Come on in, folks. Our entry is finished (for now) and ready for you to get a full tour. I love it. If you are just catching up, head to this post from last Thursday where I walk you through the full renovation process of this little happy room. For those of you caught up let’s head straight into the reveal.
“Setting the tone” for a house can be a lot of pressure, especially for someone like me whose mood changes frequently. Regardless, I want it to feel calm but full of personality and have it represent our style. So I kept the wallpaper super quiet, and then the art, bench, plant stand, and rug really pretty with color and bigger personality.
I love every element in here so much. That beautiful window from Sierra Pacific is the focal point of this view (from inside the living room), but when you are walking in from the front door, the art and bench make a more eclectic fun statement.
The Brass Gallery Rail Art
While I love a mirror in the entryway, we actually don’t have a TON of wall space in this house (what with my addiction to windows). This room was fairly self-contained – you could see it from the living room but you couldn’t really see this wall from the living room – thus giving us an opportunity to do something really fun and specific here. So I brought out one of my favorite pieces – a vintage painting that my friend Scott gave me as the anchor and then I started building the gallery from there. But then I got nervous…
Hanging The Gallery Rail…
Putting nails OR command strips on wallpaper can be super destructive with less to no ability to repair like you can on drywall. So I decided to do this gallery art rail which would allow me to switch it up, anytime, including just having maybe two large pieces or even one larger one. I ordered the 72″ rail from Pepe and Caroles which came with middle brackets and two endcaps, plus the length of the gallery chain and S hooks. Our handyman, Dave, came over and hung it because I don’t trust myself with “measuring” or “making things level” (he’s also my neighbor so it makes it really easy:)).
We laid it out for him and obviously decided on the distance from the walls and ceiling.
Time To Play…
Per usual, my first go-around is always BIG. LOTS of stuff. I really really tried to not steal all the best art for this room because many of them looked great where I had already put them. Admittedly I have collected a lot of great art over the years – both vintage and contemporary and I personally think it’s the fastest way to make your home feel personal to you.
I knew that I loved a few of the pieces together (the big abstract and the collage with the tan background). So then it was a matter of adding to it to get the right combination. I first put up the “Molly Vidor Destroyer” piece that’s in the left photo but Brian had the oddest but honest reaction – he said it felt too “dorm room”. I think the vintage graphic print (the one with the arrow) and gallery poster felt too “young” (which I felt looked cool and was a great contrast with the busier abstract and the old-timey art). But his reaction was immediate and strong and I certainly had more to play with so I eliminated those two and added more (as you can see in the photo on the right). That felt a bit much for me despite loving every piece. I think that the space is just too small to have quite so many pieces (although secretly I miss my dog in this mix).
Here’s Where We Landed…
Ok, I KNOW that this might now look too pared back, but I think it’s a great balance of fun but not too busy. The artist left to right are: Kiril Bergart, underneath MaryAnn Puls (a new purchase of mine by a local artist I love). Then the middle painting is vintage from the 60s, a gift from my friend Scott. On the right, is a new hand-dyed paper collage by Marilyn Joyce (another recent purchase by a local artist).
I think all together it looks really pretty, but admittedly maybe the art is not not as balanced as it can be. Luckily we have the gallery rail to add more or switch any out. Now as you can see the one on the lower left is askew which was NOT my intent. Whoops. That is the only drawback of the chains – they can be wonky and taking them on and off is easy, but making the super straight with the S hooks on the exact same ring of the chain can be challenging. We still plan on using museum wax to make sure they all stay in place. Next time I’m going to loop the chain like a triangle so that it hooks on both brackets on the back but only has one center S hook (does that make sense?). Anyway, I can keep playing with it forever and likely will 🙂
The plant stand is an antique stair newell that I bought at an antique store. It has a threaded bolt thing on top that I threaded through the bottom hole of the plant so it stays on top (but is wonky from different angles and I don’t know how to fix it). I love the busyness of the newell with the simplicity of the bench – the mix of woods that is just so pretty.
I splurged on that pillow from Lost & Found LA because the colors are so beautiful and it’s so lush. We styled it simply here which I really love. Please note how the Rejuvenation milk glass vintage light fixture allows the window to really pop (and the door to fully open which was a consideration obviously).
Seeing it side by side with the before photo is pretty mindblowing. I’m just so so grateful.
So there you go. Our entryway. I hope you like it (we do). All resources are linked below 🙂 xx
Floors: Oregon White Oak by Zena Flooring
Wall and Interior Door Color: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams
Wallpaper: Scalamandre Raphael Sandberg Wallpaper in White
Windows: White Oak Sierra Pacific Windows
Wood Bench: Thos. Moser
Pillow: Lost & Found
Plant Stand: Vintage
Outlet Cover: Rejuvenation
Art Rail: Pepe & Carols