I'm a stay at home mom of 4 cute kids. I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating. My husband Steve often gets recruited into helping me finish things that I start! We are making our house a "HOME" one project at a time!!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Our Entry Way...

Last week, I showed you some of the changes we've made to the exterior of our home.  This week I'm starting  the tour of the changes we've made on the inside.
"WELCOME" to our home!
I find that changes are an ongoing theme around our house....just when you finish one project, I think of another!
The very first thing we did was get new tile in the entry. I don't have a picture of before, but it was plain bright white, with dark grout.  We added travertine tile & it warmed it up a bit!

The next big change we did was stain the railing a walnut color. 
This process was triggered when I bought this new piece of furniture for the entry way...
Then it didn't match the railing or my other furniture,
  Being the impatient person that I am...I began staining the staircase that day!
This lead to staining  3 more pieces of furniture, which I will post about another day.
OK, back to our entry way...
 It was quite plain for years...
It had a lovely GOLD chandelier!
 It's amazing how a few changes warm up the whole space.

Here is how it's changed over the years:
1-The color of the staircase...I LOVE how the dark stain contrasts with the white rails.
It was a really dramatic change

2-I waited for over 6 years for board & batten...we finally got brave & added it last year.
I think it turned out beautiful...

3-New lighting.  Our Chandelier was not a pretty sight! It drove me CrAzY for years! Other projects always seemed to come first, but FINALLY a few years ago... it became the project!  Best change we ever  made!

4-Decorating the landing above the door.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do up there, but we added a few decorations last year...I'm sure this is one of those projects that isn't "done".

5-The latest change was adding a picture collage up the staircase.  
This change was triggered when I couldn't find the 4th frame to match these oval ones when Sophie was born.
 So I just gathered a bunch of old cheap frames that I had & gave them a new coat of paint.
And a collage was made...
I'm loving the entry way feels very "home-y"!!
You know how I said that one thing leads to another....I have one more change & I think we are done!
Hopefully I'll get to that soon!
Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. Love the pix and the wainscoting! great work!

  2. Awesome gallery wall! It's the perfect spot to put one.

  3. The board & batten is SO pretty! Been wanting to do that to our stairs too! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

  4. i love how dramatic the staircase and the gallery wall look! fabulous job. i wish i could talk the boyfriend into painting our rails white, but oh well. they match our floor, at least.

    i'm off to become your newest follower, and i appreciate that you're mine!

  5. I love your staircase!! It is so dramatic. I hate that mine is all tucked away around a corner so we can't even see it. If we weren't renting I'd be knocking the wall down.

  6. btw, for a sec I felt like I was on my own blog when I was on here...I used to have this same background- love it! ;)

  7. Your entry looks great Sally and I just love the board and batten! ~Deb~

  8. What an awesome entryway! Sometimes, projects turn into "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"!
    Kerry at

  9. I really like your pictures. They share your family and it's importance in your life. Very nice.

  10. Beautiful! I love the gallery wall on the stair way, and you're right - staining that rail post really made a huge impact! Gorgeous all the way around! Great job!

  11. Love the board and batten. I really want to add some to my dining room. And your gallery wall is great.

  12. Your entryway looks beautiful. I live the gallery wall. I am working on mine. Someday I will get it finished and post pictures.


  13. How inspiring... All of the additions/changes you have made are so elegant and beautiful. The wall collage of pictures is an amazing feature and you pulled it together amazingly. :)


  14. Love your gallery wall and wainscoting. You have a beautiful home.

  15. What a beautiful entryway!


  16. Love the gallery--you did a great job and the spacing--looks professional!

  17. Love the gallery wall, I need to get brave and re-do my entryway. I have an ugly green/gold light that just needs put out of its misery!

  18. I love the photos on the wall. Beautiful stairs!

  19. I just love how your board and batten looks and that gallery wall is fantastic! Found you through a linky party and I'm now your newest follower! :-)

  20. Love the board and batten up the stairs!..and thanks for following. I can't wait to see what you have to share next!


  21. Your gallery wall looks great and your railing is beautiful!

  22. Everything looks SO great!! I LOVE the gallery wall of pictures! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites FFA party! Have a wonderful Halloween weekend! XOXO!!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  23. LOVE your gallery wall! I've pinned in Pinterest, so I can remember this!
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Having just undertaken a major stairway remodel, I can appreciate the work that went into yours! It looks lovely.

  25. Your stairs look great, looks of work but worth is!

  26. OH man I am so jealous of your gorgeous entry way! I am featuring you this week at my party, it will be up in a little while! Thanks for linking up!

  27. I love, love your staircase collage!!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

  28. Soo pretty~ love how it came out - your collage is lovely!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!!! :)

  29. you've done
    a wonderful job in
    creating a warm and inviting entry

    my favorite thing
    is that staircase gallery
    since i just did my own
    i'm a little biased...:)

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  30. That gallery wall is impressive! I love the other changes you made too. Our last house had an entry exactly like yours. I wish I'd had your ideas back then!

  31. Love your photo wall going up the stairs! One of the best I've seen! We actually have a very similar entry way...

  32. We totally know where you're coming from with the wainscoting! We added some to our stairs a while back and it makes a world of difference.

    Well done on your project, it really makes your whole entry/stair welcoming and comfortable.

  33. I like what you have done. The wainscoting looks great! Thank you for the follow and I am also following you! You have some wonderful projects completed!