ROOM MAKEOVERS: Entry Way Update
This front hallway was dark and dated. The double front doors were great for bringing in large pieces of furniture, but for bringing in sunlight, it did not. So we took it from a set of double doors, to a solid wood, single door with full side lights on either side. We tried staining the wood, which was very pretty, but in the end, went with a painted black front door in high gloss paint (and white on the interior).
To make the downstairs feel larger, we jack hammered up the flagstone front hall (set in 6 inches of concrete), and laid down wood floors that transitioned from room to room without thresholds to enhance the flow and make the rooms feel larger. I only wish we could have gone with a darker stain on the hardwoods. Next time.
We changed out the railing and painted the risers white (again, a deeper stain would have looked great).
Recently, after moving the black buffet (above), to another room in the house, I moved this hall bench (from one of my favorite antique stores, Chartreuse & Co), and this mirror that I love (from another favorite furniture store of mine, Kellogg Collection). The mirror is made of reclaimed wood pieces and ties in all of the colors in the house. It was calling my name.