Oh my–it is very intimidating to figure out how to start a blog! I have such admiration for all the wonderful home bloggers out there who have been doing this for years!
I think the best place for me to start is to introduce you to our home. What better place to start than the elevator foyer where I would greet you if you came to visit me. Since we live in a high-rise building you would take an elevator to our floor and I would greet you here:
The elevator is concealed behind the black door. This small foyer has 2 open doorways–they used to have doors on them which led to 2 separate apartments but as our family grew we expanded into both apartments and took the doors off to unify the space.
I painted the doors and trim a high gloss black and after removing some ancient layers of wallpaper (not a fun job!) I used Benjamin Moore’s Muslin (OC-12) for the walls. The leopard rug is my favorite feature in the foyer–I am a huge fan of animal prints! I covered the Ballard Designs bench with a quick no-sew cushion using double-sided fabric tape that I made from a foam from Jo-Ann Fabric and some inexpensive curtain panels from Marshalls. (Curtain panels are a great way to purchase a lot of fabric inexpensively. I had enough fabric left over to cover 6 dining room chairs!). The mirror was from an estate sale and the chandelier is original to the building. The Chinese garden stool (in my favorite blue and white!) is from Homegoods. The black square planters are from Ballard Designs and the faux boxwoods are from Homegoods. (I generally am not a fan of artificial plants but there is no natural light in the foyer so live plants only last for a brief time).
I am so sorry about the quality of these photos–the lighting is terrible. Please bear with me as I work on my photography skills!