I hope you all had a great long weekend! We spent Monday running around to various doctor and orthodontist appointments–not much fun, but a good thing to get done when there is no school. We saw La La Land as a family over the weekend–it is wonderful. You must see it if you haven’t already. You will laugh, cry, and be singing the catchy tunes for days afterwards.
I have now shared our elevator foyer and living room with you. I told you early on that we merged two apartments together–I am sharing our original apartment with you first; it is the larger of the two and the one we use the most. Today I am going to focus on our entrance hallway. This 30-foot hallway connects the living room (as seen through the archway below) and original dining room (which we use as a family room). It is mostly used as a passthrough now, but was a great place for the kids to ride their scooters and trikes when they were babies and toddlers!
The walls in the hallway are painted the same color as the living room (Benjamin Moore Linen White). Because this space connects to the living room, I kept the same red, white and blue color scheme here. As you will continue to see, I am partial to symmetric arrangements. Symmetry provides balance and a peaceful order to a space. I love pairs in decorating–you can see that here with the lamps, prints, and chairs. These chairs, like our living room chairs that I re-upholstered, are ones that I retrieved from our building’s dumpster. I am not afraid to admit that I am a dumpster diver (the only benefit of our windows overlooking the dumpsters rather than beautiful Lake Michigan!). I covered them in the same navy ikat that I used in the living room.
The red wool oriental rug was hand made in India and still looks like new after almost 20 years of walking, crawling, and riding bikes on it. The navy gourd lamps are from Target (I added some greek key ribbon to the shades for added interest), the antique gold mirror is from a now-defunct neighborhood antiques store, and the antique table was given to me by my parents and refinished by my dad. I love dogs but can’t have one because both my kids are seriously allergic to them, so I make do with these sweet little Staffordshire ones I picked up at an antique store in Vermont. As usual, I have blue and white ceramics in the space–the ginger jar and planter add a little chinoiserie.
What I love most about the hallway space is the series of antique architectural prints on the walls. My kind and generous sister and brother-in-law brought these aquatints back from a trip to Paris where they found them at an antiques market and bestowed them on me as a housewarming gift shortly after we moved in. The prints are pages from a 19th century French encyclopedia of architecture and are in the prettiest pastel colors.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Tuesday Tour. See you tomorrow!