We've lived in our home for more than eleven years and I'm super excited that we are planning to update our front door and entry hall. Even though we've had to put this project on the back burner for awhile, I'm actually glad that bigger and more urgent projects took precedence over this entry hall. Taste can change a lot over the years and by now I've had plenty of time to think about what I really want...years to read about traditional colonial homes and the various materials they would have been constructed from. I have always been drawn to early American homes, but also to Colonial Revival homes of the early 20th century, the kind that you see in old movies. But I don't want to strictly adhere to the design of these original homes, just be inspired by them. After all, this home has to work for our family in the 21st century.
I also love English country homes and the warm and lived-in feeling they evoke…entries where you can trudge in with wet boots, rooms where you can put your feet up and where kids and dogs co-exist with pretty furnishings, flowers and art. I've never been in an actual English country home, but that's what I imagine one would feel like. I do have an English uncle though. And he and my aunt have a pretty, cozy, charming and super comfortable home filled with English antiques. I must crave that kind of cozy home from them. When you stop by, they always have the kettle ready for a hot cup of tea and a good chat.
Our reno begins with the need to replace the existing almond colored floor tile. High gloss tiles just aren't compatible with wet shoes. We've all slipped on this floor coming in from the rain or snow. It's hazardous and needs to finally go before someone truly gets hurt. I'm trying to avoid future litigation here! We would like to replace it with brick tile. The texture will add warmth and give better traction for wet Wellies. It will be easier to camouflage the dirt (between cleanings) from a dog and the muck that gets brought in from our horse riding daughter.
The huge brass chandelier will be replaced with a lantern. We considered painting the old light, but with sixteen light bulbs, it's an energy hog. We rarely have it on because it's so bright and hot.
Hoping to replace the current front door with a more energy efficient one. Love the one above with the panels and strap hinges, although we have more narrow sidelights, and no transom.
We'll replace the cheap builder's grade stair treads with new oak treads. I removed the stair carpet years ago and painted the steps white just to clean them up until we could have nice oak treads added. That was my "Phase One" cosmetic upgrade, and now this is what I like to think of as "Phase Two," the good stuff. Also, the more permanent stuff. I really want to make careful choices to avoid buyer's remorse!
I'm also thinking about some type of molding on the walls as pictured above.
Below is our current front hall. It's not super bad, but it will look so much fresher with a few changes to bring it out of the suburban 1980's.
|current front hall|
|current front door|
We're so hoping we can make our front hall feel more welcoming and comfortable!