Throughout this month I thought I would show you some of the spaces we plan to give some love this year. After Christmas I like to sit down with a notebook and brain dump on house projects for the coming year. My list is almost always too ambitious, but I do allow myself to just dump all those ideas onto the page and then I go back over it with a realistic editing eye.
I've come to realize that too much of a rigid schedule gets me derailed and discouraged almost immediately, but I also know that I need some structure and guidance or I will be all over the place. As much as I would love to knock out projects left and right, I can't keep up with that kind of pace.
I haven't always planned with the seasons in mind either (I do not recommend attempting to paint furniture in the garage in the suffocating humidity that is summer #askmehowIknow). I seem to have better success with 2-3 projects per season. That usually ends up being one larger project per month, along with a few smaller things like organizing a cupboard or hanging some pictures.
The two areas we're focusing our energy for the rest of winter are the laundry room and the entry. You've seen our plans and progress for the laundry room and I'm working on slapping a big fat "Done" bow on that one by the end of the month.
As for the entry, a water leak damaged the flooring in our 1/2 bath and entry area....which sort of bumped this project up the list by default. Can I admit that I'm secretly giddy about it?
We've spent a lot of time working on the main living/dining areas of the home, but this is the first thing people see when they walk in the door. I'm really excited about creating something that reflects what you'll find throughout the rest of our home in this space.
We had to rip out the flooring in the entire entry which includes a 1/2 bathroom (where the leak originated) and a full sized coat closet. Since the entry shares a wall with the stairs, I'm hoping I can convince James to suck up the pain and let us tackle the stairwell while we're at it.
When we ordered the flooring we used throughout the rest of this main level, we actually ordered enough to eventually do this entry space too. Or so we thought. We didn't account for the bathroom or closet space, and we would have been short just a couple of square feet in the main entry too. No problem, we'll just order a couple more boxes right? #ifonly
I could only find that flooring a couple of places online. One didn't ship to our area and the other had ridiculous shipping costs for just 2 boxes of flooring (shipping was free when we placed our original bulk order). We could have tried to order though another vendor but then we started entertaining the idea a plan B.
Sometimes plan B turns out to be even better than plan A. I simply hadn't let myself envision any other options in this space because THAT WASN'T THE PLAN. Once the crew pulled up all the old flooring I could start to see something different altogether.
If we were going with a different material we wanted it to be distinctly different from the wood flooring in the adjoining rooms......so it would look intentional and not like we ran out of flooring #oops #wedid
We narrowed our search down to a darker grey/slate tile, some sort of brick option, and something more bold in the way of color or pattern. I'll spare you all the back and forth and in between.
Bottom line: the slate tile felt too safe (and we have that look in our mudroom), the patterned tile felt too busy and had the potential to lose our adoring gazes over time, and the color options were limited and pricey. Which left us with the brick.
At first, this felt a little safe too but then I came across this entry by Rhea Crenshaw.
It's still neutral but laying the brick in a herringbone pattern will give us the interest and impact we're after...while hopefully standing the test of time. There are many expensive options out there, and we really needed to stay within our approved amount by the insurance company. So when I found this product at Home Depot we were sold. We're going with grey (which we saw in person at our local store) and it should be installed next week!
When we think about our plans for the space as a whole, this flooring makes sense. We definitely want bring some white trim work onto the walls. I love the architectural interest they add, not to mention the functionality - super easy to throw up some hooks for guest's jackets, bags, etc. And then this space needs some color. Our whole house does and it's one of our main house goals for the coming year.
I sort of went color crazy in our first fixer and then went the other extreme in our last house. I think I've finally realized that I need a mostly neutral base, so that I can bring in the bold color I love without it feeling overwhelming.
Here's a few more spaces that are getting us excited to tackle this project!
Entry by Studio McGee
Entry by Mary Ross
Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck
Entry by The Wicker House
via Southern Living
Our entry is covered in wallpaper and I really don't want to remove it (we still have the battle scars from our Albuquerque fixer). It's in great shape, so I think if we take the proper precautions we can trim/paint right over it. #fingerscrossed
Anyone else had success painting over wallpaper? How about using a brick material for flooring?