Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Contemplating the Front Entry/Foyer

The front entry/foyer area in our condo is pretty small.  I am lucky enough to get our hall tree in here, but that’s about it.

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The area that is bothering me is the wall behind the door.  I put these three frames up as an attempt to not have it look so blank, but it’s just not doing it for me.

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I’ve been looking on Pinterest for some ideas; keeping in mind that it is behind the door and I don’t want the door slamming into anything I put on that wall.  You can see how small it is by these pictures of my living room.

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I am standing on the tile, just off the wood, taking these pictures.

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This is what I have found and like, so far.





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I have things already that I could probably use here.  I have this great clock that I had in the guest room closet after I replaced it with another clock in the home office.  The colors actually pick up on the colors in the door rug.

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Without being able to hang them up to see, I tried laying everything out on the floor to get an idea.  I’m figuring the clock at the top, close to the ceiling.  It comes down to just above the middle picture that is there now. 

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You can see in the picture above how this larger version of the rug by the door has the colors of the clock in it.  Then putting these two framed pieces of Ballard wrapping paper under that, so that the clock would be centered.

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I also have this large “K”, a Ballard purchase some time ago.  I was thinking this could either go underneath {where it would sit just about doorknob height} or off to the side and then I can build off these large pieces.  Fill in here and there like the inspiration pictures above.

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So, I’d love to hear your opinion or possible suggestions on this plan.  I’m not looking to buy new things to do this, but to use what I’ve already got.  All these things pictured above are just sitting on the side with no current home. 



Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Great inspiration pictures! I think you are on the right track. I want to do something similar to the wall in my living room that the flat screen tv and console are on.

Gail said...

OMGoodness Kathy, I think what you're planning on doing will look great! I LOVE that clock!!

The Tuscan Home said...

Hi Kathy,
I agree, I think you're on the right track, too! I can't wait to see the final look. XO ~Liz

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Looks like you have a great start to the gallery wall. I'm kind of loving that stripe on your second inspiration picture- what do you think of doing a subtle stripe in your entryway?

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I think a gallery wall would look beautiful on that wall Kathy, and I love the pieces you started to group together!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love wall collages. My only suggestion is to take a look at your pictures and you will see that at eye level there is one something very predominant, and I am wondering if the clock needs to be that piece and then build from there. Hanging it high might not be the right spot. Just move things around and take a look and see. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

It's so nice that you already have pieces to work with and I like the arrangement you made on the floor. I think it's going to look fantastic with your living room, which I love!


Bec said...

Love your pics. After looking around, I was thinking some painted effect on the entryway wall before you hang anything. Like very large tan swirls with black and red highlights on them to enhance the pieces to hang and coordinate with the rest of the home decor? Or a subtle large plaid in those colors?

Anonymous said...

Kathy, I love your idea of a gallery wall! The items you have chosen are lovely! I know it will be pretty!

DIYbyDesign said...

I love the idea of a gallery wall. I also love the inspiration photo with the striped wall behind the gallery wall. That might really add some interest to the space.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


That small a space wouldn't take much to put up nice wainscotting or batten and boarding to visually take up the space....the a ROW 1 2 3 of those three prints would work perfectly.

I don't think I would get too visually busy in that space, and as much as I LOVE that clock, even the door being slammed you run the risk of it falling and breaking.

I would keep it simple. But t hat's me, Little Miss Styreamlined Decorator talkin.


Cynthia said...


Love yur idea and that clock I think it would be beautiful. Can't wait to see.


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy,
Your entry wall is going to be stunning. I love what you are planning. I adore clocks and it will be perfect. Your living room is gorgeous too. I love black and white together.
Have fun,
Celestina Marie XO

chateau chic said...

Your condo looks beautiful, Kathy. Since you have a lot of things hanging on the walls in your living room, what about trying one large item to hang which might make the entry space look larger. Maybe a large mirror or architectural shutters or other piece.
Sometimes it's hard to get it just right without trying different things. Anxious to see what you come up with.
Mary Alice

Unknown said...

I didn't read the rest of the comments, so someone may have already mentioned this, but how about making paper templates of everything and try out different arrangements. Anyway, I love all of your inspiration pics. so I'm sure you will come up with something fabulous.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
I love the arrangement that you've created....it's perfect for that wall space. I bet you have it up in no time and will be showing it to us soon.


Okio B Designs said...

I really like the second Pottery Barn one and then the one underneath with the clock. I have no doubt, you'll play with what you have and get it right.


Shabby chic Sandy said...

I like your ideas--I always love using a letter. Can't wait ti see what you figure out :)

This N That said...

I would use the clock for sure..

Little Miss Maggie said...

I like most of them except the last one and I think the piece of furniture in that one looks out of place to me, but furniture is not an issue for you. I love all the photo groupings and you are off to a great start.

Rhissanna said...

I'm with Denise on making paper templates of all the things you want to try, and then see what they look like together. Try different arrangements and take a quick snapshot, because a photograph gives a different perspective. Thank you for popping over to my blog!

vivian said...

HI kathy, I know whatever you decide to do will look great. something that carries over into your beautiful living room will be perfect!
show us when you finish!! have a great wednesday!

Tea in the Library said...

Looks great as is, and easy to build on. Worse case scenario ? You change it up.

Kelly said...

If you're going for a gallery wall, I think you're off to a good start. You'll have fun adding to it and changing it over the years too.

Kim said...

I've been on Pinterest all week and I'm ready to transform my whole house. LOL.
Love gallery walls! Have a great day!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I think a gallery wall would be great there. Plus you can add and change it as you find new stuff (which is always fun)!

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Kathy, I love the first photo and the last photo that you found for inspiration. I think the clock, the two black frames, and the K will be perfect! Have a great day. ~ Jamie

thistlewoodfarm said...


I think that you have a really great idea! I love the gallery wall and you are off to a good start!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sounds like you have a good plan already in the works...go for it...I think it's going to look GREAT!!!


farmhouse-story said...

that clock is a great piece to work around, kathy! i really like the striped inspiration pic with the stars or maybe add something with numbers?

Jan Hermann said...

Hi Kathy,

Just keep in mind as you build your gallery wall, that whatever is hung in the middle - at eye level - should be the ONE THING YOU REALLY WANT TO FEATURE (similar to the P Monogram above your sofa). Then everything else should fill in around THAT.

Whatever you do, will be beautiful.

Jan ♥

Debbiedoos said...

That is going to be awesome Kathy. Some of those inspiration wall, I am familiar with..they are really neat.

Eden House News and views said...

Hi just found your fab blog. A small table with fold down sides wo,ile look good there. I had one and took flaps of , painted it cream , and it now sits at the end of my sofa..
If tree is electricity near by putting a light on the table would look good..
Maybe a seasonal vase of artificial flowers that could have a scented oil dotted on them.
Ok I am off to look some more round your blog. Mine is new and I am learning .

Anonymous said...

Morning Kathy! Love your idea of using what you have. I think what you are showing will look beautiful; I would even add the existing trio of pictures coming down on the side of the arrangement above the heater to complete the wall. Looking forward to what you decide.

Love your condo and ideas!
Sincerely, Jeannette

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