Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hallway Update: Progress & Plans

The hallway - the first thing you notice when you walk up the stairs to our part of the house, plus we spend all of our time here in the morning getting ready. It needs to be pretty AND functional, but the progress has been slow. You can check out this post for what it looked like before, and while these are definitely not the FINAL pictures of the hallway, I’ve made some progress and I'd love to share my future plans with you. Since we’ve last talked about it, I’ve added a rug…

painted the vanity…

and finally finished the drapery panels for the window at the end of the hallway…

These panels were a quick and easy DIY. I’ve decided to make one more panel for the other hallway window, so I’ll be sure to post instructions on how to make your own.

The rug was something I found on Ebay. I spent 6 months looking for a runner that was 3’x13’, which was quite hard to find. I loved all of the bright colors in this one, and since my boyfriend didn’t hate it as much as the other ones I'd shown him, it was an easy buy. Having a rug in here makes such a difference in terms of comfort, and I love how much color it added to this area.

So things are fine so far, just not awesome.

I have a few things on my list for finishing the hallway, the first of which is to find a great stool/ottoman/chair for the vanity nook. I found a square leather ottoman at a boutique here in Baltimore that I loved, but I am looking for something in the $250 range, rather than the $1000 range. Since everything in the hallway right now is either white, black, or a bright color, it would be nice to have a natural textile and color in the mix, so I think that’s why I liked the leather so much. I’ll get back to you on what I find.

Saving the best for last, this hallway needs some major ART. My first thought was to do a floor to ceiling gallery wall in here (you can see all of the frames in the first photo), which can be really impactful in a hallway. However, when we rearranged the furniture in the main room, we decided to do a gallery wall on a much larger scale in there. I’ll post details on that soon, but I was back to square one for this wall. Enter: Pinterest, and two of my favorite bloggers/interior designers: Jessie D. Miller from The Design Daredevil and Christine Dovey from Bijou and Boheme. They both have such a love for large scale modern art and prints, which lead me to this new idea...

Buying something this size and having it professionally framed (shudder) would be on the level of a new car, so I’m going to get crafty and try my hand at DIYing it. The real question now is: do I stick with black and white? Or go all out with the color? REALLY TORN ABOUT THIS YOU GUYS.

So to recap:

What do you think? Do you like it so far? Thoughts on the black and white versus color art decision would be very welcome. xx

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