

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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